In The Fallen Angle, Glenn G. Thater transports you to a time of legendary heroes, armored knights, spectacular duels, courtly intrigue, otherworldly evils, and ancient, forbidden magics. Though it can be read as a stand alone tale, The Fallen Angle is the second volume in Thater’s Harbinger of Doom series and picks up shortly after the events chronicled in The Gateway.
Claradon, the young Lord of House Eotrus, stands accused of murder and treason by his family’s political rivals while on the trail of the chaos lord that slew those dearest to him. Claradon has recruited the mysterious knight of mystical power called Angle Theta to aid him is his quest. But Claradon has bought far more than he’s bargained for, when his comrade Ob discovers the terrifying secret of Angle Theta. A secret so horrifying as to shatter a man’s mind and call into question the very nature of good and evil.
THE HARBINGER OF DOOM SAGA
The Harbinger of Doom saga centers around one Lord Angle Theta, an enigmatic warrior of unknown origins and mystical power. No mortal man is his match in battle. No sorcery can contain or confound him. No scholar or sage can outwit him. But for all his skills, he is but one of us; a man, a human, who shares our faults, our dreams, and our ambitions. He boldly strides across the land, fearless, peerless, and cloaked in mystery; all his will bent on righting such wrongs as he deems fit.
Until the day the Gateway opened and turned the world on its head. On that fateful day, Korrgonn came and washed away our dreams. And his outre’ realms of chaos set their unholy mark upon our world and claimed it for their own.
Only Theta and his companions see the enemies aligning against us. Only they foresee our end coming — the end of civilization, the end of the world of man. Only they can hope to turn the tide of madness and preserve all that we hold dear.
But no man, not even our greatest hero, can stand against the Lords of Chaos and the dark armies of Nifleheim at their command. Fiends that infiltrate unseen within our ranks, that tear down our temples and our traditions; that devour us from within, unseen, unknown, unheralded, and unopposed until the hour grows far too late.
Through the murk and mist that hangs before our eyes, one man only sees true. One man pierces the veil of magic that blinds us all and marks the world as it truly is, revealing secrets, secrets of Angle Theta, so horrifying as to shatter a man’s mind and call into question the very nature of good and evil.
Join us now on our journey back to the days of high adventure.
I liked the first book in the series–Gateway to Nifleheim–a lot, so I figured I check this one out. It’s about a powerful knight with a big secret, struggling to overcome the mysterious Lords of Nifleheim. This time, he’s tracking one across Midgard, trying to stop him before he sows chaos across the world.
What I liked:
We’ve got a bit more reveals about Theta’s past. What is merely implied in the book 1 is now confirmed. Plus more inspirations from Norse mythology, Gnosticism, and apparently the Cthulu Mythos. Neat little mix that makes for some cool world building.
What I Didn’t Like:
Well, this one was a bit slower than the first. The heroes spend less time immersed in the mythology–at least for the first half–and more mired in politics. Which would be okay, except those politics were not quite as compelling as the action in Gateway.
Who I Recommend it For:
Mythology fans, mostly. I didn’t get quite as wrapped up in it as book 1, but I’d probably still continue the series.