Citadel of the Fallen

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Pub Date 01 Oct 2020 | Archive Date 31 Jan 2021

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Description

A group of teenage students, while exploring deep within the rainforest, barely survive an encounter with a wild and surprisingly magical boar. In doing so, they discover that events that threaten to destroy their entire civilization have already been set into motion.

The Black Tide, the annual rampage of millions of giant ants through the rainforest, has been coerced by the Demon Queen to take a path that will send it tearing through the farmlands that support the Citadel, their home.

While the adults frantically race to prepare for the coming disaster, one of the teenagers who survived the boar attack, Malcolm, begins to experience violent visions of the past. He learns that he’s no longer alone in his own body. His revelations lead the group of teenagers to discover that many of the leaders within the Citadel are similarly possessed.

A group of teenage students, while exploring deep within the rainforest, barely survive an encounter with a wild and surprisingly magical boar. In doing so, they discover that events that threaten to...


A Note From the Publisher

A classical pianist and marginal triathlete, JR Konkol is permitted to live in the sprawling home of four very large cats. He published his first table top RPG, "Of gods and Men", in the early 90s, and has been running games within that setting ever since. He recently returned to writing with the hope of sharing those stories with a wider audience.

A classical pianist and marginal triathlete, JR Konkol is permitted to live in the sprawling home of four very large cats. He published his first table top RPG, "Of gods and Men", in the early 90s...


Advance Praise

2020 Maxy Awards Runner-Up - SciFi/Fantasy

"This dystopian adventure will appeal to adult and young adult readers alike." –Publishers' Weekly

"A must read for anyone who loves high fantasy."-Steven Searls, author of My Travels With a Dead Man

"...adventure, humor, heartbreak and insight [in] a unique world that captures your interest from the first pages." -Sharon Grosh, author of Lazarus Rising

"This type of fantasy reminds you of your own rites of adulthood, but simultaneously introduces you to something you've never experienced before." -Kathie Giorgio, author of If You Tame Me

2020 Maxy Awards Runner-Up - SciFi/Fantasy

"This dystopian adventure will appeal to adult and young adult readers alike." –Publishers' Weekly

"A must read for anyone who loves high fantasy."-Steven...


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I was super excited to read this book, and while it was good, it did fall a bit short of my expectations. I loved the way it was told, and being able to read from a multitude of different perspectives kept this entertaining. My only real problem with this was the plot, and how long it took to get going.

The Citadel of the Fallen follows a group of students who discover their home is no longer as safe as they thought. The heavily protected citadel, one of the last havens of humanity, is being threatened by the Black Tide. A deadly flow of giant ants are on their way, and more is to come.

Ok, it’s totally on me that I couldn’t get with the plot. Notice how ants are mentioned in the blurb? Yah... I guess I just totally ignored that. I really struggled to picture a civilization being threatened by ants. If it were bears, or even rabbits maybe, but not ants.

I also felt like the plot moved super slow. The Black Tide isn’t even mentioned for the first 25% and are barely confronted until about 50%. I get that this was because characters were being introduced, but it was just a bit slow for my tastes.

Speaking of characters, I really liked all of them. Because we got to read from inside their minds, I really feel like I got to know them. While Malcolm is definitely not my favorite, I think him, and the others have a lot of potential for development.

I feel like this is a fairly innovative fantasy, and that the next book has a lot of potential!

Thanks to Netgalley and JR Konkol for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review

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Citadel of the Fallen was a book that started off a bit slow for me. Luckily for me, after a handful of chapters I was getting a bit more intrigued in everything that was happening. In it, you will meet a group of students who are about to face their biggest challenge yet.

Giant ants are coming to town to destroy everything in their path. Yep, you heard me right - Giant. Ants. Now there's always a hint that something else is going to come their way but I'm just dead set on Giant Ants. For some reason, I kept picturing 'Honey, I shrunk the Kids' kind of situation and that's why these ants were going to destroy everything.

Other than that, the characters were pretty likable. Even if I didn't like some in the beginning, they grew on me. I'm also wondering what's going to happen in the next book because of what went down in this one. Hope it's entertaining.

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This book, although not amazing, was still a good read. The imagination put into the story was very good, but the characters seemed a bit flat and uninteresting. The final battle was awesome and lasted a good chunk of the story, as any epic final battle should. This book felt a bit like a setup to some bigger series, and since all the main characters have their powers by the end (or are dead), it would be very interesting to see where it went next.

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