Today’s Sunday Book Review is about Vashti Quiroz Vega’s book – The Fall of Lilith. As you can tell from many of my book reviews, which do span over various genres, despite my addiction to nonfiction and political thrillers, I’m not one who reads a lot of epic fantasies, but was so drawn to this book for the subject matter – angels. Also, this book is like two books in one, making it quite a lengthy read, something else I don’t normally gravitate to – long books. But I was totally engrossed in this book and am now completely hooked and eagerly awaiting Book 2.
In The Fall of Lilith, Vashti Quiroz-Vega crafts an irresistible new take on heaven and hell that boldly lays bare the passionate, conflicted natures of God’s first creations: the resplendent celestial beings known as angels.
If you think you know their story, think again.
Endowed with every gift of mind, body, and spirit, the angels reside in a paradise bounded by divine laws, chief of which are obedience to God, and celibacy. In all other things, the angels possess free will, that they may add in their own unique ways to God’s unfolding plan.
Lilith, most exquisite of angels, finds the rules arbitrary and stifling. She yearns to follow no plan but her own: a plan that leads to the throne now occupied by God himself. With clever words and forbidden caresses, Lilith sows discontent among the angels. Soon the virus of rebellion has spread to the greatest of them all: Lucifer.
Now, as angel is pitted against angel, old loyalties are betrayed and friendships broken. Lust, envy, pride, and ambition arise to shake the foundations of heaven . . . and beyond. For what begins as a war in paradise invades God’s newest creation, a planet known as Earth. It is there, in the garden called Eden, that Lilith, Lucifer, and the other rebel angels will seek a final desperate victory—or a venomous revenge.
“[A] compelling narrative that . . . strays far from traditional biblical text . . . A well-written, descriptive, and dark creation story.”—Kirkus Reviews
My 5 Star Review:
The tale of Lilith takes us into the world above where angels reside in God’s kingdom, then ultimately leading to the descent of many of them later on to earth as Lilith’s plotting and dire need to gain power and overthrow God’s ultimate power takes us on an incredible journey of desire, deceit and seduction as Lilith ensnares some of her fellow angels to join her on her rebellion to overtake God’s power.
The characters are exquisitely fleshed out, many of the angels and their hierarchy we are familiar with are spun into a tale of a separation of the angels – the good and the evil, chosen by their own free will. Some of these angels remain as we know them exactly for what they stand for, while in this story, even angels can behave badly by the powers of persuasion.
Lilith is a force to be reckoned with, and reckoning will fall upon her as she continues her journey after being evicted from heaven (Floraison), stubbornly refusing to give up her mission to overtake God’s creations.
The story is loosely based on the Old Testament bible and well crafted into the author’s own tale of good versus evil with vivid imagery and characters (angels) we feel compassion for as well as others we’ll find ourselves rooting for them to get their just desserts. I can’t wait for Book 2!