Format: MOBI, 291 pages
Release Date: October 31,2015
Publisher: Devil on the Left Books
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy
Show me a hero; and I'll write you a tragedy." -F. Scott Fitzgerald
Hero and Villain.
Good and Evil.
Love and Hate.
Would that the world were that simple. Nothing is ever simple in a world filled with superheroes and villains. She may not wear a cape or have superpowers, but no one would say Joanna Fallon isn't a hero. At great personal cost she's saved the city of Galilee Falls from two supervillains, but has finally found a measure of peace. But whatever rises often falls, and even the city's champion may not be able to fight the cataclysm about to befall not only her city but the whole of the world...or even want to.
Read the conclusion to the critically acclaimed Galilee Falls trilogy from the imagination of the IPPY award winning author Jennifer Harlow.
Fall of Heroes is the final installment in the Galilee Falls Trilogy. Galilee Falls has the most superheroes and supervillains of any place on the planet. Protagonist Joanna Fallon has seen the best and worst of what her city has to offer. When she was a young girl, she lost her father to a violent crime and this drove her to depression and a suicide attempt. That suicide attempt lead to meeting her best friend, and supposed soul mate, Justin Pendergast (aka the Superhero known as Justice). Justin changed her mind about the need for superheroes and the good they do. It drove her into becoming a police officer.
The ending to Justice broke my heart into tiny pieces and I was eager to find out how Harlow would resolve THAT issue. Joanna has gone from a disgraced cop with no boyfriends, to a billionaire thanks to Justin's will leaving her overseeing his empire, his mansion, and his super computer. Joanna is now in a stable relationship and engaged to marry Dr. Jem Ambrose (aka Captain Midnight) who appeared in Galilee Falls along with Lady Liberty (Lexie Darby). She's been sober for 442 days after she cheated on her friend and former Captain. Even though she hasn't stopped living, she still misses Justin like a part of herself has been amputated. She likes to say that there is no Joanna Fallon without Justin Pendergast.
As with the previous installment, Galilee Rising, while not overseeing Pendergast, Joanna is known as the Guardian. She monitors the city for crimes against its citizens, and reports them to the proper authorities from her Chamber of Justice. Jem has become her partner in fighting against the villains that come to Galilee looking to start trouble. But, he has been keeping a HUGE secret from her. Joanna has faced her share of villains, including Alkaline who she corresponds with on a regular basis while he is locked up in a supermax prison. She has somehow managed to survive her encounters while saving her city on several occasions and becoming the poster girl for super villains.
But, nothing can save Joanna from getting the shock of her life, her heart broken, falling for the wrong guy, and being betrayed by another in order to "Protect" her. Author Jennifer Harlow loves to break readers hearts, while sending them screaming off a cliff in agony. In Fall of Heroes, that hasn't changed at all. Right from the very first chapter of this book, you are hit upside your head with a major revelation (NO SPOILERS!!!) that will drive the events of this story and Joanna's actions. You as the reader have to ask yourselves, how many times can a person's heart be shattered? How much lies can one person take before they say fuck off, and walk away completely?
I'm kind of conflicted by the ending of this story, but it's a minor conflict. I loved Jem, don't get me wrong. He's geeky, he's adorable, he obviously cares and loves Joanna deeply, yet he also makes a mistake in misjudging her ability to handle the truth by keeping a major secret from her. It's kind of weird actually. Joanna really loved Justin. They were best friends for years and she always hoped they would end up together married, but he always looked the other way and found someone else. Now, it's her turn. I don't have any mayor qualms with the final conclusion of this trilogy in regards to the romance. I do believe that you are able to be best friends with someone, without falling in love, or marrying them.
**I received this book for free from Author Jennifer Harlow in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**
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