The Fall by Ryan Cahill: Review

Free books can be very tricky things. Yes they’re free but are they any good? Are they worth your investment in time and imagination or are you going to DNF it and so might as well not take it in the first place? Well The Fall by Ryan Cahill is a free book you most certainly should grab and let me tell you why.

Some information about this book:

  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Release date: November 1st 2020
  • Page count: 95
  • Series: The Bound and The Broken (#0.5)

The Blurb:

The Order have watched over the continent of Epheria for thousands of years. But there are those who believe The Order has had its day. That it is corrupt, indulgent, and deceitful ā€“ that it is ready to fall.

The City of Ilnaen is on fire.
Dragons fill the skies.
Traitors fill the streets.

The Fall is a prequel novella that takes place four hundred years before the events in Of Blood and Fire ā€“ book one in The Bound and The Broken series.

I signed up to Ryan’s mailing list because there was a lot of hype in the Twitter community about his debut novel Of Blood & Fire. I wanted to get my hands on the free novella, The Fall, to see what it was all about. Then some months passed and I looked at it the same way I glance over all my books… One day soon…

Then the hype intensified as Of Darkness & Light arcs were being sent out in November and I was lucky enough to be given one by Ryan to review. Now I had to read a novella and two books in 6 weeks so I got to it.

“This is what we do. We stand against the darkest nights. When all hope is lost, we are the brightest light!”

The Fall is set 400 years before the events that occur in OBAF (book one) in the land of Epheria. It is a story that heavily reminded me of Skyrim at its darkest and most dangerous parts. It did so because the location of the story is within a city that is being attacked by an enemy and featuring dragons, elves, giants, humans and more. This is a punchy assortment of fantasy races and I do have to admit a little worry that cramming in so many different races will not allow for complete storytelling but going off of this novella, my initial concerns were put to rest.

“Pain is the path to strength.”

The Fall is a novella that carries its own weight as a story. It brings you into an action packed world with interesting characters and a rich history (which is impressive to cram in to such a small package) and leaves you wanting more. It can be hard for a novella to tie all its loose ends up being less than 100 pages but this is a great story tied up with a fiery-bow.

In an ocean of sorry and loss, one more person should have been but a droplet – but it was more.

The magic in this novella is really interesting too. I need to see more of it to understand more about it like who can wield it and what can be done with it all and how can it be challenged but what you do get to see is fun, clever and fresh.

I am really excited to get onto OBAF and ODAL because Ryan has teased me with a quick glance through a window into Epheria and I need to see more of it, even more so that he has done this cool idea 400 years before. I personally love that stuff and enjoy seeing what’s changed and how the history effects the present day world.

If you want to pick up this free book then sign up for his mailing list at

Rating 4/5 – For me, this is a great novella. A window into what is to come and I enjoy Ryan’s writing a lot, even finding myself inspired to continue my own fantasy story. The Fall is a book that throws you into the action, weaving a tale of deceit and treachery while laying the groundwork for something surely epic in the future stories. If you like punchy fantasy that grabs your attention with cool magic, dragons and traditional fantasy blended with new then check this novella out today.

You can grab a copy of The Fall, signed by Ryan, at The Broken Binding here. Use the code BLURB5 to get a 5% discount on all future orders.

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