The most recommended fallen angel books

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Book cover of Starless

Edith Pawlicki Author Of Vows of Gold and Laughter

From my list on fantasy if you want to be truly wonderstruck.

Who am I?

An avid reader my whole life, I jumped into epic fantasy at age eleven. Anne McCaffrey, David Eddings, and Robert Jordan were all high school favorites (and they are wonderful) but by the time I had reached the age that I was supposed to be reading their books, my palette was fairly jaded. The thrill of discovering new worlds and surprising magic was growing elusive, but wonder remains my favorite beat as a reader. I consider it the ultimate challenge in my own writing, and I greedily collect books that surprise me with their scope and imagination, leaving me awed and wonderstruck.

Edith's book list on fantasy if you want to be truly wonderstruck

Edith Pawlicki Why did Edith love this book?

Starless is a classic epic—a band of characters undertakes a dangerous quest to fulfill an ancient prophesy—but its creativity will keep you gasping. I dare not enumerate the many marvels Carey created lest I ruin the surprise for readers, but I can tell you that it features thousands of fallen stars who become deities in the world, and manifest their power and identities in varied and unpredictable ways. Besides the magic itself, Starless also features many different cultures and lands that make me think Carey’s mind must be a beautiful and dangerous place! This book might be telling the oldest story, but it does so in revolutionary ways.

By Jacqueline Carey,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Starless as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

I was nine years old the first time I tried to kill a man...

Destined from birth to serve as protector of the princess Zariya, Khai is trained in the arts of killing and stealth by a warrior sect in the deep desert; yet there is one profound truth that has been withheld from him.

In the court of the Sun-Blessed, Khai must learn to navigate deadly intrigue and his own conflicted identity. But in the far reaches of the western seas, the dark god Miasmus is rising, intent on nothing less than wholesale destruction.

If Khai is to keep…


Book cover of The Deliverer

Mae Clair Author Of The Price of Atonement

From Mae's 3 favorite reads in 2023.

Who am I?

Author Author Cryptozoology fan Victorian-at-heart Bibliophile Curiosity geek

Mae's 3 favorite reads in 2023

Mae Clair Why did Mae love this book?

It’s such an unusual story—a fallen angel (now a demon) spies on the Israelites for Satan during their captivity under Pharaoh, the plagues that follow, and the Exodus.

The “reluctant” demon is a fidgety/nervous sort who ended up a demon because he was too slow choosing sides when war broke out in Heaven. Definitely an underdog, and the butt of the other demons’ jokes. You wouldn’t think a story like this would be layered with humor, but it’s the element that stood out the most. That, and the surprising “humanity” of the lead character.

I loved seeing the Biblical retelling through his eyes, especially as he isn’t like a demon at all. A faith-filled read wrapped in an entertaining and funny delivery.

By Linda Rios Brook,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Deliverer as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Ancient language expert Samantha Yale returns to translate a new batch of scrolls written by the fallen angel from Lucifer’s Flood.   Samantha Yale has taken on a daunting translation project. A set of scrolls, delivered by a man she knows nothing about, tells a fascinating and frightening tale of what went on behind the scenes of biblical history. What is even more incredible is who is telling the tale, a fallen angel who immediately regretted his decision to side with Lucifer.


Book cover of Fallen Angel

Iain Parke Author Of Heavy Duty People

From my list on outlaw bikers.

Who am I?

I became obsessed with motorcycles at an early age, taking a six hundred mile cross-country tour to Cornwall as soon as I’d bought a moped at sixteen, working as a London dispatch rider, and then building my first chopper in my (upstairs) university bedroom and have been fascinated by what I’ve seen over the years of the ‘club life.’ Whatever you think about outlaw biker clubs, there’s no denying it’s a serious lifestyle choice involving real commitment and having serious consequences, but it wasn’t a subject being addressed with serious fiction. So I set out to explore this world and what it would mean to be involved. 

Iain's book list on outlaw bikers

Iain Parke Why did Iain love this book?

When I’m reading about the biker scene what I’m looking for is the reality that underlies the public image and stereotypes. Jerry Langton doesn’t come across as a big fan of bikers but he’s well connected enough to speak to senior players and he’s a professional writer, so what he has to say is very readable, and to me, informative.

Through telling the extraordinary story of five foot four Walter "Nurget" Stadnick’s rise to criminally visionary national president of the Hell's Angels this book provides one of the best overviews of the development of the outlaw biker world in Canada, the Canadian biker wars, and the involvement of biker clubs in Canada in organised crime (although as a niggle it’s crying out for a map).

By Jerry Langton,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Fallen Angel as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

One man’s improbable rise to power in one of the world’s most violent criminal organizations. Fallen Angel sheds light on how the enigmatic and dangerous Hells Angels gained momentum to dominate organized crime in Canada.


Book cover of Small Miracles

Bjørn Larssen Author Of Why Odin Drinks

From my list on Terry Pratchett collaborations that never happened.

Who am I?

I’ve been a Pratchett fan since I first read The Colour of Magic in 1986. I was nine and suddenly obsessed. When he died, I cried; when I found out he left me – us – one last gift, I cried again. The best satire doesn’t just make you laugh through the tears and cry with laughter; it makes you think. Over the decades, Pratchett perfected this art. Nobody can replace him, although many authors, including myself, try to follow. Searching for them between the rock and the trying-too-hard place, sometimes I find diamonds. May they shine as brightly in your eyes as they do in mine.

Bjørn's book list on Terry Pratchett collaborations that never happened

Bjørn Larssen Why did Bjørn love this book?

When Gadriel, an ex-guardian-currently-fallen angel bets against Barachiel, definitely-not-the-angel-of-gamblers, the latter wins – to nobody’s (including Gadriel’s) surprise. To pay the debt Gabriel must tempt the terminally sin-free Holly Harker to be a bit less of an Agnes (or an early Mildred) and more of a Perdita (or a late Mildred). Unfortunately, Holly has no experience at being nice to herself, even in perfectly wholesome ways. Neither Lady Gadriel, Sir Gadriel, Adorkable Fluffy Kitten Gadriel, nor chocolate will tempt her! The villains include an evil secondary school history teacher, a teen band leader whose mother is definitely not called Karen, and grief.

Small Miracles is hilarious, wonderfully queer, sweet, thoughtful, and occasionally heartbreaking. I never thought a cosy YA urban fantasy would become my favourite book of 2022.

By Olivia Atwater,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Small Miracles as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

A “charming tale of little temptations” (Jacquelyn Benson), this feel-good comedy by fantasy author Olivia Atwater mixes angels, demons, romance, and chocolate into a perfectly petty and wickedly entertaining novel.

A little bit of sin is good for the soul.

Gadriel, the fallen angel of petty temptations, has a bit of a gambling debt. Fortunately, her angelic bookie is happy to let her pay off her debts by doing what she does best: All Gadriel has to do is tempt miserably sinless mortal Holly Harker to do a few nice things for herself.

What should be a cakewalk of a…


Book cover of A Field Guide to Demons, Fairies, Fallen Angels and Other Subversive Spirits

Martin Kearns Author Of Beneath the Veil

From my list on fantasy stories with supernatural myths.

Who am I?

I have always been enamored with myth and the fantastic, even as a child. They offer an escape from the mundane, but also deliver a fine method to guide our moral compasses, learn about other cultures, and assign meaning to those things that vex us. I studied literature and history in college and found myself delving more and more into theology and mythology as I went because literature is filled with their essence. My exploits have guided me to the desk as a language arts and special education teacher, but my heart always whisks me back to the bookshelf or the desk to visit these fantastic worlds of the supernatural.

Martin's book list on fantasy stories with supernatural myths

Martin Kearns Why did Martin love this book?

This history of myths, folklore, and legend is a must-own for any reader who fancies themselves a fan of the supernatural genre. Written in the form of a field guide to help travelers traversing the landscape pocked with these entities, A Field Guide is a phenomenal read and lends insights into the myths and religious entities of various cultures. Equipped with a section for how to ward off each, this guide may prove to be more useful to the reader than just a bit of reference material.

By Carol K. Mack, Dinah Mack,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked A Field Guide to Demons, Fairies, Fallen Angels and Other Subversive Spirits as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

“Scouring the face of the earth, Carol and Dinah Mack have come up with an array of the most dreaded demons mythology has to offer.” —Robert L. Carniero, former Curator of South American Ethnology, American Museum of Natural History

If you met a werewolf on the eve of a full moon, would you know how to tell what he really was? Could you resist the dark charms of a vampire or the lure of a fallen angel? Did you know the Mbulu of South Africa has a razor-sharp tail with a mind of its own? Or that the Kuru-Pira of…


Book cover of Angel of Ruin

Fran Laniado Author Of Beautiful: A Tale of Beauties and Beasts

From Fran's 3 favorite reads in 2023.

Who am I?

Author Reader Educator Theatre geek Yoga junkie

Fran's 3 favorite reads in 2023

Fran Laniado Why did Fran love this book?

This book was a wonderful blend of historical fiction, contemporary fiction, and fantasy. It also has some literary history thrown in, as it deals with John Milton's three put-upon daughters, and it explains how he came to be "of the Devil's party without knowing it."

It was one of those books that resulted in several sleepless nights. Though it's over 500 pages, I flew through it in only a few days.

By Kim Wilkins,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Angel of Ruin as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

From Australia's Queen of supernatural fiction comes a tale of an angel's demonic intentions...Sophie needs to pay the rent and a story on the occult would sell around Hallowe'en time. the Lodge of the Seven Stars is good for research but Sophie's a sceptic and doesn't believe in any of the rituals. Until she meets the Wanderer who has a story to tell her: a story of three sisters in 17th-century London, their love for each other torn apart by an angel. Not plague, nor Paradise Lost, nor the Great Fire of London can prevent the youngest from trying to…


Book cover of The Scarlet Thread

Fiona Faith Ross Author Of Far Out

From my list on keeping people you love close.

Who am I?

I write about aloneness and individuals, what it takes to connect to family and community, and how to hang on to the people we hold dear. This means I think a lot about points of view and personal perception. We often wonder: Have I got this right? Did they get my meaning? Does everybody feel this? And more often than not, everybody does. These interpretations are both personal and universal at the same time. We all fear loss; we all have to be brave to hold onto people we love and principles we value.

Fiona's book list on keeping people you love close

Fiona Faith Ross Why did Fiona love this book?

Book 1 in a 4-book series, and our hero is Kaidance Monroe. I love the world the author has created and I really connected with Kaidance and the challenges she faces. This story is a modern-day take on the ancient Greek myth about The Fates who control our lives, and I love this retelling because the core message holds true for each and every one of us, that we can only control so much of our lives, that there are forces bigger than us that we have to deal with, but it's how we cope that's important. I’ve read the entire series. The author doesn’t drop the pace. I loved experiencing this fantastical world on a rollercoaster ride, clinging on until the end. 

By D.S. Murphy,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Scarlet Thread as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

My name is Kaidance Monroe, and sometimes when I touch people, I see how they die.

"Love, betrayal, mythology, mystery, you name it this has it! Hold onto your horses and Minotaurs people as this ride is definitely going to get bumpy." ★★★★★

After I saw my little brother's death but failed to stop it, my parents abandoned me to a juvenile detention facility. I don't let people touch me anymore. Not my fingertips, not my skin, not my heart. Just before I turned 18, I got a visit from a cute guy, who tricked me into giving up my…


Book cover of A Dictionary of Angels

Stephen J. Smith Author Of The Sabrael Confession

From my list on the war between angels and demons.

Who am I?

I've always been fascinated by the idea of the war in Heaven. As a storyteller, the eternal struggle between angels and demons fighting for the fate of creation has been a source of perpetual inspiration for me. But finding stories about angels that aren't YA or paranormal romance can be challenging. So, channeling my love of historical fiction and action-packed adventure, I set out to craft a thrilling, realistic tale that puts the reader right on the front lines beside a peaceful angel forced into becoming a warrior fighting against his former brothers. This list reflects my favorite books that paved the way and inspired my own work.

Stephen's book list on the war between angels and demons

Stephen J. Smith Why did Stephen love this book?

One of the key references I used in writing The Sabrael Confession, this book is a comprehensive list of all the named angels throughout history, good or bad, complete with their rank in the angelic host and all mentions of them across the world's religions. My copy looks like it's been through a war with dog-eared pages, sticky notes protruding from the sides, and little scribbles in the margins. Whenever I needed a new angel in my book, I scoured this amazing resource to find the perfect fit. All my fallen angels are fallen angels found here. All my good angels are listed here. It's a truly fascinating read, and does well to point out inconsistencies where an angel has been listed as good by some, evil by others.

By Gustav Davidson,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked A Dictionary of Angels as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Gustav Davidson's classic text, A dictionary of Angels: Including the Fallen Angels, is the result of sixteen years of research in Talmudic, gnostic, cabalistic, apocalyptic, patristic, and legendary texts. The classic reference work on angels is beautifully illustrated and its reissue coincides with the resurgence of belief in angels in America. This well researched and exquisitely illustrated dictionary is a wonderful collectable for all those who believe in angels, miracles, lore, and faith.


Book cover of Season of Mists

Jeanette Battista Author Of An Unkindness of Ravens

From my list on with death in them.

Who am I?

I am a hybrid author (both traditionally and independently published), mother of one kid and three cats, and an avid gamer. I’ve been doing the publishing thing since 2012 though I’ve been writing for much longer than that. I have an advanced degree in Medieval Literature and still read things in Middle English for fun.

Jeanette's book list on with death in them

Jeanette Battista Why did Jeanette love this book?

Season of Mists is my favorite of Gaiman’s graphic novels from his stellar Sandman run. Death, Dream’s older sister, appears at the end of the first arc and proved to be a fan favorite from that first on-page appearance. She’s a lovely, sweet, and utterly kind incarnation of the boundary that severs this life from whatever comes after. Gaiman creating a comforting presence out of an idea that terrifies most people. She’s charming in this installment, forcing her brother to face his misdeeds with compassion and honesty. It’s no wonder she is one of the only people in his family that Dream listens to!

By Neil Gaiman, Kelley Jones (illustrator), Malcolm Jones, III (illustrator) , Mike Dringenberg (illustrator) , Dick Giordano (illustrator) , George Pratt (illustrator) , Matt Wagner (illustrator) , P. Craig Russell (illustrator)

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Season of Mists as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Ten thousand years ago, Morpheus condemned a woman who loved him to Hell. Now the other members of his immortal family, The Endless, have convinced the Dream King that this was an injustice. To make it right, Morpheus must return to Hell to rescue his banished love and Hell s ruler, the fallen angel Lucifer, has already sworn to destroy him. Collects THE SANDMAN #21-28.


Book cover of Angels Before Man

Syd Neben Author Of Antique Roman

From Syd's 3 favorite reads in 2023.

Who am I?

Author Hamlet enthusiast Mood reader Hamlet Tiktok authority Introverted

Syd's 3 favorite reads in 2023

Syd Neben Why did Syd love this book?

“Is Father good because He is good, or because He says He is good?” Angels Before Man is a gorgeous queer retelling of the fall of Lucifer.

God creates Lucifer to be the most beautiful and loved of all angels. Lucifer struggles in this role until the strongest of angels, Michael, comes into his life and teaches him to love himself. Why should Lucifer not revel in his own beauty and talents, for is it not what he was created for? But Lucifer soon learns his God is a jealous one and does not like to be questioned.

This is a beautifully tragic novel, and Nicolás interweaves religious trauma with a forbidden love story. I couldn’t put it down and was left thinking about it for days after I finished it.