The Fruit of the Fallen by J.C. Burnham is an intense story that leaves you breathless from the first word. The story starts off by introducing Dr. Jonathan Keats, a seemingly average man. It is when he is ambushed by a dying nun, and an infant thrust into his arms that his life takes a turn toward the extraordinary. From that moment he becomes a fugitive, accused of murder and kidnapping.

However it is the infant, a girl named Serenity, that is the stories main focus. Fast forwarding fifteen years later, we meet Serenity again and learn she is being transported, along with her grandmother, to her newest boarding school.  We are told that to her knowledge Serenity has no other family and that she was constantly moved around as she was growing to follow her grandmother- a Catholic nun- on various church duties.

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her stay at Mount Sterling she reluctantly makes friends, and also meets a mysterious young man by the name of Tal who she is instantly attracted to. It is only when things start to take a dangerous turn that she learns that she is in the midst of an ancient angelic prophecy and may hold the key to the end of days.

Fruit of the Fallen was a pleasure to read from start to finish. Burnham’s description and attention to detail left this amateur theologian satisfied, but I did wonder if someone without my background in Christian Mysticism would be able to keep up.  The chosen subject matter is not for the novice, but his writing style more than makes up for a layman’s lack of knowledge on the subject. All in all Fruit of the Fallen, the first in Burnham’s series was outstanding and I am anxiously awaiting the sequel.  A definite must read.