Book Review: When the Heavens Fall by Marc Turner

My review today is for:

When the Heavens Fall: The Chronicles of the Exile, Book One 

by Marc Turner

A copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own.

I have been meaning to read this book forever it seems but something always got in the way, another book, another review request, always something. I finally put everything else on hold and read it and I sure am glad I did. I immediately feel in love with this book. I felt so at home with this story and characters. This book had a old school Fantasy feel but not worn out, still was fresh and new. I honestly was very surprised at how much I truly loved this book.

I had read and heard many great things about this book and series, but I was skeptical it was my kind of book. That can be put to rest right now because this book was fantastic. I was able to get right into this world and all of its mythology, many fascinating characters, and a story that grabbed me and left me wanting to jump right into the sequel. Which I am planning on doing very soon.

In conclusion I highly recommend this book, and series. I have very high hopes for the next few books as I have heard they keep getting better. I have seen where this series is a throw back to 80’s – 90’s Fantasy and even compared to Malazan! I can see both points but this book was unique in it’s own right even with these favorable comparisons. I can’t wait to read and review the next two books of this series. Marc Turner has provided a stunning debut to this series, and I am a big fan.

As you know if you have read my reviews before I am not about long reviews with synopsis and spoilers. I just give my opinion on my experience with this book and you can take it from there. Now on to the next book.





When the Heavens Fall: The Chronicles of the Exile, Book One 

by Marc Turner

  • Series: The Chronicles of the Exile (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books
  • ISBN-10: 0765337126
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765337122


If you pick a fight with Shroud, Lord of the Dead, you had better ensure your victory, else death will mark only the beginning of your suffering.

A book giving its wielder power over the dead has been stolen from a fellowship of mages that has kept the powerful relic dormant for centuries. The thief, a crafty, power-hungry necromancer, intends to use the Book of Lost Souls to resurrect an ancient race and challenge Shroud for dominion of the underworld. Shroud counters by sending his most formidable servants to seize the artifact at all cost.

However, the god is not the only one interested in the Book, and a host of other forces converge, drawn by the powerful magic that has been unleashed. Among them is a reluctant Guardian who is commissioned by the Emperor to find the stolen Book, a troubled prince who battles enemies both personal and political, and a young girl of great power, whose past uniquely prepares her for an encounter with Shroud. The greatest threat to each of their quests lies not in the horror of an undead army but in the risk of betrayal from those closest to them. Each of their decisions comes at a personal cost and will not only affect them, but also determine the fate of their entire empire.
The first of an epic swords & sorcery fantasy series, Marc Turner’s When the Heavens Fall features gritty characters, deadly magic, and meddlesome gods


“A splendid launch. Turner’s unquestionably a newcomer to watch.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Turner has created a powerful fantasy where mystery and magic pervade each character, each quest, each corner of a vast and vibrant world…. The battles and betrayals that fill the pages of When the Heavens Fall are truly epic in their scope and impact.”Brian Staveley, author of The Emperor’s Blades

“Beautifully imagined and complex…Gritty and dark, the scope of Turner’s world will keep readers rapt and nervous–which is the hallmark of great worldbuilding.” Elizabeth Haydon, USA Today bestselling author of The Symphony of Ages

“A compelling read brimming with magic and action, scheming and intrigue. When the Heavens Fall is an impressive debut. I look forward to more tales from Marc Turner.”D. B. Jackson, author of the Thieftaker Chronicles

“A classic epic fantasy, with a complex world, interesting characters, and plenty of action.” Gail Z. Martin, author of Reign of Ash

“Love, revenge, devious gods, legions of undead, great sacrifice–this one has it all! Good old-fashioned swords & sorcery, turned up a notch.” Ed Greenwood, creator and author of the Forgotten Realms series



Dragon Hunters: The Chronicle of the Exile, Book Two

Red Tide: The Chronicles of the Exile, Book Three







Marc Turner was born in Toronto, Canada, but grew up in England. He graduated from Lincoln College, Oxford University, in 1996 with a BA (Hons) in law, and subsequently joined a top ten law firm in the City of London. After realising that working there did not mix well with simple pleasures such as having a life, he fled north first to Leeds and then to Durham in search of a better work-life balance. Unfortunately it proved elusive, and so in 2007, rather than take the next step and move to Scotland, he began working part time so he could devote more time to his writing. Following the sale of his debut epic fantasy novel, When the Heavens Fall, he started writing full time.

Why writing? Because it is the only work he knows where daydreaming isn’t frowned upon, and because he has learned from bitter experience that he cannot not write. The authors whose work has most influenced him are Steven Erikson and Joe Abercrombie. Consequently he writes fast-paced, multi-threaded novels with a liberal sprinkling of humour; novels written on a panoramic scale, peopled by characters that stay in the memory. Or at least that’s the theory . . .

He lives in Durham, England, with his wife and son.

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  1. “This book had a old school Fantasy feel but not worn out, still was fresh and new.” That is exactly what attracted me to the series. Like Drew says, books 2 and 3 are even better!

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