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Literature: The Fallen
The Fallen is a series of young adult fantasy novels written by Thomas E. Sniegoski. It tells the story of Aaron Corbet, an Ordinary High-School Student who, on his 18th birthday, begins developing strange abilities. He soon learns that he is a Nephilim, the offspring of an angel and a human woman. Also, as it turns out, Aaron isn't just any ordinary Nephilim; according to an ancient prophecy, he is the Redeemer, the only Nephilim with the power to absolve the sins of Fallen Angels and send them back to Heaven.

When Verchiel, the leader of the Powers (warrior angels charged with wiping out all Nephilim), kills his foster parents and kidnaps his autistic younger foster brother Stevie, Aaron is forced to leave his hometown with Camael, the former leader of the Powers who believes in the prophecy of the Redeemer and becomes Aaron's Mentor, and his pet dog Gabriel whom Aaron can talk to after the latter heals him.

There are seven books in the series:

  • The Fallen (released 2003)
  • Leviathan (released 2003)
  • Aerie (released 2003)
  • Reckoning (released 2004)
  • End of Days (released 2011)
  • Forsaken (released 2012)
  • Armageddon (released 2013)

In 2006, The Fallen was adapted into a miniseries that aired on ABC Family.

General tropes:

The book series contains examples of:

  • Action Dad: Lucifer once he's rescued by Aaron.
  • Action Mom: Taylor Corbet, Aaron's long-lost mother, as shown in Armageddon.
  • Adventures In Coma Land: In Armageddon, after suffering a crippling injury at the hands of Satan at the end of Forsaken, Aaron is left in a comatose state while his biological mother Taylor and the Unforgiven work to save his life. While comatose, he finds himself in a dream world where he and Vilma are married with a son, and he has a regular job. Visions of his dead foster parents lead him away from the illusion and he's then forced to fight his way back to consciousness.
  • The Gunslinger: Lehash, Aerie's chief of security.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Lucifer in the final book uses the force of Hell within him to draw all the monsters to him and bring them down to the physical Hell with him.
  • Missing Mom: Taylor Corbet, Aaron's mother who appears in Lucifer's memories before showing up for real at the end of Forsaken.
  • Mystical White Hair: Lorelei is described as having white hair.
  • Nephilim: The protagonist is the son of an angel and a human.
  • Orifice Invasion: In Leviathan.
    • End of Days features the Corpse Riders, slug-like creatures who can enter the bodies of either the dead or the living and take control of them. One of these things takes control of Jeremy, one of the surviving Nephilim, by entering his body through his mouth.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Lorelei in Armageddon, following her death in the previous book.
  • Power Tattoo: Aaron displays these whenever he taps into his angelic powers.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Belphegor in Aerie.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Camael, Belphegor, Stevie/Malak, Lorelei.
  • Satan: In this series, Satan and Lucifer are separate entities. Satan is one of many Eldritch Abominations that existed before God issued His command "Let there be light"; when the Creator called forth light, Satan and his fellow monsters were forced into hiding in the shadows until after the events of Reckoning. Starting with End of Days, Satan takes Verchiel's place as the new Big Bad. He assumes the form of a creepy little boy to speak with Lucifer (whom he encountered before in the past) about his plans for the oncoming end of the world. Later on, Satan takes possession of Lucifer's body. No, seriously, he does.
  • Satan Is Good: While Lucifer has committed many horrible deeds in the past, this is explained as because of his jealousy towards humans. He believed he was no longer loved by God when God created humanity, which is why he rebelled against Him. During the time frame in which The Fallen takes place, though, it is shown that he deeply regrets his past actions and now seeks redemption; he is also shown in his first appearance to have been serving as a priest in a church and has befriended a small mouse he names "Milton." He is also Aaron's father. Though in the end, God still has not forgiven him; it is heavily suggested that it is merely a matter of time at this point. Also, Hell is not a place where Lucifer tortures the souls of evildoers, but rather his own tormented metaphysical state of being caused by all of the grief of the heavenly war being sealed into his body.
  • Shoot the Dog: In Reckoning, Aaron is forced to kill Stevie/Malak.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Verchiel kidnaps Stevie, Aaron's autistic foster brother, and uses ancient magic to transform the poor boy into a lethal killing machine by the name of Malak.

The ABC Family miniseries contains examples of:

  • Anti Anti Christ: Aaron
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Upon his first meeting with Aaron, Lucifer presents himself as a kindly and fatherly type who wants to be forgiven, but once Aaron determines his true motives and refuses to redeem him, he quickly drops the act.
  • Gender Flip: Verchiel, who's male in the books, is female in the ABC Family miniseries.

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