I began writing about Icarus Fell back in 2009. Creating an urban fantasy protagonist that could lead to a series was a conscious choice, but I wanted to stay away from the detective/hit man/government agent motif that seemed to be clogging the shelves at that time. My other priority, as with most of my work, was to create a character with whom people could identify on some level. Icarus is deeply flawed and not even close to the best at what he does, but he finds a way to muddle through, pushing on no matter how badly he screws things up.
The first Icarus Fell novel, On Unfaithful Wings, came out in December, 2011, and the follow-up, All Who Wander Are Lost, was released in July 2012. The third Icarus Fell novel, Secrets of the Hanged Man, was released July 15, 2013.
ON UNFAITHFUL WINGS
To some, death is the end; to others, a beginning. To Icarus Fell, it should have been a relief from a life gone seriously awry.
But death had other plans.
Icarus doesn’t believe that the man awaiting him when he wakes up in a cheap motel room is really the archangel Michael, or that God’s right hand wants him to help souls on their way to Heaven. Icarus doesn’t believe there’s a Heaven, so why should they want his help?
But the man claiming to be the archangel tempts him with an offer he can’t ignore–harvest enough souls and get back the life he wished he’d had.
It seems Icarus has nothing to lose, until he botches a harvest and the soul that went to Hell instead of Heaven comes back to make him pay by threatening to take away the life he hoped to win back.
To save the wife and son he already lost once, Icarus will have to become the man he never was. Somehow, he will have to learn to believe.
“It’s one of those books that keeps moving along and you tend to lose track of time. I really enjoyed this book. The story is solid, the writing is very good, and I’d definitely look for another book from this author. Highly recommended.” -Martin Crosbie, author of My Temporary Life
“Blake’s writing in this novel is dark and gritty, with elements of horror, but not every character is painted with a dark brush. The author can bring out the voices of lighter characters, which helps to make the story interesting. I look forward to reading the next book in this series. ” -Big Al’s Books and Pals Reviews
“If you’re tired of all of the run of the mill angels that are all sweetness and light, then you’ll love Bruce Blake’s angels. Icarus Fell is officially my new favorite anti hero. I cannot say enough good things about this book. I read it and its sequel, “All Who Wander Are Lost” in two days and loved every minute of them. The next book in this series cannot come out soon enough for this reader. Not just my favorite Kindle book of the year, but one of my favorite books ever. ” -Kindle reader review
“For all the failing and falling that Icarus Fell has done in his life, it isn’t until after his death that he begins to learn what truly matters. From beginning to end this novel does not disappoint. You find yourself racing beside Icarus as he finds his place in the battle between heaven and hell. Worth all five stars, On Unfaithful Wings leaves you in anticipation of Icarus’ next step.” -Kindle reader review
Old-Fashioned Paperback: On Unfaithful Wings: An Icarus Fell Novel
ALL WHO WANDER ARE LOST
If we’re good, we go to Heaven; if we’re bad we go to Hell. No one wants to go to Hell.
Except one man who wishes people would just remember to call him Ric.
In the aftermath of a serial killer’s murderous spree, souls who didn’t deserve damnation went to Hell. The archangel Michael doesn’t seem concerned, but Icarus Fell can’t bear the guilt of knowing it’s his fault they ended up there.
But how can he save them when the archangel forbids him from going and his guardian angel refuses to help?
The answer comes in the form of another beautiful, bewitching guardian angel who offers to be his guide. They travel to Hell to rescue the unjustly damned one by one, but salvation comes at a cost and the economy of Hell demands souls.
Is it a price Icarus is willing to pay?
“All Who Wander is a delightful urban fantasy romp. It has just the right amount of dark and gritty, but the author is careful to feed the reader tiny nibbles of hope to keep you going through the book. I tore through it in an afternoon and immediately went out and bought the prequel.
A solid 5/5 that I’m so glad I tried. ” – Kindle reader review
“This book is a top-notch sequel to the trials in the life – or afterlife – of Icarus Fell. Without question, this is a triumphant return to the story of a man reformed as he struggles to survive in the space between spaces. Bruce Blake is fantastic with his ability to weave so many elements, twist and turns, into his work and there is no way any dark fantasy reader would not enjoy this second book. ” -Kindle reader review
Old-Fashioned Paperback: All Who Wander Are Lost (an Icarus Fell Novel) (Volume 2)
SECRETS OF THE HANGED MAN
When you are the orphaned child of a disgraced nun, and you’re saddled with a ridiculous name like Icarus Fell, you don’t expect things can go drastically downhill.
Until death comes along and an archangel recruits you for a job you screw up so badly you nearly lose your son to a demonic priest and a fallen angel.
And then, burdened by the lives lost because of your foul ups, you travel to Hell, a detour that costs you more dearly then you could ever have imagined.
No, things couldn’t get much worse in the afterlife…unless Satan sends his lap dog to bring back the one thing he thinks belongs to him.
Why couldn’t death be easy?
“What else can you expect from this book? Beautifully well-developed characters, personal lives observed and depicted exceedingly well, the usual flowing dialogue, highly-imaginative situations and, of course, monsters from hell.
I can’t fault Bruce Blake’s writing in any way. This is easily a five-star book. Highly recommended.” – Kindle Reader Review
- On Unfaithful Wings (Icarus Fell, #1) by Bruce Blake (soireadthisbooktoday.com)