Fall From Grace is receiving very kind and flattering praise from the online writing community. Huge thanks to everyone who has taken the time to read it and write honest reviews.
Writer and specialist of literary craft, Sean P. Carlin, highlights Fall From Grace in his article about the concept of mental real estate, saying that the novel “brought a cinematic, visionary approach to a subject with a literary tradition dating back to the Old Testament that’s been reinterpreted and re-envisioned across three millennia.”
Blogger and owner of European Geeks Publishing, Elisha Neubauer, calls Fall From Grace “vividly descriptive” and “highly addictive.”
Author and blogger Jane V. Blanchard says that J. Edward Ritchie is a “masterful story-teller, creating a Heaven full of diverse creatures, monsters, and characters with very ‘human’ traits.”
GC MacQuarie’s blog, Thoughts of an Aspiring Wordsmith, says that Fall From Grace is “quite thought provoking” and the “descriptive landscape comes to life with each beautifully thought out paragraph.”
Author and blogger, Lisa Lickel, gives an honest and positive review of Fall From Grace on her blog Living Our Faith Out Loud. She says that “the story of the war in Heaven is a stunner” and that it’s a “worthy debut novel from a talented author.”
Debbie Champagne’s blog, Picky Review Girl, highlights some of the themes of Fall From Grace including “evolution vs. destiny” and “the damnation of war and quickly it fades morality.”
Anglican priest, Craig Stephans, praised the writing and themes of Fall From Grace, saying the “character development is on par with Milton’s angelic characters and C.S. Lewis’ characters in The Screwtape Letters as well as more recent novels This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness by Frank Piretti” and that “I think the writing on the moral, spiritual, physical and relational deterioration of the fallen angels is where Ritchie really hits the mark.”
Blogger Mark Combs reviewed Fall From Grace on his site, The Casual Misanthrope, saying that the prose “is beautiful and ugly, serene and violent, divine and evil” and that the story “goes way beyond our traditional view of good and evil into those gray areas of morality, family loyalty, and the lengths others will go to in the name of their faith.”
Bella Reads and Reviews Books blog praises the novel’s world building, saying that I’ve created “a fascinating, complex heavenly society populated by three-dimensional characters with strong personalities, unique capabilities, and credible emotions and motives.”
Tea With Tumnus blog writer S.M. Metzler says that “every single word shines with not just uniqueness, but also a belonging” and the that the world is “painted so realistically, I felt drawn in to the story even more. This aspect of the story complements the choice of words and the overall writing style.
Katherine Kaecey McCormick says that Fall From Grace hits the “sweet spot” between “religious myth and fantasy” and that “there are fascinating themes and lessons within this work of fiction that raise important questions about human nature and society.”