The Fall is the eagerly anticipated sequel to the madness and genius that Guillermo del Toro, the Hollywood director and Chuck Hogan inflicted in The Strain. The Strain had established Del Toro as a powerhouse in writing as he is in direction but this book has only managed to accentuate his reputation.

The Fall begins immediately where we were left off in The Strain. Of course, the more-than-one endings help us to get deeper into the story as the sequel begins. The showdown with the Master in the first part had made us realize that this is how vampires should be and not the glittering ones found in Twilight. Of course, Del Toro and Hogan had left many questions unanswered in the first part which had made the wait for The Fall unbearable. And boy, do they deliver!

The protagonist, Setrakian, who is a Holocaust survivor, scholar, pawnshop owner and vampire slayer is given more space in the book and if you are Setrakian lover, then there’s also his back story to interest you guys. As the story progresses he divulges more of the Master’s plans and it is inevitable that our little band of fighters must split in order to bring his ideas into fruition. The other characters are also given the chance to expand and it is here where we learn more about Ephram. He falls off the bandwagon and pursues different goals than the rest. He goes after the billionaire traitor to the human race, Eldritch Palmer. One thing about Palmer though, he is the perfect villain, he is the one we love to hate. He embodies everything a villain should be and sadly, is not, in stories these days.

The story progresses into different directions as the motley crew splits up. Nora, love-interest of Eph, takes his son Zach and makes a run for Canada. The struggle which they face en-route is edge-of-the-seat thrills and is guaranteed to keep you awake late into the night to figure out what’s going to happen next. Then there’s the exterminator Fet who has graduated from killing rats to killing vampires and he is given much more development in this part than the previous one. The relationship which he enjoys with Setrakian is funny, touching and overall, enjoyable from the reader’s point of view.

The book, written in the manner it is, helps shift the focus to the classic vampires of old from the new-age ones. Lots of blood, gore and thrills act as a throwback to the good old days. It is hard to imagine anyone not waiting expectantly for The Fall if they have read The Strain. The crown has been ripped off the glitter and placed back where it belongs. Only fair to say, I can’t wait to get my hands on the third part of the trilogy, The Night Eternal!