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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Starfall is a work of science fiction in The Chronicles of Fid series penned by author David Reiss. In this third installment of the Fid adventures, we follow on from supervillain Doctor Fid’s previous attempts to protect and serve in his uniquely violent way. Now, those bloody memories have long since faded away but a new tragedy brings Fid right back to the day when his journey as a villain began. One small girl needs rescuing, threatening to repeat the horrors of the supervillain’s past, and no power on this Earth, or beyond it, will stop Doctor Fid from saving her and himself in the process.
Having read the series to date, I found this third installment takes a sharp turn towards powerful character development and emotive storytelling, bringing the antics and dark past of Doctor Fid into a realistic new light. For fans of the series so far, there’s still plenty of tech, comic book-style violence, scrapes, and capers for Fid to navigate, but here author David Reiss raises the bar on character development as we spend some time far deeper in the doctor’s mind than we’ve ever been allowed before. The result is powerful, drawing on atmospheric moments and genuinely heart-breaking drama to achieve Fid’s immense conclusion to his lifelong traumas. All of this is packed into Reiss’s usual stellar narration, engaging description, and particularly sharp dialogue. Overall, Starfall brings a new dimension to The Chronicles of Fid as a series, and I would highly recommend it to science fiction and comic book fans everywhere.