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Best friends, Two and Nine, have spent their entire lives within the Academy’s barbed wire fences and tall brick walls. Deep in the San Juan Mountains, they have lived in absolute isolation with the other subjects, trained so that one day...

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Best friends, Two and Nine, have spent their entire lives within the Academy’s barbed wire fences and tall brick walls. Deep in the San Juan Mountains, they have lived in absolute isolation with the other subjects, trained so that one day they may be integrated into the outside world.

Two dreams of becoming the perfect military leader the Academy wants to groom him into. However, when he learns that Nine is leaving the Academy, he realizes that his future is meaningless without her. With time running out, he hatches a plan for them to escape together--even if it means going against the brutal overseers of the project he was born into.

The Assassin Fall series is best enjoyed in order.
Reading Order:
Hades Rising (prequel novella)
Book #1 Project Pandora
Book #2 Project Prometheus

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By Carrie July 13, 2018

Hades Rising by Aden Polydoros is a prequel novella that is a part of the young adult Assassin Fall thriller series and is currently a free ebook on Amazon. The series involves a bunch of teenagers that have been secretly trained to become assassins through the Pandora Project.

Hades Rising takes... ...more

By Ishmeen August 13, 2018

I am completely fine 🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂 ...more

By lacy [a ravenclaw library] July 08, 2018

tw: gruesome injury and death, corporal punishment

I was given this novella by the author, Aden Polydoros. This, in no way, affected my review of this book.

Where do I even begin? Should I talk about the pain I feel in my chest? Should I talk about the straight glee I felt while reading? Should I t... ...more

By Teri July 05, 2018

Project Pandora was hands down one of my most compelling reads last year, and I couldn't wait to get my hands on this novella.  At least it will tide me over for a while until Project Prometheus is released.  Maybe (but I doubt it).

Hades is my favorite character in Project Pandora - he's cunning,... ...more

By Myreadbooks July 09, 2018

I already had the volume 1 but I preferred to read this prequel before. The cover is beautiful, above the title there is a catch phrase as on all books in this series but not the same each time on this book there: "You have been chosen" and we see Two and Nine run as if he were running away.

It a... ...more

By Chris June 21, 2018

Hades Rising is the gritty YA novella, you never knew you needed. A mix of great writing (lot of imagery) and fast-paced plot. So, I highly recommend this novella!! ...more

By Jennifer July 03, 2018

Hades Rising is a great backstory novella for Hades. I like that we are able to see how he comes to be so violent and more of his relationship with Elizabeth. I definitely recommend reading this if you enjoyed Hades in Project Pandora. Or if you want to see more of the inner workings of the Acade... ...more

By Sonya June 28, 2018

HADES RISING grabs you from the very beginning and doesn't let go. It's packed with action and suspense. While most YA books are written with teenage girls in mind, this novella appeals to both sexes. The chapters alternate between a male and a female characters' point-of-view. You'll never think... ...more

By Diamond July 08, 2018

If you were in love with Project Pandora (and Hades) pick this book up! A thrilling read that gives insight in to why Hades is the 'villainous' character that he is. Not too mention the writing is superb. I've already read it twice 😏. Its truly a thrilling, dark, gritty read ...more

By Brenda July 04, 2018

Normally, dark YA fantasy is not my thing. But Aden Polydoros has created a great thriller series that transcends the genre. Hades is the most fascinating character in the whole Assassin Fall series, and the book Hades Rising takes a deep dive into the occurrences in Hades's life that made him wh... ...more

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Aden Polydoros

About the author

Aden Polydoros

Aden Polydoros is the author of the Assassin Fall series. When he isn’t writing, he enjoys reading, haunting antique stores, and getting lost down Google rabbit holes while researching his current works in progress. His favorite genres include sci-fi, fantasy, Gothic horror, and psychological thrillers. He can be found on Twitter at @AdenPolydoros and Facebook at, and is represented by Caryn Wiseman of Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

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