Posts Tagged ‘Angels’

Soul Guardian by Dawn Doyle

January 2, 2017 - 12:55 am No Comments

Soul Guardian by Dawn Doyle

Published on 23rd August 2016

274 Pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

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Bethany is an accountant. All she wants is to meet Mr Right, except Mr Right is only in her dreams. She is a good person and only wants the best for everyone even giving up her spare time to work for an animal sanctuary. This all changes when thinking she is doing the right thing, she reports some financial irregularities, changing her life completely.

Bethany’s sweet nature never changed even after the traumatic event, although she did grow into a stronger character especially when she was standing up for what she felt was right. Her relationship with Antonio was just how a big sister should be. Through all these changes one thing was consistent in her life, her guardian and the love they had between them.

The story’s plot had an unexpected twist and with Bethany’s investigations and the intense love story between herself and her guardian, made this a real page turner and once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down. Although the ending was a surprise, I hope that this will not be the last time we read about Bethany or her Guardian.

A great supernatural love story with plenty of surprises. I will definitely look out for more books from this author.

The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard

November 16, 2016 - 8:57 pm No Comments

THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS by Aliette de Bodard. Gollancz, London, UK. £14.99 trade paperback. 400 pages. ISBN: 978-1-473-21255-8

Reviewed by Pauline Morgan.

51clq6f-lzl-_sx326_bo1204203200_Especially in the USA, there is a current fascination with angels. This is not just amongst the readers of fantasy but in the general public. To some extent, this is even greater than the interest in vampires, werewolves or zombies, the reason being that so many religious books mention them. Thus, some writers have taken the idea of angels as a focus for their novels, Nalini Singh being one of them. Her approach is very different from Aliette de Bodard’s involving vampires along with an angelic hierarchy.

Like Singh’s work, The House Of Shattered Wings doesn’t make angels nice and friendly. If you offend them, they are deadly. A difference is that they should not be regarded as sex objects. De Bodard’s angels are the Fallen. They have been thrown out of Heaven for misdemeanours they do not remember, and all parts of their body contains magic that can be harvested.

The setting is a Paris dramatically ruined as a result of a war between the Houses of the Fallen. At the end of that, Morningstar, the oldest of the Fallen (we would know him better as Lucifer), disappeared leaving Selene as the heir apparent of the House of Silverspires. The war might be over but enmity isn’t. Asmodeus usurped House Hawthorn twenty years before the action starts, a time when Madeleine, a human alchemist left Hawthorn and was taken in by Silverspires.

The book opens with a newly Fallen being discovered by Ninon and Phillipe, two gang members. Ninon wants to collect parts of the Fallen one for the magic and Phillipe cuts off two fingers before Selene arrives to claim the new one for her House. Phillipe is a stranger to Paris in that he was forcibly brought there to fight in the angels’ war. He originates from the Far East where he was born a mortal but worked to gain ascension to the courts of the Jade Emperor and immortality. He was ejected for dissent but retained his immortality, and a knowledge of magical working. Selene captures him and takes him and the new Fallen (who she names Isabelle) to Silverspires. While he is there, Phillipe is instrumental in releasing a curse that begins the destruction of the building occupied by Silverspires.

There is a lot to like in this book. Madelaine, Phillipe and to some extent, Isabelle, are the characters that the readers are drawn to. They are at the centre of events and their failings are weaknesses that cause them to make mistakes. The other Fallen, such as Selene and Asmodeus, are remote and cruel. Their main motivation is the survival of their House whatever the odds. While Selene would prefer not to sacrifice her dependents, Asmodeus is more ruthless and it is the cruelty of the Fallen is at the heart of the destruction wrought before and during the time of this tale.

I like very much that the action is centred on Paris, because so many novels are American-centric and it is refreshing to have a new landscape. A shame the City had to die. The characters are well drawn and the turns of events are satisfyingly unexpected. This book has already gained acclaim as it was awarded the BSFA award for best novel of 2015 at Eastercon earlier this year. It is a delight to read and well worth investing time with.

Awakening (Promiscus Guardians Book 1) by Brianna West

September 3, 2016 - 9:32 pm No Comments

Awakening (Promiscus Guardians Book 1) by Brianna West

Published on 29th September 2015

350 Pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

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What would you do if you saw 2 gorgeous men leave your local bar, well if you were Izzy then you follow them to see what they are up to. What she did not expect is what happened to her after they caught her. Everything Izzy had read in her paranormal books, Demonic portals Angels, Demons, and magic were coming true. To help her adjust to her powers was Lucas and Paval, both Guardians and like her both Promiscus. Promiscus are half breeds a mixture of good and evil and all have to battle their dark side. Lucas is half Angel and Vampire. Paval is half Faerie and Warlock. From the start there is a spark between Lucas and Izzy and when they finally got together I did let out a cheer. Izzy is very headstrong and knows what she wants, and although not experienced in her powers she makes them work usually just by luck. Lucas is your typical tall and brooding type, he did annoy me a bit with him being too overprotective but when you are a 700 half breed and has seen death you can understand how he is with Izzy. Paval is like your young irritating brother, who provides the comedy in the book which got even funnier when he joins up with Bernie and Carl.  Although I can imagine him in a tutu. Each character had their own individuality and even the minor characters had an important part to play in the story.

The story was full of action and the fight scenes were intense especially the final battle. It was well paced and kept my interest to the end. The ending was nicely done, which gives scope for further books and looking at the author’s books, book 2 and 3 are already out. Also Victor and Paval have their own books. This book will appeal to anyone who likes the paranormal and by the end I am sure you will have picked your favourite Guardian

Nameless

December 21, 2015 - 6:01 pm No Comments

Author: Mercedes M Yardley
Publisher: Crystal Lake Publishing
Page Count: 308pp
Release date: 11th December 2015
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin

Luna Masterson, like her Daddy, could see the dark shadows at night, unlike her Mom and brother. At a birthday sleepover when a young child, Luna is the only one awake as the demon walks through a room of girls, tasting them.
The demonic love the taste of little girls.
When Luna starts screaming and shouting, Luna the Lunatic isn’t invited to another party.
Her Dad has to teach her how to keep quiet and not let the world know she can hear the voices. Not that it always works.
As an adult, there is only Luna and her brother Seth left, and after Seth’s wife, Sparkles, leaves him, Luna moves into his to help take care of his daughter Lydia. Lydia also has nightmares and Luna fears it’s hereditary.
Of course, everyone including her brother Seth, just thinks Luna is bonkers. At work as a phlebotomist, Luna loses it one day whilst taking blood samples from Reed Taylor, and when he demands to know who she was telling at, she tells him. Bad move.
However, Seth decides to bit the bullet and ask her about the demons. It’s a useful exposition technique, which allows Yardley to tell us that in the majority of instances demons have to be invited in, like mythical vampires. And demons come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, including smart and dumb. Thanks to Luna’s powers, demons are no longer able to see into Seth’s house.
Taking Lydia to show off at the supermarket, Luna runs into Reed again, as well as a demon leaching her power, and an invisible presence Following Reed that steps in to save the day. Who or what is the presence? Is it on her side? And what does Reed have to do with all of this?
Luna’s voice is strong and sarcastic, poking fun in the only way she can, in order to deal with the things she sees. The humour in this is rife, apart from the, argh, creepy bits, of which there are a few. Some of the various demonic character voices are really quite funny, particularly that of Mouthy Demon. My only real critique is the constant repetition of the name Reed Taylor, which interrupts the flow of the narrative somewhat. I understand the reasoning behind this but it doesn’t quite work.
On the plus side, there’s a helluva twist at about 70% ebook level, that adds a whole new dimension to the novel.
This is the most interesting and entertaining “I see …” Urban Fantasy I’ve read since Chuck Wendig’s Miriam Black series. Top notch stuff with a great cliffhanger. A marvellous book. I am eager to read the next book in the series, out July.

Archangel’s Enigma

September 30, 2015 - 8:05 am No Comments

Guild Hunter series
Author: Nalini Singh
Publisher: Gollancz
Release date: 3rd Sept 2015
Page count: 357pp
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin

The Guild Hunter series pitches Archangels and Vampires together in a fight against evil. The latest of the series, Archangel’s Enigma, finds Naasir, the most feral of the ‘Seven’ (a powerful group of vampires and angels) dispatched to find the Archangel of Persia amidst rumours of a plot to murder him. He is mentioned in the prophecy Lijuan knows of, as one who might destroy her.
Naasir is called to see Archangel Raphael and is ordered to find out where Alexander Sleeps. It’s about the right time for a new mission; apart from feeling like a caged animal in the city, he is becoming impatient waiting for his ‘mate’ to find him. And although he knows he will miss his family, he is eager for another adventure. He has been assigned to protect a scholarly angel, Andromeda, an angel with insight into the locations an Archangel is most likely to hibernate.
As a scholar, stuck at the a Refuge where Naasir travels to, Andromeda is distracted by a letter she has received. She is soon to be four hundred years old and at that age she is instructed to return to her brutal totalitarian grandfather, Charisemnon, enemy of Raphael, so that she can serve at his side for five hundred years. She is tempted to ask Raphael for Sanctuary but is hesitant to ask, convinced she has no choice and must return home as a princess in fifteen days. But not until she has finished her mission with the delicious Naasir. Despite her vow of celibacy, she can’t help but find him enticing, especially when the first thing he does upon meeting her is to lean in and sniff her just in case she might be his mate.
This is the second book I’ve read in the Guild Hunter series. Whereas the first time I had difficulty getting my head round the various intricacies of the world building, this time I had no trouble at all. Having read the previous book, I understand what’s going on in this war and how the various factions fit together, which makes it easier to understand the plot and get into the story. And a fun story it is, with something for all; there’s political intrigue and power battles, romance, sexual chemistry, humour, zombies who feed on immortals and an edge of darkness and viciousness. Of the two series Singh writes I prefer the Psy-Changeling series, but the Guild Hunter series is also one to watch. Particularly as the conclusion hints at lots more action to come.