Posts Tagged ‘Angels’

Part 2 in the Angel Fallen Publicity Tour

June 27, 2017 - 6:33 pm No Comments

So yesterday we found out the man behind the book and the blurb to An Angel Fallen. Today here is my review on the book

An Angel Fallen by Andy Graham

Published on 13th June 2017

79 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

There is not a lot to do where Michael lives, and he would rather not spend it at home. So, him and his best friend Raph make up their own entertainment. One night when they were both out, something falls from the sky, triggering a chain of events that got more catastrophic.

Michael was always the follower, everything Raph wanted to do he went along with it even when he didn’t agree with it. Although spending time with Raph was far better than spending it at home. The only one who looked after him was Ariel the housekeeper. However, after the eventful night, he did grow a conscience and started to stand up to Raph and show compassion.

Although this is a short story, there is a lot going on which makes it a quick read. Whilst reading this story, it reminded me of an old testament story that was told to me at Sunday school. This is a well written horror with some twists that will keep you gripped from the start.

 

Archangel’s Heart

June 21, 2017 - 12:24 pm No Comments

Archangel’s Heart
Guild Hunter Book 9
Author: Nalini Singh
Publisher: Gollancz
Page Count: 381pp
Release date: 2nd Nov 2016
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Reviewer: Theresa Derwin

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Right, things are a little complicated if you don’t know the series or haven’t read the previous books, but Singh drops in pieces of exposition during the first couple of chapters. So, I’m going to summarise the gist of it here for you.
This is the ninth book in the Guild Hunter series, a series in which an Archangel named Raphael is betrothed/mated (call it what you will) to his consort Elena. Raphael is in charge of New York, a city where angels, humans and vampires roam. Vampires are created by Archangels/angels, who repay the debt of saving their life and making them immortal, with a 100 years of servitude. Some angels can be brutal towards their ‘property’ indulging themselves in sexual torture, physical abuse and downright nastiness. But in the main, they are treated well, for instance, Montgomery was made by Raphael and works happily for him as a kind of butler/organiser/PA. He is also happily married to his partner of choice. Raphael is madly in love with his Elena (Guild Hunter-turned angel) who is the equivalent of a toddler in terms of angelic power. She returns his passion in spades. As for the Guild Hunters, they basically hunt ‘naughty’ vampires who runaway from their masters.
At this stage of the series, Elena is coming into her powers. This book is set two years after the events of the last book. Archangel Alexander awoke from ‘Sleep’ claiming back half of his lands from the current ruler Favashi. Cue tension and possible war. At the same time two years ago, after making zombie-ish creatures to try and take power, Lijuan was last seen disappearing into the distance (presumed not-dead due to her age) and there was the ‘cascade’, causing untold destruction and changes in the world hierarchy. Now, as Lijuan has been missing/dead for two years, a mysterious and ancient order of angels, the Luminata, call the Cardre of Archangels together to discuss the fate of Lijuan’s territory. But if she is not in ‘Sleep’ and is in fact alive, there will be eleven Archangels awake at the same time; with possibly deadly and disastrous consequences.
Elena is allowed to accompany Raphael to the compound but only as consort, so bringing her faithful guards with her is out of the question. So death is a very real possibility. Especially as her best friend Bluebell (Illium) will remain on duty in New York. He, too, is becoming a staggering angel in his own right. Thankfully though, she can take one of Raphael’s other ‘Seven’, Aodhan. Still bearing the dual scars from his time in hell, Aodhan has finally returned to art. Yet his creative side belies a clever, dangerous angel.
So, the trio set off in the skies to meet with the Luminata and the other Archangels and co.
When they get there, the architecture is stunning, as is the Morrocan scenery, bringing back all manner of memories for Elena about her mother. But something is not right at their lair. And lair is probably the best word for Lumia; for it feels more like another Archangel’s refuge than a pseudo-religious/mystic and peaceful land it pretends to be. The angels at Lumia ring alarm bells for Raphael, Elena and Aodhan. Secrets abound. Adding to this is the evidence of bloodlust attacks and the possibility that it could worsen, and the need for proof as to what has indeed happened to Lijuan.
When Elena visits the local town, it’s clear the villages are scared to death of angels – the question is ‘why?’.
Between various mysteries and story threads, Singh delivers an intricate sometimes confusing world build. If you’re new to the series, this isn’t the best book to start with, as it’s heavy on the politics and world build.
I love that Singh delivers multicultural societies in her novels, reflective of the world in which we live (without the mythical creatures that is) and she is brave enough to deal with Aodhan’s PTSD among other issues. However, I have to confess, of the series, it wasn’t my favourite, though it did give us a glimpse into Elena’s history, and the relationship between Raphael and his mother Caliane was explored.
Enjoyable, romantic and lots going on.
A solid 3.5/5

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