Science fiction and fantasy
by Susan Ee
Penryn's world is unconventional. These angels don't actually clash with the Biblical accounts of angels, but they do contrast with popular images of them as benign and loving guardians. Their powers could be magical, but they also have a great deal of technological knowledge. I wanted to know whether they would turn out to be aliens with an accomplished propaganda department, rather than pure supernatural creatures.
The love story runs along slightly more expected lines than the world building, but that's not to say the plot twists are predictable. This is a very action-oriented novel, and it involves a dash of politics on both the angel and human sides. There are some gruesome scenes and bizarre abominations, so horror balances out the novel's sweeter elements. I enjoyed the dry humour in the main characters' banter, especially that coming from Raffe. Penryn is a fighter who is supremely loyal to those she cares about, and I warmed to her immediately.
The ending of Angelfall left some things unresolved, although not to the extent that it felt unfinished. It definitely left me wanting to read more of the series. This is a tightly-written, finger-lickingly moreish novel.
7th April 2014
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Review © Ros Jackson
Source: own copy