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***** SPOILERS AHEAD**** Her Life began 5 years before, before that her memory is a blank, she cares for 3 street urchins and is put in a position abandon them and learn more so she can help them and many more or stay and help these three she already protects. She takes the chance loosing contact with the kids. She has made the right choice she hopes. Five months later she is a slave monitored for failing to kill a historic figure. She didn't sign on to become an assassin yet that is what they demand of her. She has her mind taken over forcing her to do things while knowing right from wrong. How can she escape the choices she must make.
The premise of the story is Good vs evil, Fallen Angels that still believe in God the Outlaws and choose good and those that follow Lucifer becoming demons. She has power but at the last minute she finds a way to tap into powers she's been brainwashed to forget her powers and her soul are not evil, and in finding out she can't do what they demand she finds she is not only an Angel's child but she has been imprisoned for thousands of years, keeping a secret of a sanctuary. Now knowing what she is and what her life is, she becomes what she always has been an Angle backing God and getting help from the one she thinks has abandoned them all for a rebellion she had no part in. Faith bring the world right, and her to her true soul and the family she lost thousands of years ago. Faith wins and she is reunited with the children she thought lost kept as prisoners for the dastardly plot. But evil doesn't win em all and her secret past as an Angel child comes to her mind and she finds Family she didn't know about.. The plot twists and turns but keeps you very engrossed and attached.. That goes to the top of the heap in the entertainment factor, because that is what books are supposed to do, take us to a new world, future, past, fear or brave.. as long as you are entertained you are far better off reading then not stretching your mind..
I was offered this book and asked to read it for a honest review, having read another work by this author I thought sure I loved his short story and still recommend his loop in time story.. He has proven that he can write two books that I have been totally engrossed in and will look for more because his ability to entertain is what matters in a writer and putting you to sleep you are in no danger of..yelling at the bad guys maybe.. TimeLoop is a great in this time frame a great book I haven't read anything Michael Carney has writen and not liked it..I want more OUTLAW ANGELS and hope he's inspired for many more.... for those of you that are tottally lost by my ramblings forgive me I am having surgery in the morning and just want to make sure I leave nothing undone.. encluding correcting my emotional swingset not making the book bad just the reviewer.
Book: Academy of Secrets
Author: Michael Carney
Series: Outcast Angels, book one
Who might like this book: This book is especially good for readers who enjoy their fantasy novels with angels and demons as well as a generous dose of a secret society.
*I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for a review.
Reasons I loved this book:
First and foremost, Chrymos is an extremely relatable character. She cares deeply for those under her protection, especially the children that she takes care of. She has very valid reasons for her actions and thoughts. Even though this book takes place in the 1600’s, it does not take the path of minimizing women or having illogical reasons for women to think and act a certain way. Her views on opulence and her enemies in the book are well thought out and make sense. She is a very no nonsense type of character and does not spend the entire book agonizing over a male character as would have happened in many books I have read. This alone makes this book stand out from the rest. (I also love the twist that occurs because of her character, but because of spoiler reasons, that is all I will say).
My second reason for loving this book is the outcast angels. In many books that deal with angels and demons, both the angels and demons are typecast in a very stereotypical way. The demons in this book may have been so-they are evil, have no relationships with each other or anyone else, think only of doing evil deeds. However, the outcast angels in this book are not at all cast in a stereotypical role where they believe themselves better than the humans. These angels are very relatable, work well with humans, and seem to genuinely care about humans and the world. Yes, they are still working to stop a great evil and have a very lofty mission. BUT, they do not sacrifice humans ‘for the greater good’ as many stories would do.
My third reason for loving this book has to do with the special powers (yes, this is a slight spoiler, but we find this out fairly quick). In many books where humans are given powers, they are only given huge, life changing kinds of powers that can change the world. This is especially true of the main character usually. I love that some of the powers are small and insignificant and others seem to be huge, while other characters do not seem to manifest a power at all.
My fourth reason is that this book did not slow down at the end 50 or so pages before the end. This is something that really bugs me about some books. In this book, I could only tell in minutes how long was left, but there were still significant revelations to be had within the last 10 minutes of the book. It left it in such a way as to encourage the reader to immediately look into when the next book is due out.
My fifth and last reason to love this book has to do with how it deals with God and Christianity. This book very obviously has a Christian theme overarching the whole book. There are times when Chrymos is praying to God and asking for a sign of his presence or interference. In many books that have a Christian element to them, they would hold very obviously with either completely doubting God’s existence or showing God’s presence without a doubt in the book. However, neither of those options ever seemed very realistic to me and always left me thinking the book not as well put together. In this book, there is no real conclusive proof to me one way or another. Some may disagree with this, because yes there are angels. However, we see no concrete proof that God is involving himself in the lives of the characters and specifically with Chrymos. This is what I love about it, because in our lives we also have no proof, only faith.
Problems I have with the book:
Of course, being a three starred review I do have a few problems with the book.
First, this is a problem of my own making. I did not research well when requesting this book and failed to notice that this was a Christian fantasy book, which it states right on the cover. As a person of indeterminate faith I have trouble reading most books with religion of any kind involved, even if they are also in the fantasy genre.
Second, the way this book opens. I almost gave this book up entirely as the book opens in hell, with prisoner eleven describing hell and other things that happen there. To me this was not a very good attention grabber. Possibly this was for the aforementioned problem of not liking Christian books very well. But to me the bit either forwards five years with Chrymos or backward thirteen hundred years would have been a better attention grabber.
Third, the timelines had me somewhat confused as well. There were times where it was confusing whether 1,000 years had passed or 10,000 years had passed in prisoner eleven’s time in hell. I know this is a small point of criticism, but even now after having read the whole book it seemed to give off differing views. The other time span that confused me was the time to be cloistered for a new power to be mastered. Was it three weeks or two months? I really do not know.
Fourth, there were small issues of spelling, grammar, punctuation and space. This possibly could have been the edition I was reading, but there were times I really wanted to correct it. I was a literature major in college and so this really broke up the flow of reading for me in an unpleasant way. Luckily, there were not too many such cases, especially later in the book.
Fifth, relates to this quote. “He seemed still relatively young in human years, perhaps four decades at most.” This above all other lines in the book stopped me dead. This book takes place in 1610. During that time, if I am remembering correctly, the average life expectancy was 35-40 years or somewhere around there. (I was also a history minor in college). So, to say he was relatively young really just bugged me.
Overall, would I recommend this book: Yes.
Will I read the sequel when it comes out: Yes, I will. In fact I have already signed up to receive my free e-book of Time Loop and to hear when the next book, The Lost War is released.