If you want a well drawn, suspenseful action story with a rich (alternative universe) historical backdrop - go for it. It is so good.-- What A Strange Duck
As the Vacarescu family, along with Frank and Mirela, arrives in Bucharest and eventually Istanbul, more is revealed about the strigoi, their background and their destiny. The holy war between the Ottoman Empire and Britain becomes the backdrop as the action ramps up; Radu lets loose the forces of the strigoi before realizing his miscalculation. Beecroft again is weaving elements of history, fantasy, faith and magic in true awe-inspiring fashion. --It's About The Book
The descriptions are magical, history and world-building is strong, the plot is well paced (if it was all one book) and intricately weaved, and the characters leap off the page and grab you both round the heart and the throat... Highly recommended --Lillian Francis
From the Author
If you've landed here without coming from Sons of Devils, you may not know that this is the second half of the story that was begun in that book. If you haven't read Sons of Devils don't buy this book - it won't make sense. Basically, Sons of Devils and Angels of Istanbul are a single story, which was only split in two to keep the print costs down.
If the idea of buying twobooks with a cliffhanger in the middle really bugs you, can I suggestyou buy The Arising instead. It is both halves of the story in one volume, and is also cheaper than buying both books individually.
I've also had a few reviews that say "this is not really a m/m romance, it's more of a gay fantasy," and I want to say yes to that too. It waswritten as a fantasy with queer protagonists rather than as a mmromance. It has a gay romance in it, but that's a sub-plot and takes aback seat to saving the world. All of that said, if you liked Dracula,and you wished that Jonathan Harker and Count Dracula had got together, The Arising may be the book for you.