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- ASIN : B07L33XJZ7
- Publisher : Rumian Publishing (January 22, 2019)
- Publication date : January 22, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 4588 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 325 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #938,945 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Under Ordshaw took me by surprise and I really was curious how Williams was going to hammer down some of the questions that popped up in that book. Blue Angel starts right on the heels of book one and, honestly, the tension stays ratcheted high throughout most of the book making it equal parts enthralling and nail-biting. I really didn't want to put this down once I started. Watching Pax navigate the inept MEE agents, murderous fae, and the frightening connection she may or may not have was gripping and often, amusing.
Pax and Letty's partnership truly shined in Blue Angel and it was absolutely what Pax needed to blossom from a mild flour character to a character with agency and personality. Really, she is pretty kickass. Casaria is still completely unhinged and I can't decide if I like him or not. I thoroughly enjoyed the addition of Sam Ward (Casaria's "nemesis") to highlight the MEE perspective and the issues there linked to the minotaur. I was amused almost as much as I was screaming at the book because the INEFFICIENCY, dear readers, was painful.
If you check my highlights, almost all of them are from Letty (if not all). Her character trajectory has been the absolute best in the series so far.
There wasn't anything I didn't like about this book which is saying something! Start from the beginning and then come back and chat with me!
I really wish I had time to immediately pick up the last book of the trilogy but you better believe I'm going to pick up the next book as soon as I'm able!
Blue Angel is the fast-paced urban fantasy sequel to Under Ordshaw, and I definitely recommend reading them in order, or you may be wondering who these badly injured people are, why they are so shell-shocked, and why none of them seem to like each other that much!
Welcome to Ordshaw, where the streets may be mean, but what is beneath them is far, far worse.
We join Pax, Letty and the Barton family as they are still catching their breath from their narrow escape from the Sunken City and the clutches of the unexpectedly electric and octopedal ‘minotaur’, which may also be the same thing as the MEE’s ‘praelucente’ and also may or may not be linked to Asphodel’s Blue Angel… it does get a bit confusing!
The main plot focus here is Pax and her unmerry band of prickly, unhappy allies attempting to find out exactly that: who or what is the Blue Angel, and what is it doing to the people of Ordshaw. As unofficial protectors of the city, Pax and Barton feel the need to identify and eliminate threats to public order, whilst staying under the radar of the MEE agents who are officially working towards the same goal.
In fact, only one or two MEE agents seem to be asking the right questions. We finally meet Sam Ward – unstable Casaria’s prior stalkee/crush – and find that she is actually intelligent, efficient, and totally suspicious about what is going on under the Ministry’s noses and why no one else is questioning it. Unlucky for her that management are determined to sideline her into obscurity and even unluckier that she might need Casaria’s support before the day is done. Especially as he would rather just kill her. In fact, it is looking increasingly like he possibly wants to kill everyone… you know, for their own safety. Let’s just say he is having a rough day.
Sam and Pax’s investigations run parallel to each other, occasionally intersecting, and I can honestly say that I had no idea what the end result would be until the final reveal. In fact, I’m not 100% sure I know now! Not everything is always as it first appears, especially with the Layer Fae around…
Phil William’s style is all snappy dialogue, shoot-’em-out action and horrific slime monsters with teeth and eyeballs where they shouldn’t be; like Buffy , but darker and adultier. While the first book in the series really sets the scene and players, Blue Angel lines them up facing each other and starts pushing their buttons and winding their clockwork in preparation for the finale of the series, The Violent Fae, which threatens too be outright warfare… unless Pax can really live up to her name.
I can’t wait to find out soon, and tell you all about it!
Holly handed over a piece of paper and Pax scanned the elegant handwriting.
Husband mortally wounded.
Government can’t be trusted – ergo police/hospitals/communications unsafe.
Monsters under the city.
Fairies = real – also want to kill us.
Contact the Evening Standard.
“The Evening Standard?”
“Yes,” Holly said. “They ran an excellent exposé on a pothole scandal in Ten Gardens. Those roads are now being fixed and the culprits are facing jail time. This isn’t much different, is it?”
“There was a fifty-foot electric octopus thing,” Pax said. “It’s a little different.”
“The principle’s the same,” Holly insisted.
– Phil Williams, Blue Angel
Review by Steph Warren of Bookshine and Readbows blog
Read the synopsis if you want a summary.
Better yet skip that, read Under Ordshaw, then read this. Blue Angel is fresh, lively, fun reading. When you are finished and in the mood for a different feel read the Estalia books. This is some of the best urban fantasy/ noir on the market. Crime, adventure, monsters, government agency incompetence, a totally awesome heroine and more. Well written, good flow, three dimensional characters, a bit of mystery and a great and thoroughly original story.
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Blue Angel is a solid sequel to Phil Williams' Under Ordshaw. Without spoiling book 1, let me just say that we get to learn more about the world that exists in and around and under Ordshaw, with good character growth and plenty of action. If you liked Under Ordshaw, definitely read Blue Angel, and if you haven't read Under Ordshaw yet, but like new takes on urban fantasy, then I highly recommend picking that up ASAP.
Top reviews from other countries
Underworld in more ways than one. Pax somehow keeps her head while all around her are losing theirs on the brink of war between the Fae council and the government agency which believes it is keeping the people of Ordshaw safe. In between are criminal gangs and disaffected Fae. Pax has to juggle hiding a family who know too much, rescuing the boy who got her into this mess, and figuring out who or what is the mysterious Blue Angel. This while all the time looking to keep a lid on the erupting violence.
Phil Williams introduces us to some new characters for this instalment in the Ordshaw series, in particular Sam who finds herself thrust into a leadership role at the Environmental Ministry - more akin to MI5 – after a sudden rise in its casualty rate. We also get to know several more Fae characters, mostly armed to the teeth, as our understanding of Fae infighting broadens. Favourites, such as Letty and Casaria from book one, are also there to enjoy and Pax is still at the driving heart of the narrative. Depth of character remains a strong point and everyone has their own axe to grind, and boy do they grind them. It’s deeply impressive how Williams keeps the pace up with such an array of characters and he leads us to a great climax.
There’s more to come though and I’m looking forward to the third book in the series, The Violent Fae. As if they’ve been all sweetness and light so far!
This book retains the same light touch of humour mixed with relentless excitement and danger for our motley group of protagonists. Everyone continues to distrust each other, suspicion is rife. The Ministry for Environmental Energy becomes even more conniving, badly run and full of ignorance – so just like any branch of the civil service. Except now we’ve got politicians in London with even greater levels of these dubious qualities which manage to make things worse.
The Fae are as violent, aggressive and generally psychotic as before, we just meet more of them, their willingness to shoot first and not bother to ask questions later, is even more visible. That said, Letty is the stand-out character in this series. I love how everything she says begins with a foul-mouthed curse or an insult which combines so many original combinations of abuse, it astonishes me.
I described the humour as having a ‘light touch’ earlier, this is down to the whimsical tone of the narrative. It’s refreshing in its wit, the ridiculousness of some of the situations – which can quickly turn into something dramatic. There’s a scene in the MEE’s offices that begins with amusing, typical-day-in-the-life monotony and then plunges headlong into an exciting, plunging-off-the-edge-of-a-cliff type of excitement. The relationships are the same. Everything is tinged with average normality, arguments based on minor resentments that flare up in stressful situations, distrust making someone suspect another of dirty deeds when there’s no reason it. All irrational stuff that makes the human race what we are. And Phil Williams handles it all masterfully.
The fact that everyone distrusts each other, inevitably leads to a complicated tale. That’s what I love about it. You never know what – or who - to believe just as you can’t predict where things are going to go next in the story. Like the protagonists, you get dragged along into the next dramatic event without knowing why. I’m seriously impressed by the editing of a novel that can achieve that goal yet still make it a narrative you can follow without any trouble.
The next story in the series, The Violent Fae, cannot arrive fast enough for me. I can’t wait to find out what happens to Pax and Letty next because it’s obvious Ordshaw (and perhaps the world) has more secrets that it hasn’t disclosed. And war with the Fae seems likely!
After a series of mysterious accidents wreck havoc on Ordshaw, Pax, Letty and the Barton family seek shelter to plan their next move. With Cassaria unaccounted for, the MEE seek to understand the cause of the accidents and take control of the situation. As things begin to spiral out of control, enemies must learn to work together or risk war between the MEE and the fae.
Blue Angel is a fantastic addition to the series, full of tense, gripping moments and sharp, exciting writing. I look forward to book 3!