- Series: New Nephilim (Book 1)
- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Redemption Press (June 2, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 163232508X
- ISBN-13: 978-1632325082
- Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 7.9 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,747,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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So the children turn spy, and with the help of Jeremy’s Guardian Angel and his troops, they wage war with the evil Monsters guarding the Nephilim school principal’s “secrets of Nephilimism” report--and the principal’s secret agenda.
And, of course, the principal fights back with every dirty trick in her war book.
Author Kathryn Dahlstrom dives right in and marches straight ahead with nonstop thrust and parry of challenge-defence, attack-counter attack.
Yet this is a very human story. Jeremy grows from being a bully’s boy victim to a war-scarred
self-actuated young man. With help of course.
Kathryn Dahlstom has nailed the “being” of the young people’s world, and their speech. I particularly appreciated some of her turns of phrase. For example, “…the loudest snoring that had ever rattled their ears,” and “…he sagged like a leaky sack.” She has a way with words.
Children of Angels makes for an excellent read.
Jeremy believes his life will improve when he receives an invitation to attend a boarding school for kids like him. But the head mistress insists her students have simply achieved a new level of humanity. She will tolerate no talk of Nephilims. She attempts to imprison Jeremy for trying to speak the truth. And those demons simply will not leave him alone. This Christian-based novel is an action-packed tale of good versus evil, where Jeremy finds strength and values he never knew he possessed, all in an effort to allow truth to prevail.
This book struck me as very similar to Frank Perretti's Piercing the Darkness only with middle graders instead of adults. Since that is one of my all time favorite books, I was excited to see the appearance of angels and demons in the story.
When Jeremy finally decides to take up the call to arms, his heroism is unquestionable. I also enjoyed the turnabouts of several of the characters, some we think are bad choosing good and vice versa.
There was excellent use of scripture throughout the book without dipping into preachiness, something that is very difficult to do. I particularly enjoyed Jeremy's thoughts at the very end on what the birth of Christ must have been like.
The fact that Prouse got away with File Number Twelve makes it quite clear the story will continue. I've read some books that try to twist the end so that the bad guy gets away, but it's done in such a way that it turns out laughable. That's not the case here. We are left hungry for the next story to see if Jeremy and his group of Nephilim will be able to find the woman and retrieve the file.
The story beginning was a bit more abrupt than I prefer. I think I would have enjoyed it better if Jeremy had discovered his new abilities slowly, rather than making the jump from super strength to flying in a single day. In many ways, his first discoveries reminded me of Sam Raimi's 2002 Spiderman movie, only without as much build up of "normal world" first.
The descriptions of the demons were a bit comical, as opposed to scary like in Perretti's book, which disappointed me a little.
Also, while I enjoyed Jeremy's views on the birth of Christ, it felt a tacked on rather than an integral part of the story.
The sudden reappearance of Asiel after he was supposedly killed felt like a cheat, as if the author was afraid to deal with the issue of death. We are told that angels and demons can kill each other, but then Asiel is resurrected. While that does fit into Christian resurrection theology, I don't feel it was set up very well in the story. Up until the moment Asiel reappears, there's no mention of possible resurrection.
I believe Children of Angels by Kathryn Dahlstrom is a great adventure for middle grade readers and a nice light read for adults.