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Death's Angel (Lost Angels, Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – December 31, 2012
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Heather Killough-Walden is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Big Bad Wolf series (available in eBook form). Heather's educational background includes religious studies, archeology, and law. She has traveled all over the world but hopes to one day live in a town with a world-class hockey team. (Let's go Pens!)
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The prologue to "Death's Angel," powerfully depicts the beginning of Azrael's suffering, 2,000 years earlier when the four favored first came down to earth. Az is changed like none of his brothers. Many of the souls he led away, as was his job as the Angel of Death, seem to have held a grudge against him and all of their ill will has cursed him and turned him into a vampire, a creature that never even existed before. Suddenly he is fighting to feed off Michael each night, ripping into his neck to make his own horrid agony go away. Azrael is filled with self-loathing, begging Michael to kill him and fantasizing about walking into the sun, now caustic to him. He sees himself as a monster. It's a gut-wrenching scene, vividly depicted and beautifully written.
Try as I might, I can't do justice to the relationship between Az and Sophie. Heather Killough-Walden has taken her story of the Lost Angels and split it wide open. She has taken complicated, painful feelings and wounded lives and created a complicated, nurturing relationship that is both magical and gutsy real at the same time. And so passionate. Az and Sophie do make love like two people who have found each other after a lifetime of longing. Sophie and Az have a love that does seem to have waited for them, and it seems less like the Old Man created Sophie for Az, and more like they're parts of each other. They heal each other as well as themselves. There are lots of other happenings in this book, but I don't want to spoil the story. Suffice it to say that the monsters get more colorful and new allegiances are formed.
Sometimes I get the sense that an author has reached out her hand and caught fairy dust, or dragon's breath, or the whispers of bards long gone to deliver the magic of story. What I mean to say is that there are times reading when it seems magic happens: I bond with a character, or empathize so deeply and achingly that I can't easily shake the feeling. It's like crossing to another world. I know that's what reading is supposed to be about but some authors touch the magic more than others. Heather Killough-Walden is one of those.
This is a good author for sure. She has exceptional writing skills...especially compared to most authors out there right now. She uses words to wrap you up and drop you smack dab in the middle of something you know isn't real, but you feel in in your entire body anyway.
Azreal and Sophie were amazing characters with equally amazing stories. So much action, tension and excitement was packed into the first half of the book that I couldn't walk away. Then it fizzled faster than a fire without oxygen. I was lost and confused by this hoping it was a temporary lapse, but it continued throughout the rest of the book. I didn't get the two enigmatic characters I'd come to expect. Instead I got whiney and, well, weak minded. Again, not part of the story line. I expected struggles, I expected drama and I certainly expected struggle but that's not what I ended up getting. The love scene was good, but even that didn't measure up to the first half of the book. It is watered down and remarkably unbelievable in its lack of emotional and physical responses between the two.
I wanted to give this 4 starts, I really did, but my disappointment is just too great...so 3 stars it is. I still recommend reading it as the author is very good wIth words.
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