- File Size: 969 KB
- Print Length: 380 pages
- Publication Date: March 29, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00C438T0E
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,086,890 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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The author has skillfully constructed this entertaining story. Her descriptive powers are strong. She clearly has personal knowledge of the locations in which she locates the different episodes of the the novel and has studied, in detail, the history of the eras in which she situates the earlier reincarnations of her characters. The narrative is effectively developed, the dialogues of the guardians and the reincarnated personalities separated typographically. She writes in short, well formulated sentences which makes the story a joy to read. I loved the many pithy phrases throughout the story and in particular the description of a groomsman at a wedding as "All Best man efficiency"
A keen sense of humour pervades the story. The writer pokes gentle fun at the humans who rarely seem to see what is staring them in the face and at the many seemingly irrational beliefs and practices of religion, ancient and modern. Even the sometimes fallible, uncertain guardians who mess up quite as much as the souls they are guiding do not escape unscathed.
This book belongs to a genre of fiction that I do not normally read. Nonetheless I enjoyed it very much and look forward to the further novel by the author to be published next year, a taster of which is included at the end of the present book.
I would recommend "Despite the Angels" to anyone who enjoys a good, entertaining read and have no hesitation in awarding it five stars.
Beautifully sensuous descriptions of life and love in ancient Crete contrast starkly with the vivid reality of life in modern (and not to modern) Dublin.
If you like Celia Ahern or Maeve Binchy, with the added dimension of past-lives and the reality of our own immortality, then you'll love this book.
The story is great and flow's really nicely and the supernatural is ironically natural (a great sign of the writing). The characters are very real and compelling, and I grew attached to them and their various incarnations, but this meant that I found some of the book incredibly sad (then again I am a bit of a sap).
Thumbs-up to Despite the Angels for a solid story, interesting characters and being very well-written. This book would be a great pool-side read, or for whittling away a plane/train journey.
In this story the human and spirit worlds are parallel. I loved the human traits and emotions Stringer endows to the spirit guides as they help and root for the souls they are responsible for. I smiled as I imagined their spirit energies dancing in celebration and poking their human souls to get their attention. As well as being central to the story, the spirit guides provide a humorous backdrop to the serious problems their human souls face.
Stringer writes in a thoughtful, understated way that brings the people and places she writes about to life. I read the last page of this book with a smile on my face and can heartily recommend it to anyone who enjoys an entertaining, uplifting story.