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- Publication Date: September 25, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B075Y2T3CL
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The Emissary: A Riverbend Spinoff Novella Kindle Edition
"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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As a spinoff, I wouldn't recommend reading this before the Riverbend books, unless you don't mind plot spoilers. If you read Finding Hunter, and wondered what was up with the mysterious Gabe Angelino, this book will answer all your questions.
This is a perfect read for this time of year--cozy, magical, and even set in winter. Jake Daughtry, AKA Gabe Angelino, died--and then the angel Azrael put him to work helping lost souls. There's liable to be some issues along the way--angels aren't the cuddliest of people, and Jake has a bit of a sense of humor--but there's also going to be wonder, and hope, and examples of humanity's best and worst.
At 105 pages, this story packs a lot into a short amount of time, making it a great read for a busy season, without the story being rushed. It wraps up satisfactorily at the end, but leaves more room for the next adventure. And in between--is a sweet story, full of faith without hitting too heavily on dogma, willing to have a little fun with the idea of angels, and the emissaries they might need to get their jobs done. The relationships between the characters grow pretty quickly like any novella, but are engaging for all that. There's not as much space for lovely descriptions of the landscape, but there are song titles and funny place settings at the chapter headings, such as "close to here but not far from there." It's a story of journeys, physical and spiritual, and always in motion. No matter the tragedies that form obstacles along the way, you know that there will be a happy ending coming, because this is that kind of book--the sort that wraps you like a warm blanket. A great read for fans of Marcia's work, and fans of cozy mysteries with a bit of the supernatural.
We were introduced briefly to Gabe Angelino, otherwise known as Jake, when he appeared in Hunter Painter’s life at just the right moment. Willow Green wasn’t far off the mark, thinking he was an angel. But Azrael, Jake’s boss, isn’t too pleased with his, Jake’s, interactions with Hunter and Willow.
Jake can’t understand Azrael’s problem, when all he did was stop someone in a desperate situation from doing something terrible. And okay, he didn’t wipe Hunter’s memory of him. So what? Still, Azrael was adamant. It was against the rules. Rules that were emphasised when Jake was given the job. Totally unprepared for Azrael’s reaction, Jake decided to quit.
'Azrael’s eyes flamed a furious blue. In one blink, he disappeared from the cab’s passenger seat. In a split second, he reappeared by the driver’s door, ripped it right off the truck, and flung it to the pavement. Before Jake could get his mind around that little trick, Azrael snatched him out of his seat, and hurled him across the empty parking lot with so much force, he might well have continued travelling a half mile or more, had it not been for slamming into the trunk of an enormous oak. Hard.'
I was intrigued, reading about ‘Gabe’ in Finding Hunter and am so glad Marcia Meara decided to extend his story. When Jake Daughtry dies while attempting to save someone’s life, he is immediately appropriated by Azrael before he can pass through the pearly gates. There’s far too much work now for the angels to deal with and Azrael believes he’s found the solution. Building an army of emissaries. Only his first attempt at recruitment doesn’t seem to be working out too well…
I love this story, there are so many things that need to gel before Azrael and Jake can make this partnership work and convince the Angelic Council it’s a viable undertaking. Jake’s brief is to travel the highways, and as we ride with him, he’s on the lookout for souls in trouble who he can help and hopefully send them on their way. However, it’s not as straightforward as Jake expected and he’s overwhelmed by the number of people needing help and he ends up with more than he bargained for.
The dialogue between Jake and Azrael is fun to read and it seems angels can be pretty scary when they get annoyed. And boy, can they lose their temper! (Good job Azrael hasn’t realised the text corrector wanted to change his name to airtight!! 😳)
Marcia Meara has a very natural, easy writing style and always injects heartfelt emotions into her books. Jake, Dodger and Azrael are well defined, strong and engaging characters, can’t wait to catch up with them. A delightful story.
Jake is a big-rig lorry driver travelling the roads between Florida and Georgia. Recently he picked up Hunter Painter, and saved him from an attempt to take his own life. He then returned Hunter to his family who had never given up hope that, one day, he would come home.
But Jake is in trouble with ‘the boss’. He’s made some rookie mistakes, but the training was sparse and hurried; who can blame him? He’s given a second chance and sent on the road again.
The twist is that Jake is no ordinary truck driver. He's an emissary, working for the over-worked Angel Azrael. His job? Helping troubled souls.
This is a lovely addition to the Riverbend stories. The characters were easy to empathise with and they carried me away to their world for a couple of hours of escapism reading. If you try this book and like the writer’s style, do consider the other books in the series. You’ll find Hunter Painter’s story in book #2, a dark romantic suspense novel.
This book was purchased from Amazon.co.uk