- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Bonneville (July 14, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1599558947
- ISBN-13: 978-1599558943
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,455,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Last Archangel Paperback – July 14, 2011
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Xandir is the main character with every other chapter is in his viewpoint while throwing in various other characters in between. He's a different kind of hero from my normal reads: quick to anger, self-centered, short-sighted, and at times quite reckless. Yet he still has a moral drive which compels him to save every day people. It's quite an odd combination, but in a way, very realistic.
I mentioned other characters. The Last Archangel steps into the mind of quite a few of them: Judy, a college language professor; Jarom, a cherub and Xandir's apprentice; and Eden, an abused spouse. When I first started getting into the different POVs, I expected each to be a catalyst in the story. What I found was, though they played a part in the grand tapestry, they truly were only single threads. The true story is Xandir and how the way seemingly unrelated plot lines work their way back to his journey, and eventually his final outcome.
I think the idea of having mini-plots and weaving them together to create a grand finale is an awesome idea. I've seen some wicked movies use that technique. In The Last Archangel, I think it ended up being the weak point.
When I thought about why, I believe it's because the characters didn't have enough interactions to really make me care about their overall predicament, particularly Judy and Eden who seemed to disappear toward the end of the book before reappearing.
In my mind, The Last Archangel was two separate stories which are briefly touched. There was Judy and Eden who had their fight--a strong enough plot to stand on its own, but the characters lacked the ability to do much about their situation. With virtually no involvement from Xandir, Judy and Eden's story seemed to be nothing more than filler. Then we had Xandir and Jarom with an entirely different fight--also a strong plot. Really, I believe if the novel only included Xandir and his predicament (with Jarom as his side kick), the entire story would have been stronger.
So was it a bad story? Not at all. It was quite decent, I would say. In fact, if my reading list wasn't a million and a half books long, I'd probably read The Last Archangel again just to achieve a better appreciate for the entire story line.
Overall, Mr. Young did an excellent job creating an alternative world loosely based on Christianity and angels. I wouldn't call it a Christian read because the world he created deviated quite a bit in some areas from the bible and relied on worldly misconceptions. However, it was still quite an interesting interpretation.
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a review
I think whoever wrote the synopsis/description of The Last Archangel, did a terrible job at selling this book with a few words. It does not do it justice and it sort of leads the reading into a very misleading way of thinking before they enter the book. With the mention of a `love' some may think is it a Paranormal Romance. However, it is not, and that as a whole makes the book great!
Right of the gate the book begins with very up front, strong, and decedent writing that sort of makes your head go back and your eyes go wide. You are honestly thinking "Wow, this is a real Angel book!" I was immediately gripped from page one, Xandir was one of the most impressively written characters in the whole book. He was the only one I really felt for, wanted to know was ok the whole time I was reading it. The book sort of mind bends you, from Xandir's story to the story of Eden, a very average mortal woman that is tossed into a very abnormal situation. Pretty much the woman is giving birth to not just the anti Christ but also pretty much the second coming of Jesus. This as a whole is a unique and totally brilliant idea.
I was lead astray a few times with some scenes that seemed to be out of place, and made the pace of the book really lag for me. I found myself putting it down, getting mentally side tracked, and then picking it back up knowing that more was to come. It had this steady rise and fall and for some readers that could be a bit off putting and make someone lose the whole rich point of the story. For me the whole experience of this book was not just original, but amazingly done. I love books about Angels, I don't think people write about them enough personally, and when they do, they do it all wrong and they lack a really good background to root the storyline in. However, Young took us into actual historical events and made them relevant as far as why these things happened to them.
The one thing I did think was silly was he named the demons in the book, and they had names like the Decepticons in Transformers `Dusteater', `Sparkslinger', just to name a few. I have to admit I did a bit of eye rolling. I do think as a whole, Young needs to lock down his pacing in a book, like I said I got lost in certain bits of it and found myself lagging where normally I just blaze through a book. The story telling needs to improve in future books. With that being said, I do think this story was an amazing idea. The characters had great depth, you cared what happened to them, by the end you were left totally wanting more, and there wasn't anything to terribly tragic that happened. I would love to know if he will continue this story, I would love to know what happens to Baby Xandir.