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In Rebellion (Book II The Archangel Jarahmael and the War to Conquer Heaven) Paperback – April 25, 2013
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John brought in various aspects of the original story such as how the white pearly gates came to be, as well as lightning and thunder. This story is about loyalty, unconditional love, compassion and forgiveness. John shows that a path of good intentions can lead one astray combined with the need for power which can corrupt anyone.
I am interested to see where the love story between Lillith and Jarahmael goes as this aspect was not delved into too deeply in this part of the trilogy - it seems that they will play a much bigger role in the final book. John created the atmosphere of war perfectly, with chaos all round.
The funniest characters in the book were the Potentates - I imagined the funniest images of blobbing bouncing balls, floating or bobbing all over the place.
Even though the book is mostly from Jarahmael's perspective, I found myself rooting for Archangel Michael. In my fascination with angels, Archangel Michael has always been one of my favourites. I enjoyed Jarahmael & Cerebriel's friendship - it was strong and true.
I was a bit conflicted with the ending. To me it had a good message that really connects the dots, but I was not so happy with the final view of Archangel Michael.
John has an easy writing style and flow, and the pace of the book was moderate. After reading this second book of the series, I could really appreciate all the ground work that was put into place in the first book. With the book ending where it does, it leaves the reader intrigued about what could be in the final book of this series!! It was an excellent read.
Can the Almighty and His Love for His Creations survive these trials? Who will win the prototypical war? Who will rule the Heavens? In the meantime, the Archangel Jarahmael and the first Human woman, Lillith, are swept up into the cataclysmic Heavenly War. Can they survive these monumental dangers? Will their love for one another endure?
The second book picks up right where the first one left off. It is told from Jarahmael’s point of view mostly, but you do get glimpse’s of the other angel’s. Seeing the interaction between Jarahmael and the other angels like Cerebriel was interesting. They had a strong bond of friendship.
While you get to see Jarahmael and Lillith, it is not as forefront as the war is. Which seems to be more complicated as the Almighty isn’t really doing anything to stop it from happening or help his angels trying to fight back.
The flow of the book made it easy to read. I wasn’t able to put it down and ended up reading it in one night. I would definitely recommend getting this book, but would suggest picking up the first one in the trilogy so you understand what is going on.
In this second book the angels are still learning and growing as conflict develops. You feel a sense of injustice and pain for what they have lost and how they struggle to continue to survive. You begin to see the divisions more clearly and the strength of loyalty to one side or the other. You live amongst them as innocence is lost and replaced by growing sophistication unknown as yet if good or bad.
The concept of free will is now fully realised on both sides and the angels discuss its complexity. Their ability to reason continually develops and they learn more than just loyalty to the Almighty, but to each other.
In my review of the first book I used the words, 'cool' and 'cute' and the second hasn't lost any of that. What has happened is that the second book is cool and cute but now deeper and darker, an excellent progression from book 1 to book 2. Character development, plot and pace have all been crafted well.
I love how you get a sense of the angels themselves as individuals and within their 'groups'. Despite the titles of the books, Jarahmael isn't the only character focused on, but is certainly the main character. His love for Lilith continues, as does her love for him. But Jarahmael has to continue to make difficult decisions regarding his loyalty to the Almighty or to help Lilith.
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Epic fantasy in the world of warrior Angels.
A first rate read.!!