Review: A Terrible Fall of Angels by Laurell K. Hamilton
Brand new series from LKH takes us into the world of Angels, Demons and everything in between. This new series pulls me in from the very first few pages. We quickly learn that Zaniel aka Havoc is a very unique cop. Specifically his previous training and upbringing makes him a perfect person to work on the paranormal investigative team because no one of his ilk has left the "fold" willingly.
I am intrigued with this world because of how the angels speak to humans and how they fall. I keep thinking of the Nephilim as I read this book. I also like how different religions and practices are mentioned and interwoven into this world. I can already see a vilification of the Christian faith (as it is described in this book) so for those who are strictly of Christian faith that may take offense to a work of fiction, this book may not be for you. I see it more as a questionable authority and transparency of a religious training ground based on the Christian faith. Zaniel is accurate when he deems this school a cult. The concepts of it reminds me a little bit of the Jesuits with a paranormal twist. I like it.
This book is about a violent homicide that doesn't look exactly right. Zaniel is finding clues that does not match what he knows of Angels and Demons. What is worse is that a world he thought he left behind is now pulling him back in. There are many conflicts between different characters and their perspectives are nicely put forth. I like how there are not absolutes. There are many shades of grey here. I also like the different spirit guides and Zaniel finally opening that pandora's box he shut down and locked away. This first book does a great job in world building as well as character building. There are several questions that are raised which I think will carry through as subplots through the rest of this series. It will be interesting to see where Ms. Hamilton goes with this series. This series shows high potential of a rich world building, complex characters and harder hitting suspense. I would categorize this possibly as urban fantasy and I'm loving it. This book is recommended to Urban Fantasy readers who like a male protagonist who wrangles angels.
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