Over the last few years Angels and Demons have hard a bit of hard time. They once held dominion over the horror genre, lording it from up high and down below. Now, however they have been relegated from their thrones of power, stripped of their strength and thrown in the trash heap of urban fantasy. I call this the Twilight effect, where once there where daemon who only wanted to feast on your soul, and see you burn for all eternity in hell, now they want to be your best friend, and god forbid be your boyfriend.
It saddens me that this has happened, and when I am sent a book such as The Fall of The Angel Nathalie, I get worried that these once proud creatures are further mocked and shamed into a teenage love story.
In The Fall of The Angel Nathalie, there has been a war raging since time began between the Angels and the deamonkind. It's a war that for us humans no matter who wins we lose, you see it is a war for our very souls. This is a war that we mortals are not privy to, it's not a war fought with flaming swords or holy relics, it's a war of whispers and secrets. You see the angels and demons are not allowed to directly intervene, they can only nudge us in the direction of divinity or devilry.
Enter Nathalie, an Angel of great power and even greater beauty, matched only by her frustration by the rules of this war. Soon she will come to face to face with Jason, a fallen angel, will she fall, will she survive, but more importantly will we the humans survive this battle.
The Fall of The Angel Nathalie, is a triumph of a novel, it may sound, from the introduction to this review, that this book is just another teen girl urban fantasy, please, please don't be fooled by this. This is an intelligent, well written and thoughtful adult novel, that succeeds in terms of story telling, and i terms of looking at some of the bigger questions about life, the universe and everything in-between.
The story itself is a captivating one that is thrilling, fast paced and full of wonderful imagery. It is supported by a fantastic cast of complex characters who apart from helping to drive the narrative along, they are also the framework from which Jamie Brindle hangs is wonderful thoughts and arguments about subjects such as the the nature of evil, does committing evil to stop an even more evil from occurring make you evil? Are you evil if the only reason you didn't kill someone is from the merest softly whispered word in your ear?
If you are looking for an intelligent and thrilling novel that will keep you thinking about good and evil long after you finish it then The Fall of The Angel Nathalie, is the perfect book for you
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