May 05, 2011Jayde Scott rated it
There is no easy way to sum up the plot, so I shall just say that the story focuses on two elements: one being the war between the different angel houses and how they interact with humans. Some are good, others are evil, and so they fight each other in their quests to become the stronger house.
The second part focuses on Grace, a little girl who's gone through a lot in life, and whose life is about to be
While the angels' part focuses on world building and description and setting a solid background for the next books in the series, Grace's part emphasises her emotions based on a deep loss, her relationship with her family and the actions that rise into a dramatic crescendo, inevitably leading to an ending that will leave you wanting to read the book all over again because you just couldn't see it coming.
There's no doubt Patti Roberts is someone who knows how to build strong characters and a vivid setting. I liked the darker side of some of the angels. It was a unique and convincing way to view spirituality and the angels' role within humanity.
I also liked how they were connected to Grace and Grace's role within the larger picture. I do agree with others who said some questions were left unanswered, but I feel that was necessary in order to be able to explore those in detail in books to follow.
All in all, this was a great first book in the series with interesting characters that invite further exploration.
It was a touching read that I would recommend to all fantasy readers, and I eagerly await the next book in the series.
Jayde Scott - Author of the Book "A Job From Hell"