Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Review: Plague of Angels

Plague of Angels Plague of Angels by John Patrick Kennedy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Nyx is Queen of Hell and ruler of the Angels who were banished there – the Descended.

And when the rest of the Angels are called home, Nyx finds herself stuck on the Earth with the Son of God. To her surprise, she learns that he is no happier than she. God's son thought he was sent down to judge humanity. Instead, he becomes a sacrifice for a cause he does not believe in – their redemption.

After his mortal body dies, the Son of God makes Nyx an offer: a new paradise on Earth if she will help him destroy humanity.

This book is an inspiration to me. Though not without it's flaws I found so much to love here.
I'm a sucker for crossovers, and loved the fact that non-Christian gods were in fact Angels.

I felt for Nyx and found her love for The Son of God to be very believable. There is amazing pathos and imagery in the first few chapters which sets up everything. That her love fed her need for vengeance was very in tune with her character.

I liked the world the author set up, his versions of Hell and Earth and Heaven were traditional but with slight twists. The tortures devised in Hell were creative, and Lucifer himself had a neat design. Everything in this book was tinged with a sense of hate and rage which was neat. The body-horror was fun, the brutality, the gore, the creativity, the loving moments, the rules of how Angels work, it was all well thought out and made the world seem richer.

My main issue with the book is that the start is amazing, and the end is good, but the middle just kind of feels like a clip show.

I really, really loved the first few chapters, so much so that I wish they were expanded upon. I want to see Nyx meet The Son of God, try to seduce him, maybe start to think about what he preached. We get that, but only paragraphs. All of that is rife with story! That backstory IS the story!

The middle is chapters and chapters showing moments where great empires rose, fell and the same for Christianity. We meet popes, kings, lawmakers, but there's no real through-line. We meet one, then jump 50 years and meet another. And another, and another. Hey look, it's Caligula! Remember when he tried to have his horse elected for the senate? Oh, Caligula!

But the ending is good! I was eager to see how it would all come to a head, and was not disappointed. I'm going to eagerly read book 2, now that we're back to the really good stuff.

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