Saturday, January 5, 2013

Review of DEATH'S ANGEL by Heather Killough-Walden

Death's Angel

(The Lost Angels, #3)
by Heather Killough-Walden

Cover: Death's Angel by Heather Killough-Walden
Rating: 4.5♥s Excellent/Highly Recommended
Sensuality: Hot
Cover: 4.0♥s
Audience: Adult

Release Date: December 31st, 2012
Editions:
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From the Publisher:

Since the beginning of time, the archangels have longed to know true love. When four female angels were created for the four archangels, Michael, Gabriel, Uriel, and Azrael, a chaos spurred by jealousy erupted, and the archesses were secreted away to Earth. The four favored archangels followed, prompting a search that has lasted millennia...

As the Angel of Death, Azrael could never be like his brothers. While the others fell to Earth in human form, Azrael descended as a vampire. Today, as the lead singer of a popular rock band, he keeps his true nature hidden--a powerful darkness constantly at odds with his angelic self. Beneath his mask, Azrael holds onto the hope that he will one day find the archess who will complete him.

At his brother Gabriel's wedding, Azrael set his golden eyes on Sophie Bryce, the maid of honor. He is certain she is his destined mate, and will do anything to make her his. But Sophie is unaware of her archess identity, and is haunted by unspeakable demons of her own.

When supernatural forces emerge from the shadows, threatening Sophie, Azrael is the only one who can protect her. But to do it, he must reveal his true, savage self.


My recap:

At the wedding of Gabriel and Juliette (Messenger's Angel), the archangel Azrael and maid of honor Sophie Bryce see each other for the first time. The attraction is instant, and it's overwhelming for Azrael--he is certain that she is his archess, or the mate who was created for him by the Old Man.

Sophie is also overwhelmed, but for a different reason. She has always been "into" the masked lead singer of the most popular rock band in the world, Valley of Shadow. And now she finds out that he is Azrael, he's hotter than she imagined, and he's an archangel to boot. With her tragic past, she feels she's not worthy of him. And he's got an archess out there that he's searching for. So, he's off-limits to her.

Instead of blurting out to Sophie that she is his archess, Az wants a chance to earn her love. Especially before he drops the bomb on her that he's a vampire. He begins a casual courtship, but enemies, both old and new, threaten Sophie. He must reveal himself to her to keep her safe, but will he drive her away? And will his vampire and archangel powers, even combined, be enough to defeat the threat to her?

My analysis:

I give Death's Angel 4.5♥s in large part due to the character of Azrael. He's the dark yet compassionate former Angel of Death, the seductive voice of the rock band Valley of Shadow, the powerful King of the Vampires, the tall, muscular, impossibly handsome archangel with the golden eyes. Yowza! It's no wonder Sophie practically hyperventilates when she first sees him in person. But we also see a different side of Az in Death's Angel than we did in the first two books--he actually smiles and laughs around Sophie. That lighter side might seem out of character, but it adds to his appeal.

Sophie is a character with a difficult past who is trying to make a better future for herself. She wants to be independent, and so she fights her attraction to Azrael. Her independent streak ends up having critical consequences.

The story is fast-paced, with old enemies pursuing Sophie, and supernatural beings who have been hidden for ages suddenly coming out of the woodwork. Sophie is in mortal danger, Az battles supernatural beings against impossible odds, and unknown magic is at work. Sophie faces a new, mysterious player in town who is a formidable opponent for the archangels. The archangels themselves face death.

With its shift in enemy forces, Death's Angel is a game-changer for the series--another reason I give it 4.5♥s.  At least one bombshell is dropped, and a mysterious stranger makes a brief, cryptic appearance. They're intriguing glimpses that will have you looking for the next book in the series. As of this writing, no date is set for Michael's story. But until then, enjoy Death's Angel!

Happy reading!




The Lost Angels series:

Novella 0.5
Always Angel
4.0♥s
Book 1
Avenger's Angel
4.0♥s
Book 2
Messenger's Angel
4.0♥s
Book 3
Death's Angel
4.5♥s

3 comments:

  1. That's the word I've been searching for re: Azrael - compassion! Thank you. Such a simple word but it keeps eluding me. No matter how he suffers Az is always able to identify with the suffering of others and is always there when he is needed. By virtue of his vampirism, he is often a loner and there is a sense of a sad acceptance about him - despite all of his power and magnetism. I guess that's left over from his Angel of Death days. His archess Sophie is much the same way and I think that's why they're able to connect so deeply and even beyond the archess/archangel situation they truly seem like soul mates. Compassion is also a feeling that I have towards each of their stories, which makes me that much more invested. Heather Killough-Walden imbues her characters with such complexity that I am almost always able to build a relationship with each as I read. Even the demons have some kind of depth. I have enjoyed the entire Lost Angel series and look forward to the remaining books - especially after the cliffhanger in Death. :-)

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    1. Thanks for your thoughtful comment! I hope that you've conveyed your comments to HKW as well--she would appreciate them! Visit her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/killoughwalden

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  2. I simply love this book, and you are right it shows a different side of his mysterious self, that it's fresh.

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