Avenger’s Angel by Heather Killough-Walden

a review by Jade Hounsell

The Lost Angels series

Avenger’s Angel recounts ancient history: 2000 years ago God, or The Old Man as he is referred to, decided that he would reward his four favourite Archangels, Michael, Gabriel, Uriel and Azrael for their many years of service and loyalty with the gift of a perfect soul mate, an Archess.

Not everyone was happy with what The Old Man had done and the other Archangels, lead by Samuel, decide to go and demand their own soul mates from The Old Man as well. Fearing for the four Archesses safety The Old Man scattered their souls to the wind and down to Earth out of reach before the four Archangels were able to claim their perfect partners. The Old Man then gave his favorites a choice, they could stay in heaven as Archangels or they could relinquish their powers and go to Earth as immortals and seek them out. All four decided to leave and make the transition to Earth. However upon Earth it was found that not all of their powers had been lost and over time new ones have began to develop, some better and some much worse than those they had had before. Over time the men have taken to living amongst mortals in the hope of finding their mates, although never for too long in one place so as not to arouse suspicion over their never aging. So when the book starts Uriel (the former Angel of Vengeance), is a famous actor known as Christopher Daniels, Michael (the former warrior angel) is a police officer for New York City, Gabriel (the former Messenger Angel) is a firefighter also for NYC and Azrael (the former Angel of Death) is the lead singer in a popular band called the Valley of Shadow. The men have also been assigned a guardian, Max, another immoral whom acts as a father figure, protector, information gather and agent.

This book mostly revolves around Uriel and I’m guessing that there will be four books in the series, one for each Archangel.

Anyways, Uriel has been the main actor in a very popular movie called Comeuppance, which has now been turned into a book. So we start with him, and Max, sitting in a limo waiting to go into a bookstore for a signing. Once in the store Uriel ducks into the women’s bathroom to avoid some avid fans and runs into Ellie, a bookstore employee. As soon as he lays eyes on her Uriel knows that he has found his Archess.Ellie for her part has no idea that she is an Archess, she knows that she has powers, can heal and control the weather for instance, but thinks that she is just a freak of nature because her parents are normal, and moves continually to avoid suspicion. Ellie is very lonely due to her nomadic lifestyle, which she also had through her childhood because her parents know of her powers and shifted around to keep her safe, and as a result she never has made lasting friendships or had a relationship ever.

For her part Ellie is also drawn to Uriel, however due to her cautious nature she fights her feelings for him and avoids him as much as she can. Uriel has to win Ellie over and then explain to her what, and who, she really is but will she believe him?

Now also throw into the mix a secret organization that has been following and trying to capture Ellie for her powers since she was a child and the Archangel Samuel whom has followed the others to Earth in hopes of claiming an Archess as his own and you have a very enjoyable read.

I actually thought that Avenger’s Angel would be a fair bit like Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series, especially once vampires were mention, however there are enough differences to keep me reading and intrigued. I really enjoyed the twists and turns that the story took, there was nothing too complex to understand or just so unbelievable (besides the fact the book is based on angels…) that it had me scoffing at the absurdity of it. All in all I enjoyed it and am looking forward to the rest of the series.

Originally published in Dark Matter issue 6, November 2011.  This blog has been pre-dated to reflect the date of original publication.