Plot: For some time Ellie has been having terrible dreams: dreams of monsters and distant places. One day, to her horror, she discovers that these dreams are memories and that the monsters, known as reapers, are very real. Along with her gorgeous immortal Guardian Will, she must battle the reapers and stop them from sending more souls into Hell. For she is the most recent reincarnation of the Preliator: the only warrior capable of wielding the angelfire that can kill the demonic reapers. But she is caught in the middle of a far greater war between Heaven and Hell and one of her enemies has discovered a power that could end her cycle of reincarnation forever.
The story feels a bit like the first season of Buffy with the destined female warrior coming into her power and the annoyingly mysterious protector. Which is not a bad thing. I love Buffy and this book has a lot of the things that make Buffy great. But like the Buffy and Angel romance, Ellie and Will’s love is not the type I really enjoy. Contrary to what Ellie’s friend Kate claims, I am not programmed to want a white knight. The jealous, broody, over-protective, stalker type turns me right off. This is not a fault in the book; there are those who love these kinds of romances and they will be thrilled. Similarly, most Whedon fans and fans of Clare’s Mortal Instruments series will find something to enjoy in Angelfire. It is a good book with a lot of fast paced adventure and a complex mythology. Still, I feel it lacks something to set it apart from the multitudes of similar novels on the YA market today.
There are two more novels planned in the Angelfire series. Volume 2, Wings of the Wicked is due out in 2012.
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