Sunday, February 16, 2014
Tears Of Heaven, Book Review
Tears of Heaven, by R.A. McCandless
"In the past, the children of angels and humans, the Nephilim, were allowed to lead their lives as they willed. But they proved too strong, too ambitious, and too cunning for their own good. They became warlords, conquerors and emperors. They caused war and strife until the Throne stepped in and forced them to submit to Its will, or die. Unlike most of her fellows, Del, one of the first Nephilim, had no interest in conquest and domination. In the ancient past, prior to the Throne’s interdiction, she met and fell in love with Dami, a Mediterranean ship captain and trader. Together, they face down pirates and storms and try to create a future together. In the present, Del unwillingly works for the Throne, obeying the commands of the angel Ahadiel. She helps to keep the world safe from the horrors of escaped demons. At the same time, she keeps herself in the Throne’s good graces. Whenever a rogue demon breaks free from Hell, she and her partner, Marrin, another Nephilim, work together to banish it.
Thrilling danger, fast-paced adventure, high-seas action, and heart-warming romance fill this novel, with a page-turning story that won’t let you put it down."
This was a really fun book! Sometimes when you get a small press or indie book, you aren't sure what kind of quality you are going to get, but I have to say, this one is well-written, entertaining, and full of action and excitement.
The main character, "Del" or Omedelia-bar-Azazel, is the daughter of the fallen angel, Azazel, and she has inherited from her father many abilities- among them: prolonged life, the ability to heal quickly, and enhanced strength and agility. However, the burden of her parentage is that she is bound to serve the Throne, or her life will be forfeit. She is also forbidden to have children of her own, for the offspring of the Nephilim could wreak havoc with the Throne's creations, just as her own kind once did. The years of unending service have made Del bitter and cynical, and even her partner, the upbeat Marrin, has trouble getting her to soften her heart. But Del has her reasons for being jaded. She has seen much in her thousands of years on Earth, and she has loved and lost and experienced wonder, and joy and pain that could break your heart forever.
And now she and Marrin are faced with a seemingly impossible task. They must take down three rogues who have taken solace in Salt Lake City, and are trying to use the holy places of the Mormon faith to conduct a ritual that, if successful, will give them the power to destroy mankind and place themselves in power. The rogues must be stopped before they spill the blood of innocent children.
Adding to the difficulty, is the fact that Del has lost her faith in the benevolence of the Throne. If she cannot continue her service, then her own life may be in jeopardy, even if she can complete the task at hand.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and seeing as how this is a first novel for the author, I expect good things from him in the future. This book seems like it is setting up for a series, and so I'll keep reading more as they come out!
Buy it for kindle on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Tears-Heaven-RA-McCandless-ebook/dp/B00H4IBDSE