It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.
Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.
Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.
Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.
I know technically this isn’t my first angel themed novel seeing as I’ve already read Mercy and Exile by Rebecca Lim, but unlike that series that reads more like an internal psychological struggle, Angelfall is a post-apocalyptic story with quite a few angel appearances. I feel like this has been the first true angel themed story I’ve read in this new angel loving wave and I have to say, as far as angel themed stories go, this one is a great one to start with.
I really enjoyed it, not only for the whole post-apocalyptic theme, but because it’s not battering you with religion and the angels are on the sinister side. They’re invaders, akin to aliens invading humanity, and it’s similar to reading a story set in a war torn, post-apocalyptic setting, but this time with the bad guys being able to fly.
I also love that whilst there is a bit of admiration for aesthetics towards the main angel in this story, Penryn isn’t all doe-eyed and stupid over him. She realises he isn’t human, even when she has her moments of weakness when it comes to his beauty, and she still sees him as her enemy. Her main focus, to the end, is truly rescuing her sister and survival. Yet with that as her main focus, there is still a tantalising touch of romance to it, but not enough to distract her from her course or to overly complicate things more than they already are.
I enjoyed that Penryn has guts and determination, but still has enough sense to be scared at times and not cocky about it all. She can kick arse, but isn’t arrogant and doesn’t go looking for a fight. I love it when a female character can look after herself, isn’t up herself about it, and doesn’t instantly become a damsel in distress when a guy comes along.
As for Raffe, the main angel that Penryn is forced to team up with, I loved his character. Penryn herself does have a sense of humour, but it is a bit blander, and Raffe’s wise cracking sense of humour really gives the story a certain something amongst all that carnage and darkness. Angelfall is on the dark side and there are some pretty dark scenes in there that even I was impressed by. Disturbing, yet engrossing, scenes that had me wanting to turn the pages faster than I could read.
I found Angelfall to be very well written, with scenes properly depicted in description, and the characters to be well defined. It’s fast paced with just the right amount of action, interspersed with internal dialogue and questioning, and I really want to read the next one now, but unfortunately I have to have some patience!
- Genre: YA Post-Apocalyptic/Dark Fantasy
- Rating Out of Five: 5
- From: Author Susan Ee
- Format: Ebook provided, with thanks, by the author Susan Ee
- Find At: Amazon
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