Author: Susan Ee
Genre: Dystopian Fantasy
This was actually my first foray into the land of indie authors and the current trend of dystopian fantasy on my Kindle reader. Susan Ee did not disappoint–the book was fast-paced, action-packed but also with humanity and emotion. There was enough romance to keep things interesting without getting mushy, plenty of bloodshed for the End of Times, and even angelic politics. I’m a big fan of the show Supernatural, and there were elements in this book which reminded me of that show. The tongue-in-cheek humor of Penryn, the main character, was one of these elements. I really liked her as a character.
This voice is one of the main things that carries the story along. Susan has done an excellent job setting up the conflicts in the story–the main character has lost her little sister in the middle of a horrific war between angels and humanity. She rescues an angel attacked by his own with the main intention of using him to find her sister. Of course from there, things go to hell. Almost literally.
Penryn’s matter-of-fact survival attitude carries her through some rather horrific scenes, including what appears to be cannibalism and bizarre medical experiments. Throughout the book, she struggles to decide whether or not to trust her angelic companion.
The ending was satisfying for the most part, but I suspect I see a sequel coming. The writing style was smooth and professional and easily allowed me to sink into the story. There’s a bit of blood and gore and scary parts so I probably wouldn’t recommend it for young adults under thirteen, but beyond that, it has a broad appeal. The romantic elements probably will be better appreciated by women, but there’s enough action for the male reader as well.
Overall, I found this an engaging and enjoyable read.