Date published: 7-10-2013
Reviewed by Helen
Obtained via publisher
Sonya is a seraph, who has been sent to help Jagger. She has no idea what her mission is, but Jagger is a half-demon whose life is dedicated to killing the demons who come out of the Hell Gate nearby. Jagger is cocky, arrogant, scarred, and conflicted, but Sonya sees through his outer shell and into the heart of a man who is doing his best to make the world a safer place. Danger stalks their every move and safe is a relative term.
The scenes in this book are very short, chopping from Sonya to Jagger and back again. In some ways this increases the tension in the book, but mostly it’s annoying as I wanted to know more about each of them. The same with the worldbuilding. The reader gets a very clear picture of a world filled with grime and danger. But again, more detail would have been very helpful. We get flashes of relationships with a few secondary characters but never learn more about them either.
The ending of the book is an unusual one. I hesitate to call it a setup for a sequel or a series, but that is a possibility and we might find the world and characters unfold as the series unfolds. But then perhaps it’s not. Perhaps the author is leaving her options open.
I’d be willing to read a sequel to find out more about this world, but I hope the author masters how to use past perfect tense before she writes it.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.