Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Review: Angelfire (Angelfire, #1) by Courtney Allison Moulton

This debut, the first novel in a trilogy, is achingly romantic, terrifying, and filled with blistering action.

When seventeen-year-old Ellie starts seeing reapers - monstrous creatures who devour humans and send their souls to Hell - she finds herself on the front lines of a supernatural war between archangels and the Fallen and faced with the possible destruction of her soul.

A mysterious boy named Will reveals she is the reincarnation of an ancient warrior, the only one capable of wielding swords of angelfire to fight the reapers, and he is an immortal sworn to protect her in battle. Now that Ellie's powers have been awakened, a powerful reaper called Bastian has come forward to challenge her. He has employed a fierce assassin to eliminate her - an assassin who has already killed her once.

While balancing her dwindling social life and reaper-hunting duties, she and Will discover Bastian is searching for a dormant creature believed to be a true soul reaper. Bastian plans to use this weapon to ignite the End of Days and to destroy Ellie's soul, ending her rebirth cycle forever. Now, she must face an army of Bastian's most frightening reapers, prevent the soul reaper from consuming her soul, and uncover the secrets of her past lives - including truths that may be too frightening to remember.

I'm a sucker for Angels and have always loved the old classic battles of good vs. evil. It's so simple but yet intriguing nevertheless. That's how Angelfire grabbed me, but it was the writing and story that kept me tuned in. For the same reasons as most, it's nice to see a heroine come into her own and take a stand.

Ellie's been tormented by terrible nightmares that turn out to be real memories from past lives. So not the newsflash I'd want if I was her. But when the news is delivered by a guy like Will, hey I'd at least be a little more apt to accept what he said as fact. These two have a long and difficult road ahead but it's fun to watch them interact for sure.

Moulton keeps the pace moving on everyone's been introduced and pages will turn without a problem. While some readers might be looking for a tad bit more closure in the end than they got, just remember this is only book one in the series. I'll most certainly be looking forward to the second installment, Wings of the Wicked, due out February 12, 2012, and I don't think I'll be alone.

I gave Angelfire (Angelfire, #1) 3 shamrocks!!!

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