The pre-existence – a time before time itself when heaven was torn apart by holy war. Two angels stood above the crowd in their desire to defeat Satan’s dark army: General Laurelia, powerful, aloof and alone; and Petrus, a lowly soldier under her command with surprising abilities and a burning desire to win Laurelia’s heart. Together they could achieve anything, but the Dark Lord’s eyes are everywhere and the net is tightening fast…
I was given one of the preview copies of this incredible book to read by one of my good friends; Jenni James. At first I was sure that I would review the book politely and was prepared to like it. Thinking it was another paranormal book like countless others…I tucked in for a read.
By the first sentence of the first chapter, I was hooked. For me the most important aspect of an unputdownable book is memorable characters that are richly drawn. In this story, I have found two characters that I want to meet in reality.
The book starts off with a prologue setting the scene of the world the reader is about to enter and explore. I know that a lot of the industry professionals do not like prologues but personally if the prologue adds to the story, I have no problem with them. With the first couple of lines of the first chapter, you are introduced to one of the MCs – Petrus. This is a man who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Through a few sentences, the authors bring across a picture of a man of action. Soon afterwards you are introduced to the strong and feisty female lead – General Laurelia.
Without giving too much away, this book has two storylines. There is the main storyline of a holy war breaking out in heaven resulting in the ultimate fight between good and evil. But underneath this there is a storyline of love and its complexities.
There is a saying that: All is fair in love and war. This book sums up that sentence. The characters evoke your empathy and not merely your sympathy. You know these characters. They are so richly drawn that it is easy to say you know them. The two main characters are fully fleshed out. They have flaws and insecurities. Indeed the authors portray these very insecurities so well that the characters start breathing.
The plot line of this story is very well constructed and easy to follow. There are also twists and turns in the journey that make the story unpredictable and interesting. The battle scenes are epic and evoke the ageless time of time before time.
The world that the authors create is rich in imagery. What amazed me was how seamless their descriptions of this world is. These authors show more than tell. You view the world through their characters’ eyes instead of the authors’ eyes. As the book is written in 1st person POV, the world that it takes place in is layered and very believable.
You will want to read this book if you are looking for something different and unusual. This is a book that will be equally enjoyed by both women and men. It is a suspense-filled action adventure but it is also a love story. This is a book that will keep you turning the pages. The only warning I would give is that you don’t start reading late at night as you will want to finish the book before putting it down, not leaving much time for sleep.
So much has been done in the paranormal genre but this is a book unlike any other. These authors are not following a trend. Their book will be ahead of the curve creating a trend. My only regret is that their story came to an end too quickly. I await more of this story and these very memorable characters with eager anticipation. This is a world I want to return to.
I give this book 5 stars out of 5. I loved this book so much that I read it two more times after the first time. Now go get yourself a copy of this book and be prepared to fall in love with EPIC characters and a rich story that will linger in your mind.
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