Sunday, June 5, 2011

Review of The Last Archangel by Michael D. Young

Title: The Last Archangel

Author: Michael D. Young
Release date: 8th of July 2011
Published by: Cedar Fort
Imprint: Bonneville Books
Reading level: FICTION – Paranormal, Fantasy, Mythology
URL: http://thelastarchangelbook.com/
Pages: 298 in NetGalley

From Goodreads:
The Last Archangel
Xandir has been exiled to earth until the end of time. But when his cherub trainee disappears, Xandir makes a deal with rogue angels and giants that could restore life to the mortal woman he loves and end his assignment as a destroying angel in exchange for helping them bring about the end of the world and all of mankind.

My review:

Michael Young’s book The Last Archangel was action packed. It had everything a good paranormal fantasy book needs to have: good story, interesting characters and so many mythological creatures you can only dream about! There were angels, demons, cherubs, old Greek creatures, giants, Achillians, characters from Christian mythology – you name it and it was in that book!

It was an exciting read with two parallel storylines and it had very good twists in the story, so the first 100 pages still do not know how these two stories will be connected. I really liked this book!

Regarding the plot:

Meet Xandir, an archangel who has been banished to share Justice and Mercy on Earth. He is an angel who decides when to destroy or save people. That is task until the end of the time. Everything changes when he gets an apprentice – cherub by the name of Jarom. Xandir and Jarom are tricked into a situation where they need to work with Giants – who have been enemies to angels. From there the plot takes heights and speed which makes reading this book an adventure.

Meet Eden Fortuna, whose husband Daren starts acting weirdly and violently and one day just informs Eden that he is leaving her. Eden finds out that her husband has received messages in a strange language which even her professor Judith does not understand. Eden and Judy start to search what happened to Daren and they end up in a world which they had no idea existed.

Xandir and Eden meet only couple of times during the book, but these meetings are very important for the whole book and bring the storylines nicely together.

I really loved the usage of names in this book; most of the names had a meaning and were suitable to the characters. I know it is just a small detail, but a very good detail.

Regarding the characters:

I have to admit that I liked all the characters in this book.

Xandir was intriguing and likable. Even though he had a heavy luggage to carry due to some actions in his past, he draws a clear line between good and evil. Even if didn’t act accordingly, he found a way back to track to know what is important and what is good for himself and people surrounding him.

I absolutely adored Jarom. He was so sweet and innocent and he was needed in this book to balance Xandir’s actions. I really liked that Jarom took the responsibility which was not his to carry to begin with. Xandir also needed Jarom to complete his mission.

Eden was in my opinion the weaker character in the book. I think she missed some substance and seemed flat. Luckily it was nicely filled with Eden’s professor Judith who I think was actually well written. There was so much spark and courage in her! Judith was definitely one of my favorites in this book.

Generally:

The author really has an eye for details and I think it added to the book as a whole. Especially thinking that there were lot of characters and two storylines to follow, the author did an excellent work with the book. Michael D. Young’s book was a really good surprise to me. This book would also be a good start for the series even though i do not think that is the author's intention.
I would also like to mention the fabulous cover of the book, it is beautiful!
As said, if you like fantasy combined with mythology and action – this book is a must to read!

5 stars out of 5.

Thanks to Cedar Fort and NetGalley for providing me a free galley to read and review.

4 comments:

  1. I have this ARC to read, was trying to decide when to read it amongst all my other to read list. I think you've just made up my mind for me! It's next!

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  2. Maria, let me know how did you like it. I'd be happy to hear.

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  3. When you get this book, you'll want to clear your schedule for the next couple of days. At the very least, leave a note for your loved ones explaining that you're fine, just lost in an excellent story.

    Irene (CashFund)

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  4. When you get this book, you'll want to clear your schedule for the next couple of days. At the very least, leave a note for your loved ones explaining that you're fine, just lost in an excellent story.

    Marlene Detierro (Sell Gold)

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