Series: Penryn & the End of Days #1
Genres: Paranormal, Post-Apocalyptic
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It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back. Anything, including making a deal with Raffe, an injured enemy angel. Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco, where Penryn will risk everything to rescue her sister and Raffe will put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.
Angelfall is about a girl (Penryn) surviving an angel apocalypse where angels have come to Earth and destroyed much of mankind. One day Penryn and her sister witness a group of angels fighting each other. One angel loses his wings and Penryn rescues him, but not before the angels take her sister. Together they set off to save her sister and get his wings restored.
What is really interesting about this novel is the relationship between Penryn and the angel Raffe. It is almost a romance, or perhaps a forbidden one. They must both learn to trust each other, but knowing that the other is the enemy and that their partnership will end when she finds her sister and he gets his wings. And they both know that romance between them is forbidden.
Another interesting thing is that these aren’t just spiritual beings, but very much physical ones. They are extremely strong, but they have weaknesses, and they can bleed. It is a very real, gritty kind of world that this story delves into.
The writing was great and you really go on this journey with Penryn and Raffe. We follow as their friendship develops, as they learn more about theirselves and the world. Indeed, We discover the world solely through their eyes, meet various peoples and creatures, and learn a little bit about angel politics. But we are never quite sure of what the angels are up to in this novel, and why they have attacked mankind.
About 4/5 of the way through things really get dark and things didn’t quite go the way I had hoped. A lot of it just creeped me out. This story doesn’t have a happy ending in the way I had hoped, but it isn’t absolutely bleak either. It is perhaps a bit more of a cliffhanger, where things could perhaps go either way. There is a sequel so there is still hope for Penryn and Raffe to make a difference in this fallen world.
This is a great take on the spiritual apocalyptic genre and I’m really looking forward to seeing what the next book has in store.