First impressions:Â Courtney Allison Moulton writes one heck of a battle scene, and the opening of this book starts out with a doozy. Hooray for kickass girls with swords!
Lasting impressions:Â Though the first half of this book was gripping and exciting, it lost steam toward the end.
Conflicting impressions:Â Ellie may have a typical selfish teenage outlook, but that didn’t keep me from thinking she sounded like a spoiled brat most of the time.
Overall impressions:Â The majority of this book I actually liked better than the first book, Angelfire. Ellie has settled into her role as Preliator a bit more, she and Will have built up a nice rapport, and we get lots of interesting plot points developing. When she’s not being super whiny, Ellie is kicking major ass. I love that part of her.
I also love the expanded role that Cadan gets in this book. Though not quite a full on third wheel in the love triangle game, he does give Ellie a counterpoint to Will’s service and devotion to her. I like the conflict he represents in that he is a demon capable of good. He sacrifices quite a lot for Ellie and I’ll be curious to see how things continue to develop between these two.
The last half to third of this book really dragged for me. Ellie and Will continue their back-and-forth over why they can’t be together despite their love for each other. Ellie still wants a normal high school life despite her destiny as Preliator. So the book sort of meanders through these conflicts for far too long without giving equal attention to the larger conflict with Bastian. I struggled to finish this one.
Fans of the first book will surely love this second installment, and though I liked parts of this one better than the first book, I’m not sure if I’ll continue with the series.Â
Rating: 3/5 starsÂ