Angel of Darkness (The Fallen #1) by Cynthia Eden-a review
ANGEL OF DARKNESS (The Fallen #1) by Cynthia Eden
ANGEL OF DARKNESS is the first book in Cynthia Eden’s The Fallen series. The Fallen series will focus on the Angels of Death and what they have had to endure before and after they have ‘fallen’ from grace.
Keenan is an Angel of Death who has been enlisted to collect the souls of the recently departed. But his most recent assignment has him both confused and surprised, when he discovers that he has feelings for Nicole St. James. Angels do not have feelings=they suffer no pain or guilt. The Angel of Death’s only duty is to retrieve the souls from the dead.
Nicole St. James is slated to die a horrible death at the hands of a vampire, but something about the woman will shock the Angel into taking another life and sparing Nicole’s. When it is discovered that Keenan failed to collect Nicole’s soul, Azrael is forced to send Keenan into hell where he will suffer for neglecting his duties. And 6 months later, Keenan will go in search for the woman who changed his life, but Nicole is no longer the shy, young teacher who was searching for peace.
Nicole St James is a vampire. Turned during an attack in a dark alley, Nicole only knows hunger. But her maker is dead and Nicole no longer hears the insidious voices urging her to kill. Feeding from human prey is a necessary part of her life, but there are many ‘others’ known as the Nightwatch including humans, demons and shifters that have organized against the vampires and are willing to hunt and kill. But when a mysterious stranger is willing to aid Nicole as she flees from the others, she believes she has found her ‘guardian angel’.
The relationship between Nicole and Keenan will grow as they continue to run from those trying to kill the vampire. But there are some who have the knowledge and the ability to ‘see’ what Keenan was, and it is with that knowledge that Keenan will become the hunted as well. AS the descendants of the fallen, Demons have the ability to see the true faces of the fallen, and it is the demons that are enlisted to find Keenan and Nicole.
Sammael is a ‘fallen angel’ who at first appears to be aiding in the search for both Nicole and Keenan, but appearances can be deceiving. As newly fallen, the former angels no longer retain memory or their abilities, but Sammael will aid Keenan in his search for both his powers and the knowledge to know what it is he has to do. And it is with that knowledge that Keenan will strive to protect the woman with whom he has fallen in love.
ANGEL OF DARKNESS is wonderful introduction to Cynthia Eden’s The Fallen series. There is plenty of background information as well as the introduction of an assortment of demons, shifters and other angels that will allow for the series to continue. There is plenty of action, the storyline never stalls, but I found myself having to go back a few times wondering what I had missed because the storyline goes back and forth between events and characters without a break. I am looking forward to reading Angel Betrayed-release date June 2012.
1. Angel of Darkness
2. Angel Betrayed
3. Angel in Chains (Nov 2012)
Reviewed by Sandy