Saturday, June 22, 2013
The Armies of Heaven by Jane Kindred (Fantasy, Angels, Demons)
I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The Armies of Heaven is the third book in the House of Arkhangel'sk series. I had not read the other two books previously and though I think it would have clarified some things in the story, I didn't have any problems following the plot and getting acquainted with the characters.
There is war in the heavens. Murder, manipulation and betrayal nearly obliterated the ruling family and only now is the true heir to the throne, Anazakia able to move toward the goal of removing the woman from the throne who was responsible for most of her family's deaths. She also is seeking her own daughter who was kidnapped and carried away from her by Anazakia's former nanny Helga who also desires to take the throne.
Working with the allies that she has, Anazakia's armies are woefully undermanned, but it seems that there are still more things in Heaven than are known and that may just tip the scales in one way or another.
The story of war among the angels and demons resident in heaven is detailed and well-written. The characters were all well-rounded; some were appealing, some were not, as was appropriate to their function. I found the tale to be unique in its presentation of angels and war between them and even in its portrayal of heaven itself. It also uses the realms of the angels to explain other myths that have passed down through folk in the real world, for example the fae.
There was both love and sex in the story and some involved dominance and submission. There was also graphic violence and slavery.
I found this an interesting tale that kept me engrossed for a goodly time.