Book Reviews

Angel's Honor (Angel Shifters 1) by Erin M. Leaf at Evernight Publishing

Genre Gay / Fantasy / Angels/Demons / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 21-October-2014

Book Blurb

Raphael had no idea what he was getting into when he went to Castle Archangel to study the People’s oral history. He didn’t expect his wings to suddenly change from brown to the purest white—the mark of an Omega, the destined mate of the Alpha. There has never been a male Omega before, not in all the millennia angels have flown the skies of Earth. However, when Raphael meets ebony-winged Gabriel, the true leader of the People, he knows he wants this man more than anything. Change is not always bad.

When Gabriel’s wings suddenly turn to startling ebony, he must deal with the knowledge that he is an Alpha, a leader of the angels. When he discovers that his destined mate is a man, he must accept that being Alpha of the People means accepting more than he’d expected. When their current leader challenges him, accusing Gabriel of committing one of the People’s most dishonorable crimes, Gabriel must fight: for his honor, for his mate, and for the survival of the angels.

 

Book Review

As some of you may know, I am somewhat partial to angel stories. They are fascinating creatures, present in one way or another in many of this planet’s religions, and since nobody can say with any scientific certainty whether they even exist, who is to say whether any of the stories told about them are true of false? Other than religious dogma, we have nothing to guide us. What better starting point for an author to ask “what if?” and Erin M. Leaf has done a great job of not just asking that question, but providing a pretty unique and fascinating version of things in this story. ‘Angel’s Honor’ sets the tone for a world where angels have two forms: a human one and an angelic one. Each angel carries markings that correspond to his or her wing color, and those colorings are pretty significant. But not all is well in this world, and it is up to Raphael and Gabriel to attempt to fix the mess.

Raphael is a historian. He studies the oral history of the angels, who call themselves the People, and as such he is well aware of the many myths around angel leadership that exist. The problem is, there haven’t been any proper angel leaders in over three hundred years, and the current usurper of the throne is cruel and about to ensure the angel species completely vanishes. His brother sends him to Castle Archangel, the seat of power, because “something is about to happen”. Raphael is in for the shock of his life when the color of his markings and wings suddenly change to white, and even though he knows what it means in theory, that he is an omega and the alpha’s true mate, he also knows there has never been a male omega – not in all the millennia of history he has studied.

Gabriel wakes up one morning to discover his markings are not black, and so are his wings. He cannot believe this is happening, but he has no doubt as to what it means. He may not have wanted this responsibility, but he hates what the current “leader” is doing, how he is slowly killing the People, so Gabriel knows he will have no choice. He also knows his mate is out there and quickly goes to find him, even though he had no idea he was gay. Rejecting God’s will, however, is not a choice he has, so he finds Raphael and deals with what they both have to do.

If you like stories about angels who are set to fight evil in whatever shape it appears, if the idea of two angels having to deal with a sudden change in their life’s purpose sounds interesting, and if you’re looking for a supernatural read set in a creative and imaginative world that is not quite like our own yet bears many similarities, then you will probably enjoy this novella.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 18480 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 27-November-2013
Price $3.99 ebook
Buy Link http://www.evernightpublishing.com/angels-honor-by-erin-m-leaf/