(Angel Assassins # 2)
Author: Trish Skinner
Length: 268 pages
Date of Publication: June 30th, 2016
There’s no danger greater than falling for your enemy…
The Nephilim are bound. Their powers cursed. But half-angel Kasdeja will do anything to free them from Heaven's tyranny. When Kas is approached by a striking, mysterious woman, she tells him his greatest enemies hold the key to his freedom.
Mariel keeps herself shrouded in secrets, using them to hide her true self. For she is not just employed by the Renegades--enemy fallen angels—she is a double agent, working on the sly for Heaven. Her directive is to seduce the gorgeous Nephilim—despite her insecurity about such sensual acts.
For Mariel is playing a dangerous game, and falling for Kas could only cause trouble; her assignment isn't just seduction. It's destruction. -Goodreads
Everything about this read is so much more than the synopsis has you ready for. The back story, characters, action, character interactions, and the plot twists...oh the plot twists.
Leading man Kasdejah, with his Native American good looks, 60's 'flower power' fashion sense, geek-tastic computer savvy, and kick-ass angelic warrior fighting style, is an urban fantasy reader's dream. He brings the heavenly to earth in a way that is both approachable and fun.
Though leading lady Mariel's superior fighting prowess and 'never say die' attitude in the face of adversity, makes a her the perfect companion for the battle-seasoned Kas, her exact speech and angelic bearing, provides a striking contrast to Kas's casual speech, and human emotionality.
Both the back story of the Bound and it's relationship to the governing body of The Directorate, as well as that of the opposing Renegade faction, are very well crafted. Along with Kas's position and specific problems or challenges with each.
The fact that said back story is also woven into the present plot, allows the story to flow and transition without interruption.
Most impressive however, is the author's ability to be so inclusive of other supernatural races, a separate story for Mariel, Kas's and Mariel's love story, surprise plot twists galore, and awesome action sequences. All while keeping angels and their offspring as the central focus.
The only detraction that can honestly be made in regard to this read is the fact that the romance between Kas and Mariel is not quite as polished in the beginning. Though the reason for this is somewhat explained; the beginning still reads as a bit forced and insta-lovey. The progression of said romance, along with the dramatic intensity that it provides as the plot progresses, more than makes up for a few bumps at the start.
This may be the second full-length offering in this series, but it may be read as a stand alone.
Please note that while this is a romance, the emphasis here is on the STORY. The romance though torrid, is a companion to a wonderful tale of loyalty, betrayal, love, revenge, and redemption angel-style.
Tricia Skinner is an author of passionate dark fantasy and a project manager for Short Fuse. She began her writing career as a business reporter and wrote for The Detroit News, Investor’s Business Daily, MSN, and The Houston Chronicle.
Raised in Detroit, Tricia graduated with a BA degree from the nationally acclaimed Journalism Institute for Media Diversity at Wayne State University. She earned a Masters of Liberal Studies – Creative Writing degree from Southern Methodist University and will obtain a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in 2017.
Diversity in genre fiction is dear to Tricia’s heart. She is represented by Laurie McLean, co-founder of Fuse Literary Agency.
When not writing, Tricia can be found reading, lifting weights, or geeking out over games, movies, and music. She has a Tom Hiddleston obsession, and she is Team Vader. Her family includes three Great Dane.