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Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Double Book Review: A Terrible Fall of Angels (A Zaniel Havelock Novel Book 1) by Laurell K. Hamilton

A Terrible Fall of Angels (A Zaniel Havelock Novel Book 1)
by Laurell K. Hamilton
August 17, 2021
Pages: 400
Meet Detective Zaniel Havelock, a man with the special ability to communicate directly with angels. A former trained Angel speaker, he devoted his life to serving both the celestial beings and his fellow humans with his gift, but a terrible betrayal compelled him to leave that life behind. Now he’s a cop who is still working on the side of angels. But where there are angels, there are also demons. There’s no question that there’s evil at work when he’s called in to examine the murder scene of a college student—but is it just the evil that one human being can do to another, or is it something more? When demonic possession is a possibility, even angelic protection can only go so far. The race is on to stop a killer before he finds his next victim, as Zaniel is forced to confront his own very personal demons, and the past he never truly left behind.

The first in a new series from the author of the Anita Blake and Merry Gentry series.

Denise B
Getting 4 sheep
Hamilton has a new series out that follows Detective Zaniel Havelock who can communicate with angels. He was raised at the College of Angels as an Angel speaker but left the college after a terrible betrayal, pursued the army, and then became a police detective. When women start showing up dead, he is positive there’s evil at work but is unsure if it is just a person who is evil or a demon of something more sinister at work.

The series has a lot of potential, though the first book was a little slow for me. I needed more background on Havelock and the college than what was given. I kept feeling like there was a book I had missed reading, though that wasn’t the case.

I look forward to reading the next book in the series with the hope that there will be more of everything.

Jeanie G
Getting 4 sheep
Somehow this author was never on my radar, but after reading this story, I realize it was my loss and that needs to be corrected.

There may have been some weird stuff going on in the story, but it felt rather refreshing to me. Just traveling along with the characters and his creative take on “guardian” angels.

Havoc, as he was called, is an Angel Speaker and was raised in a cult-like academy for youngsters who displayed superior attributes or powers. The story revolves around him and 2 of his close friends who all took different paths because of the institution's training and influence.

In his current position, he works with the human police officers in a unit called “Metaphysical Coordination Unit,” dealing with mystics and supernatural cases. I will leave it to you to discover why and how he left the academy with an aspiring position. Not all blessings are welcome at any price!

Nice-paced read with interesting characters and events.

About the Author

Laurell K. Hamilton is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series and the Merry Gentry, Fey Detective series. With more than 40 novels published and 20 million books sold, Laurell continues to create groundbreaking fiction inspired by her lifelong love of monster movies, ghost stories, mythology, folklore, and things that go bump in the night. She lives in St. Louis with her family. In her free time, Laurell trains in Filipino martial arts with a specialization in blade work.

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