Traitor Angel {review}

In Traitor Angel, the second book of the Angelkiller Triad,  the war between The Army of Light and The Enemy continues behind the scenes. Unknown to the general population, the battle for control of humanity is heating up.

Jonah Mason, called Angelkiller, faces more than one decision. His Army resistance cell is wounded physically and emotionally, on the brink of falling apart. The mysterious allies calling themselves Knights are pressuring him to abandon his people. Meanwhile, the world outside draws closer to Armageddon.

As Mason and his friends pursue their campaign against Dorian Azrael’s global megacorporation, Andlat Enterprises, the stakes get higher with each desperate foray into the enemy’s computers. They are fated to lose one of their number and gain an unlikely ally, but any advantage they gain could be fleeting at best.

If they fail, it could mean the end of The Army and all resistance to the forces of Darkness.

Traitor Angel is the second installment in H. David Blalock’s Angelkiller Triad. I don’t normally read books concerning a “war in heaven”–to be honest, books about angels typically strike me as being a variation on the same theme. (If you’ve seen The Prophecy, you’ve read them all.) However, the concepts behind this trilogy have intrigued me for a long time and as a result, when the tour opened up, I decided it was well past time to give the book a chance.

There is a lot about Traitor Angel that distinguishes it from other books in this genre which I found a pleasant surprise.  It begins with a war, yes, but it is a war waged largely in cyberspace.  The terminology used is different as well–while there are angels and demons, they are referred to as the “Army” and the “Enemy.”  The war is important but it’s not waged with a literal fiery sword–instead, it relies more on the kind of technology you might see in a MMORPG.

I felt that the story itself had a bit of a DaVinci Code feel to it though I don’t know whether this was intentional on the author’s part.  It was the events that pulled me to the book rather than characterization.  I love a character-driven novel and would have liked to have seen more focus on characters but having not read the first book, I didn’t have the same attachment to them that I might otherwise have had.  The events, setting, and plot were strong enough to keep me really interested in the story so in the end, this isn’t a criticism of the book so much as it’s a suggestion that reading both novels would be likely to add more layers to an understanding of what is a fairly complicated piece.

Traitor Angel brings to mind books like Jacqueline Carey’s Banewreaker in terms of its willingness to push the tradition of good versus evil into new places (though its world is very, very different).  All in all, I think that this book would  appeal to fans of the genre who look for books that fall outside the norm and who like innovation in setting and story.  This book (and its predecessor) are available on Amazon.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for review from First Rule Publicity from the author as part of a virtual book tour. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”