BOOK REVIEW: A Terrible Fall of Angels by Laurell K Hamilton

Publication Date: August 17, 2001
Format: Ebook 
Genre:  Fantasy 

Publisher: Berkley 
 400 Pages
Buy: Kindle | Audio


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.


I am a big Laurell K Hamilton fan, and was pleased to see she had a new series starting and grabbed the book as soon as it was published. However being a mood reader has its downfalls, I just got to it now.  

I wasn't quite sure about it when I first started reading but it quickly engaged me and I blew through it.  Now I want more.  Since this is the first in the series there is a lot of world building.  We learn about the College of Angels which some consider to be a cult, and those that are kicked out are left to fend for themselves despite having psychotic breaks due to contact with the angels among other questionable tactics. Then there are the witches and priests of the world who practice other religions and may have magic. 

Zaniel Havelock is a detective and the first male protagonist that I've read from Ms. Hamilton and I love this big hunky man. Havelock or as his co-workers call him Havoc was raised at the College of Angels and has a difficult time interacting with people. He is handsome and fit, flirts too well, smiles to brightly and gets himself into trouble that way.  He is currently separated from his wife and is working hard to get her back all while trying to figure out what is happening in what should be a simple case of possession. 

This book opened up so many questions and really gave us insight into so many of the characters.  I hope that Ms. Hamilton gets back to this series with a book 2 soon. 

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