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Review: Angelfire by Hanna Peach + Giveaway

December 31, 2012
Title: Angelfire
Author: Hanna Peach
Published: Self | Nov, 2012
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, YA
Series: Dark Angel
    Angelfire
    Angelstone 

    Synopsis (from Goodreads):
    An army of angels walk among us. They have kept us safe and ignorant, so far.

    Earthbound for centuries and ruled by the Elders, they have established hidden cities, a society and The Code: obey your Elders, kill all demons, eliminate Rogue-angels, protect the mortals, remain hidden. Their warriors are the ungifted earthborn angels armed with blades and the ‘borrowed magics’ of distilled angel-blood tattoos.

    Alyxandria is a young warrior with a fondness for customized knives and illegal night-races. If only she could overcome the taint of her parents who abandoned her to become Rogues.

    When Alyx saves Israel, a gifted mortal with a past, she is forbidden to see him again. But she can’t help herself, drawn to him through their Guardian-bond, an ancient and long-forgotten bond; if he dies, she dies.

    An encounter with a handsome Rogue leaves Alyx questioning all she has been taught to believe. Alyx begins to dig into the Elders’ secrets. Two thousand years of secrets that begin with the death of the Archangel Raphael. She is not prepared when she uncovers an Elder’s dark plan.

    Somewhere on earth is a key to unlock hell. Somewhere on earth are pieces of an amulet that controls Lucifer and his army. Somehow Israel is the link and now both sides are after him. Who can Alyx trust when Good and Evil is no longer clear?

    The war for earth begins.

     Review:

          Oh. My. Goodness! I wasn't expecting to love it this much. Angelfire by Hanna Peach is a shockingly great book with a very well thought out world building. I was a little skeptical going into the book because it has third person narrative, and I'm not the biggest fan of that, they tend to be very challenging, and if not done right, straight-out confusing, but that was not the case with this book. I loved the writing, it was clean, simple, and very addictive. In one word, Angelfire was phenomenal.

          Alyx is a lightwarrior (a Seraphim which is another word for Angel) who fights Darkened, demons possessed in a mortal's body. She is the best amongst her group, and besides the basic magic like fire, water, etc, she is gifted with special visions which makes other people very judgmental towards her. The lightwarriors use specific magic by getting a Bloodink related to that particular magic tattooed on their body. That is the only tiny part of the story that is not original, rest assured everything else is unique, well researched, and highly entertaining. There is so much action & mystery going on in every part of the story, and it's interesting to watch everything blend together perfectly at the end.

          Angelfire is a take on Angel/Demon mythology. The world created by the author is one of the strongest points of the story, and it was my favorite part, but the back-story of how everything came to be was a bit hazy. We know parts of it, and in specific I'm referring to the Elder's (Head of the lightwarriors) history which was not clear, and did cause some confusion, but that's just minor. The main focus of this novel was for Alyx to find out the truth about the things she has been taught since childhood, discover the lies that had been sewn by the Elders , and to start making right choices for herself. I adored Alyx, she was very strongheaded, she knew the difference between right & wrong, and was not afraid to fight for what she wanted. I can't wait to read more about her, and after that ending, you bet her journey will be something to watch out for.

          Overall, I'm so happy to have read this book, it was my last book of 2012, and what a great way to end it. Angelfire is highly recommended to fans of Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare or anyone who likes a different take on Angels & Demons. I, for one, thoroughly enjoyed it.


    A Copy was provided by the author for an honest review. (Thanks You!)


    About the Author
    Hanna Peach 

    A writer of fantastical things, especially stories with fangs, magic or wings.
    I want to tell you tales that will rip away the glamour from your life, keep you running and fighting and gasping long past the devil’s hour and maybe, just maybe, reality will look a little bit different when you return.
    Sit with me around this witchlight. Let me tell you a story. 

    Find Hanna on: Website | Facebook | Goodreads | Amazon

    Excerpt
     
    “I am looking to trade.” Alyx holds up a handful of pouches, all full of gold.

    The RaceKeeper makes a noise under his breath. “And what might I have that you would be interested in? You aren’t looking to trade for the little Sparrow again are you?”

    “I want information.”

    “What kind of information?”

    “I know you have Rogues in this crowd.”

    He makes a non-committal noise.

    “Which means you must have access to their community. I want to know,” Alyx pauses, taking a breath, “I want to know where my parents are.”

    “Your parents? I see. But why are you so interested now, Bullet?”

    “That is none of your business.”

    “Hmmm.” The RaceKeeper takes a long languid puff from his pipe and blows smoke rings towards her face. She grits her teeth and instructs herself not to react. She needs his information. “You have discovered the truth about them have you?”
    Her world stops. He knows too. Has he known all along? Does everyone know but her?

    “You know about them?”

    “My dear, I never accept competitors for my races without a full investigation into their past. You do have some interesting demons in your closet don’t you? Poor Symon must have a rough time keeping you under control.”

    Alyx clenches her fists. What else does he know about her?

    “I will pay you for what you know.” Alyx throws the pouches at the RaceKeeper’s feet.

    The RaceKeeper pokes them with his pipe. He picks one up with his chubby fingers, shakes it, opens it and pulls out a coin. He lifts the coin to his face and it disappears in the blackness. Then he pulls it back out to study it.

    There is now a small mark on the coin. He has bitten it, checking that they are pure gold. Pure gold is so soft that teeth can dent it.

    “You don’t trust me RaceKeeper?”
     
    “Just business my dear. Don’t take it personally.”

    He pulls out another coin, bites, studies, and pulls out another. He does this with all of the coins.

    Finally he puts down the last pouch. “Is this all your parents are worth?”

    Alyx struggles to hold down the bile that rises in her throat. She pushes her fist into her jacket pocket and pulls out her last four pouches. She throws them on the pile at his feet. All of her savings.

    “Holding out on me I see?” The RaceKeeper laughs. “I accept your offer.” He takes another toke of his pipe. “Now, I have good news and I have bad news for you. Which one do you want to hear first? I recommend the good news.”

    He is enjoying this. Alyx wants to kick him in his flabby gut, which is spilling out over his purple drawstring pants, but she restrains herself.

    “The bad news.”

    Giveaway

    Hanna is offering one winner an ecopy of her debut novel, Angelfire. Open Intl.
    Just fill out the form below.
    Good Luck!


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    3 comments:

    1. This one sounds great! Glad I found your blog.

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    2. Angelfire looks great! Awesome review. I thought I might have already owned it, but it appears I own another book with the same title. =(

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