My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Xandir has been exiled to earth until the end of time. But when his cherub trainee disappears, Xandir makes a deal with rogue angels and giants that could restore life to the mortal woman he loves and end his assignment as a destroying angel in exchange for helping them bring about the end of the world and all of mankind.
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My thoughts: I was impressed with the writing in this book. Michael D. Young was able to fashion a story with a great plot and many mythological and biblical characters.
Xandir is a destroying angel. He is banished from Heaven for being a fence sitter and not following the rules. He does not have a clean slate and has had a forbidden relationship with a woman from Pompeii. His love for her fuels many of his decisions for the good and the bad. He is given an apprentice and finds himself in a situation to save his love and the apprentice and not let everything conflict, then he is told to guard a human. This helps lead to a very action packed book. Xandir tries to do everthing at once, succeeds and fails all at the same time. The story takes him literally to the gates of heaven and the jaws of hell. I laughed at his attempt to make an old cliche happen. I really can't say what it is, but I am sure that you all have heard it at least once in your lifetime if not said it yourself.
Eden is trying to rescue a failing marriage. She and her wonderful friend Judy are trying to place the pieces together and figure out what happened to the husband who changed personalities and left her. Their journey is very interesting and dangerous. They are part of the story of the war happening between Heaven and Hell. I loved the scenes centering on them. They are such a great team and I grew to care about what happened to them.
I enjoyed the book, but I wish there were more scenes with Eden and Judy. I understand why the story focused more on Xandir and I hope that there will be another installment with Eden as a more prevalent character.
Thanks Michael for sending me a copy of the story to review. I look forward to reading more books from him. I didn't realize that I have his other book "The Canticle Kingdom" sitting on the bookshelf in my home unread. I will definitely be dusting it off and getting to it as soon as I can.
About the Author:
Michael is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a degree in German Teaching and a minor in Music. He puts his German to good use by working to build online German courses for High School students. Though he grew up traveling the world with his military father, he now lives in Utah with his wife, Jen, and his two sons. Michael enjoys acting in community theater, playing and writing music and spending time with his family. He played for several years with the handbell choir Bells on Temple Square and is now a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
His first book, "The Canticle Kingdom", was released in Feb 2010 through Bonneville Books. He is also the author of the inspirational pamphlet "Portrait of a Mother". He has also had work featured in various online and print magazines such as Mindflights, The New Era, Allegory, and Ensign.
You can learn more about Michael and his writing at his blog: http://www.writermike.com
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