Samantha Martin didn’t want the title of Iblis and all the hellish responsibility that comes with it. She sure as heck didn’t want these feathery angel wings permanently affixed to her back– although those have their perks. She especially doesn’t want all the extra projects the Ruling Council keeps dumping on her plate.
Tricked into protecting a pregnant woman, Sam discovers that her hasty vow came with a whole lot of strings attached – strings that make her question her trust in Gregory. In order to keep her promises, she’ll need to rely on old friends as well as a house full of unlikely allies.
As if that weren’t enough chaos for an imp, the angels finally find proof that werewolves are Nephilim – the descendants of fallen angels. An entire race is facing extinction and their only hope for salvation is an angel from Hel.
“Confident, assertive, wily. Angel of Justice. Angel of Vengeance. The Trickster. The Iblis. I was the devil’s advocate, and my job was to provide much–needed balance. How ironic that the very concept I scorned was what I was meant to create.”
I really enjoyed reading this book, but man, did I really not remember basically all of it. Especially the ending. When I started reading this I was like “oh hey, I forgot about this!” and by the end I was like “well, I really, really don’t remember that happening”. Therefore, this book got to basically be a nice surprise. I had fun reading this. I love being with Sam and all the crap she gets into all the time.
While I don’t think No Man’s Land is necessary to read prior to this book, I think you’d get a lot more out of this book if you read it first. It sets up some of the characters that are just tossed in here randomly like you already know them. I think you should be able to figure it out without too much trouble, because I believe everyone has basic deduction skills. However, I think reading No Man’s Land first could probably help.
The plot is interesting, but I’m concerned for its long term viability. Luckily, Sam isn’t looking for who killed some poor idiot or anything. No, actually Sam does most of the killing in this book. My problem is the werewolf plot in the book. I’m just not certain where it is going for it to have such a focus in the series, but specifically this book. It feels out of place. I think my biggest problem is that I haven’t been given a reason to care about the werewolf story. Until this point it has been largely ignored, except the one side novel that half the readers probably skipped. And even that wasn’t enough for me to really care about this plot line.
The most important part of the book was just how much Aaru has changed. It is no longer the peaceful place full of harmony and order we found it in in the beginning of the series. Factions are forming. Sins are being committed almost openly. They’re almost at a state of complete civil unrest. This is the interesting part. This is what I care about. Something will have to be done in later books, because Angels are falling at an almost unprecedented rate.
Sam is becoming less and less an imp as this series goes on, and I mourn for that because that is what I really loved about this series in the beginning. However, I still laughed my ass off reading this book, perhaps in large part because I’d mostly forgotten the jokes since the last time I have read this. Sam just doesn’t feel the same, with all these responsibilities she has to take on. Yet, she only brings it upon herself. No one really makes her, except for her council duties. She just does it because her personality, her being has changed so she feels responsible for things she wasn’t before. Yes, this is character growth and I’m happy about that, it just is such a change it makes me sad.
There is surprisingly little Wyatt in this book – basically none, in fact. I like this a lot, because I never really liked Wyatt much, but his absence is noted for how strange it feels. It feels like he is avoiding Sam, even. Oh well, this just makes more room for Gregory. I love Gregory. Holy hell, I love their relationship so much. And Sam really strains it in this book with her actions. Sam drove Gregory to do things you never would have expected! Such a little imp, she is.
The worldbuilding, unfortunately, is slipping a bit. If I noticed it (and I’m notorious for not noting, or caring, about when things change when they weren’t supposed to), others certainly have. I’m noticing that rules that were set up in previous books aren’t exactly being followed by Dunbar. However, the biggest offense is that new concepts are being introduced with very little care for how they fit in and with very little expansion. There were several ideas that were just tossed in in this book like “oh that? they’ve been there all along!”. Made me feel a bit crazy for having missed it, but I’m pretty certain I didn’t.
Fun book, I enjoyed the read. We have a long way to go in this series, too. Can’t wait to see where it ends up.