Friday, August 15, 2008

“The Last Angel” by Natasha Rhodes

An angel is found murdered on the streets of Sunset Boulevard. To the media gossip mongers, it’s the biggest story ever. To the Hunters, an underground monster-fighting hit-squad, it’s just another case of ‘whodunnit’. To Kayla Steele, their youngest and newest member, it means a last, desperate chance to bring her murdered fiancé back from the dead, and to others with a far darker purpose it is the means to destroy the human race. If the Hunters are to stop the onset of Armageddon they must join forces with their most hated enemies, the werewolves…
This is the second novel in the Kayla Steele series after Dante’s Girl (2007). Like its’ predecessor, it contains lot’s of non-stop action and twisting plot points. In fact you almost need to keep a scorecard because of the constantly shifting points of view and diverse storylines from chapter to chapter. Ms. Rhodes packs a lot into the 400 plus pages - all of it entertaining. But also like the previous book it fails to resolve previous story arcs or the new ones introduced including that of the ‘Angel’ in the title.

One of the things I like about Rhodes writing is the sly sense of humour. Of the evil vampire Harlequin –
“Harlequin sat in the darkness, brooding. He liked to brood. It was one of his favorite pastimes, next to killing people and enslaving the odd civilization.”
And Cyan, also one of the vampires and Karrel’s ex-lover thinks about Harlequin –
“It was just a pity that he couldn’t stand her. Other then that, they were perfect for each other.”
Kayla is also refreshing as a flawed, normal working-class girl who as the heroine has stumbled into the supernatural world and must survive without any powers or special abilities. She grudgingly accepts this world, but retains a healthy dose of skepticism even knowing what she does. Her pursuit of the truth about Karrel’s death and the possibility of his resurrection remains her personal mission. Karrel and Kayla converge but only in the Epilogue which is perhaps the most evocative chapter in the book.

As stated earlier, everything is left hanging at the end with tons of unanswered questions. I am OK with that in a series if I believe there will be a big payoff in a future installment. Please Ms. Rhodes don’t disappoint.

If you are the type of reader that needs things to be resolved this book is not for you. Definitely read Dante’s Girl before tackling this and perhaps even wait for the next volume in the series and read them altogether.

Normally I don’t comment on proofing and editing but Ms. Rhodes should definitely take her publisher to task for the sloppy proofing of her novel. A couple of typos you can let slide but it becomes aggravating when you notice problems even when you aren’t looking for them (see if you can spot them on Pgs 50, 202, 318, 370 to mention just a few).

Download and read the first chapter.

The fact that I read The Last Vampire and The Last Angel by two totally different authors back to back is completely coincidental and apropos of well…nothing.


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