Sunday, December 26, 2010
Book Review: Flaming Dove
Flaming Dove by Daniel Arenson.
Outcast from Hell. Banished from Heaven. Lost on Earth.The battle of Armageddon was finally fought... and ended with no clear victor. Upon the mountain, the armies of Hell and Heaven beat each other into a bloody, uneasy standstill, leaving the Earth in ruins. Armageddon should have ended with Heaven winning, ushering in an era of peace. That's what the prophecies said. Instead, the two armies--one of angels, one of demons--hunker down in the scorched planet, lick their wounds, and gear up for a prolonged war with no end in sight.In this chaos of warring armies and ruined landscapes, Laila doesn't want to take sides. Her mother was an angel, her father a demon; she is outcast from both camps. And yet both armies need her, for with her mixed blood, Laila can become the ultimate spy... or ultimate soldier. As the armies of Heaven and Hell pursue her, Laila's only war is within her heart--a struggle between her demonic and heavenly blood.
Laila is born of angel and demon, her mixed blood a curse that bars her from both Heaven and Hell, so she must fight for the one place she calls home...earth. Flaming Dove is an action packed urban fantasy that dares to challenge the reader to question the traditional roles of good and evil. The apocalypse has come and gone, but the war between Heaven and Hell continues. Earth is a wasteland where angels and demons slaughter each other with no regard for human life. Heaven and Hell are deadlocked, but there is one woman who could tip the balance...for either side. Laila is half demon and half angel, a deadly combination that gives her strength to rival the strongest archangels and archdemons, but she doesn't belong to either side. Laila swears allegiance to no man, angel, or demon, but when the one place in all of existence that she can call home is threatened she must make a choice. Will she side with Heaven, for which her half sister fights, or will Laila fight alongside her former lover Beelzebub the current ruler of Hell? Flaming Dove presents an interesting look at the gray areas of good and evil. These aren't just your usual pure of heart angels and slithering evil demons...though there are also those in abundance. Arenson presents a dark and gritty look at armageddon and a kick butt heroine who comes armed with fangs, claws, and an uzi. A thought provoking dark fantasy novel filled with non-stop action and intriguing characters.
I recommend Flaming Dove to readers of urban fantasy, paranormal suspense, and especially to fans of dark fantasy.
Don't miss author Daniel Arenson's visit to From the Shadows tomorrow December 27th!
Source: This book was provided by the author or publisher for honest review.
Flaming Dove on Amazon.
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**Update: Flaming Dove giveaway at Goodreads February 6-March 6, 2011**
Bestselling author E.J. STEVENS has written and independently published 15 speculative fiction books. She is the author of four series, including the WHITECHAPEL PARANORMAL SOCIETY Victorian horror series, the HUNTERS' GUILD urban fantasy series, the award-winning SPIRIT GUIDE young adult series, and the award-winning, bestselling IVY GRANGER urban fantasy series.