Title: Exterminating Angel
Making a deal with the Devil is the least of his problems. Zaphkiel, a chain-smoking, hard-drinking archangel, never intended to unleash the sun demon upon the city. Bad enough his boss wants him dead, and this recent crime is the perfect excuse. The timing couldn't be worse. Somehow, Zaphkiel's executed lover, Caliel, is alive and reincarnated as Sean. Zaphkiel is thrilled to be reunited with Caliel again, but will his lover feel the same when he learns Zaphkiel's darkest secret?
Hired by Lucifer, Sean wants nothing more than to fit in. But how can he compete when the Devil's friends include archangels and a Tarot reader, and he was born without special abilities? Or so he believes. The Tarot hints there may be more to him than he realizes.
Recruited by the Devil to find the two pentacles sun demon Sorath plans to use to destroy the universe, Zaphkiel and Sean find themselves pawns in a game of power and control. If the archangel gives his boss the pentacles, Ophaniel will overlook his crime. But Zaphkiel knows he can't trust either Ophaniel or Sorath, and the deal he's made with the Devil could cost him not only his life, but also the lover he believed gone forever.
M/M sexual practices, occult themes, some violence, graphic descriptions.
Author: Pamela Turner
Published by Lyrical Press Source: Publisher
Published: 5 May, 2014
Genres: Dark Fantasy
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From the book description, I was hoping for a snarky and intriguing main character, one with issues and a past but with the ultimate characterization showing his loyalty, determination and even some conflicted emotions. What I got was a story with so many characters introduced in quick succession, all with arcane and confusing names, it was hard to keep them straight. And the multiple agendas all trying to come together and provide a story that never did, for me, tie up neatly.
Zaphkiel is the main character, with best ‘friend’ Raziel. Then there is Archangel Michael, Ophaniel, Lucifer, Caliel (who knows himself as Sean and is Zaphkiel’s dead lover, executed by Ophaniel) Kurt a misguided murdering man who summoned the demon Sarath, a hunt for pentacles that must be found before the Venus Transit (never really defined as to time frame for the quest – or I missed it with other information-dumps) to halt the destruction of heaven.
Confused yet? That is the first 3 chapters – 10% in. I found myself taking notes and re-reading: the characters were all rather interchangeable with the exception of Z’s long-standing ill feelings about his lover, Caliel’s execution many years ago. None of these ‘angels’ are actually particularly relatable, and with so many different sub-plots happening in the story there were too many questions left at the end.
This was a story that at 161 pages dragged and jumped forward in alternating bits: missing depth of character and actual reason behind some of the choices made that kept me uninterested but plugging along hoping for a resolution and answers that never came.