My Rating- 5 STARS
Synopsis- Alyxandria is a young warrior with a fondness for customized knives and illegal night-races. If only she could overcome the taint of her parents, who abandoned her to become Rogues. When Alyx saves Israel, a gifted mortal with a past, she is forbidden to see him again. But she can't help herself, drawn to him through their Guardian-bond, an ancient and long-forgotten bond; if he dies, she dies.
Alyx begins to dig into the Elders' secrets − two thousand years of secrets, which begin with the death of the Archangel Raphael. She is not prepared when she uncovers an Elder's dark plan. Somewhere on Earth is a key to unlock Hell. Somewhere on Earth are pieces of an amulet that control Lucifer and his army. Somehow Israel is the link and now both sides are after him. Who can Alyx trust when Good and Evil are no longer clear?
My Review- Angelfire is a truly good book by a very talented Author.
I was offered this book for review and I am so glad I have read it and fully intend to buy the rest of this series to follow Alyx, Isreal and the others on their journey. Also loving the angsty romance budding and hope there is more angst in the future.
Alyx is a Lightwarrior, not particularly gifted but an exceptional fighter. She has a troubled past, is
stubborn and kicks ass more often than not. Still, its nice to see her flaws and weaknesses. Though Alyx has a very strong 'voice' throughout Angelfire, she can be indecisive and too trusting.
Alyx has been having visions of a man who is killing Darkened (demon spirits possessing human bodies) and through this link she develops a bond, called the Guardian-Bond, a rare thing to happen and with that comes emotions and feelings she doesn't understand. The night she feels him in danger and flies to rescue him marks the night that everything in Alyx's world is turned upside down. Those she has trusted all her life have lied to her, the teachings her Leaders have taught her have been fabricated and beneath it all is an evil plot and betrayers around every corner and Alyx is at the very
centre of it. The man, Israel, she is Guardian-Bonded with is entwined with her destiny completely.
I love Alyx. She is the girl I would want to be best friends with, I would trust her with my life. She is strong and brave and fights to do what feels right. Hanna Peach has developed her so well, this delicate little warrior who is beautiful and stands tall in the middle of chaos, who is loyal and passionate about every decision she makes, who inspires others around her to be better. Israel, the man bonded to her, though a bit frustrating, is a wonderful character and he kind of reminded me of Disney's Aladdin (I am not sure why) but he lives on the streets, fends for himself, steals food to live
and, having trained in Parkour, can jump from building to building with little effort. the development of his and Alyx's relationship is refreshing. There is no insta-love, but time to understand each other, a time to let feelings grow between them.
What I really enjoyed about the book were the magical elements, the Bloodink tattoos which contain magic, and the descriptions used to help the reader visualise them as they were being used. They were unique and beautifully written.
I did worry whether I would like Angelfire for the first 10% as it is a little slow to start and many names to keep track of, but as the story progresses the reader is sucked in to a whirlwind of betrayal, lies and evil plans. The ending was a little abrupt, but it definitely makes me want to get book 2 and I cant wait to read it