Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Review : Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days) by Susan Ee

It's been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels' stronghold in San Francisco where she'll risk everything to rescue her sister and he'll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

Dark, disturbing and completely captivating debut that I found difficult to put down.

The story is set in a post-apocalyptic world created by the destruction of merciless, avenging angels. 

We are introduced to Penryn, a young, capable heroine whose courage and determination make her easy to admire. Pairing up with Raffe, a damaged and mysterious angel, she sets out to find and rescue her kidnapped sister.

I enjoyed each moment of Penryn's journey and fight for survival. It was fascinating, occasionally terrifying, and I can safely say that it is not for the squeamish.

I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys dark fantasy and post-apocalyptic settings. 

I'm very thankful for the recommendation and I will be anxiously awaiting news about the currently untitled sequel.


Susan Ee is the author of Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, Book 1). Her short stories have been in various publications including Realms of Fantasy and The Dragon and the Stars anthology. She is also a filmmaker whose latest film played at major film festivals and on cable TV stations throughout the U.S. She studied creative writing through workshops at Stanford, The Iowa Writers' Workshop and Clarion West.


prangon @ smutty dirty B said...

I have been seeing a lot about this book. Haven't had the chance to read it yet. Penryn sounds awesome :)

Felicia Sparks said...

Dark, disturbing and completely captivating debut that I found difficult to put down.

WOW that is high praise! I am going to have to put this on my TBR!

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