Book Review: Angel Slayer by Michele Hauf
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Eden Campbell dreams of angels but has learned not to tell anyone for fear of them thinking she is mentally ill. Instead, she tells her story through her paintings of the angels she has seen. She is happy that she is finally able to let it out until her art draws a fallen angel to her who is intent on impregnating her with an offspring that will bring on the apocalypse. Eden is a muse and only they are capable of bringing these offspring into the world. Scared for her life she runs from her attacker and is saved by a very handsome man who is the only one able to protect her.
Ashur is an demon who is an angel slayer and has been summed from the Beneath to kill the fallen angel after Eden. He first thinks to use Eden as bait but soon starts to soften towards her. He exists to commit sin and kill the fallen and is forbidden to fall in love. But every moment he spends with Eden he inches closer and closer to the one thing he is never allowed to have.
Eden is a trust fund baby and generally I don’t like these types of characters. They flaunt their wealth around and think they are entitled to the world. But Eden doesn’t look down on people and would rather receive her father’s love than his gifts. She is a strong independent woman who wants to tell the world about the angels she dreams of through her paintings. She has her mind set on the type of men she likes until she meets Ashur. Ashuriel is a Sinistari. He was made to commit sin and kill fallen angels. At first he is like a robot that was made for one purpose. As he spends time in his human form around Eden he starts to remember what it was like last time he was on earth. His emotions start to return and he begins to feel the one thing he is not allowed to, love. I feel for Ashur. He knows he is not allowed to and even though he keeps telling himself he isn’t, he falls for Eden and wants to love her but can’t. It tugs at your heart to read how much these two want to be together but keep being told it is not allowed.
The angels in this book are not the beautiful heavenly looking ones you can find in paintings with white fluffy wings. They seem to be formed from steel and different metals and in their presence you would tremble. I really loved that Michele Hauf did her own take on angels. It really put a unique spin to the story. Angel Slayer is not just about vanquishing a fallen angel. There are vampires who have their own agenda involving the fallen and it adds another interesting layer to the story. I can’t wait until the 2nd book to see how their plan will unfold.
There was nothing I did not like about this story. I kept finding one interesting thing after another to keep me from putting my book down. The only thing that left me scratching my head was an incident that involved a friend of Eden’s. He was hurt by the fallen that is after her and it was never said exactly what happen to him and why wasn’t Eden called? He was supposed to be really good friend of hers and she was never told. Other than that I have no complaints. In Angel Slayer, Michele Hauf takes you into a world of wicked angels and a demon that will sacrifice it all for the woman he loves. The 2nd book cannot come out fast enough.