Genre: Contemporary Fantasy
When Jason gets mugged, he has no idea how much his life is about to change. Saved by a strange woman with an actual, swear-to-God sword is weird enough, but finding out his whole worldview is wrong is another.
We follow Jason as he discovers the truth about his parentage (hint: his dad isn’t human), and how he’s been drawn into a plan to free Lucifer from Hell. Not because he wants to, or because he’s evil, but because of his heritage.
Jason is a fun guy. It’s obvious he loves life and he’s just a normal dude, with that sort of sarcasm and verbiage we youngsters under 30 like to use.
Genre similarities aside, there are a few things which make this story unique. The first, and biggest, is this isn’t a battle between angels and demons, but a struggle for the Guardians, who are personified momentum for good and evil. They exist to maintain the struggle between good and bad, and to work as hard as they can to get their side to ‘win.’ Neither mortal nor angels, these beings are behind the scenes of many a historical turning point.
Which is one of the book’s strengths. We have three different viewpoints in this story: through the main storyline as it unfolds, occasional snippets of one character’s journal, and frequent historical flashbacks to important parts of the Guardians’ past.
This mix creates a well-rounded picture of everything going on, and most of the flashbacks are quite important to the story. There were a few I felt messed with the overall flow of the story, but the were still interesting and pertinent.
Another reason this book catapults itself squarely into a Yay is because of the viewpoint: third person omniscient. Although this was once a preferred storytelling method, it’s not been used so much in recent years. And it’s wonderful—it suits the story perfectly, and gave the book the feeling of coming home to a comfortable place, a story where I could come back again and again. Too many books try to choke themselves into a first person viewpoint, and it can really bring the quality of the storytelling down.
This combined with a lovely way with words really makes this novel shine.
My only real quibble with this novel is the ending. It ends on a cliffhanger, and that’s a gamble with books. People either love them, or hate them. And while I’m not a hater, I can say I was disappointed to find out I would have to wait for another story in order to find out how Jason and the others handle Lucifer’s scheme.
Hurry up with the next book, Meg. Some of us want to know what happens.