When her parents are murdered before her eyes, sixteen-year-old Helen Cartwright finds herself launched into an underground London where a mysterious organization controls the balance of good and evil. Helen learns that she is one of three remaining angelic descendants charged with protecting the world's past, present, and future. Unbeknownst to her, she has been trained her whole life to accept this responsibility. Now, as she finds herself town between one of the brothers protecting her and the devastatingly handsome childhood friend who wants to destroy her, she must prepare to be brave, to be hunted, and above all to be strong, because temptation will be hard to resist, even for an angel.
Touched by steampunk and Harry Potter, Zink's (the Prophecy of the Sisters trilogy) paranormal romance about angels is an enjoyable if by-the-numbers read. Ostensibly set in late-Victorian London, the action has little sense of place, and the history is so "alternate" that, in effect, it is pure fantasy. The eternal struggle between light and dark is staged between the angelic Keepers and the demonic Legion, with two corresponding sets of human proxies the Dictata, who oversee the angels, and the Syndicate, who collaborate with the Legion and monopolize the world's economy. Sixteen-year-old Helen Cartwright knows nothing of this when her home is invaded and burned, leaving Helen the only survivor. All she has is a paper her mother shoved into her hand, which leads her to the Channing brothers, Darius and Griffin. It is up to these strangers especially attractive, sympathetic Griffin to keep Helen alive long enough to enter into her angelic destiny. The pacing and drama are slightly lacking, so while events abound, the narrative never achieves a memorable level of tension. Ages 12 up.
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Ok story not worth the $$
This was an okay novel. But no way in hell was it worth 10.99 and you can't return it. I figured for 10.99 it might be really long and a phenomenal storyline but an e-book at 11 bucks it just Freaking ridiculous. iTunes or the publisher needs to lower this price like yesterday. Maybe for a hardback I'd pay 10.99 for a book that was really good but no way should I have to pay 11 bucks for a crappy e-book. I'm pissed.