You know that feeling you get when you finish a book and you think, That was not just any book. That was THE book? That was Angelfall for me. I listened to this book on Audiobooks.com, and Caitlin Davies does a fabulous job as narrator, but this one needs to be on my shelf, as well as the rest of the series when it’s published (Note to readers: This is book one of a possible five, but no others are released yet).
Susan Ee’s book one in the Penryn and the End of Days series magnificently dark. Angels of the Apocalypse have descended on Earth. Aside from the death and destruction they bring, the humans are a divided people. Some are forming a resistance while others band together in gangs that will gladly kill other humans if it means some sort of currency that will bring food or shelter. In a post apocalyptic California, Penryn, her wheelchair bound sister, Paige, and their mother are halted on the road to safety by unexpected circumstances–a bloody battle between angels.
An angel with snowy white wings takes on five of his enemies, the most brutal of them cutting off “Snowy’s” wings and leaving him to bleed to death, but not before he flies off with Penryn’s seven-year-old sister, Paige. Penryn vows to find Paige, but to go where angels tread means she has to keep Raffe, the wingless angel, alive long enough to get her to the aerie. Her life insurance? His wings.
I know I am not doing this book justice, and I want to talk so much more about it, but I don’t want to spoil it. I want to gush all over this post about how lovely, and frightening, and utterly addicting this book was for me. Penryn’s strength, conviction, and intelligence offers the reader a heroine worth rooting for. And Raffe, well, you’ll just have to read to find out about him, the angels, why they are on Earth, and what would turn one angel against another…or, in Raffe’s case, five against one. The ending is wonderful and satisfying at the same time makes you want nothing other than book #2, which sadly, does not yet exist. I may have to sit for a day or two and let this one marinate before starting anything new because I don’t want to leave Angelfall just yet. Sigh. A little more gushing. Another sigh.