Genre: Urban Fantasy
Size: 320 pages
Publisher: Roc Trade
Release Date: March 1, 2011
Stand Alone or Series: 4th book in Remy Chandler series
Source: Borrowed from library
Rating: 4/5 stars
This is the fourth book in the Remy Chandler series. It was a wonderful addition to the series and dealt a lot more with Remy’s angelic nature than previous books in the series have.
Remy is called to investigate something by the Sons of Adam; these are the actual descendants of Adam who have a facility where they keep Adam’s body alive. The Sons of Adam want Remy to find the Key to the Garden of Eden so that when Adam passes he can be laid to rest there. There is also a Guardian of Eden that is killing various people and for reasons of his own he also wants to obtain Adam and open the Garden. Meanwhile Francis struggles in Hell; gaining back memories and finding out who he really is/was. Somehow all of this is tied together an unless Remy can figure out how..and fast the Garden of Eden may unleash horrible creatures onto Earth.
This book was an excellent addition to the series. Remy is forced to work with his Seraphim side and struggles be at peace with it. Remy also reenters the world of dating and finally seems willing to start living his life again.
We learn a ton about the version of the creation myth in this world and are given a lot of back story especially about Francis. Where previous books have focused mainly on an investigation with some angelic aspects; this book focused almost entirely on Remy’s angelic aspect. It was a change of pace and an excellent one. The plot was complex, moved fast and was fun to read about.
We meet some new characters and they were good ones. I especially liked Remy’s new love interest, although I wish she had been in the story more.
There was only really one thing I didn’t like about this book and that was the fact that the viewpoint changed so often. We basically read the story from more than five viewpoints; Remy and Francis are the main ones but there are many other characters we hear from as well. This was okay but there were many viewpoints per chapter and that made the story a bit fractured and made it harder to get into the story.
As with previous book Sniegoski ends things with a huge angelic battle, similar to the formula he has used for previous books. I am curious to see what he does next with these characters, especially with Francis.
Overall a solid addition to the Remy Chandler series. I enjoyed that so much time was spent with the angels and that we got to delve deep into their history. The book was fast-paced and engaging and the new characters introduced intriguing. I did not enjoy the rapid changes in viewpoint, I thought it broke up the story too much. That being said this has been an enjoyable and solid fantasy series and I look forward to reading future books in it.