Eighteen-year-old Aaron is on the run from the Powers that killed his foster parents and took his younger brother, Steven. With his dog, Gabriel, and Camael, a former Power, he is drawn north to a small town in Maine. Here Aaron, who still hasn’t accepted his newfound heritage, finds comfort in the isolated, tight-knit community.
But when Camael and Gabriel go missing, and their landlady suddenly attacks Aaron, he is forced to learn more about the War in Heaven and the many Powers that are fighting for dominance … of humankind.
Warning: This review contains spoilers if you haven’t read book one: The Fallen.
I really enjoyed this second enstallment in Sniegoski’s series. Aaron, the angel Camael and Aaron’s trusty dog Gabriel are on their way to find Stevie, Aaron’s foster brother. Without any clear destination in mind, Aaron is following his intuition and his angelic powers to try and find where Stevie may have been taken. Aaron is pulled to a small town in Maine, where he is sure he will find Stevie. Not everything in this small town is peaceful, though, and after first Camael and then Gabriel goes missing, Aaron finds himself fighting the Leviathan and needs his angelic powers more than ever.
The story picked right up from where the first book left off and the plot continued at a great pace. I swept along with Aaron as he grows into his power and discovers more ceatures than he could have ever guessed existed. Every once and a while an interlude is inserted between the chapters. These interludes give us a glimpse into other characters and their activities, all of which are adding to a bigger picture and most likely the climax of the series. As you’re reading you just get the sense that everything is clicking into place and there is going to be an epic confrontation between Aaron and the head of the Powers, Verchiel.
Aaron continues to grow as a character. He’s determined to save his brother, and is going to let nothing stop him. He knows he’ll need his angelic powers to do that, but he’s anxious and reluctant to use them. The power is overwhelming, and Aaron is clinging to his humanity. As the situation in Maine continues, though, he begins to understand that he has control over his power and can – and should – use it to help him while he searches for Stevie. We also get to see a bit more of Vilma, Aaron’s potential love interest. Presented in the first book as a normal girl, we’re slowly finding out that it might not be the case. She seems to have some sort of connection to the angels, and Aaron.
The series continues to move along at a nice pace, while the book manages to maintain its own unique plot. Aaron is an intriguing main character, and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next two books!