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Review: The Last Archangel by Michael D. Young

Thursday, July 14, 2011
4 Stars: A Great Read
Paperback: 279 Pages
Publication: July 14, 2011 by Bonneville Books

Xandir has been exiled to earth until the end of time. But when his cherub trainee disappears, Xandir makes a deal with rogue angels and giants that could restore life to the mortal woman he loves and end his assignment as a destroying angel in exchange for helping them bring about the end of the world and all of mankind.

The Last Archangel is a thrilling read. With 2012 close at hand, there have been many new releases foreshadowing the future of mankind, most of them dystopian. This one is fantasy. Told from various perspectives as the plot requires, The Last Archangel incorporates angels, demons, and prophecy into a thrilling apocalyptic read that keeps you guessing as to what will happen next.

I love Xandir's brashness and unique sense of humor. He's been alive and working alone for so long that he doesn't know how to communicate well, but he does have a kind heart. He's loved a mortal woman, he has his own morals, and he keeps his promises. Jarom served as great foil to Xandir. While Xandir is corrupted, Jarom is naive, innocent, and entirely lovable.

The setting was also well developed. Young's depiction of the fallen city of Serche is fascinatingly bleak and gruesome. I was both fascinated and repelled by the sinful state of its inhabitants’ lives. I was unable to put down my Kindle even though it was late at night and not the best time to be reading about the city closest to Hell. I also loved the description of the frozen mountains where the "Yeti" is said to dwell and about the true nature of the furry creature. If I had to hide away somewhere, I would love to visit there (in spite of the freezing temperatures).

While it’s not exactly my kind of read, I like the plot. Yearti, Jarom, and Xanir are my favorite characters, and I’m disappointed me at how the story left me hanging in the end. It means that I have to wait before I get to find out what happens to these guys (and there had better be a sequel!). I recommend this book to fantasy lovers of the older teen and adult audiences.

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A copy of this book was provided for review purposes by the publisher.
3 comments on "Review: The Last Archangel by Michael D. Young"
  1. I just started reading this not that long ago and so far I agree with you it is easy to get caught up in the story! :)

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  2. Thanks for the review! A sequel is in the works, so I promise not to leave you hanging forever.

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  3. I have been stalking this tour and this sounds like a really good read. Thanks for sharing your view today - I love to read other folks' opinions.

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