With an oddly different take on Heaven and Hell, J.E. Hudson’s Search for the Fallen is the first in a series—Angels of the Sword. A prank gone wrong results in Esca’s enslavement to Hell, while Drowen devotes himself to Heaven and dreams of saving her. But demons and their like no longer resemble their earthly counterparts. Will the two erstwhile lovers recognize each other or will they simply obey their new natures and kill when next they meet?
Esca and Drowen have magical powers of their own, besides those bestowed by their gods. Heaven’s above. Hell’s below. And never the twain shall meet without battle. But the question remains: can a minion of hell be un-damned? And can Esca’s powers save the world.
I struggled to like Drowen—a sort of super-cynical, male Cinderella character—though I liked the symbolism of Blaze and Bane—and apples—and the mix of mystic with oddly out-of-place technology. The story reads at some times like a Hitchhiker’s Guide to Hell, and at others like rolls of a die in a role-playing game. Drowen’s cynically overbearing self-absorption and lack of sympathy is a little hard to take, but his heart just might prove to be in the right place, at least when it’s juxtaposed with Esca’s again. I find myself hoping the second book in the series might be written from Esca’s point of view, and I must admit, I’m curious where the story will go.
Disclosure: The author sent me a free ecopy with a request for my honest review.
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