Following on immediately from Angelkiller, Traitor Angel ups the momentum, adds intense action and intriguing backstory, and creates a satisfying sense of character, depth and danger, even for readers who didn't start with book one. The slightly futuristic world introduced in Angelkiller hurtles now toward Evil domination, forcing the good guys, the Army, to face increasingly tortuous choices in its defense. Jonah Mason has already broken the rules and isn't sure what to make of the forgiveness he's offered. Meanwhile his colleagues reveal new depths and dangers, and the mysterious Knights prove not quite as helpful as their promise. The difference between good and evil, perhaps, is that good really cares about people. But evil does an excellent job of pretending to care, while the good of the greater number might even seem uncaring to the one who pays.
After reading Angelkiller I really appreciated learning more about the Conflict's place in history. Meanwhile virtual reality's intriguing backdrops, with convincing technology and imagination, keep a sense of future danger firmly in the foreground. The action's fast and furious, in real and virtual worlds, while the musings on modern life are filled with contemporary thought-provoking details. And the touch of angels and demons is both scary and enthralling.
The fate of one and the fate of the world entwine in the pages of this book, and the cruelty of angels just might be the mercy of God. Traitor Angel tells a complete story, satisfyingly built on that sense of awe glimpsed behind the veil at the end of Angelkiller. And now I'm eagerly waiting to learn how it all plays out in book three
Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this novel during the author’s virtual book tour.