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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Wings of the Wicked by Courtney Allison Moulton

Release: January 31, 2012

Others in the Series: Angelfire

Source: Purchased
Life as the Preliator is harder than Ellie ever imagined.
Balancing real life with the responsibility of being Heaven’s warrior is a challenge for Ellie. Her relationship with Will has become all business, though they both long for each other. And now that the secret of who she really is has come out, so have Hell’s strongest reapers. Grown bold and more vicious, the demonic threaten her in the light of day and stalk her in the night.

She’s been warned.
Cadan, a demonic reaper, comes to her with information about Bastian’s new plan to destroy Ellie’s soul and use an ancient relic to wake all the souls of the damned and unleash them upon humanity. As she fights to stay ahead of Bastian’s schemes , the revelations about those closest to her awaken a dark power within Ellie that threatens to destroy everything—including herself.

She’ll be betrayed.
Treachery comes even from those whom she loves, and Ellie is broken by the deaths of those who stood beside her in this Heavenly war. Still, she must find a way to save the world, herself, and her love for Will. If she fails, there will be hell to pay.
Wings of the Wicked was a hypnotic read, with its lush emotions and gripping plot. Leaving Ellie’s world for even a few hours was hard. Like a siren song, it called me back, urging me to uncover more of the dark secrets lurking in the pages.

In Wings of the Wicked, Moulton demonstrates her immense talent for development. From the characters to the emotions, the plots to the backstories, every element of the novel was perfectly developed. 

Especially lovely was the development of Ellie. In Angelfire, her character struck me. Having read numerous paranormal novels and series, my list of irksome paranormal tropes is rather lengthy, so it is not often that I find a protagonist I truly like. Not only did I like Ellie, but she may be one of my absolute favorite leading ladies - paranormal or otherwise. The more that Ellie endured in Wings of the Wicked, the more amazing her character became and the more I liked her.

The importance of humanity is a central theme in Wings of the Wicked, and one of the reasons I was so taken with the novel and Ellie. Too often, paranormal protagonists become lost in the mythical worlds they find themselves in. The creatures and lore of their new world quickly causes them to lose sight of the real world and the importance of their human soul. This never happened to Ellie. Even in her darkest moments, she insisted on grounding herself in the mortal world. She would go from fighting demonic reapers to her dreaded high school economics class. The value Ellie put on her humanity and her ceaseless defense of it made her a noble leading lady, one who I desperately wanted to succeed and find happiness.

Equally enticing was the romance – or should I say lack of romance. Because of Will and Ellie’s duties to the mortal world, they are forced to be apart. The resulting romantic turmoil made the novel deliciously emotional and utterly unputdownable.

In a sea of paranormal reads, Wings of the Wicked is a delectable escape, rich in mythology and captivating twists. This series is not to be missed.

5 stars!

1 comment:

  1. I have been wanting to read this, and your review makes me want to read it even more! Great review!


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