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Dark Angels

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Highly recommended. Enjoyable reading.

My favorites to read are historical fiction. This is a good historical fiction novel. I will read books by this author.

posted by 10842598 on May 17, 2012

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8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Not my favorite of this trilogy

This book is the prequel to Through A Glass Darkly (in my top ten must reads) and it's sequel, Now Face To Face. It tells the story of Barbara's grandmother Alice and how she met and eventually married her grandfather, Richard. Like it's predecessors, it's a long read...
This book is the prequel to Through A Glass Darkly (in my top ten must reads) and it's sequel, Now Face To Face. It tells the story of Barbara's grandmother Alice and how she met and eventually married her grandfather, Richard. Like it's predecessors, it's a long read almost reaching five hundred pages. In the fist hundred pages or so the Koen introduces scores of characters which are never fully developed. It was a difficult book to get into but I stuck with it simply because I'd read the others. Alice was not at all like her character in the previous books and I found it difficult to believe she would transform into the character I knew from the shallow girl in these pages. The visual descriptions were often times too heavy and I found myself skimming through them to get to the "meat" of the story. Although the last few chapters were interesting some of the scenes were shocking graphic and definitely grotesque. The relationship between Alice and Richard was not at all the romantic tale I expected and a bit disappointing. I felt the story was slow to start, gained speed then crashed into an almost accidental ending. I was hoping to find out more about the life of Alice and Richard after they were married and having children. Perhaps another book? If another is written, I will probably read it to help put the story to bed in my mind. Through A Glass Darkly I consider Koen's masterpiece. Dark Angels, not so much.

posted by EVKendall on August 10, 2011

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  • Posted August 25, 2012

    Excellent Prequel

    As prequels go, I am generally NOT a fan... however, this one has been an excellent read and I am very happy with it. If youve read Through a Glass Darkly and loved it as much as I did, and if historical fiction is your 'thing', you are in for a treat once again with this book. Well rounded characters, colorful historical description, intrigue, and love are all encompassed in this wonderful read. I highly recommend it.

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