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Posted March 5, 2013
Strong Sequel in New Urban Fantasy Series I received a complime
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I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour in exchange for a fair and honest review:
Redemption, the second book in The Seven Signs series by Erica Hayes, picks up the tale of the "Tainted" host shortly after the events that took place in Revelation. Continuing her extensive world building, Ms. Hayes gives us two somewhat doomed would be lovers, whose path to peace is fraught with guilt, blood and violence. While I'm not sure I'd call them likable characters, they do none the less grab your attention and garner your sympathy,.
Once a warrior angel, Japheth, is now one of the "Tainted". Unsure about exactly what he did to earn Archangel Michael's wrath, Japheth has spent the last 14 centuries killing demons and denying himself any kind of glory or joy in an effort to earn redemption. Regardless of how many demons he kills, it never seems to be enough to get Michael off his back; at least until now.
Given the order to kill the demon vampire known as the "Angel Slayer" and her master, a demon prince known as Fluvium, Japheth has been promised re-entry into heaven upon the successful completion of his task by Michael. Japheth never thought he'd fall in love with the enemy.
An up and coming star on Broadway, Rose Harley becomes a demon vampire after a night with Fluvium, a demon prince. Tricked into surrendering her soul and hurting the only person she loves, Rose is angry at both heaven and hell for her situation. Taking her anger out on angels keeps her out of hell where the soul of the person she betrayed angrily waits for her.
Trying to stay one step ahead of her master, Rose roams the night and streets of Babylon alone and in despair. At least until she runs across one of the tainted angels, Japheth. Promised more time on earth if she can turn one of the "Tainted" to the dark side, Rose plans to use seduction as a way of taking down the "Tainted" she couldn't kill
As Rose and Japheth meet and circle around each other, the third and fourth vials of the Apocalypse take center stage. Ms. Hayes continues her world building by giving us glimpses into an Earth full of despair, destruction and little to no hope. We get to know Rose and Japheth as the people they were, through flashes of their past, and the people they've become.
While both are desperate to stay out of hell, they can't deny their attraction and are reluctant to carry out their assignments to destroy each other. Both are sympathetic characters and easy to understand. While desperate to gain re-entry into heaven, Japheth is still disdainful of humans (who he refers to as monkeys), though he can't deny his desire for Rose. Meanwhile Rose finds herself falling deeper and deeper in love with a man she's supposed to corrupt.
The secondary characters continue to play an important part in this series, especially Archangel Michael, whose hatred of pretty much everyone and everything seems to know no bounds. We do meet the Archangel Gabriel, who's not as clueless as Michael thinks. Gabriel has his own doubts about what's going to happen at the end, and also seems to suffer from a spirit of despair.
The demons also play an important role, especially Fluvium, a theatrically inclined demon who is annoying as all get out, and his boss Azeroth. Azeroth is running things in Hell until Satan is freed from his prison. All four of these powerful beings have one thing in common, their disdain for humans and their growing thirst for power. In fact one wonders what will happen to mankind as no one seems to care for the humans.
Will Rose be successful in her attempts to seduce Japheth to the dark side? Will Japheth choose to stay on Earth with Rose when he's given a chance to get back into the heavenly host? You'll have to read Redemption to find out. I want to warn the reader that this is a series you'll want to read in order as each book builds on the previous installment.