N.R. Wick writes fiction for young adults and children. She loves all things magical, fantastical, and supernatural, especially if it's dark. N.R. Wick has her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and teaches adult education. She currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband Andrew. Her first book, Land of No Angels, is part of a three book series called the Dark Ascension series, which will be wrapping up February 2013.
Land of No Angelsby N. R. Wick
The Ascension marked a demon apocalypse that decimated the human race and forced survivors into hiding. Sixteen year old Rebecca Ashford and her younger sister, Errol, have spent the last year hidden in their family's tornado bunker. When the sound of a screaming baby wakes them in the middle of the night, they attempt to save the infant and Errol is poisoned by a demon.
With only a week until the poison consumes her, Rebecca must trust a mysterious survivor named Fox to help her find a cure. Together, they confront demons and other monsters while Rebecca struggles to learn magic that will help them locate the ingredients needed to save her sister.
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- 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.59(d)
- Age Range:
- 13 - 17 Years
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Wick managed to weave a beautiful tale of love, strength, and hope into an environment rich with hatred, cruelty, and desolation. The characters were all deeply flawed, yet still managed to overcome their personal weaknesses to work toward good, and at times selfless, goals. How many people would be willing to sacrifice themselves for a stranger? How many would ignore a person in need in order to ensure their own survival? What would we do in the same circumstances that the characters were forced to endure? None of those questions has a true answer. We know what we believe, and what we would like to believe, but since we've never actually been faced with a world in which demons have conquered and even transformed our environment, we really don't know those answers. Wick explores these questions. She makes the reader question what s/he thinks is obvious. A few times, I found hope within situations and actions which I otherwise wouldn't. I also found pain. I found myself questioning what I thought I knew about the characters - especially bit characters. This drew me into the world, and kept me there.
I’m a sucker for post-apocalyptic fiction, so it was with great anticipation that I tackled “Land of No Angels,” by N.R. Wick. After all, the book had all the makings of greatness: a demon apocalypse; few human survivors; a life-saving quest. Despite the devastation that occurred, Wick creates a world that feels vibrant and alive. One hardly notices the sparse human population among the demons, shadowlings, shades, scouters, and other denizens of the deep that now inhabit the world. In fact, I found these creatures far more compelling than most of the human survivors introduced throughout the novel. Except for the main characters, of course. Rebecca, Errol, and Fox are well constructed and infused with appealing doses of courage and conviction. I won’t spoil the fun for readers—they face some real challenges in “Land of No Angels,” but you’ll have to read it for yourself to see how everything turns out. Throughout the story, Wick offers glimpses into a dark history that should be deeply mined for future stories. I want to know more about The Ascension—the events leading up to it, the devastation that followed, etc. My only complaint is that I found the end to be a tad too clean and to come a bit too easy. There were a few occasions in the story where Wick brushed up against a darker path, only to veer away before fully committing. I wanted that commitment. Now, it’s a YA book, so I understand … but I think a post-apocalyptic world demands a bit o’darkness. Nevertheless, Wick crafted a thoroughly enjoyable tale. I already have the second book in the series, “Land of No Mortals,” scheduled for sometime next month, and I’m very much looking forward to it. I highly recommend “Land of No Angels” to YA and paranormal fans.
Good characters, good story and p,ot. Just a little too short for a series.
I read an advanced copy of this book and it was amazing. Rebecca, the main character, was extremely relatable as a teenage girl forced to live in a world full of demons. Showing both vulnerability and fierceness, she fights her way through a post-apocalyptic world in order to save her sister, Errol, from a poison threatening to kill her. Fox, the lead male character, intrigues with his mysterious past and connections to the demon world as a tracker. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy-horror inside a world that most of us would recognize. It's fast-paced and intense, and overall a very good read.