Full-scale war has broken out in Heaven, and Anazakia must embrace her destiny, leading an army of Virtues into battle against a Host of enemies to restore the House of Arkhangel'sk. Furious with her for putting her trust in the angel who has done them all irreparable harm, Vasily tries to ignore his growing resentment, while Belphagor returns to the world of Man with a cadre of beautiful androgynous Virtues to restore the sundered alliance between the Fallen and the gypsy underground. Without their help in enlisting the terrestrial forces of Grigori and Nephilim, Anazakia's Virtues are hopelessly outnumbered. But there are more things in Heaven and Earth than any of them have dreamt of, and those they cannot see will mean the difference between victory and losing everything.
About the Author
Jane Kindred began writing romantic fantasy novellas at the age of 12 in the wayback of a Plymouth Fury?which, as far as she recalls, never killed anyone who didn?t have it coming. Born in Billings, Montana, she was soon whisked away to Tucson, Arizona where she spent most of her childhood ruining her eyes reading romance novels in the sun (and watching Star Trek marathons in the dark). Although she was repeatedly urged to learn a marketable skill in case she couldn?t find a man to marry her, she received a B.A. in Creative Writing anyway from the University of Arizona. She lives in San Francisco.
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Jane Kindred has written a wonderful novel that completes the trilogy of The House of Arkhangel'sk. The characters are compelling and complex. Each of them gives a different prospective of the power struggle for the throne of heaven. Anazakia makes many sacrifices to follow her destiny. Heartbreak and danger surround her as she leads her troops into battle. She is conflicted between duty to her people and her role as a mother. She has endured much suffering and loss. Her family is gone and her daughter, Ola, has been kidnapped. The people of Heaven are split in their loyalty. As the story unfolds we see Angels and Demons battle for supremacy. All are touched by death, treachery and loss. Who will be the victor and at what cost? To fully understand what is happening and why, the reader might want to start with The Fallen Queen and then The Midnight Court. This series is an epic fantasy of romance and war that should not be missed.
Anazakia has accepted the role that's been thrust on her as the "Fallen Queen" and now seeks the throne of Heaven. However, she is not the only one vying for power, and the people of Heaven are split amongst the various factions. In order to restore the House of Arkhangel'sk, Anazakia must make bitter decisions as a queen leading her forces into battle. I really enjoyed watching Anazakia grow over the course of the series. Initially a sheltered princess blind to the growing dissent of the people, Anazakia matures into a kind queen understanding of the wishes and needs of the people. At times, Anazakia does forget the importance of her role in the battle, becoming blind to her duties when her duties as a mother and person conflict with her duties as a leader, but her behavior is understandable. In fact, these vulnerabilities make her all the more real and believable. She's gone through so much, it'd be strange if she didn't crack at some point. Fortunately, Anazakia is surrounded by loyal friends who support and advise her, providing her the strength to keep going, and I enjoyed getting to know them better through the various narrators. The multiple POVs were done better in this book than the previous book. It was easier to see the chronological order of events in relation to each character, and it didn't feel as if the story was being told to me as much. It did help that there were more battle scenes in this book, which I really enjoyed. A lot of the brutalities of war are clearly detailed for us -- enough that I could see the sacrifices made, but not in such graphic detail that I had to put the book down. For example, I might know that someone is beat or tortured, but I wouldn't be able to paint a picture of the scene (provided that I had the artistic talent). If there's anything that surprised me me, it's how the romantic relationships played out. Given the complex relationships of the characters, it shouldn't have surprised me what Anazakia ends up doing. However, I didn't see the romance coming between her and this other angel; though they may have had history together, she never really showed present romantic inclinations towards him until late in the story when it suddenly comes to the surface. It may be that she never had time to think about it, and she certainly had to reason to love him. Nevertheless, there is no single form of love, and if a companion novel is released, I'd be interested in seeing how the relationships amongst Anazakia's group play out in the future. Anazakia's reign as queen is looking pretty unconventional. The Armies of Heaven delivers a solid conclusion to an enjoyable romantic fantasy trilogy. Fans of paranormal romance and more epic fantasy alike can find common ground in the series.