Book: The Black Feather
Series: The Angels and Demons of Babylon #1
Publisher: Encompass Ink
Publication Date: September 6, 2017
Length: 308 pages
Reviewed by Meredith
Archangel turned Archdemon, Bastion (Belial) McDowell was left with the horrid memories of the mistakes he's made that cost him not only his white wings but also caused the death of his lover. Wandering amongst the humans in hopes of finding a way to earn his place back in the light realm, one tragic accident involving an eleven-year-old boy has changed his entire way of life. Watching over the kid from the shadows for ten years, Bastion watched him grow into a handsome young man and struggled with the decision to make himself known finally. But, is Bastion truly ready to let his past go to give this human his all? Especially since the human looks exactly like his fallen lover.
21-year-old Scott Grayson's life had gone to hell ever since the accident when he was eleven that took his mother away from him. Locked up in his home like a prisoner with an abusive father, Scott was an empty shell stumbling through life, until he was rescued from an ambush in an alleyway by a mysterious man in a black cloak with eyes as blue as ice, who left a black feather for Scott to remember him by. After discovering a strange cafe called "Angel's Haven" in the direction where his rescuer ran off to, Scott decided to check it out and eventually meets the mysteriously dark and sexy owner Bastion, whose eyes resemble the man in the black cloak.
Circumstances have brought these two together, and Bastion's secrets become harder to hide from Scott. Especially when a prophecy reveals an upcoming war where both Bastion and Scott play a role in the event. Can Bastion accept the darkness that he's been denying to keep Scott safe from the army of demons hunting for them? And can Scott find the strength within himself to fulfill his role in the prophecy and fight alongside the demon his heart belongs to?
This book contains mentions of alcoholism, abuse, past grief, violence, death, gore, thoughts of suicide, and loss. This book also includes figures from religion and demonology.
I've said this many times, I love angel and demon stories. They are some of my favorites in the paranormal/fantasy genres.
When I came across The Black Feather by JM Wolf, the cover and blurb ticked all my boxes. I loved the layers in this story. From love to hate and all the emotions in between.
So, who were the characters in play? Bastion (love that name btw) was an awesome character. A protector, a watcher of sorts. For a decade he's watched over Scott. Scott lived in Babylon with his awful father. And yes he was a nightmare. He was almost God only knows what by these thugs but Bastion swooped in and saved him.
There's drama, emotions, suspense, and surprises in this book making it a real page turner. Well written and kept me engaged the entire time. If you're a fan of books with action and sweet love then this is a good read for you.
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