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A terrible fall of angels (urspr publ 2021; utgåvan 2021)

av Laurell K. Hamilton

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Titel:A terrible fall of angels
Författare:Laurell K. Hamilton
Info:New York : Berkley, [2021]
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A Terrible Fall of Angels av Laurell K. Hamilton (2021)

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I used to like Hamilton's Anita Blake series but I've given up on them. The last few I read seemed sort of dead (no pun intended). This one, the first in a new series was just boring and I didn't like all the religious stuff and the gabble about faith and guardian angels, etc. Not my taste. I just wish there were more books in the Merry Gentry series. ( )
  phyllis2779 | Sep 25, 2021 |
I am a huge LKH fan and was super excited when I found out she was writing a new series. I finished the Merry series, but fell behind on Anita because it just became a regurgitation of the same thing over and over, just wrapped up a bit differently.
So again, when a new series came along, I pre-ordered and patiently waited. Then I started reading the reviews here and my heart sank. While I don't think it's terrible, it's not great either, hence the 3 stars.
There isn't a whole lot of world building and character background, which has never really bothered me. We learn the basics. Demons, angels, pagans in all flavors, religions in all flavors really, dominate the book. Seeing everyone with different beliefs working together is quite a nice change.
Zaniel, "Havoc" Havelock is the main character. A detective who we know attended the College of Angels, left for reasons that aren't clear until about the middle of the book, joined the military, and is now a detective. After a little bit we learned that he is married, but currently separated, and has a small child. Once we learn that bit of information, the character continually "spaces" and thinks of his wife and how he's been celebrate for 6 months so every woman is flirting with him and he's all hot and bother. How he flirts without realizing it, which I get because some people are just that way, but it starts to get a bit tedious. We get it, your horny.
Then there are a handful of characters that you're not sure why so much information is being given. Like why do we need to know Kate's history? That wasn't really important to the rest of the story in my opinion, unless LKH brings her into a plot line for future books.
More than half way through the book we're introduced to another character, Jamie, Levi, Levaniel, just pick a name already. It becomes several chapters on this friend from his past who he's been trying to help. We learn more about the friend and his history than we do the main character! AND it really has nothing to do with the plot! Right after that info dump, boom! The book is done! The case is solved. Seriously? Ugh.
I am really hoping that any book after this will be less of an info dump and more of decent story. ( )
  GeneseeLibrary | Sep 25, 2021 |
There was so much, for lack of a better term, stuff packed into this novel. It’s an ambitious first novel of a series. I feel like Hamilton had a lot of ground she wanted to cover to establish this story and subsequent novels, and she packed it all into one nearly 400-page book. It’s not necessarily a bad thing but it’s not a great thing either.

Detective Zaniel Havelock works for the Metaphysical Coordination Unit (colloquially known as the Heaven and Hell unit), which is a part of the police department that deals with crimes with a supernatural bent. Zaniel is called to the scene of a murder, and what bumps the crime to Zaniel’s division are the angel wings found scattered across the crime scene. It becomes clear to Zaniel that the murderer was no angel when a live angel appears and tells him that the victim was killed by something unknown, something not demonic “but it should be” (Hamilton 18).

Read more at https://theparanormalreview.blogspot.com/2021/09/a-terrible-fall-of-angels-by-la... ( )
  Katie.Loughlin | Sep 10, 2021 |
Meandering mix of supernatural thriller and romance novel, with too much on the romance side and uneven pacing on the thriller side. Writing average at best. Did not finish. ( )
  HopkinsLibrary | Aug 24, 2021 |
Overall not a bad book. I've read a ton of Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series so I was expecting the same level of spiciness in this new series. There was literally none.
The story is about a detective nicknamed Havoc who was a former "Angel Speaker" at the university. Meaning he can speak with angels. He left the college after a moral dilemma he feels he failed. He is part of a special division of the police department that deals with angels and demons and magical things that go along with them.
He is on a case of a college student who appears to have willingly been possessed by a demon and is on a rampage of raping and killing women that have wronged him.
The storyline seems interesting enough, the thing that bogged it down to me was the idle chit chat that just seemed to drag on for much longer than necessary in several parts of the book. It did nothing for the story, it just felt forced, like the writer was trying to meet a word count requirement.
I'd probably try the next book in the series. ( )
  Verkruissen | Aug 17, 2021 |
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Who, if I cried out, would hear me among the angels'
hierarhcies?
and even if one of them pressed me against his heart:
I would be consumed in that overwhelming existence.
For beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror, which
we still are just able to endure,
and we are so awed because it serenely disdains to
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Every angel is terrifying.

—Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino Elegies
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This one's for everyone who made the world a better place
this last year when everything seemed lost.

Thanks to all of you who did anything large or small to save,
to help, to be there for someone else.

You are all my heroes.
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