4 floating Stars
I’m a huge fan of angels. Always have been. I don’t know what is exactly about them, but if you hand me a book about angels, I will immediately plunge into with abandon. It might be that there is a clear-cut mythology around angels and so very many variations on that mythology to keep it interesting. It might be that even though they often consort with humans, there is still always something just a little alien about them; something that keeps them just a smidge above, unrelatable. It could be their intense beauty and strength. It could be the wings. Probably, it’s all of the above.
Winged presents another spin on angels that is incredibly imaginative and interesting. When a human dies, he or she can be recommended to become Winged – the front line to the battle against demons on earth. You have to go through immense training (at the hands of the archangels) of both body and mind in order to earn your wings; endure extreme trials of fortitude, intelligence and survival. All so that you can get tapped anytime a demon is raising a ruckus on earth.
Joanne Watson arrives after death with a choice: go back to earth, go to heaven or become Winged. She chooses Winged without reservation, because she’s always wanted to do something important. Joanne goes from a proper Southern lady to warrior in under a year. She goes from being a little mouse, allowing her family to cow her into submission, to leading fellow soldiers into battle, and winning. Her transformation is one to behold. So much so, in fact, that she attracts all sorts of attention of both the good and bad variety.
The archangels are really interesting. There’s quite a variety between the seven of them ranging from outright aggression in Michael and Remiel to acute lack of interest in Saraqael and Raquel to jovial in Gabriel and Uriel to a mixture of all of the above in Raphael. And watching Joanne walk into their midst and blow up their perfectly ordered world is even more interesting. To say that she gives them a run for their money doesn’t even begin to give her enough credit. She is whip smart, witty and one of the strongest female characters I’ve read in a long time. I absolutely love her.
LM Pruitt has managed to do several things with this book: weave an interesting new story using the oldest of mythology, create a cast of characters so incredibly diverse that they could each easily fill their own book and then she ties the whole thing together with effortless prose that transports you and expertly manipulates your emotions so that you are laughing one minute, screaming the next, panting the very next. Pruitt’s writing is smart, polished, accessible and most importantly, pulls you right into the heart of the story to the extent that I couldn’t turn pages quickly enough.
I am ecstatic to have found this series and cannot wait to pick up the next book.