Spoiler alert! This post will be all about Wings of the Wicked, the second book in Courtney Allison Moulton’s Angelfire series. If you haven’t read Angelfire yet, get thee to a library or bookstore and start reading! (If, like me, it’s been a while since you read Angelfire, it’s probably a good idea to reread a bit—particularly the last couple of chapters—to refresh your memory.)
Wings of the Wicked has been on my to-read list for quite some time. This weekend, I finally made the time to settle in and immerse myself in this story. I call it a weekend well spent. The story, like the one in Angelfire, was totally captivating and had me jumping at every little noise, particularly when I was reading at night. (You can’t be raised as a Southern Baptist and not have a little fear when it comes to reading about demons gaining power and trying to bring about the end of the world.) This book is chock-full of action, adventure, tension, romance, and grief. It’s not for the faint of heart, and it packs quite the emotional wallop.
In Wings of the Wicked, Ellie continues to struggle with the knowledge of who she really is—the Preliator, or the human reincarnation of the archangel Gabriel. She spends her days trying to live as a normal seventeen-year-old: high school, college applications, parties, friends, parents, etc. Her nights, however, are devoted to hunting demonic reapers, beings sent from the depths of hell to destroy her. She fights alongside Will, an angelic reaper who has been her Guardian for quite some time. He may also be the love of her life, however long that might be. Their love for each other is strictly forbidden, but they may not be able to help themselves. Distancing themselves from each other puts them both at risk, and, with war coming between demons and angels, Ellie and Will need each other more than ever.
When Ellie become the target of reapers who wish to capture her, it becomes apparent that the forces of evil have some larger purpose for her. What could they want with her? Why do they want her alive? As Ellie, Will, and a few allies seek the answers to these questions, the attacks on Ellie and company continue. Ellie is exhausted and sick of lying to her family and friends—even if it’s for their own protection. She is growing tired of constantly living in two worlds. Her mind wars with the desire to be a normal teenager and the knowledge that she is Gabriel, and the world’s ultimate salvation may depend on her. When her oh-so-complicated feelings for Will are piled on top of everything, Ellie is a girl on the edge, and it won’t take much to push her over.
Unfortunately, that push over the edge arrives all too soon, and Ellie is left with feelings of betrayal, anger, and grief. She doesn’t know where to turn, and she doesn’t know if she’s ready for what’s expected of her. Feeling all alone, Ellie retreats into herself, shuts out nearly everyone, and places the blame for everything that’s happened on her all-too-human shoulders.
But the war wages on, and Ellie must fight. It’s up to her to stop the unspeakable evil that is about to be unleashed on the world. She needs all the help she can get—and she finds assistance in some unexpected places—if she plans to save the world and everyone in it, including Will, the one who holds her heart. Will it be enough? Or will Ellie lose more than she ever thought possible? Just how much is she willing to sacrifice to stop a holy war? Find out when you read Wings of the Wicked by Courtney Allison Moulton.
If you liked Angelfire, I think you’ll enjoy Wings of the Wicked even more. (I did.) Even as I was eager to turn each page, I was also scared of what each page would bring. I knew the characters were in for quite a battle, but I was unprepared for everything they had to face. I know the next book will be just as anxiety-inducing, and, quite frankly, I can’t wait. I’m hoping against hope that everything works out for Ellie and Will. (Given the way Wings of the Wicked ended, that hope is very fragile.) I also have high hopes for a couple of the secondary characters (like Cadan), and I really pray that I’m not disappointed. Sadly, I’ll have to wait until sometime next year to find out what happens. The third book in this trilogy is set to be released sometime in 2013.
For more on the Angelfire trilogy and author Courtney Allison Moulton, visit http://www.courtneyallisonmoulton.com/. You can also follow the author on Twitter @CAMoulton.
You may also want to check out this creepily awesome book trailer for Wings of the Wicked. It made me want to go back and read the book again!