Publication Date: January 31, 2013
Source: E-book provided by author for an honest review
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Summary (from Goodreads):
Have you ever wondered what could be hiding in the shadows?
Well, for eighteen-year-old Zahara Faraday, she doesn't have to wonder. You see she comes from a lineage of Light Witches, those who have chosen to protect and serve between the supernatural world and the human world. The only problem is Zahara, like her father Solomon, is as human as a human being can be whereas her mother, Mia, and her aunt Catalina, were born as Light Witches. As a family they hunt down rogue supernatural-creatures who harm humans or have committed an act against their kingdom.
Zahara's hunting skills are usually kept dormant since her parents would prefer she live life as a normal human girl without knowledge of the supernatural world. She plans on doing just that-except when she finds a couple being attacked by fairies, she has no choice but to step in. Before she can return to pretending to be blissfully ignorant, Zahara encounters a problem she isn't the least equip to handle: Bryan Hamilton, the good looking new co-worker she has to help train. In a heartbeat, her best friend, Becca King, has set her up on a double date with herself and her new crush, Rekesh Saint-Louis, who happens to be the most powerful leader of the biggest Imago coven in South Florida- supernatural creatures with the ability to control water... and suck out human souls.
Zahara has no time to focus on how she's going to explain her double date with her best friend and the enemy they have tentative truce with to her parents because soon one of the members of Mia and Catalina's coven is found murdered with a strange tattoo of a snake with wings carved into his arm.
Zahara is then thrown into a whirlwind battle with an angel determined to have revenge against God, an Imago coven he doesn't think they should trust, and slew of dream-eating fairies and powerful Nephilims, hybrid children of angels and humans, more than happy to rip her to shreds.
Normal just got a deadlier definition.
They stopped into a clearing and Bryan brought them both to a stop as they approached a statue of two angels, one angel standing on top of the other. His wings were stretched from his back, full and wide; if they were real, they could envelop them both. He had a halo circling around his head. A sword in the form of a cross was held in one of his hands, about to stab into the back of the second angel. His other arm had an oval shield attacked to it, his chest was covered in a breastplate made of bronze, and bronze sandals adorned his feet. The second angel had smaller wings, his face contorted in pain. His fingers were gripping the edge of the platform on which the statues were set.
"Wow, it's beautiful," Zahara said quietly, stepping away from Bryan.
"It's a depiction of Archangel Michael delivering the final blow to Lucifer," Bryan said, staring up at the statue of Michael.
"You mean like the whole Genesis story?" Zahara asked, glancing back at him.
Bryan nodded his head. "You know the story?"
"I know Lucifer betrayed God. He led one third of Heaven in rebellion against God. They fell from Heaven because some of the angels fell in love with mortal women. Isn't that how the story goes?" Zahara ran her fingers over the fact of the statue of Lucifer.
Bryan followed her gaze. "The most often told version of the story was that Lucifer became jealous of God's love for his new created creatures, the humans, and the rebellion was formed as a direct reaction to his feelings of rage and betrayal."
"So Lucifer just threw a temper tantrum," Zahara commented. She slowly walked around the statue.
"I'm not sure it's quite that simple," Bryan said, his tone distant. "Imagine your best friends is not only your creator but like a brother to you. He has always trusted you, has always confided in you. You were the first angel created. Made of such beauty the Earth wept in awe. Lucifer was that angel." Bryan place a hand onto the head of the smaller angel. "Lucifer had been there to watch the Earth be formed, the humans be created, and to watch the humans destroy themselves. In creating the human race, God fell madly in love. He saw great beauty in their imperfections, no matter the sorrow they brought him. Some say Lucifer rebelled to protect God from himself. God was too blind to the truth of the humans, and Lucifer wanted to protect him from any more pain. Others say Lucifer wanted to take control of Heaven; that he felt God has lost his ability to lead. And yet others say Lucifer himself fell in love with a human woman, but due to God's strict rule of angels and humans never meeting, Lucifer rebelled; the loved the woman that much."
"Lucifer in love; wonder how that story would have played out," Zahara mused. She slid her hand into the back pocket holding her dagger and stared up at the statues as she walked behind Bryan.
"Whichever the case, Lucifer rebelled and took a huge chunk of Heaven with him. Many of thos angels did lust after women, which was probably why he was able to convince them so easily to follow him. Michael was sent to put an end to the battle once and for all. Trusted as much as Lucifer himself, Michael was God's most beloved soldier. Michael and Lucifer were brothers in a war that would set them against one another. As the story goes, Lucifer lost the war and was sent to Earth until judgment."
"Is that why you were sent?" Zahara whipped the dagger out and held it against Bryan's back. She ma not be able to reach his neck, but she would run it through him if he tried anything.
Bryan remained still. "What do you mean?"
About the Author
Annabell Cadiz was born in the sweltering heat of South Florida. She was raised surrounded by Puerto Rican chefs and band of siblings that weren’t all related to her. A self-proclaimed nerd and book-a-holic (her room does hold much evidence to prove her claims are justifiable), she created TeamNerd Reviews to showcase her EXTREME love for novels where, along with her best friend, Bridget Strahin, she hosts book reviews, interviews, giveaways, Indie Shoutouts and much more. She also had the pleasure of being published in three separate issue of Suspense Magazine. She is currently attending Trinity International University to attain her B.A. in Psychology. She also adores Cinnamon Teddy Grahams, has an addiction to Minute Maid Orange juice, and is a proud Jesus Freak. Her debut novel, LUCIFER (SONS OF OLD TRILOGY, #1) was published January 2013 and the second book, MICHAEL, will be out Fall 2013 and the third book, NEPHILIM, will be out Spring 2014.
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