Angel In Chains

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Angel In Chains

The Fallen, #3

This intriguing but complex paranormal novel features a combination of angels, witches and shapeshifters engaged in jockeying for power. Each faction has its own internal power struggles which get a little confusing as it becomes a little difficult to keep track of who is allied and which individuals have a specific agenda. The arcane powers used vacillate between what is expected for a particular type of being and the atypical powers that some are displaying, especially once witches have been added to the mix. Betrayals abound and may theoretically be excused by the need for revenge or a master plan but it is a little frustrating to keep track of all of the shifting alliances and backstabbing. The panther pack itself is comprised of wildly different personalities with an alpha who is a warped individual and has an extreme problem with sibling rivalry. The romance in this story is atypical but how could it be otherwise with one of the protagonists being a former Angel of Death? Perhaps a familiarity with the previous books in the series would help alleviate some of the confusion but I suspect that part of the problem is readjusting one’s view to make a formerly feared individual into a warm caring individual when he doesn’t have much experience with emotions or compassion and then accepting that he has a committed relationship with a woman who has her share of ‘baggage’ to deal with. A bit difficult to readily accept but the overall story is based on an interesting premise, the transformation of angels into flawed beings who must learn to cope with a myriad of new experiences, including the pull of emotions.

“Angel in Chains” by Cynthia Eden is part of ‘The Fallen’ series which centers around angels who have lost their lofty position in the pantheon and have come to Earth and gotten intimately involved with the humans who were previously just assignments to them. Azrael had the weighty responsibility of being the Angel of Death but has lost his wings and fallen to the depths of despair as he roams New Orleans. His inexplicable drive to save a mysterious woman from the depredations of a group of panther shifters embroils him in a fight against the sadistic leader of the pack even as he discovers the highs and lows of having emotions. Jade Pierce has plenty of burdens of her own but never expects to acquire a sexy and confusing ally who threatens to make her change all of her rules about who she will have a relationship with, if they both live long enough to explore their mutual attraction.

Book Blurb for Angel In Chains

As a fallen Angel of Death, Azrael is cursed to walk the earth alone in search of redemption. One night, as he wanders the streets of New Orleans, he discovers a woman surrounded by panther shifters. No longer able to contain the anger simmering within, Az summons his dark powers and attacks, determined to protect this innocent human from certain death. Only Jade Pierce is no delicate flower. She's spent years learning to survive and fight the evil forces sent by her ex-lover who refuses to let her go. But after seeing Az in action, she figures she could use a little supernatural help. And so she plans a course of seduction guaranteed to arouse his interest and his angelic passions...

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2013 4.00