“What’s the first thing you think of when I say ‘angel’?”
“I don’t know…guns?”
The war between the Angels and the Fallen has reached fever pitch, with both sides fighting it out to keep Earth from slipping into the others’ hands, but the Fallen are starting to tip the balance: one by one innocent civilians are going missing, swallowed up by the earth…literally.
That’s when the angels turn to Alice.
Alice has just arrived home from a bad day at work when she finds two angels in her living room. Not the fluffy, harp-wielding angels she, and everyone on the planet, has grown up believing in, but a hoodie-wearing soldier and his stone-faced general.
For Alice is a half-breed, the daughter of an angel and an human, and, according to these Angels, she’s going to save them all.
These days it seems as if everyone is writing a book about angels and demons, but Blood and Feathers is the first I’ve loved every minute of.
Lou Morgan’s writing style is so brilliant that I soon found myself completely enthralled by this book, and the world and characters she has created. The description is incredibly vivid and I could imagine everything with such clarity, as if I were there alongside these characters.
Said characters are remarkably well-written, not least because of the humour with which Morgan writes. Every page is full of tongue-in-cheek, sardonic dialogue, that frequently made me laugh out loud, and which brings a touch of realism to these characters, in spite of their circumstance. In fact, if it weren’t for the brutal nature of some of these characters, I would’ve found it difficult to dislike any of them; they’re all so amusing.
It is, however, this perfect blend of brutality and humour which makes this book as good as it is. There are some really disturbing elements to this story, but the humour acts as a perfect counter-balance, stopping the story from becoming too dark or too disturbing.
In many ways, this book reminded me of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens, not least because of it’s writing style, but I would go so far as to say that this is better. While Good Omens is an incredible book, I did at times feel as if the plot did not living up to it’s great writing. Blood and Feathers, in contrast, has no such problems; the writing compliments the plot and characters perfectly and makes for a brilliantly crafted book.
Blood and Feathers far exceeded my expectations and I cannot wait to read Rebellion, the next book in this series. It was quirky, beautifully written and had more twists and turns than the Minotaur’s labyrinth. This is an incredibly underrated series and I hope that in the future it receives the recognition it deserves.
This is part of a series of reviews I am writing leading up to YA Shot, a UK day-long convention celebrating Young Adult and Middle Grade literature, which takes place on October 28th 2015.
To read more reviews from authors attending the convention, click here.