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A gripping tale of Pain and Fury,
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This review is from: Angel of Darkness (Key Books) (Paperback)
The Angel of Darkness is a fury. We see her first unleashed into modern-day Ottawa by a sadist who has taken sounds of pain, and mixed them into music. Then it's up to the living to figure out how to stop her.
Originally written under the pseudonym of Samuel M. Key, Charles De Lint originally wrote this as a horror novel. Nowadays, this book would probably be classified as "dark fantasy". As such, it is much darker than a lot of his other novels, but I'd place the level of "horror" as about the same as in "Moonheart" (which is classified as fantasy). In other words, it's not very gory. By the way, there's a few swearwords, but I wouldn't say that they are gratuitous.
De Lint explores several themes with his usual acuity - abuse, pain, being victim and perpetrator, city life. One theme that permeates all his books and that he does very well is the supernatural entering the everyday; this story is no exception. His characters come to life as living, breathing, thinking, hurting people confronted by situations where they have to explore the darkness of their own souls, and you come away feeling you've learnt something about yourself.
My final word on this novel - if you like Stephen King, you'll probably really enjoy this book.