Raziel (Fallen (Simon Paperback)) Audio CD
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About the Author
Kristina Douglas is the author of the Fallen series, including Raziel, Demon, and Warrior. She also writes as Anne Stuart, New York Times bestselling author of more than sixty novels, including Ruthless and Fire and Ice. She lives in Northern Vermont with her luscious husband, three cats, and one Springer Spaniel. And when she’s not working, she’s watching movies, listening to rock and roll (preferably Japanese), and spending far too much time quilting. --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Why oh why oh why do authors insist on writing in the first person? It's a horrible way to narrate a romance. Yes, you do get first person from both of the characters in this series but it feels disjointed. Just one example, near the end of the book Allie nearly dies and you get it from her perspective. No idea how Raziel feels about it, and the next chapter goes on to something else, so you never find out how he feels about it. But then again, as there's no emotion between these two people he probably doesn't care very much anyway. He tells her he loves her about 3 pages from the end of the book and she says 'I know'. I was like, what? Did I miss that page? Flicks back through, nope, nowhere in my book did it show that he loved her. I think the author just tagged that in at the end because it's expected.
There's a definite lack of emotion between Allie and Raziel, you get a bit more from Allie but Raziel, none. I think the author has tried to write him like Rafael in Nalini Singh's Guild Hunter series, he is also an alpha male, an Angel who has lived for centuries, slowly losing his emotion and humanity, but he LOVES Elena, you can feel the emotion coming off him in waves, he loves her with a passion.
I think the author is trying so hard to portray the men in this series as alphas (Azazel in the next one is even worse), that she has forgotten to include any emotion. Yes, they are tough and have had hard lives but these are romance books, there's got to be some emotion from them somewhere!
Also, I have a serious issue with this 'mates' thing. The Fallen Angels mates are human women, they stay as human women, therefore have short lives compared to the men.Read more ›
When God instilled free will in mortals he stepped back and gave his only remaining arch angel, Uriel, the power to meter out punishment or redemption to said mortals. Unfortunately for us, Uriel hates mankind and has been casting innocent souls into hell for the tiniest sin.
Raziel is a fallen angel, once he and his brothers (fellow angels and arch angels) were sent to earth to aid mortals by bestowing on them wisdom and certain skills. The longer they stayed here though the more human they became, hungering for food and sex and falling in love. Cast out of heaven by God, they are banished to earth to the island of Sheol shrouded in mist and hidden from veiw. There they live, cursed to drink blood to survive, watching their human mates age and die while they remain unchanged, and hunted by the nephilimn, fallen warrior angels cursed to eat flesh.
Raziel and the other fallen are charged with the task of escorting souls to either heaven or hell, and it is during one such task that he meets Allie Watson, he has been charged by Uriel to escort her soul. After she steps out in front of a bus he explains that she is dead and he is there to help her cross over. Just as he pushes her through what he believes is a door way to heaven he realises it is hell and pulls her back, although he does not know why, and now he is stuck with her! He finds himself attracted to her but has vowed to never take another mate as he cannot bear the eventual loss again.
Allie finds herself dead and stuck in a strange place surrounded by fallen angels who are obviously not happy by her presence. She trusts only Raziel and he is even more irritated with her being there!Read more ›
This is an exciting promising start to a new fantasy series. It may feature angels, but the storyline is dark, edgy and has plenty of hot passion plus some dramatic and heartbreaking scenes. The religious element is highly interesting as the Fallen history is explained, plus the novel idea that Lucifer is one of the good guys trapped away for eternity after questioning the unforgiving and harsh natures of the Archangels is something I've never come across before. God Him/Herself has withdrawn from mankind, and heading up Heaven is top angel Uriel; who has no interest in humans and would rather destroy them all. Standing between Uriel and us are the Fallen, the first angels to mingle with humans and who were later punished by God for feeling emotions; particularly lust :)
Allie is a great character, a modern woman falling in love with an angel who normally prefers a more placid, obedient female. Raziel is a little too alpha male at times, but Allie with her smart mouth can certainly stand her own against him and even put him in his place when needed. There is a brief snippet of book 2 "Demon" available at the end and I'll be snapping up a copy when it's published in May.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book so much that I bought the entire series all in one go in my next order! And I wasn't disappointed at all.Published 23 months ago by Momina ~ NoveltyBooks