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4.0 out of 5 stars

on 14 July 2015
If you've read and enjoyed Angel: After the Fall, this is a must-read. Illyria and Gunn have some soul-searching to do following the events of the fall and both find themselves in a dire situation, outnumbered and outgunned. Has Illyria finally met her match? I particularly enjoyed the reappearance of an old enemy from the Angel series. Highly recommended.
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on 27 April 2011
In this story, set soon after "The Fall", where Team Angel go to Hell along with Los Angeles after making a massive mess of the long-term plans of Wolfram and hart, the focus is on Illyria and Gunn. Gunn, who spent the whole time he was in Hell as a Vampire so evil even Demons respected him, is Human again after his life was saved when everything "reset". Illyria, who has finally accepted the fact she is not and never will be Human, no matter how much she wants to, seemingly died in Hell-but is also alive again for the same reason. As a result, both have a great deal to deal with and think about-and are working through it by fighting Demons, Vampires and similar while living out of Fred's old apartment. That's what leads them all the way back to Fred's childhood home, when an Uncle of hers dies and her Parents call her back. Which is, really, where the story starts...

One-liners you might hear on the show are well-placed, such as Illyria commenting that if she can rule the world, she can learn to drive-even though Gunn points out that she had to sort out a twelve-car pile-up the last time she tried. Or, when Illyria meets Fred's Parents looking like Illyria, they embrace her, welcome her home and don't even blink at her appearance-to Gunn's disbelief. Which is explained by Fred's Mother as Fred always walking to a different drum than the rest of them. The sight of Illyria kissing a teenage sweetheart of Fred's to stop him from talking made me blink-but the fact he ran away immediately afterwards was typical of the show.

These, though, are the sweet moments, before Illyria and Gunn discover a small group of Demons on the run from the Scourge. It gets worse, when it turns out the Scourge have somehow found the Mutari Generator Wesley used to strip away most of Illyria's power, because they intend to use that power to wake up something ancient, from the time Illyria was at her height of power. Something which really doesn't like Illyria, which leaves Gunn to handle the Scourge while Illyria battles something which looks like a cross between the Worms from "Tremors", Godzilla and a drill of the kind you would use to reach the centre of the Earth.

Last but not least, there's always something else to consider when the "big" threats are dealt with. In this case, the simple fact that Demon's are not Humans and have their own ways...

If you like Illyria and/or Gunn, read this story, you'll recognise the characters you love and get a good idea of what their time in Hell and since has done to them. If you just like a good story with Supernatural elements? Read this story, there's no massive info-dumps or character origins to work through, just a solid story with interesting characters well-told. Personally, I'd like to see this odd couple together again, I doubt there are any two characters more utterly oppossed in nature or personality who still manage to work well together on the team. Anyone else?
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on 6 April 2010
Illyria is a far more interesting character than Gunn to me and I was delighted when the majority of this book turned out to be about her. This is a really fun book to read with some great action spreads but what made me give this four rather than three was the ending. Not everything is black & white and Gunn finds this out at the end. Illyria comes across really cool in this book and this is a brilliant read for fans of her character and anybody who is interested in the Angelverse.
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on 21 April 2010
This is a great read. I wasn't sure what to expect going in, but it has twists and turns and was a good edition to the angel universe of stories.
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