Thursday, March 18, 2010

Where Angels Fear To Tread - Thomas E. Sniegoski


Where Angels Fear To Tread
A Remy Chandler Novel
Thomas E. Sniegoski
Roc
Fantasy

Remy Chandler was once Remiel, a Seraphim, one of God’s warrior angels. Disillusioned after the great war in heaven, Remy took on human guise and came to earth to live as a mortal. He works as a private investigator in Boston. Some of the cases he takes are the ordinary, mundane kind; others are more otherworldly. His angelic nature, while suppressed, is always present.

When Deryn York appears at his office, she seems to be simply a mother involved in a parental kidnapping. Her husband, Carl, took their six-year-old daughter, Zoe, and disappeared. The family had traveled to Boston from their home in Florida to get treatment for the child, who was exhibiting signs of autism. What really intrigues Remy is that Deryn hired him based mainly on information contained in her daughter’s drawings. These drawings seem to show the future.

There are other forces at work behind the scenes. Zoe is a special child, but not at all in the way Deryn and Carl believe she is. Zoe is powerful, and there are plenty of beings that would like to have that power for their own ends.

The character of Remy (A KISS BEFORE THE APOCALYPSE, DANCING ON THE HEAD OF A PIN) continues to evolve from one book to the next. The first two books were more complicated, plot-wise, but this one, while more straightforward, is interesting due to the characters involved. In Remy’s world, the good guys aren’t always all good, and even the bad guys are multi-faceted. There are two storylines that come together rather quickly into a whole, and that drives the pace of the narrative. For those who haven’t read the previous books, this is a good place to start – although I think you’ll want to read the first two later – since this works just fine as a standalone novel. It’s clear there’s more to come, and that’s good news.

Rating: 8
March 2010
ISBN# 978-0-451-46314-2 (trade paperback)

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