We dream of a wealthy benefactor who gives us the money we need to follow our dreams. We want to be free to pursue those things which make us the most happy and money certainly allows us the freedom to do that. Heather Killough-Walden begins her story by introducing us to Juliette Anderson who has that wealthy benefactor in the form of Samuel Lambent. Samuel has offered to pay for Juliette to travel to Scotland and finish her research for her doctoral thesis if she agrees to provide him with tidbits that he can use on his television show.
Juliette jumps at the chance to travel to the one place on earth she has always wanted to go. What she doesn’t expect is all that she learns once she arrives in this magical place. For Juliette is not an ordinary woman, but one with a greater destiny.
Gabriel Black has lived in Scotland for two thousand years. He is the archangel Gabriel. He has searched for his archess all this time. An archess is a female angel created especially as a mate for one of the four archangels. Gabriel’s brother Uriel has found his archangel. His other brothers, Michael and Azrael, along with Gabriel are still searching. When Gabriel first sees Juliette, he knows that there is something special about her and that he must protect her from the other malevolent forces that seek to harm her.
What happens next is an epic story about the battle between goodness and evil. As Gabriel tries to save and protect Juliette, other creatures try to take her for their own. Juliette must decide who she wants to be and who she can trust before it is too late.
This story is masterfully written. Heather Killough-Walden manages to combine a lot of characters into one book. Not only do we have to keep the archangels straight and all that they can do, we also meet Samuel and those that work for him and the Adarians who are out to get the archesses for themselves. There is a lot going on in this book and yet somehow it all works. The characters are distinct enough that it is easy to keep them straight and to remember who belongs to which group. Ms. Killough-Walden also does a great job of providing us with the background we need in order to understand what is happening to the characters.
This is the second book in the series, but you don’t have to read the first book in order to enjoy this one. I had no background knowledge of the characters when I started it and found it easy to follow and to figure out what was happening. I can’t wait to see what the next book brings to these amazing characters.