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on July 18, 2012 :
I don't know what I was expecting when I started reading this novella, but it honestly surpassed anything I had expected since this has been the best one I've read so far this year.
DIES IRAE is an action and drama packed read, which means there was never a dull moment for me while reading it. Although it doesn't really show how two of the characters fell in love, and I would have loved to read more about it, I could tell it was something that had been simmering under the surface for a while. And thinking for just how long he had been trying to suppress those feelings only to loose her like that at the end was very heart-wrenching. At the end, it wasn't surprising how Azza became the Dark One since the emotions he seemed to embrace the most had always been the "negative" ones; rage and lust.
The only problem I had at the beginning was the sentences feeling a bit clipped. There were too many too short sentences, but as the story progressed, and I found myself deeper and more interested in it, this stopped being a problem for me. Otherwise, I loved the way Christine Fonseca told the story of these three characters. Now I can't wait to read the first book.
(review of free book)
on June 12, 2012 :
I would like to thank the author, Christine Fonseca, for providing me with a copy of this novella for review.
Mikayel lives to serve the council. He lives to ensure the safety of humanity. But his emotions are starting to get in the way and, as an angel, this is unacceptable. Unless he can get these emotions under control, he will fail at his purpose. He and his friends, Demi and Azza, are sent to earth as Watchers to wait until they are told which angelic order they will serve. But things are complicated by Mikayel's feelings for Demi, and the demonic presence threatening to invade the realm of earth and break a long held treaty.
I have to say that this was so interesting to read after I had read Lacrimosa (Requiem #1). While it may have been interesting to know the exact relationship between Azza and Mikayel before reading Lacrimosa, I think reading this after opened my eyes as to Mikayel's purpose. It demonstrated that he understood so much more of what Nesy and Ayden were going through then he let on. And it brought to mind questions of what this will mean in the second novel of the Requiem series. It demonstrated that there was so much more to the story behind Azza and Mikayel's falling out, more than either of them was willing to share with Nesy and Ayden in Lacrimosa.
I love how the story revolves around saving Mikayel; that he is destined for greater things than he can even recognize. I love that his friends are willing to sacrifice themselves for him, so that humanity can ultimately be saved.
It was interesting to watch Azza's transformation. I have to say that his anger at the end seemed a little out of place, at first. But, having read Lacrimosa, and understanding what the marks ultimately do to their holder, I was able to piece together how this would happen. How he would forget where he came from and only know that Mikayel and the other angels need to be defeated.
I have to say that I would have liked to see a little more of Demi's character in this book. But, seeing as she was Mikayel's reason for having to overcome emotions, it makes more sense to see it from his point of view.
Once again, Fonseca has a way with words. They flow off the page and into your soul. They grab your heart and pull you in. You feel each and every emotion the characters are experiencing. You feel the angst Mikayel is unable to overcome. You feel the power Azza encounters as he embraces his emotions, something an angel is not ever supposed to do. You feel the sorrow that invades Demi as she makes her final decision to leave Mikayel.
Thank you, Christine, for creating a world so real, so full of sacrifice and emotion, so full of issues that can tear us apart. The experience is otherworldly, and I wouldn't have it any other way!
(review of free book)