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on Feb. 05, 2011 :
Valmore Daniels has written a complex and well-rounded character in Darcy Anderson, a woman who can set fire to things telepathically. The book opens with her leaving prison after doing 10 years for killing her parents in a fire which she accidentally started. The rest of the book focuses on Darcy coming to terms not only with what she did and her strange "affliction" but also the trials and tribulations of returning to her hometown where she's essentially an outcast.
There was quite a bit of backstory to this book as Darcy's family history plays an important role but Daniels handled it superbly, feeding little bits of it here and there as necessary. There were a couple of flashbacks which broke up the flow a little, but otherwise the story unfolded naturally. In fact, Darcy's backstory was well thought out as was the "world". I totally began to believe that telepyrosis could be real and Daniels has obviously researched the biblical side of angels.
Although the writing is sometimes not as strong as it could be, Daniels has nailed the dialog. It's so real and fresh and gives an acute insight into the characters. The only problem with the dialog was there wasn't enough of it! Sometimes Darcy's introspection slowed the book down, but usually not for long before some action took place.
I highly recommend this book. The Fallen Angels series is going to be terrific if this first book is any indication.
(reviewed the day of purchase)