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Michael Angel’s worlds of contemporary fantasy range from the unicorn-ruled world of the Morning Land to the gritty underside of Los Angeles. Author of the bestselling Centaur of the Crime – where C.S. Lewis meets CSI – his books populate shelves in languages from Russian to Portuguese.
He currently resides in Southern California. Alas, despite keeping a keen eye out for griffins, centaurs, or pegasi, none have yet put in an appearance on Hollywood Boulevard.
Michael Angel’s welcome mat is out at his website, so feel free to visit: http://www.michaelangelwriter.com.
Knights Hill Publishing
on Feb. 25, 2013 :
This author's name just has to be a pseudonym, because it's too appropriate for this wild, rubber-burning ride through at least four different mythologies, counting Hollywood. The title is a fair description of what's in the tin, too: Protagonist Cassie Van Deene is unhappily wed to the titular horseman, and spends most of the book trying to divorce him. This is not easy when you're married to an immortal scourge of mankind ... but Cassie has a secret ally on her side, whose identity is exposed in a final twist of the sort that makes you slap your head and say "Why didn't I guess that before?!"
The most fun part of this book, though, is the mythology. Angel ties together Christian teleology and Greek legends in a truly original way (warning: this is not a book for serious Christians, or for serious worshippers of the Olympus crowd, either, if there are any of those around these days). Clever references are strewn through the text like nuts in a candy bar.
The story is written in first person, and I actually suspect that the author may be a woman, because Cassie's voice is so believable. She's a sassy, self-deprecating, calorie-counting (or most of the time, calorie-not-counting) chick-lit kinda girl. But her career as a film director makes her voice fresh and unique: I actually learned more from this book about how to set up camera shots than I did about Greek legends! Unfortunately, the end of the story doesn't seem to leave room for any sequels, but here's hoping.
Highly recommended if you're impatient waiting for the next Patricia Briggs or Kim Harrison.
(reviewed the day of purchase)