RAZIEL is the first book in Kristin Douglas' debut series, The Fallen. The Fallen are a group of angels long ago cast out of heaven and now living in the hidden world of Sheol. They have been cursed to drink human blood, outlive their mates and never bear children. Their only job is to escort the souls of the dead to their destiny. As one of the original Fallen, Raziel has grown tired of watching the women he loves die and has sworn them off. When he realizes one of the souls he was sent to ferry is heading to hell, he pulls her back from her fate. Now he's in trouble with Uriel, the only archangel who hasn't fallen, and his growing feeling for the human are becoming impossible to ignore.
Everything was going just fine in Allie Watson's life, until she steps in front of a bus and meets her untimely demise. Then a gorgeous stranger shows up to take her to the afterlife and things really start to get strange. Instead of enduring the flames of hell like she was supposed to, she instead ends up in a strange land with blood-sucking angels who question her presence and evil monsters trying to attack. The only thing that makes it bearable is Raziel, the angle that saved her. All she wants to do is ignore the heat building between them and go back home, but with no way to return and a war building in Sheol, Allie's future I is anything but certain.
With RAZIEL Kristina Douglas has created a new world of sensuality and danger. The back-story is well laid out as it should be in first book of a new series. It is clear nearly from the start who the Fallen are, how they ended up cursed in a hidden world, and who their enemies are. In fact, I found the back-story so interesting that I hope one day Douglas will write a prequel. The book does seem a little slow moving at first, but I think it was necessary to set the background. As the relationship between Raziel and Allie builds and the war with their enemies comes to a head, the story definitely picks up in pace. Hot sex and intense fighting scenes kept me turning the pages until the end. Douglas also created an intriguing cast of secondary characters that left me wanting to know more about them. Luckily the overall story has enough lose ends that we are practically guaranteed several more installments in this captivating new series.
Absolutely captivating. This series is a new take on the whole vampire/angel theme. It has a lot of religious reference as the skeleton of the story, but it does not bog it down. At the core of the book is the passionate journey of Raziel and Allie. Allie is stubborn, strong willed, and not afraid to speak her mind. Raziel has existed for centuries and is not used to his women being outspoken and defiant. Their path is very humorous, and I found their sense of humor great. When all hell breaks loose when the Nephilim breach the gate aided by a traitor, they finally come together and realize their bond. I enjoyed this book so much I read it in one day and will preorder the next one. If you like Nalini Singh's Archangel series, you will love this one too.
The first book in the series of The Fallen; the story of Raziel and Allie. There were a few things I didn't like. It took far too long for the two of them to give it up and get together. I knew who the bad guy was too soon. Some things that happened you could see coming a mile away. However, other things came about that were a complete surprise. When they did finally unite the bond between them was awesome to witness. There was a decent amount of action, and the ending couldn't have been better. Two thumbs up and I can't wait for #2.