[Angelsong] Hanna Peach

This is the third book in the Dark Angel series. Slight spoilers ahead if you haven’t read Angelfire and Angelstone.

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Angelsong is the third novel of the Dark Angel series. It’s the middle of the series, which allows it to act as a sort of buffer between the beginning and the end of the story as a whole. In the first two novels, we slowly learn what the villains are up to and how Alyx and the Free community deal with the realization of that. Angelsong picks up where the second novel left off and deviates from the main problem of stopping the villains. It is a side quest that is important to the story, but because of this, the main problems are only mentioned in passing. In Angelsong, Alyx is on a desperate journey to find the cure for the poison that is coursing through Israel’s system before it’s too late. The cure is contained in a text that’s hidden away, and the only one who knows how to make the cure is trapped in Michaelea. Angelsong takes our characters back to Michaelea, to Urielos, and all over the world in a frantic race to find everything they need. They have to rely on all of their skills in order to trick and sneak their way to the cure, a cure that will save more than just Israel. Alyx’s time is running out too.

Once again, the plot in Hanna Peach’s novel is steady. It gradually builds, with occasional spikes in action. She knows the importance of pacing, which makes reading the entire novel enjoyable instead of just the parts of the novel where there’s action. The importance of the mission to save Israel is continually on the forefront of Alyx’s mind, and everything that she does can be traced back to that desire. The most exciting part of the novel occurs in the chambers beneath Urielos, where we were able to see how Alyx and Jordan work together as a team to complete a series of tasks. Each task was interesting to read about and even more interesting when handicaps were in play.

I only wish that there had been a little more focus on the villains and their plans. I felt that too much of the novel was focused away from that, especially since they have a plan for world domination in the works. I kept imagining the villains sitting in their respective lairs, steepling their fingers together and laughing as they send their minions out to take over the world when Alyx and Jordan were flitting all over looking for an elusive cure. Yes, Israel is important to the story, but I highly doubt that the villains remained idle when Alyx was searching for a cure. I wish that we had been given a bit more of a window into their thoughts through the secondary characters that are around them.

The hints of romance in the first two novels that was denied as a love triangle came to full fruition in Angelsong. At first, I was confused at the sudden change in Alyx. She had been denying feelings toward another because she was in love with Israel, so this change seemed very out of character. I realized it made sense soon after it started happening, but it didn’t make it any less worrying. As a reader, we are in a unique position to watch this romance escalate toward something while simultaneously knowing that a train wreak was in the works. Because of this, it was one of the odder love triangles I’ve read. Usually, in a situation like this, all three characters are aware of the protagonist needing to make a choice eventually. In this case, only one was truly aware, and he was acting a little deluded. I didn’t like how dishonest he was being because he convinced himself that Alyx suddenly changed her feelings toward him. They say you’re blinded by love, and that was very true in this case.

Alyx herself remained the strong fighter that she’s been in the novels so far. She’s getting a bit better at accepting help from others, but she still kept the very important bit of “Oh, by the way, if he dies, I die”  secret from people who cared about her. She is consumed with finding the cure for Israel, so she acts a little rashly a few times. I really want to see her grow out of the belief that others can’t support her as well as she can support herself. She needs to lean on others more, especially when they offer. Israel didn’t have much of a chance to grow in this novel, as he was in a coma the entire time. When I started reading this, I certainly didn’t expect him to remain in a coma; I thought that most of the novel would be about finding the cure, the cure would be administered, and then everything would be a-okay. I missed Israel. After Israel and Alyx had come to an understanding in the last novel regarding what they’d have to change before they could be in a relationship, it was difficult reading a novel where that didn’t factor in at all. It lost a little bit of the momentum.

As always, the cliff hanger propels the reader toward the next novel. There’s no way that you can say Angelsong is a standalone novel and I’m excited to see what happens in the second half of the series. I think that it’s going to become even more impossible to put down.

4 stars.

Angelsong was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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