Friday, October 7, 2011

Review - Nephilim

Tattoo artist Nathan Ink is more than he seems. An angel living in secret on earth, he forces his clients to face their flaws by tattooing images of their sins on their bodies, but this glimpse into the soul often results in his clients’ deaths. Although Nathan avoids the other angels, when they ask him to keep an eye on Faye, a nephilim being stalked by another of her kind, he reluctantly agrees.

The angels have kept Faye in the dark about her stalker, but to keep her close to Nathan, they’ve tasked her with investigating the high mortality rate of Nathan’s clients. Despite her distaste for his methods, she finds herself fighting a growing attraction to Nathan, and discovering he’s not a rogue after all forces her to question her own mission. When Faye learns her stalker is another nephilim who intends to use her to breed a new race of hellish beings, teaming up with Nathan may be the only way to prevent a genocide.

My review:

This was really a great book.  I really enjoyed reading it.  It was well written and you are drawn into the story right away.  It is an urban fantasy that takes place in a world just like ours.  But angels when they need a break spend time on earth living among humans.  This though provides them with a lot of temptation and when they give in, you end up with a nephilim.

Faye is one of the nephilim, a half human/half angel.  Her father was an angel who fell in love with her mother after a chance meeting that led to them becoming friends.  After a horrible accident Faye wants nothing more to do with angels or their problems.  However, her guardian angel knows she has a stalked that she needs to be protected from.  This is where he arranges for her to meet and "investigate" Nathan and the methods he uses in his mission on earth.

All the characters were interesting and well developed and you really root for Faye to discover what everyone around her knows and is keeping from her to try and keep her safe.  You also really want Nathan to be friendly and try to help influence people more towards happiness than the usual despair and anger his tattoos bring out.

Its easy and enjoyable to follow them on their journey and see how they change and grow as characters.  It has a good ending, pretty much what you would expect from an urban fantasy.  Not everyone gets their happily ever after but most things work out for the best.  I am really looking forward to reading more of her books and hope we revisit this world and characters again.