Review of ‘Beckoning Darkness’

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For centuries, God has left humanity in the hands of the Angels. Now, they’re preparing for His return. The Angel, Ariel, imprisoned for centuries for her misdeeds—which she can’t remember, is freed and given a chance to redeem herself. She’s sent to Earth, to the city of Chicago, to prepare the way for the Coming. In Chicago, she encounters the demon, Caelum, whose taste for the ways of mortals sets him apart from the rest of his demon colleagues. When he hears, though, that Hell has special plans for the mortal world his curiosity compels him to take part. When he meets Ariel, faint memories of his mortal life begin to intrude, and the two of them find themselves in an unlikely alliance against a Fallen Angel who has plans of his own.

Beckoning Darkness by J. D. Stonebridge is a supernatural thriller that’s all over the map. An epic cast of characters engaged in plot and counterplot in ways that will boggle your mind. This story moves so fast from incident to incident, you almost have to make notes to know where you are, or who is doing what to whom. A serious subject that uses humor in a way that makes you laugh—sometimes nervously.

Not for the very religious reader; it challenges everything you thought you knew about angels and devils, heaven and hell. But, if you have an open mind, and like a twisted story, you just might like it.

I received an advance reader copy of this book.

An interesting story, but frequent and unheralded changes in point of view character make it a tough slog at times. I give it three and a half stars.

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