Killough-Walden’s Lost Angels series continues to pick up steam in this third outing featuring archangel and vampire Azrael. The bonds among the four archangels are strong and compelling, but what really makes this series fascinating are the motivations and machinations of its villains. The continued high-quality storytelling provided by Killough-Walden indicates she is a star on the rise.
As the Angel of Death, Azrael’s descent to Earth included the extra burden of vampirism. He has coped by building a loyal army of vampires, some of whom are bandmates in his mega-star rock group Valley of Shadow. It is at his brother Gabriel’s wedding to Juliette where Azrael is drawn to Juliette’s BFF and maid of honor, Sophie Bryce. Sophie is unawakened to her true nature as an archess and Azrael doesn’t want to spook her, so he decides takes it slow. As Sophie returns to school at Berkeley, Azrael makes plans to visit her. But several dark forces have their own agendas and they are determined to gain control of Sophie — and destroy Azrael. (SIGNET ECLIPSE, Jan., 368 pp., $7.99)