Books one and two set the galactic stage for this sweeping saga. The main character. Rachel, has been compared to Indiana Jones. Both are complex characters seeking to know the present and future by understanding the past through mythology, relics, and other means. Unlike Indiana Jones, whose character arc is basically static, Rachel experiences an enormous amount of growth, most of it from painful lessons as she matures from an academic idealist, to a street-wise pragmatist, typically resisting the inevitable, but gradually accepting personal change on her terms, as much as possible. Each of the prominent characters experience deepening and broadening of their personalities as they face nearly impossible challenges, both individually and as a group. The story is painted and developed on a mega galactic scale rushing through hundreds of galaxies, and galactic clusters. There are also strong reminders here and there that reality is far more than what we perceive via our five senses. Plenty of action, emotions, and food for thought.
This is the best of the series so far. I think I feel J.S. Morin touch in this tale. All good and great dramas need a light bit of humor to give the grim tale a break. (Look at Shakespearse's plays. You will see the humor touch in all the dramas he wrote.) Now the story is getting hold of me. I happy to know I can (and did) just download the next book. Hopefully this book will keep me interested like this one.
This series continues to deliver. While the nonstop crazy action of the previous book did not continue (at the same pace) in this one, that means a bit more character development. We learn more about each of the characters and then the action picks back up to a crazy finish.
Disclaimer first: I received a free advanced copy of the 2nd edition of this book in exchange for an honest review.
As with the other books in the series, this story does not work as a standalone; it continues right where Shadows of Angels left off. No lengthy recap or anything - which is fine if you read the books back-to-back, but might take some memory-digging when it's been a while since you read book #2.
So far, Voices of Angels is my favourite book in the series. The stakes are getting higher - again? How's that even possible? - and our heroes approach the ever growing challenges true to form.
As in the previous books, actions have consequences, and there's no such thing as a free lunch. Our heroes have to deal with the aftermath of the events in Shadows of Angels. Yes, they have acquired the Ark - but at what price? And by now all the warring factions we have met in Echoes and Shadows (the megacorps, the Sentinels, the Redeemers) are after the Ark, all while there's a brand new war going on between the Mizraim Empire and the Asheran Confederation.
If that reads like a recipe for more battles and bloodshed to you (both space battles as well as mano a mano (or whichever body part can be used as a weapon)), you'd be right.
Oh, and while we're at it, we also learn a lot more about Knight's heritage.
Speaking of Knight, he got one of my favourite quotes: “I’m a professional assassin raised from birth to be a killer. I don’t need a damn hug!”
Action in every chapter! This was a fabulous episode of Sins of Angels. Some real surprising revelations in this book. And, in have a huge hunch about another character that may be revealed in the next book. Despite all the action of running and fighting, somehow love reigns. Great read.