Review: Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

  • Published: February 15th, 2011
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Pages: 464
  • Challenge: 100+ Reading Challenge, 2011 Debut Author Challenge
  • Source: HarperCollins via NetGalley for review
  • Other: Angelfire is the first novel of Courtney Allison Moulton and is also the first in the trilogy, named Angelfire. The book will come out on February 15th, so that’s next week!
  • Buy the book: Amazon.
  • Rating: ★★★★★

When seventeen-year-old Ellie starts seeing reapers – monstrous creatures who devour humans and send their souls to Hell – she finds herself on the front lines of a supernatural war between archangels and the Fallen and faced with the possible destruction of her soul.

A mysterious boy named Will reveals she is the reincarnation of an ancient warrior, the only one capable of wielding swords of angelfire to fight the reapers, and he is an immortal sworn to protect her in battle. Now that Ellie’s powers have been awakened, a powerful reaper called Bastian has come forward to challenge her. He has employed a fierce assassin to eliminate her – an assassin who has already killed her once.

While balancing her dwindling social life and reaper-hunting duties, she and Will discover Bastian is searching for a dormant creature believed to be a true soul reaper. Bastian plans to use this weapon to ignite the End of Days and to destroy Ellie’s soul, ending her rebirth cycle forever. Now, she must face an army of Bastian’s most frightening reapers, prevent the soul reaper from consuming her soul, and uncover the secrets of her past lives – including truths that may be too frightening to remember.

Angelfire is the debut of Courtney Allison Moulton and it tells us about Ellie, who’s just a normal girl – until she sees Will. Things start to change – or rather, return to usual. Ellie discovers she is the reincarnated soul of a millennia old warrior, who fights dark creatures to keep the humans safe.

Will turns out to be more than just a stud (even though he almost made me drool because he’s so swoonworthy) and learns Ellie the basics of fighting the reapers – the dark creatures – with her new swords that have the power of Angelfire.

It didn’t take very long for the story to fully absorb me. I was intrigued by Will – he couldn’t be just a boy that she bumped into on accident. I love how Moulton portrays him. He’s not perfect, but he tries to be. The task that has been given to him is a tough one – to be the Guardian of a ancient warrior’s soul that reincarnates into a different mortal body every time.

The book is packed with action and while some scenes were going really fast, I found it refreshing to read something so fast paced and yet so well described. Moulton didn’t just wrote a story about a boy, a girl and a bunch of evil that has to be fought off. She created a whole world around the world of humans and the inhumans that are around us that made me want more. It was a fast paced, dark and delicious read.

My overall rating:

Because I loved it. And, to be honest, because I can’t get enough of Will (although.. I think Cadan is quite nice, too).

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