Angelas Coven ~ Bruce Jenvey
I received Angelas Coven to review last month but have been so backlogged I just got to it this week. Boy was a glad I made time for it though. After reading a slew of Vamp and Were novels I was ready for a nice change of pace.
Reggie Sinclair is an aging British rock star living in New York City who has just found out he is terminally ill. He also has a very dark secret: When he was still an undiscovered teenager, he sold his soul to the Devil in exchange for his great fame and success. As his life draws to an end, he prepares to face the inevitable until he stumbles upon a very enchanting, modern-day witch named Angela, and her untraditional coven.
Angela gradually introduces Reggie to her world of old school Witchcraft with its roots in alchemy and ‘natural chemistry’ dating to the Dark Ages. As their relationship grows, they devise a plan to break Reggie’s contract and save his soul.
This is a story of the struggle between good and evil with a cast of characters that ranges from guardian angels to young witches-in-training. Together, they have to come to terms with the uncertainties of love, loss, and life decisions to save Reggie from an unbearable eternity. Here is a plot filled with unexpected twists and surprises to the very last page that will also cast an entirely different light on anything you may have ever considered as faith!
I found the first chapter or two a little slow, but once I was three or four in the storyline really picked up. I enjoyed the way Bruce Jenvey switched POV from character to character keeping us up to date with each of the separate forces as they slowly came together. Also being a fan of the theory that Jesus was married I liked the way he incorporated the "Holy Grail" into the novel.
As for the characters, Reggie is someone who grows on you. At first he seemed like a self centered rockstar. After all who else would sell their soul for fame? But as the story progresses you see he is really a pretty noble guy. He sold his soul so they could all be famous, still not a very good reason but at least its a better one.
Angela is a strong female lead character. Having suffered her own great loss in the past she is willing to risk her own immortality to help save someone else. She also takes great risk by bringing Reggie home to meet her family/coven putting them all at great risk.
My favorite character was actually the Devil him self. I love the whole business man feel Bruce Jenvey created around him. Him bragging about the shagg carpet was just too funny. It was a nice twist to the master of all things evil.
Overall I really enjoyed this book. The end, although sad, gave you a nice warm feeling. Everyone puts their differences aside for the greater good. If only more people could do that everyday!
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