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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Angel Requiem by Jaime Samms

Angel Requiem by Jaime Samms
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Sc-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (50 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex
Rating: 5 cherries
Reviewed by Cactus

In a world without hope that kills what it can't understand, a solitary priest who has lost all he ever loved may be the last man to still believe in Angels. In the end, his belief may be all that can safeguard the fate of two Angel lovers—and restore his own faith in the power of love.

Can two angels in love help restore faith and love to a world that’s lost hope? A single priest is struggling to keep faith and belief in a world that is teetering on destruction. When violence and torture reign, a priest keeps the cemetery and church as safe ground for the angels left on earth. When two angels in love need the priest’s help, his own despair and strength are tested.

This short story is incredibly powerful and moving. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, the single priest is not given a name until the very end. He struggles as the one person left with hope, faith, and love yet he has his own darkness. After losing his brother and his lover, the priest feels alone in a world gone mad. People are torturing and killing the angels out of fear, anger, and hatred. Their violence touches the priest but he’s so lost in his own despair and pain that he doesn’t think he can help. The violence and torture are all off page but the intensity of emotion and the setting come through incredibly well.

The story could be dark and depressing, as the world is empty, harsh, and desolate, but there are threads of hope and love woven throughout that lighten the story. There is the little girl in a red coat that experiences curiosity, compassion, and eventually hope and belief of her own. There are the two angels in love, whose love is tested and near broken but ultimately saved. Even the priest himself experiences a revelation after all he’s been through. The story is about the uplifting nature of belief and hope at the darkest times, yet never feels religious or preachy. It’s really human nature and written so beautifully it can’t help but move you.

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