Friday, 5 September 2014

Ignite by Erica Crouch

Penemuel fell from grace a millennium ago alongside her twin brother Azael, but there are still many times where she questions her choice to fight for Hell. Now that the Archangel Michael has returned after thousands of years as a captive in Hell, threatening Lucifer's vie for the throne, she begins to question everything she has believed. As Hell prepares for war by spreading a demonic virus and pilfering untainted souls to build an army, the lines separating the three worlds blur. Fates are erased and the future is left unwritten. Azael is determined that he and his sister will continue to fight for Hell, but for the first time in her life, Pen is not ruled by destiny. She has the freedom to choose her own fate. But with choice comes sacrifice, and Pen must decide which side she's willing to risk everything to fight for. The light or the dark...or something in between. 

As the angel who taught man to read, Pen loves her poetry and the written word, so there are a lot of quotes and references to famous poems and poets like Robert Frost, 'Paradise Lost', Lord Byron and of course, Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet' and 'Macbeth'. I have to say that I absolutely loved this, 'Ignite' was almost like a teaser trailer of several other books, but it only added to the story of Pen and Michael and didn't subtract from the plot at all. I fell in love with Pen and her struggle to find redemption through Michael, even after all of the horrific things she was made to do whilst serving Hell. But my favourite thing about the book was that there was no black and white, two sided coin, either you serve Heaven or you serve Hell. Crouch realises that no one is absolutely good or absolutely evil, and tells us through the story that we always have a choice and the privilege of free-will. 

Rating: 5/5 Titans

"Not with words alone"

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