When good fails, chaos rises to the challenge.
The daily life of a chaos demon is delightfully sinful—overindulging in Sri Lankan delicacies, trespassing on private beaches in Hawaii, and getting soused at the best angel bar on the planet. But when Bedlam learns that the archdemon Azrael has escaped from the Abyss in order to wreak vengeance against the person who sent her there—Bedlam’s best friend, Khet—he can’t sit idly by.
Only one relic possesses the power to kill Khet, who suffers immortality at Lucifer’s request: the mythical Spear of Destiny, which pierced Christ’s side at His crucifixion. Neither angel nor demon has seen the Spear in two thousand years, but Azrael claims to know its location. Bedlam has no choice but to interpret woefully outdated clues and race her to its ancient resting place.
His quest is made nearly impossible by the interference of a persnickety archivist, Keziel—his angelic ex—and a dedicated cult intent on keeping the Spear out of the wrong hands. But to Bedlam, “wrong” is just an arbitrary word, and there’s no way he’s letting Khet die without a fight.
Lucky me! I jumped at the chance to review Raising Chaos (Book Two: Earthbound Angels) because I really liked Oracle of Philadelphia (See my review HERE).
The author has created a fascinating world full of ancient sects, secrets, quests, prophecies, and an angelic and demonic hierarchy complete with all the petty bitchiness of any human version. One of the best things about these books is the relationship between the angels, fallen angels, and demons. Corrigan does a dandy job of deftly creating shades of gray when it comes to the motives and ethical decisions of all of them.
RAISING CHAOS is told through the alternating viewpoints of Bedlam, Siren and Khet, as the angels race to find the Spear, while Khet (Caela) takes a sabbatical of sorts and finds out her new neighbor is a violent sociopath.
Bedlam is still delightfully irreverent, impulsive and nutty but full of heart and stream-of-consciousness thoughts - he's a great counterpoint to the serious, bureaucratic-type angels who adhere to their roles without thought. Siren is the exception. As the Angel of Truth, she knows when she speaks a lie, and as she chases Bedlam and the Spear, she begins to realize that there's more going on in the world and the heavens than anyone realizes, and an apocalypse may be at hand. Meeting up with Mephistopheles causes her to remember the horrors of the nephilim purge ordered by Michael and Lucifer. They share memories of the past, and Biblical history is added in to the angel's history, creating the best, most believable, most cohesive kind of world - part fantasy and part reality (or religious history in this case).As Bedlam completes the strange tasks to advance the quest and be considered the angel Jesus foretold ad gain possession of the Spear, Khet struggles to navigate the waters of a resort town and save a girl from a killer.
The book was really hard to put down - and what an ending! I can't wait for the next book.
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Elizabeth Corrigan has degrees in English and psychology and has spent several years working as a data analyst in various branches of the healthcare industry. When she’s not hard at work on her next novel, Elizabeth enjoys singing, reading teen vampire novels, and making Sims of her characters. She drinks more Diet Coke than is probably optimal for the human body and is pathologically afraid of bees. She lives in Maryland with two cats and a purple Smart Car.
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