Reviewed by Caroline
TITLE: Familiar Angel
AUTHOR: Amy Lane
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 200 Pages
RELEASE DATE: October 20, 2017
One hundred and forty years ago, Harry, Edward, and Francis met an angel, a demon, and a sorceress while escaping imprisonment and worse! They emerged with a new family—and shapeshifting powers beyond their wildest dreams.
Now Harry and his brothers use their sorcery to rescue those enslaved in human trafficking—but Harry’s not doing so well. Pining for Suriel the angel has driven Harry to take more and more risks until his family desperately asks Suriel for an intervention.
In order for Suriel to escape the bindings of heaven, he needs to be sure enough of his love to fight to be with Harry. Back when they first met, Harry was feral and angry, and didn’t know enough about love for Suriel to justify that risk. Can Suriel trust in Harry enough now to break his bonds of service for the boy who has loved his Familiar Angel for nearly a century and a half?
Familiar Angel has all the elements in a story that you would expect from Amy Lane – lots of angst, well written characters and an enthralling plot, the one thing it was missing though in my opinion was any depth in the relationship between Suriel and Harry. Their relationship takes over a century to fall into place and when it finally, finally happens the story quickly ends.
Harry and Suriel meet in the strangest off ways whilst Harry is running for his life. That night changes Harry in many ways and as always Amy takes the reader on a tumultuous ride as they slow down their aging, turn into cats and learn how to use magic. There are also dangerous situations and heroic rescues and slowly over the years Harry’s risk taking becomes too much for his family to bear and they ask for angelic intervention.
The secondary characters here are really important to the story and they all evolve into a ragtag kind of family group. For those readers who like well written paranormal books with the focus more on the story rather than the romance then I think this will be a hit. With the way it ends and the characters it has introduced I wouldn’t be surprised to see further stories about Harry and his family and where their adventures lead them to next in the future.