Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Review: Dark Angels by Katherine Langrish

Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: Paperback
Released: April 30th, 2009
Grade rating: B/B+

Amazon summary:

When Wolf runs away from the monastery where he grew up, he finds himself lost on Devil's Edge -- a hill riddled with old mine shafts, said to be infested with ghosts, boggarts, elves, and perhaps even the Devil himself. Wolf meets a local knight out hunting, who offers him work and shelter in his castle -- a place inhabited by a host of unexpected characters -- a hearth hob, a ghostly white lady and a mysterious wandering juggler... Together Wolf and Nest, the knight's daughter, become embroiled in a mystery which leads Wolf into the very darkest depths of Devil's Edge...


Dark Angels was a surprisingly gripping tale, and I can't quite put my finger on why. I think it had something to do with Elfgift the elf child and the hearth-hob, though it could also be the spooky setting and occasional mention of Lucifer and the angels.

I had no idea what to expect when I read this book, but I definitely wasn't expecting to love the characters so much. Between Wolf, Nest and the aforementioned little creatures, Dark Angels had a cast of really loveable people. The setting was also extremely atmospheric and well described, not to mention a little creepy at times.

I was hoping for the action to pick up along the way, but instead the focus fell to the well-rounded characters. I also thought it was slightly too long and drawn out, though that all comes down to personal reading preference. The unexpected ending was exciting, and was a fantastic end to a well-written, captivating story.

Overall, Dark Angels was an unusual tale of adventure, loyalty and sacrifice. I'm sure it will appeal to fantasy readers, as well as those looking for something a bit different. I'm interested to read more by Langrish, and I'll be sure to check out her Troll trilogy sometime in the future.


Sasha said...

Looks intruiging. Thanks for the review :)

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

This sounds interesting. I love the idea of the hearth-hob and the elf child.

Darlyn said...

I think it suppose to be more interesting.But, thanks for the honest review =)

Kay (Dead Book Darling) said...

Hmm, I haven't heard of this one. Sounds rather enchanting... but then again I am rather taken by the name "Wolf"!

Becky said...

I have always wondered about this book for ummm... the most obvious reason. But I tried to read the first Troll book more than once and I didn't get anywhere. I think I wasn't in the happiest place at the time so maybe I need to give it another go. I cartianly think I should give this a try. Thanks Jenny!

Lauren said...

This sounds unusual, and I don't think I've heard of it before. I love the sound of the characters.