In The House Of The Wicked-Thomas E. Sniegoski

In The House Of The Wicked

Thomas E. Sniegoski

Roc, Aug 7 2012, $15.00

ISBN: 9780451464569

 

Remiel the seraphim archangel fought on the Creator’s side in the civil war against Lucifer’s rebel army.  Although his side won, he no longer could abide living in heaven after the atrocities that followed after brother fought brother to the death on the battlefield.  Thus Remiel becomes Remy Chandler, Boston PI, and in love with a mortal woman who died leaving him a grieving widow who understands Lord Alfred Tennyson’s immortal words: “’Tis better to have loved and lost; Than never to have loved at all.”

 

Remy is also very fond of Ashley Berg who he treats like a beloved daughter.  When she disappears, Remy vows to find her to bring her home.  He learns a sorcerer kidnapped Ashley as an expendable pawn to bring the seraphim to him; he schemes to steal Remy’s power and life force in order to become an immortal.  Remy is uninterested in the games of Algernon Stearns and Konrad Deacon who drained life forces immediately after Hiroshima; instead he would go to hell to rescue his Ashley, but at what cost as the ensuing battles could leave humanity extinct. 

 

This is a powerful Remy Chandler urban fantasy (see A Hundred Words For Hate) as someone he trusts with his life is loyal to Lucifer; thus the Prince of Deceivers uses his mole to trick Remy into going down wrong paths (leading to twisting subplots).  The exciting storyline effortlessly switches back to Deacon’s past in WWII and afterward enabling the readers to observe the odious antics of an evil individual planning his coup.  House of the Wicked is a terrific fantasy that will thrill readers.

 

Harriet Klausner

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