This interesting but confusing book is the first in a series about redemption, specifically, that of a reluctant vampire named Arel. Arel’s guardian angel, Michael, is attempting to heal Arel of his curse, but to do so, his charge must be willing to face the demons of his past lives, learn to forgive himself and accept that he is worthy of love.
How do you cure vampirism? Apparently by feeding said vampire Michael’s angelic blood. This intervention sets off a process that nearly kills Michael multiple times as it begins to transform him.
Arel doesn’t make it easy for Michael; he’s arrogant, demanding, and needy in turn, not to mention depressed and sometimes suicidal. He stubbornly refuses Michael’s help over and over again until he is rendered unable to cope anymore. Still Michael, with true angelic grace, is there for Arel time and time again, picking him up and caring for him till he’s ready to stand on his own two feet again.
Everything changes when Arel meets a group of people who are as drawn to him as he is to them. Each of these flawed, but giving individuals figured prominently somewhere in Arel’s past lives, and as they become aware of their past relationships, struggle to integrate those old emotions and knowledge into this new life where they are all intertwined again.
While on the surface this story involves a number of different factors- i.e. vampires, angelic guardians, past life regression, the underlying plot is really a study of the human condition, equally parts uplifting and heart wrenching, until the conclusion which ends on a high note, save for an ominous message from someone in Arel’s vampiric past, thus setting up a cliffhanger for the next book in the series, William’s Blood.
I picked up this book as part of the author’s recent promotional giveaway, and shelved on my TBR list for a time. I finally decided to sit down and read it this past week, and I’m not sorry that I did, because despite the surprising mix of genres, the book is very moving and uplifting, as this extraordinary group of individuals, both human and angelic, face everyday crises and come out the stronger for it. The overall message of faith and hope is inspiring, and I recommend this series to any who need a little encouragement or who simply like a good read.