Rekindled Prophecy is the first novel in the Greylyn the Guardian Angel series by KC Freeman.
[I won this book in a LibraryThing Early Reviewer Give-Away.]
Finished on: 08.04.2020
Greylyn has been a guardian angel ever since she died 450 years ago. She’s been working hard and she knows that she is due a little break. But when she arrives at the little Bed-and-Breakfast in Virginia, USA that hast just the right vibe to remind her of her Irish home, things go very much differently than she has anticipated. Starting with the fact that Kael is there: a dark guardian – her demonic counterpart – and a pain in her butt since her first solo mission. Plus, a seriously gorgeous guy. Greylyn knows that this encounter is not a coincidence – it is her new mission. But she still has to figure out what exactly that mission is and what role Kael plays in it.
Rekindled Prophecy was not bad, but I’m not sure it was good enough for me to continue the series. Still, if you like your fantasy with a (Christian) religious touch, you could give this a try.
I know this may sound weird when I say this about a book that very clearly states that it is about Guardian Angels, Heaven and Hell, but I have to admit that the book was a little too religious for my taste. Or actually, it was a little too exclusively Christian for me. I can live with religion in my fantasy, but when you got a world that actually includes stuff like Japanese demons, I do wonder why it is so firmly rooted in everything Christian. And I do have a problem with attributing every bad thing that ever happened to demons and hell intervening in the lives of good people (it’s just so exculpatory). And that is what we get here.
So, while that didn’t sit very right with me, it probably wouldn’t have been enough to really deter me from enjoying the book. But given that the writing was also a little clumsy sometimes with phrases like “a whirlwind of thoughts raced through her mind” and some plot developments were just a little too convenient, my excitement about the novel was limited.
That being said, I thought that there is a lot of potential here. Potential in the relationship between Kael and Greylyn above all. (That things will probably turn into a love triangle at some point is less my thing.) But also potential in the way Freeman lays the foundation for the series in this one. There are a lot of hints at what is to come and she doesn’t move too quickly in revealing everything.
So while the novel may not have struck a big chord with me, and I do hope that the writing would improve somewhat with the following novels in the series, I wouldn’t entirely discount the series. If you don’t mind or actually like a healthy dose of Christianity with your angels, this could be right up your alley.