Review: Wings of Redemption by Sarah Gilman

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Published: December 1, 2012
Entangled Publishing
Series: Return to Sanctuary 0.5
Authors Website
Source: Personal Purchase
Format: eBook (NOOK)
Available: Barnes & Noble / Amazon / iBooks / KoBo
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Humans and archangels don’t mix on the best occasions. When Saffron Morin goes to the gates of the demon colony, Eden, in search of her sister, she meets an archangel who is curious one minute and hostile the next, and she ends up the colony’s “guest” against her will.

Kestrel’s archangel psychic talent tells him the human woman’s life is in danger. Despite her family’s association with poachers who hunt archangels for their valuable feathers, he vows to save her life. Enemies by birth, lovers by choice, they give in to growing attraction as days pass.

Even if he succeeds in saving her life, he must hurt her to protect others of his kind, and he may not be able to live with himself after a betrayal he has no choice but to commit. In order to find redemption, the Collector’s daughter and an archangel must first find each other.

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I can’t even explain to how much I loved this story, but I will do my best. I read Sarah Gilman’s first book in the Return to Sanctuary series “Out in Blue” back in 2011 when I first started blogging…you can see my review HERE (I updated the graphics). I was on a archangel high after reading the first three books in Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series.

Ms. Gilman drew me in with her tale of archangels being hunted for their wings. Yes, her archangels are slightly different here…they’re still powerful and some have certain powers. But here, they are few and far in between...they are in a word endangered. To give you a general background on the series, as I've said archangels are hunted and killed by poachers (yes I said it) for their wings. They are hated by humans along with Demons. So in a effort to protect their species, the archangels and demons have banded together in colonies with the demons protecting their Angels.

Wings of Redemption is a stand alone in the series. It follows the angel Kestrel and his sudden relationship with a known collectors daughter Saffron Morin. As the blurb states, Saffron is looking for her sister and headed right to the demon colony to look for her…there she finds Kestrel. Kestrel because of his psychic abilities, senses death around Saffron. In that instant, he wants to protect her and is attracted to her as well. But with her being the daughter of an collector…knowing she would protect her family, it was hard to trust her.

I just enjoyed this story…it was just fun to read the going-on’s between Kestrel and Saffron. It was something to read as they struggled with their growing feelings for one another knowing that they almost couldn't trust the other. But the longer they stayed together, it became harder to fight the attraction and their feelings.

Sarah Gilman gives you a world that is cruel, but beautiful at the same time. My heart bled for her angels and I’m so glad they have their demons to protect them. Her angels are strong, but fragile at the same time.
She had me so conflicted with this story because I wanted to dislike Saffron so much, but as Decimus (his demon friend & protector) stated “she’s not her father by default” and he’s right…she wasn't. And some of Saffron’s actions proved she truly was not.

Wings of Redemption is a wonderfully written story. The character and world building was just done excellently. I cannot wait to read Deep in Crimson, which is book 2 in the series. And I so seriously hope she does a break-off series on the demons…they are just a captivating as her angels.

Even though this can be read as a stand alone, I really suggest reading the first book Out in Blue…you get a definite feel of the world created here.

There is some sex in Wings on Redemption. It’s light and fits the tale told.

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