Angelkiller by H. David Blalock

Published June 14, 2014 by Kattie Sivley

Review

 

Title: Angelkiller
Author: H. David Blalock

Publisher:Seventh Star Press, LLC
Pub. Date: 11/28/11

epub:        pages:  128
Genre: Fantasy
How obtained?: Review copy from Publisher

RATING: 4 ****

Biography

H. David Blalock has been writing speculative fiction for decades. His fiction has appeared in novels, novellas, short stories, anthologies, and websites. Hewas awarded the Memphis Science Fiction Association’s 2000 Darrell Award for Best Electronic Fiction and in 2012was nominated for the 2011PulpArk Award for Best Short Story.David’s interests are not just limited to writing fiction. He is the co-founder of the Imagicopter author cooperative (www.imagicopter.com) and an editor for the cooperative’s anthology “Clockwork Spells and Magical Bells”.

REVIEW:

I received this book from Seventh Star Press.  I was very interested to read it, because the title sounded interesting.  The book is about the battle of good versus evil, and evil has won.  Good is still trying to triumph over evil, but it is not easy because evil has a strong hold on everyone.  It was interesting because you always think of good winning over evil, and this book makes you think of the role religion plays in everyday life.  This is a war that is going on that people don’t know about unless they are a part of the battle.  This is a short novel, and it did not take very long to read at all.  The main character is Jonah Mason, an Angelkiller.  He is actually one of the good guys, which is something else you would not think of.  He is a part of an army to stop evil.  The army communicates by using an MMORPG (think World of Warcraft).  It is an alternate reality that they actually link into with their minds.  I liked that part of the story, because I am familiar with MMORPGs and it just seemed like a cool way to think of technology, and how much time we spend in alternate realities like World of Warcraft or Second Life.  The only real issue I had with the book was that the names were a little too similar (Mason and Martin; Azazel and Azrael).

THE VERDICT:

I would recommend this book to gamers who play MMORPGs and anyone who enjoys a creative fantasy novel.  I even recommend this book to my husband, who hardly reads anything, because I think it would suit his tastes more.  I really liked that it was an old idea that was updated (evil wins and up-to-date technology).

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