Ange'el by Jamie Le Fay

Ange'el

KIRKUS REVIEW

In this debut romantic fantasy, a young woman learns that her nearly perfect lover is from an ancient, scientifically advanced civilization.

Morgan, CEO and founder of the Hope Foundation, has just arrived in New York City. She’s there to begin her circuit of speaking engagements that address girls’ empowerment around the world. While in NYC, she’s escorted by the sublimely charming Gabriel, who seems able to anticipate her every desire. Later, at a garden party, militant men’s rights proponents attack Morgan, and Gabriel fights them off. When Morgan learns that he works for the CIA and was assigned to protect her, she’s furious. She insists on speaking in Central Park in spite of the danger. After Morgan’s speech goes perfectly, she and Gabriel deepen their romantic entanglement. Quickly, however, she finds reasons to cut ties with her hero; when Gabriel is injured during another attempt on Morgan’s life, they both end up at the safe haven Ahe’ey—an ancient island nation populated by four genetically advanced tribes: the Ange’el, the Yi’ingo, the Ma’asai and the Hu’urei. Morgan meets Gabriel's extended Ange’el family, who rule the matriarchal society. As an outsider to the Ange’el royals, how can Morgan hope to fulfill the dreams she shares with the deepest love she's ever known? Though Ahe’ey initially feels like a utopia, the extreme view that no men should wield power—held by the characters Sky and Amalia—isn't lost on Morgan as she fights for her and Gabriel's love. Gabriel himself isn't just a prize, but a profoundly thoughtful partner; he believes that men will one day realize that “the pursuit of perfection is a curse.” And Le Fay isn’t a preacher with a one-track mind; fascinating ideas such as that the cosmos was “a single and dynamic organism that shared common energy and information with all its beings,” bolster her main concept. Packed with invigorating ideas and prose, Le Fay’s novel is a nuanced exploration of feminism and its potential—for good or ill.

A finely grained achievement that challenges the status quo on all fronts.

Pub Date: May 20th, 2014
ISBN: 978-1499554984
Page count: 322pp
Publisher: CreateSpace
Program: Kirkus Indie
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2014




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