This second book in the Revelation Saga finds teen archangel Gabriel in human form as he begrudgingly continues fighting demons from hell.
Drawing on Jewish tradition, this installment’s villain is the heartbroken and enraged Lilith, who has lost her child and her eternal love. She seeks seven magical vials that will bring about an apocalyptic union of heaven, hell, and Earth. The ring of Solomon, which binds demons and is Gabriel’s chief weapon, is slowly taking possession of the teen and sapping his strength. Micah, a female avatar of the archangel Michael, is still battling at Gabriel’s side. The archangels have yet to fully master their magic, though Micah wields her fiery sword with ever growing grace and Gabriel is better able to harness his power than in the series opener. Their journey to the story’s climax is treacherous, fraught with soul-eating demons. Duncan enriches the story with an Umberto Eco–esque essence, threading it with ancient religious lore, occultism, underground libraries with papyrus manuscripts, and cameos from the Templars. The flickering romance between Gabriel and Micah glows increasingly warm, but when Lilith captures someone Gabriel deeply loves, trap though it may be, there’s no stopping him from leaping headlong into a nightmarish battle.
A horrific merging of dimensions looms for fans in the next installment as the teen archangels grapple their way toward ultimate salvation. (Fantasy. 12-18)