Just Wow!! – The Plague of Angels (The Descended #1) by John Patrick Kennedy

The blurb reads,

Nyx is Queen of Hell and ruler of the Angels who were banished there – the Descended.

And when the rest of the Angels are called home, Nyx finds herself stuck on the Earth with the Son of God. To her surprise, she learns that he is no happier than she. God’s son thought he was sent down to judge humanity. Instead, he becomes a sacrifice for a cause he does not believe in – their redemption.

After his mortal body dies, the Son of God makes Nyx an offer: a new paradise on Earth if she will help him destroy humanity.

With two of her fellow Angels by her side, Nyx launches a thousand-year campaign of violence, sex, betrayal and intrigue to bring down God’s people and have them worship her instead. From the back streets of Jerusalem to the palaces of Rome, from the temples of Egypt to the Pope’s bedchamber, Nyx and her companions work to destroy the worshippers of God.

But not all is as it seems. And the Son of God has bigger plans than any of them imagine…Β 

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This is such a stunning cover. From all the books I have read during the year, this has to be one of the most brilliant covers. And you can’t even begin to judge this book from its cover. I really mean it!!

Reading this book has been an experience!! WOW!!! I never expected to read something like this. To take the common understanding of Heaven and Hell and the Jesus story and twist it in this wonderful way!! I have no qualms in saying that the moral police should take a hike!

This is a modern day take on the traditional stories we grew up with. Nyx, the Queen of Hell, makes the ultimate mistake of falling in love with the Angel who is sent down to live as Jesus! They hatch a plan to destroy God and to live in their own paradise. This means thousands of years of patiently plotting and changing the dynamics of life, belief and history as we know it. But the biggest twist is whether God’s own son is who we think he is?

Worlds collide, groups clash and the story rages. For thousands of years Nix, with her Angels, Ishtar and Persephone fight to make one belief come true. When Nyx has to do the one impossible thing, her world collides and comes to a standstill. The end is something i HAD NEVER EXPECTED!

You know, you grow up with such a traditional interpretation of what or who God is. You’re told a few stories of what happened (supposedly) during the past and you have to accept it as it was. But what if it wasn’t? History can have multiple perspectives, from the perpetrator’s perspective and the victims’ perspective.

When you come across books like this, you wonder, was there something else that happened? What if this perspective actually existed? Why do we learn history, fables, mythology and even the Gods’ tales from the POV of the victorious? Not the fallen? The fallen have a voice. For all we know, they may not be the black sheep.

I think this story is so very well done. The characters, the storyline is all so believable. It is like a parallel Universe of possibilities of what happened before reported history, opened up for me! I enjoyed reading this so much. In the end, or almost at the end of the book, I couldn’t move, I couldn’t breathe. I just had to read. And find out what happened next!!

Nyx is the Queen of Hell but I loved her character. The author has done a phenomenal job of layering the characters because each character is not just a pale shadow or a textbook-definition one. You can see their thoughts, their mind behind the smile or words and every character has a shade of gray. That is something I really appreciate.

This has to definitely be one of the FINEST books I have read by an Indie Author. As for the series, I want the NEXT ONE NOW!!!


My Rating: 4.5/5

Really well deserved because this is definitely unique. Controversial, yes, intense and extremely imaginative. I am rooting for Nyx and I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

4.5 stars

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