Review: Dies Irae (Requiem #0.5) by Christine Fonseca

| Tuesday, June 12, 2012
DIES IRAE (Requiem Series, .5)DIES IRAE by Christine Fonseca
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I would like to thank the author, Christine Fonseca, for providing me with a copy of this novella for review.
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Mikayel lives to serve the council. He lives to ensure the safety of humanity. But his emotions are starting to get in the way and, as an angel, this is unacceptable. Unless he can get these emotions under control, he will fail at his purpose. He and his friends, Demi and Azza, are sent to earth as Watchers to wait until they are told which angelic order they will serve. But things are complicated by Mikayel's feelings for Demi, and the demonic presence threatening to invade the realm of earth and break a long held treaty.
I have to say that this was so interesting to read after I had read Lacrimosa (Requiem #1). While it may have been interesting to know the exact relationship between Azza and Mikayel before reading Lacrimosa, I think reading this after opened my eyes as to Mikayel's purpose. It demonstrated that he understood so much more of what Nesy and Ayden were going through then he let on. And it brought to mind questions of what this will mean in the second novel of the Requiem series. It demonstrated that there was so much more to the story behind Azza and Mikayel's falling out, more than either of them was willing to share with Nesy and Ayden in Lacrimosa.
I love how the story revolves around saving Mikayel; that he is destined for greater things than he can even recognize. I love that his friends are willing to sacrifice themselves for him, so that humanity can ultimately be saved.
It was interesting to watch Azza's transformation. I have to say that his anger at the end seemed a little out of place, at first. But, having read Lacrimosa, and understanding what the marks ultimately do to their holder, I was able to piece together how this would happen. How he would forget where he came from and only know that Mikayel and the other angels need to be defeated.
I have to say that I would have liked to see a little more of Demi's character in this book. But, seeing as she was Mikayel's reason for having to overcome emotions, it makes more sense to see it from his point of view.
Once again, Fonseca has a way with words. They flow off the page and into your soul. They grab your heart and pull you in. You feel each and every emotion the characters are experiencing. You feel the angst Mikayel is unable to overcome. You feel the power Azza encounters as he embraces his emotions, something an angel is not ever supposed to do. You feel the sorrow that invades Demi as she makes her final decision to leave Mikayel.
Thank you, Christine, for creating a world so real, so full of sacrifice and emotion, so full of issues that can tear us apart. The experience is otherworldly, and I wouldn't have it any other way!

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