Tuesday, 15 February 2011
Angel Time by Anne Rice
Published by Arrow Books in 2010
First few lines
There were omens from the beginning.
First off, I didn't want to do a job at the Mission Inn. Anywhere in the country, I would have been willing, but not the Mission Inn. And in the bridal suite, that very room, my room. Bad luck and beyond. I thought to myself.
Of course my boss, The Right Man, had no way of knowing when he gave me this assignment that the Mission was where I went when I didn't want to be Lucky the Fox, when I didn't want to be his assassin.
Many of you will be aware that I do have a fondness for angel books and that had a lot to do with my decision to buy this book. I have never read any other Anne Rice books, so I don't have anything to compare this book with. All I can say is, that this book didn't impress me at all and I had hoped for so much more from it.
The book is centred around a character called Lucky the Fox, who is a contract killer, but one with a conscience. The first two chapters are there to basically to show you this character's soul exists. Personally, I had worked that out in the first couple of pages and didn't need the in depth religious chapters to repeat it to me over and over again.
As Lucky carries out his final contract killing, his guardian angel Malchiah reveals himself. Malchiah wants Lucky to work for him now and help him solve situations rather than killing people. Lucky agrees and then suddenly the book veers off into the 13th Century and Lucky becomes a monk on a mission! I bet you didn't see that one coming. Mmm, neither did I!
This book felt like it was two different books sewn together in the middle. It was like watching an episode of Quantam Leap, where the lead character jumps into different time periods. I had to keep turning back to make sure I had not been sold a dud book that had been rebuilt from spare parts.
To be honest, I actually enjoyed the part of the book set in the 13th century more than I did the modern day part, which worries me a little, as the 13th Century has never appealed to me before. However the story seemed to flow so much better and appeared to be more believable than the first part of the book. In the second half of the book I began to relate to the characters and feel their pain and almost got lost in the story.
This book is full to the brim with religion, which I found quite hard to digest. If you have a thorough knowledge of religious studies, then this book will suit you. Personally, it all went a little over my head. I can understand that Anne Rice is thorough in her research, yet it felt a bit like she had tried to absorb every bit of information she had discovered into this book.
I couldn't conjure up any feelings towards the main character in the book, which made it even more difficult to enjoy it. The main character had committed so many gruesome acts, I struggled to feel the sorrow he felt over the crimes he had committed.
I have always wanted to read an Anne Rice book, but I think I will listen to other book bloggers recommendations in future, as I obviously don't know which ones are the best to read. I really do want to love her books!
I am led to believe that this is the first book in a series, unfortunately, it won't be a series that I will continue with.