I was extremely excited when Monica McGurk contacted me to see if I would like to review the second book in The Archangel Prophesies trilogy – Dark Rising. I, of course, said yes! If you are interested in reading my review of the first book in the trilogy, Dark Hope, you can find that here.
We pick up right where Dark Hope left off. Hope is on the run with the Archangel Michael, who is sworn to protect Heaven at all costs, but he has given that up to follow Hope as she searches for an Ancient Artifact.
In the beginning we don’t know if he is trying to protect her or if he is trying to push her away. Their dynamic is really quite interesting after reading the first book. Here is the Archangel Michael, sworn to protect the human race, and instead of doing that, he has decided to run after a girl he can’t decide if he loves or hates, leaving the rest of the world to the fallen angels.
A little background; Hope is branded with a mark on her neck which makes her a key part of an ancient prophecy, the bearer of the Key. The Fallen Angels have misinterpreted this as she actually being the key – the key to get them back into Heaven so they can take over.
This is a great follow up book to her first in the series. I sometimes feel like the second book in a trilogy can be a bit long, but this one was great! I love to see all the imagery of the places in Europe where they are searching for the artifact that will actually open Heaven’s Gates.
Monica does a great job of incorporating the trafficking of girls and women, and oftentimes we don’t know if the Fallen Angels are on Hope’s tail or if it is the traffickers that she thwarted in the first book.
This is a pretty fast paced book, and a quick read. I enjoy watching the struggle of Michael, wanting to protect the humans he loves so dearly, but also being conflicted with his feelings for Hope. The attitude of the other angels that are with their little band is an interesting dynamic as well, where they could care less about Hope’s life.
Overall, awesome follow up! I can’t wait to read the third installment! If you are interested in learning more about The Archangel Prophesies and Monica McGurk, you can find her on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. She also has an amazing amount of information on human trafficking on her website, of which she is clearly very passionate about.
I was compensated and provided a free copy of this book in return for my review. It was not required to be a positive review, and all opinions are my own. I only recommend products that I actually love, and this is a wonderful book series that fans of young adult fiction will definitely enjoy!