This first in a new dark fantasy trilogy introduces Aaron Corbet who's not a bad kid--he's just a little different. On the eve of his 18th birthday, Aaron dreams of a darkly violent landscape. Orphaned since birth, Aaron suddenly discovers newfound--and supernatural--talents.This first in a new dark fantasy trilogy introduces Aaron Corbet who's not a bad kid--he's just a little different. On the eve of his 18th birthday, Aaron dreams of a darkly violent landscape. Orphaned since birth, Aaron suddenly discovers newfound--and supernatural--talents.Read Less
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The story starts out with introducing us to our main character . . . Aaron Corbet. Aaron?d not such a bad kid, orphaned since birth and shoved from foster home to foster home, he had some ?anger issues? to get over and under control.
He was finally adopted by Tom and Lori Stanely. Aaron tried very had to be a good son and a big brother to their autistic son Stevie. Aaron meets a beautiful girl at his high school to whom he is immediately attracted to . . . Vilma Santiago, who is also attracted to him. Seemed like things were finally working out for Aaron . . . he had everything that he had ever wanted, so he thought.
However, on his 18th birthday everything changed . . . he started having nightmarish dreams and visions. He had trouble concentrating, had bad headaches, started hearing voices in his head and he could feel painful changes occurring inside his body. Other weird things started happening too . . . suddenly he had the ?gift of tongues? and could speak and understand languages he had never known, he even could understand his dog Gabriel talking to him. Surely he was losing his mind.
He reacted to this transformation with terror and confusion, just when his world seemed normal it now began to unravel before his eyes.
A chance encounter with what he thought was a homeless bum, turned out to be a Fallen angel by the name of Ezekiel (Zeke). It was Zeke who sensed Aaron?s true nature and told him what he REALLY was . . . a Nephilim . . . the offspring of an angel and a mortal woman. Zeke warns him that the Powers will hunt him down and kill him, that he must learn how to use his divine gifts & flee immediately. Aaron of course thinks the guy is nuts!
Nevertheless, he goes to his local library and looks up information on Nephilim. He begins to wonder could it be true? Another angel, Camael appears at his high school and tells him that his is the chosen ONE that they?ve been waiting for . . . the one spoken of in the prophecy. Camael tells Aaron that he has come to protect him from the Powers.
We are introduced to the Powers and their leader . . . Verchiel, a cruel, rentless angel who feels it is his sacred mission in the name of the most Holy, to eradicate the Fallen and their offspring from the face of the earth. He especially wants to eliminate the Nephilim spoken of in the Prophecy who is supposed to redeem the Fallen, forgive them of their sins against the Creator and send them back home . . . to Heaven.
In this book Aaron meets Verchiel for the first time . . . Zeke and Camael come to the rescue, but not before the cruel Verchiel kills his parents and takes his brother Stevie. Enraged, Aaron?s angelic nature takes over and he battles with Verchiel . . .
If you?re a deeply religious person you may find these novels offensive to your tastes. But if you have an open mind, perhaps you can just simply enjoy these books for the fiction that they are. I found the series of books to be wonderfully written and richly portrayed.
I did see the ABC movie that was based on these books, but the movie did not follow the books exactly and left a lot out.
Publishers Weekly, 2003-02-03 From an author of books based on TV's Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel comes the first installment of a projected series full of warring angels and pseudo-apocryphal themes. Raised in foster homes, Aaron Corbet discovers on his 18th birthday that he is one of the "Nephilim," ("children of angels and mortal women"). Aaron initially resists the notion: "You're trying to tell me that... that my mother... slept with an angel? For Christ's sake!" But a fallen angel presses him into service in their battle against the Powers (angels who are "like God's storm troopers"), who make it their mission to destroy Nephilim and fallen angels. Eventually, the fallen angels try to protect Aaron because they believe he is the "One foretold of in a prophecy thousands of years old" who will reunite them with "their most holy Father." If the plot recalls anything of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials, the comparison ends there: the writing here is at best workmanlike, and any underlying theology or philosophy seems well hidden. Ages 16-up. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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