Sons of Light and Darkness

November 14, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Reads) (, , , )

lightSons of Light and Darkness by Adam Ingle

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Mestoph — a devil — and Leviticus — an angel — are best friends. They have been for centuries. They’ve been such good friends that they barely managed to survive a failed attempt at the end of the world a few years ago, an attempt that the two of them orchestrated. They’re now effectively on probation in Heaven and Hell, and when they catch word of an attempt to take over both from the fallen angels, they see an opportunity to win their way back into good graces with their employers.

Sons of Light and Darkness is a sequel to Ingle’s first book, Necessary Evil and the Greater Good, but it’s not necessary to have read that one first. I’d recommend it, of course, but the stories feature some of the same characters instead of being a continuation of that story. It’s more a James Bond sequel than a Song of Ice and Fire sequel, if that makes any sense. Ingle explains enough of what happened in the previous novel to set the stage for how it affects the current story, so new readers (or readers, like me, who forget too much between one book and the next) can jump in without missing too much.

The characterization is good here. Mestoph and Leviticus carry over well from the first book, but the additional characters feel more realized than the secondary characters from Necessary Evil and the Greater Good. Experience is good! Also, I think it helps that the story stays entirely in the realm of the afterlife instead of also carrying over into the real world (though I did find myself hoping for an appearance from Sir Reginald Pollywog Newcastle III). The adventure scenes are appropriately over the top, since we’re dealing with gods, angels, and demons here.

The story is well-constructed, without any loose ends that I could see. Details that were used to establish setting were used as plot points later in the book, the progression from start to finish made sense, and the conclusion was logical without anything feeling forced. I wasn’t thrilled that it ended so suddenly (seriously; when I turned the virtual page from the last sentence, I thought I was missing part of the ebook), but I guess Ingle wants us ready for book number three.

If you read Necessary Evil and the Greater Good, you should read Sons of Light and Darkness. If you didn’t, and you have a penchant for profane, irreverent adventures of angels, demons, and all the unusual characters they encounter along the way, then you should definitely try these books. I mentioned in my review of the first book that it reminded me of how Quentin Tarantino would direct American Gods, and that applies here, as well. If that sounds like your thing, then these books are for you.

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