Friday, May 29, 2009

Murder of Angels by Caitlin R. Kiernan

Ten years ago, Niki Ky and Daria Parker saw something unspeakable in an old house in Birmingham, Alabama. Daria has denied it, escaping into a frantic music career and various addictions. But Nikki hasn't been so fortunate. Diagnosed schizophrenic, she's lost years in a haze of therapy and antipsychotics. Now terrifying fragments of waking nightmares are reaching out to her, ghosts and demons driving her toward revelation and release, and she has begun to doubt that all the cracks in her reality are hallucinations.

Her dead lover, Spyder Baxter is calling to her from another world, an alien, impossible place where Niki is known as the Hierophant, a feared and prophesied sorceress who can open a portal between worlds. Forces of darkness and light are at play across the highways of America, forces that move inexorably toward the abandoned house the Niki and Daria have spent ten years trying to forget. And Daria will finally have to face what really happened there if she's to help Niki save a world....or destroy it.

Very fast paced, eloquently written story. One blurb on the back of the book says the author writes "like a Gothic cathedral on fire" and I could not agree more. The story gets kind of confusing sometimes but well worth the read. I will be picking up some more of the author's books.

4 stars

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