After a destructive battle, the ancient swaying city of Deepgate has been overtaken. Most of the chains that suspend it have given way, toxic fumes are emanating from blazing structures, and the temple once inhabited by the ruling Presbyter now dangles upside down above the once-uncharted abyss. The victorious Spine have initiated martial law and are ruthlessly pursuing all who attempt to leave. Amid the turmoil, two captives are returned.
Arriving by ship are the young angel Dill, now toughened by war, and traitor assassin Rachel Hael. Incarcerated in the slowly crumbling temple, the two await their fate, while from the abyss beneath them ghosts rise—for the death of the god Ulcis has left open the gates to Hell.
But on orders from his divine brethren, Cospinol, the god of brine and fog, is traveling the world to Deepgate to seal this breach. His great skyship is being dragged through the air by the giant John Anchor, a monster of a man enslaved to pull the god’s vessel, moving slowly, inevitably, toward the city.
As the city waits, teetering on the brink, myriad plans for vengeance are set in motion, from the continent of Pandemeria to Heaven itself. Among them is a ghostly archon sent to deliver a message to the gods on earth—using Dill as his vessel. Thrust from his body, Dill’s own soul returns to Hell. When Dill and Rachel are attacked by Spine assassins, Rachel has no choice but to try to escape with the creature that calls itself Dill…and to somehow find a way to restore her friend’s soul before it’s too late. For powerful forces are stirring, and in the coming battle between gods, it is the world of men that is at stake.
Iron Angel is the sequel to Alan Campbell’s Scar Night.
Scar Night had it’s problems. Missing character development and a rushed ending that seemed to imply that Campbell got bored of his book before he had finished it.
But overall, Scar Night was a good book. It moved very quickly, the plot and the lore were all endearing and overall it was well written.
Iron Angel and Scar Night are vastly different in the tone, in the worlds etc…There is no city of chains suspended above an abyss in this one. Angels and priests and religion are nearly absent in Iron Angel, replaced instead with Gods.
Iron Angel is a much stronger book than Scar Night, in my opinion. But-something you should know going in-the synopsis above only covers the first 100 pages of this 500 page book. For the most part, you wouldn’t even have to have read Scar Night to understand Iron Angel.
Something about this book that I can’t decide whether or not I enjoyed was the difference of the feel between part One and parts Two and Three that the book is broken into.
The first part feels like a completely separate book from the other two parts. On one hand this makes sense. In parts two and three (which together are as long as part one is by itself) the book is set in Hell. You meet the God Mendoa who is briefly (very briefly) mentioned in Scar Night. You find out what happened to Dill and you spend some time with some new characters.
It’s good and it’s interesting and (personally) I was glad of the change from really nothing happening to a chase through hell but the change can be jarring.
A point in Iron Angel’s favor would be that it doesn’t feel like a “middle book” Iron Angel is book two of three in the Deepgate Codex but it doesn’t come across that way. It stands strongly on it’s own two feet, sans Scar Night. Mostly it comes across that Scar Night is an extended Prologue setting up the adventures in Iron Angel which will lead to the ultimate ending in God of Clocks.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It had it’s weaknesses and the characters still didn’t develop a whole lot, but it was interesting and I still love the Gods and the worlds he’s created.
Hope you enjoyed my review! Next one will either be Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman or God of Clocks by Alan Campbell. Really whichever I finish first. Don’t forget to hit follow to get all of my updates! 🙂