Title: The Hunted One [End of Days 1]
Author: Meg Collett
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy, New Adult, Romance
Rating: 5 Stars
The fallen have trespassed into Heaven for the first time in eternity. Prepared for battle, Michaela and her Archangels open Heaven’s gates to confront the fallen. Only, Michaela’s Archangels—her brothers and sisters in Heaven—betray her. And when the fallen attack the sanctuary in the skies through the gates Michaela inadvertently left open, the holy angels accuse Michaela of planning the invasion.
One simple mistake with a thousand consequences.
Dragged to Earth by an Archangel turned fallen, Michaela will do anything to return to Heaven and save it. In her fervor, she kills the Archangel—something no angel has ever done before. Wingless, without any hope, Michaela welcomes death when an unlikely human ally, Clark, finds her. With the help of Clark and Gabriel, an innocent Archangel whose friendship deepens into something far more torrid and unexpected on Earth, Michaela must prove the holy angels have their own plan for Heaven, and it is one that may prove to be the End of the Days.
It may be too late to save herself, but Michaela is the only one who knows the truth about the holy angels. If she fails, she may never be able to return to Heaven. But even that may be a hopeless dream.
WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW
The Nitty Gritty: Cover? Gorgeous. Writing? Excellent. The narrative was clean, grammatically correct, and with the exception of one typo that I found, error-free. The imagery in this novel was outstanding, and I felt sucked into the story right away. The pace never lagged, and I never got lost or felt the need to skim.
I enjoyed this story immensely. I’m not a religious person… I can’t name off the arch angels in heaven or any of the mythos behind the Christian umbrella of faith, but I certainly enjoyed this foray into the fantastical world-building of Ms. Collett and the rich story-telling she built off of it. It’s almost a discredit to limit this book to the genre’s of New Adult Fantasy Romance, because there was a lot more to it than that. The Hunted One was a story of betrayal, politics, adventure, and mystery. There were bits of thriller and action, and yes, a little bit of romance, but also themes of tragedy and faith. I went into this story expecting a lovey-dovey paranormal book, and came away feeling like I’d read a gripping action/adventure tale filled with the battle of good vs. evil and true friendship.
The characters in the book were well-fleshed out and filled with depth. I especially enjoyed the hesitant friendship between Clark and Michaela. They were an odd pair, and often the friendship was skewed towards one side or the other, but their antics were both heartwarming and gut-wrenching at times. The two characters couldn’t be any more different, but they united in a way that was natural and didn’t feel forced.
The ending was powerful, and I don’t want to give too much away, but I’m looking forward to the next book in the series with baited breath. Would I recommend this book? Yes. Capital Y. Would I read it again? In a heartbeat. If you enjoy paranormal/fantasy fiction, action and adventure, and battles of good vs. evil, you’ll probably love this book. It wasn’t what I expected, but it turned out better than I’d hoped. Can’t wait for the next one!