It’s big. It’s a large scale-epic fantasy, which duel-wields genres nicely, pulling in the scope and scale of sci-fi and the intricacy and delight of fantasy. I like big, epic, fantasies which have immersive worlds and relatable characters and are a bit dark and bloody, because in world ending wars, yes people do die messily.
"Prayer for the Blood Angel" reads with the novelty of "Brave New World", the reliability of "The Lord of the Rings" and the pure otherworldly nostalgia of "The Dark Tower" - but amazingly, it completely avoids being derivative. The quality of the writing is superb - the easy-to-read and understated yet elegant prose of a young author publishing her first work - and the story maintains its structure and poise under a complex and engrossing plot.
I enjoyed many a sleep-deprived night as I happily chased the “one more page” bug and I thoroughly recommend any fantasy and science fiction fan give Prayer for the Blood Angel a look.
Chantelle Roberts studied environmental management and zoology at the University of South Africa. She spends her time reading, writing and promoting her two novels; Prayer for the Blood Angel and Moon Runner, and currently resides in Great Britain.