Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Review: The Last Archangel by Michael D. Young (Blog Tour Post)

The blog tour is presented by Cedar Fort Publishing.
You can see the entire tour schedule by clicking HERE.
You can buy your own copy HERE and HERE.
Welcome to my stop on the tour!
Today I am pleased to feature The Last Archangel 
by Michael D. Young
Michael is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a degree in German Teaching and a minor in Music. He puts his German to good use by working to build online German courses for High School students. Though he grew up traveling the world with his military father, he now lives in Utah with his wife, Jen, and his two sons. Michael enjoys acting in community theater, playing and writing music and spending time with his family. He played for several years with the handbell choir Bells on Temple Square and is now a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

His first book, "The Canticle Kingdom", was released in Feb 2010 through Bonneville Books. Is is also the author of the inspirational pamphlet"Portrait of a Mother". He has also had work featured in various online and print magazines such asMindflightsThe New EraAllegory, and Ensign.

Amazon product description:
Xandir has been exiled to earth until the end of time. But when his cherub trainee disappears, Xandir makes a deal with rogue angels and giants that could restore life to the mortal woman he loves and end his assignment as a destroying angel in exchange for helping them bring about the end of the world and all of mankind.

My thoughts:
I wasn't sure what to expect from this one.  An angel as a destroyer?  
I am a firm believer that you can't have both Justice and Mercy - interesting considering Xandir's swords.  
I was pleased to find that I enjoyed the story very much.  I was swept into the story from the very beginning.  The characters are wonderful.   Cleverly created and original in design, they all come with interesting personalities that I found myself drawn to.     I was thrilled with the relationships that develop throughout the story and couldn't wait to get to the end!  
The story is well written, entertaining, inspirational, and like nothing else I have read lately.
The plot keeps the reader thinking but is a pleasure to read.  I hope to see more from him!