Also by this author: She Who Fights Monsters, The Holy Dark, Holy Dark
Michael O'Brien. 24. New Yorker. Musician. Archangel in charge of Heaven's army.
It's been centuries since Michael stayed on Earth for an extended amount of time. Now he's here because of Jordan Amador--a Seer who helped him restore his life and memories and thwart the archdemon Belial from taking over the city. With Jordan on Belial's hit list, Michael decides to stick around and live out life alongside her as her friend and temporary bodyguard. But, as the days pass, he finds it harder to resist the seven deadly sins that tempt all men. Especially as he and Jordan grow closer fighting the demons that want her almost as much as he does...
This collection takes place in the two month period in The Black Parade between Chapters 15 and 16.
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The Deadly Seven gives us a peek inside the lives of Michael and Jordan, the archangel and the Seer. We are given a new view of Michael as he struggles with the Seven Deadly Sins after choosing to stay on earth as Jordan’s bodyguard.
At the end of The Black Parade, we find out what the future could hold for Jordan and Michael. The Deadly Seven takes place between chapters 15 and 16 of The Black Parade, so keep that in mind when you read this. At some point I forgot and it got me a little bit confused, but that was my fault for not paying better attention.
This really is a good place for the reader to be given more insight to Michael’s struggles as he adjusts to life on earth. It shows that even Angels struggle with sin. It also gives Michael a bit of a more realistic quality. I think it is easier for a reader to relate to an imperfect character than to one who seems to have no real flaws.
The dynamic between Jordan and Michael is so great. They really GET each other. I think this is important for any relationship, whether it is a romantic or platonic relationship. Their connection is hilarious and magical and you find yourself really wanting them to have a happy ever after.
The Deadly Seven is about more than just Michael’s sin struggles though. There is action and everyone seems to want to get their hands on Jordan for one reason or another. We are given reminders of just how tough Jordan really is, and I really do love reading about her kicking butt.
Kyoko is a beautiful storyteller. Her words just take you away and you don’t even realize how far gone you are until you either try to put the book down, or finish it and ask yourself where did the last few hours go? Along with the action in her books, there are some really hilarious interactions between the characters that WILL make you laugh out loud. The bus scene and Michael coming home drunk both seriously cracked me up.
So without a doubt, I’m giving The Deadly Seven 5 stars. I loved the writing itself, I loved the humor and dynamic between the characters, and I loved getting that little extra something that helped me understand Michael just a little better. I will absolutely be reading She Who Fights Monsters when it comes out in July.
I recommend this book to anyone who has read The Black Parade. If you haven’t read The Black Parade, what the hell are you waiting for? It was an AMAZING book! You can see my review of it on Amazon and Goodreads.
The Black Parade Series
Genre: Urban fantasy/Paranormal/Supernatural
Number of pages: 346
Word Count: 103,169
Cover Artist: Gunjan Kumar
One bullet is all it took to transform eighteen-year-old New Yorker Jordan Amador into the last hope for souls of the dead. However, it also transformed her into a cantankerous asocial waitress with a drinking problem.
Jordan accidentally shot and killed a Seer: a person who can communicate with ghosts, angels, and demons. Worse still, she did so on the eve of her own awakening, making her the last Seer on Earth with no one to guide her. As penance, God gives her two years to help one hundred souls with unfinished business cross over from Earth to the afterlife or she will go to Hell. Just as she approaches the deadline, Jordan finds her hundredth soul: a smart-mouthed poltergeist named Michael whose ability to physically touch things makes him distinct from her usual encounters with the dead. However, the deeper she delves solving his sudden death, the more she realizes something sinister is on the horizon.
With time running short, Jordan stumbles across a plot that may unravel the fragile balance among Heaven, Hell, and Earth. Her life is plunged into chaos as she is hunted by demons that want to use her valuable Seer blood to bring about the end of the world and discovers that these creatures have a frightening connection to her family bloodline. Plus, the budding romance between Jordan and Michael makes it harder for them to let go of each other so he can become part of the eternal black parade.
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The next in the series, She Who Fights Monsters, will be releasing this summer!