Saturday, October 21, 2017

Familiar Angel by Amy Lane

One hundred and forty years ago, Harry, Edward, and Francis met an angel, a demon, and a sorceress while escaping imprisonment and worse! They emerged with a new family—and shapeshifting powers beyond their wildest dreams.

Now Harry and his brothers use their sorcery to rescue those enslaved in human trafficking—but Harry’s not doing so well. Pining for Suriel the angel has driven him to take more and more risks until his family desperately asks Suriel for an intervention.

In order for Suriel to escape the bindings of heaven, he needs to be sure enough of his love to fight to be with Harry. Back when they first met, Harry was feral and angry, and he didn’t know enough about love for Suriel to justify that risk. Can Suriel trust in Harry enough now to break his bonds of service for the boy who has loved his Familiar Angel for nearly a century and a half?

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Hang onto your hats folks, because this is gonna be a bumpy ride. At least that’s how I felt as I read the beginning of Familiar Angel. Lane drops the reader into the story, right in the middle of the action, and begins world building simultaneously. For me, it was almost too much information coming at me all at once. Those readers who are more comfortable with the Urban Fantasy genre may not have the same issue, but I found myself confused more than once and had to re-read a few passages to insure that I understood what was going on and the relationships between the various characters – and there are a lot of them. Of course, when the story moves from the prologue to the first chapter, we are once again plunged directly into the deep end as we join Harry and his brothers 140 years later while they are in middle of a rescue mission that doesn’t go smoothly. Have I scared you off? Well don’t let me. The point I’m not so eloquently making is that if you find the beginning of the book to be a bit frantic and confusing, stick with it because once the groundwork is laid, the pacing slows down so that the reader can focus on what they came for – the romance between an angel from heaven and a not-so-human 150-something year-old boy.

This is the point in my review where I should tell you that I hadn’t intended to read Familiar Angel because I tend to shy away from books about angels – don’t ask me why because I really don’t know. However, one of my co-reviewers struggled with the beginning and, in the end, declared that she was not in the right state of mind to finish it. Soooooo, I decided to give it a go as I’ve enjoyed a few of Lane’s books in the past couple of years, and I’m very glad I did. Once I got through my information overload, I thoroughly enjoyed Harry and Suriel’s romance. Because the story is told from Harry’s point of view, we also get to see him come to terms with his past and the events the led to him becoming a shifter, meeting Suriel, and becoming part of a family again. Despite his years on earth, Harry is still a kid in many ways and this gives the story a bit of coming of age feel to it because there are several realizations that Harry must come to before he can accept, embrace, and return Suriel’s love. What surprised me was that Suriel, too, had to come to his own set of realizations in order for him to be able to “fall” from heaven so that he could be with Harry. And Lane does a great job of sowing the seeds of doubt as to whether the men will be successful in their endeavors.

Although it is not marked as being the first in a series, I can only hope that Familiar Angel is merely the beginning as I am in desperate need of Edward’s and Francis’s stories. I need to know how this magical family will save Mullins, just as I need to know what will become of Beltane and Francis’s fledgling romance. Despite the awkward (for me) introduction to the Youngblood family, I have become quite attached to them and want to see how their stories play out. So I guess I’ll pray to an angel, make a deal with a demon, and chant with a sorceress in the hopes that Lane is busy writing Edward’s story and plotting out Francis’s tale.

AMY LANE is a mother of two college students, two grade-schoolers, and two small dogs. She is also a compulsive knitter who writes because she can’t silence the voices in her head. She adores fur-babies, knitting socks, and hawt menz, and she dislikes moths, cat boxes, and knuckle-headed macspazzmatrons. She is rarely found cooking, cleaning, or doing domestic chores, but she has been known to knit up an emergency hat/blanket/pair of socks for any occasion whatsoever, or sometimes for no reason at all. Her award-winning writing has three flavors: twisty-purple alternative universe, angsty-orange contemporary, and sunshine-yellow happy. By necessity, she has learned to type like the wind. She’s been married for twenty-plus years to her beloved Mate and still believes in Twu Wuv, with a capital Twu and a capital Wuv, and she doesn’t see any reason at all for that to change.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Familiar Angel by Amy Lane to read and review.


  1. Yes I would rather be a shapeshifter especially if I could be cat or maybe a Dragon shifter!

  2. I would rather be a shape shifter.

  3. A shifter. I have a feeling angels have too many rules to follow normally.

  4. A shifter - angel is not in my personality. ;-)

  5. Heh heh... a cat shifter is my favorite imaginary play toy...

  6. I think a shifter... well, depending of what kind.

  7. I'm no angel. So shapeshifter it is.

  8. I would love to be a shapeshifter.


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