Their lives depend on their swords.
Their battlefield is all around you.
They fight against the scariest monsters – their own kind.
How many of them are in your city?
All for one: They are bodyguards of the highest level and protectors of their cities at night, when they hunt those who chose the dark side, Sky Beasts.
In New York City, there are two fighters that Sky Beasts hate more than anyone – Jane and Pain, two sisters who don’t think twice about beheading a Beast or two. One night, they save two boys from their enemies’ blades, and since that moment, their lives are effectively ruined. The whole Sky Beasts gang is now after them, and not only the boys are in danger, but everybody the sisters love and care about.
As a war threatens to break out, the main mystery remains unsolved: why would the Beasts hunt two ordinary human boys?
Marco: It was hate at first sight. She broke chairs on his head, and in return he broke her bones.
When Marco joined the New York Sky Ghosts Headquarters, he expected trouble. What he didn’t expect was a girl half his size that would turn his life into hell. They spilled too much of each other’s blood for any hope for reconciliation. How did it happen that they ended up spilling blood for each other on a daily basis?
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I received ARCs of both books directly from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Starting on a more positive note, I loved the idea of the story- flying, bad-ass assassins and loved the fact that Engellmann decided to include two sisters as the best fighters amongst them – I do love a good strong female character now and again (Read: You literally cannot go wrong if your female character is strong, either by physical or psychological power- you really can’t ) so both of these books were a complete delight when it came to the plot itself and its ideas.
However, several problems appeared when I was reading the first novel in particular, the plot stuck together and would have read well had it not been for constant POV switches which happened with no warning in the majority of cases. Also, whilst I’m aware that Engellmann’s first language is not English, the grammar and vocabulary choices bothered me as I was reading as the majority of it just didn’t sound natural, for example:
“And Marco, he doesn’t really have much respect for anybody who’s not formidable enough.”
I mean okay, technically it does make complete sense in terms of relaying the message but I could think of several more natural sounding ways in which that sentence could be written.
On the plus side, I liked the romance that developed through the course of the novel and thought that it gave room for some major character development when it came to Pain’s character – I liked seeing her gentle side now and again to prove that underneath the whole being a brilliant and heartless killer façade she was just a girl, or woman I should say. Needless to say, I thought that Chad was a great character too, and was actually pleasantly surprised with the plot twist regarding his role in the book.
Personally, I enjoyed Marco a lot more than it’s predecessor as I found that it moved at a much quicker pace (maybe due to it being a novella), with less annoying mistakes when it came to the writing, and of course – I had already met the characters before and so I knew what to expect of them. But it was a good prequel to the first book and thought that it linked in very well.
I would recommend these books to fans of fantasy novels full of action and angel-like creatures.
My Rating: 3/5 Stars
“I’m not mean to everybody. I’m only mean to people whose intellectual level is awfully lower than mine.”