Series: Forgotten Realms
Published by Wizards of the Coast on November 1, 2011
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Rejected at birth and raised in a village of tiefling misfits, Farideh expects a life without friends, love, or control over her destiny. Then she makes a pact with a devil named Lorcan, and everything changes.
Lorcan promises all she ever dreamed of and asks for nothing in return. Her twin sister Havilar urges Farideh to resist the devil’s sway. But Farideh’s not so sure. Lorcan may be dangerous but the power he offers is exhilarating.
In the ruins of Neverwinter, Farideh’s doubts get tangled up in a devilish snare six layers deep. A succubus playing human pawns against an otherworldly foe sees the twins as obstacles in her path. And Lorcan’s monstrous sisters have their eyes on the city—and on Farideh. There’s no time to question her pact with Lorcan—it will take every ounce of Farideh’s newfound powers to get out of Neverwinter alive.
Usually when I read books set in the Forgotten Realm universe, I pick ones about drow or elves. Mainly drow, because who doesn’t like power-hungry, evil, chaotic baddies? I love ‘em.
Starring a tiefling warlock and her twin, BRIMSTONE ANGELS is outside of what I normally read in the Realms. In fact, I didn’t even know what a tiefling was, because I don’t keep up with the different changes to the tabletop game. I just read the books.
For those not in the know, tieflings are the ancestors of humans who bred with fiends. Tieflings have a pretty bad rap because of what someone further up in their family tree did, and twins Farideh and Havilar have dealt with it ever since they were abandoned as babies. Adopted by a dragonborn, they’ve had a quiet life. Havilar thirsts for adventure, but cautious Farideh covers up most of her sister’s mistakes.
Until the day Farideh comes home and finds her sister has summoned a devil. Coerced into making a warlock pact by smooth-talking Lorcan, Farideh gets herself, her sister, and their dragonborn father kicked out of their village. Mehen, their father, doesn’t want Farideh to have anything to do with the pact, but Farideh both likes and dislikes the attention from Lorcan. The sister/sister, father/daughter, and warlock/devil relationships make for some interesting conflicts.
From the start of BRIMSTONE ANGELS, I was hooked. The author develops her characters nicely, making them more than just the warlock or the devil. I liked Farideh a lot. Her internal struggles, from wanting to be seen as anything other than an evil tiefling, to liking her new warlock powers yet knowing she shouldn’t — had me nodding my head. Lorcan, her devil, was intriguing too. I wanted to know why he was collecting warlocks, and he didn’t have the personality I’d expect from a demon. And while the ending of this book wraps up most of its storylines, there is an opening for a sequel. Which is good for me, because I want to continue Farideh’s story, and find out more about Lorcan.
The author also does a decent job of catching readers up if they haven’t kept track of all the changes in the Realms. I knew a little about the Spellplague, but nothing about the destruction of Neverwinter.
The ending was the only part of the book that didn’t quite click for me. I was a bit confused trying to figure out what was going on with Glasya, Neverwinter, and the Abolethic Sovereignty. But other than the ending, the book was written smoothly, and easy to read. Some of the other books I’ve read in the Realms verge almost on fanfic-style writing, but that wasn’t the case with BRIMSTONE ANGELS.
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