The Immortals have faced the Gauntlet and the Menace, and earned the right to decide their future. But when what is right conflicts with what is ordered, will the Blademasters accept their decision, or will they be forbidden to enter the Gates ever again?
As the threat of the Soul Chamber looms and the parents of the Lethen’al emerge from the shadows, the Pride reaches the lost city of Raqui. Can they save the children from slaughter? And what will it cost them?
Sensing the chaos, the Lo’ademn begin to rise, and the shrulks mass within the pass. Will the Immortals be able to stand against the ire of their kin and hold against the peril of the Chamber?
Angels of Perdition is the second book in the Chaos of Souls series, and it picks up from where Gates left off. If you haven’t read The Gates of Golorath yet, you might want to check that out first.
The unity has formed, and the families are in uncharted territory, as there has never been a True Soul before, let alone two. Logan has entered the Sur, the realm of the Apostate. The Pride has completed their internship at the Gates; they are all itching to pledge to the Houses of their choosing and to try for a spot in the Yearling cohort.
Book two introduces the E’ine, the parents of the Lethen’al. The E’ine are the original incarnations of the rearranged angelic souls. The Lethen’al are the generations that come after them, and they are more refined, their souls purer than what came before. Most of the E’ine are gone, their souls scattered on the wind to reform again. But some survive, and due to their madness, are rumored to be behind the disappearance of children from the northern towns. While the Matriarch plans the wedding celebrations, the E’ine begin to move against Angus and Arielle, for they have their own plans for them.
In this book, I was trying to bridge the past referenced in Gates and the present. The E’ine were alive throughout the Apostate’s War, where so much of the current world was shaped, and I wanted to bring them to life. But, I realized, they were not just observers of history. They are active participants, and they have their own goals and purpose.
I’ve never been a big fan of the “years passed” technique, so I didn’t use it. The story I was telling in Gates was not done (and won’t be for a while yet), so I just kept on going with it. But, just like Gates moved through certain time periods that had their own overarching tension and tenor, Perdition has the same. I look at it not so much as continuingthe story but expanding it. The reader is moving closer to meeting up with the Elder in the present time and finding out more about what that is like.
Just like with Gates, the action scenes are intense, the thought-provoking material rich and complex, and the relationships (which drive the series) are deepened.
I hope you enjoy.