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The Last Angel Warrior


Loved it! 😍

John Wells delivers as promised in his debut novel, THE LAST ANGEL WARRIOR. Though we can't change our fate, we can face it on our terms.

John Wells has a written an exciting and fast-paced story in The Last Angel Warrior. Kalib Andews leads a pretty typical teen life. He loves his job at the local diner, a girl he likes at school, Caliyah, may even be interested in him, and his best friend since childhood, Triston, keeps things lively with his various conspiracy theories. Yet, Kalib is anything but typical. In fact, he has no idea who he really is—a point he would not argue, since he knows he’s adopted. As his 16th birthday draws near, he begins having memories of his past along with visions of angels, demons, and Nephilim. He questions his sanity, even when he learns this is tied to a prophecy. But when those he is supposed to trust turn out to want him dead to fulfill that prophecy, he resists his destiny. Denying who he really is doesn't make the issue go away. When this puts the town—and Caliyah—in danger, he vows to save them all and realizes he cannot change his fate but he can face it on his own terms. 

So, why not a 5-star rating? If I could give half stars, I would have rated this a 4.5. At a most crucial scene, Kalib makes a decision that seems a bit out of character by this point in the story. (He seems to be the Kalib at the start of the story rather than the character who has grown and changed due to the events he’s faced.) Additionally, this scene is filled with "broadcasting"—telling then showing the same info—so it didn’t feel as polished or as fast paced at the rest of the story. Then, some “typos” (at least I hope they are simply that) were driving me crazy. No apostrophes are ever used with possessive pronouns, and, there is a difference between passed and past. “Passed” is a verb. “Past” is generally used with a verb. Most readers won’t notice these issues but for those who do, it becomes harder to ignore as the story progresses. 

Overall, this is an excellent story that teens as well as adults will enjoy and continue thinking about long after they finish reading. John Wells is definitely a gifted storyteller, so I'm looking forward to reading subsequent stories in this series and learning more about Kalib and Triston and Caliyah. 

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John W. Wells III was kicked out of the third grade because he had an overactive imagination. Okay maybe not kicked out— but he was sent home for telling other students, that he had super powers. So what better profession could he have chosen other than story telling? view profile

Published on October 05, 2020

70000 words

Worked with a Reedsy professional 🏆

Genre: Urban Fantasy

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