My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
In a world where any act of magic could open a portal to hell, the Order insures that no wizard will live to summon devils, and will kill as many innocent people as they must to prevent that greater horror. After witnessing a horrendous slaughter, the village girl Heloise opposes the Order, and risks bringing their wrath down on herself, her family, and her village.
To be honest, I had never heard of Myke Cole until recently, when people on Twitter started raving about The Armored Saint. I came across it at the bookstore a few weeks ago and figured I’d give it a try. Twitter is never wrong, right? 😛
The story is a gritty, but powerful one. The main character, Heloise, is not your typical teenage protagonist. She’s tired of living in fear and being controlled by the Order and their rules. I loved Heloise’s ballsy attitude and her bravery. The relationships between Heloise and her father, her best friend, and the other villagers were quite endearing. It was nice to read about a strong family relationship for once, rather than a messy one. (As are usually present in fantasy novels.)
There’s strong commentary on right and wrong and those who follow blind faith. There’s a lot of tense and heart wrenching scenes, even for such a short book. Seeing all of it through the eyes of such a young woman made it all the more unique.
This was an action-packed, thought provoking read. Myke Cole is a talented writer and I am quite glad that I was introduced to him. I can’t wait for the next installment in the trilogy.