Surrender the Dark – LA Banks
Celeste Jackson has fought all her life against a fog of hallucination and substance abuse, but it’s not until she meets her protector, Azrael, an angel who has left the safety of the Light, that she learns of the evil forces that have been trying to ruin her, and why. A fierce battle for control of the mortal realm is brewing, and only Celeste—with the help of the Remnant, her half-human, half-angel brethren—can stand in the way. Together, Celeste and Azrael must gather an army of sensitives to defeat the dark powers that have ruled humanity for centuries, but time is running out. If Azrael surrenders to his growing desire for Celeste, he risks being trapped among humanity forever. But the longer he stays, the harder she is to resist. To save the world, Celeste must draw on her own dark experiences with addiction to help Azrael overcome the one temptation that could possibly make him an eternal prisoner—his obsession with her.
There are books you want to read, the latest instalment of a series you are reading, there are books you have to read, Catcher in the Rye anyone?, and then there are books like this one that you don’t realise you need to read until you start.
The jarring reality that MS Banks sets between Heaven and Earth as well as the fight between Angels and demons is compelling. Ms Banks takes mythology and explains it in ways that make you no longer fear. I haven’t read many books in the new trend of Angels but I have to say that this book definitely left me wanting more. There was no clash with the ideals I was brought up on as well as no corruption of these same ideals.
Celeste could be any one of us. We have all been beaten down at some point in our life and the way that Azrael doesn’t come to save her but to protect her on her journey shows that with support, we can overcome anything. There is balance between the characters of light and dark with neither side overpowering the other. Both are explained in rich colourful detail.
I know some people will find the level of detail to be too much but you can’t write a book like this and leave it out. To do so would be leaving the reader confused and just a little bit lost. I also enjoyed how that Celeste isn’t a blonde Barbie with nothing to offer but her looks. We need to remember that the African American society is rich in colour and history as well as that the African American women have always been strong.
MS Banks, when is the next book out?