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Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite
The Angels of Resistance by David V. Mammina is a dystopian fantasy novel that revolves around the old-fashioned battle of good versus evil with a modern twist and genuine grey areas that somehow manage to balance beautifully between themes that are primordial and drivers that are innovative. The book begins with some standard dark fantasy fare and its primary protagonist, Michael Miuriell, following the annihilation of his people and those he loved dearly. Evil is sweeping with abandon in the form of the Demon Plague and Michael is swiftly spearheading a fierce warrior army from nations and kingdoms united only in the defeat of that which consumes their world. There is an incredibly diverse cast of innumerable characters that each brings with them a skill, a power, a gift, a curse—call it what you may. These include those of the Demon Plague where only one side can win, and the winner takes all. Live or die, for better or for much, much, much worse. “Where I am, the Demon Lord will surely be.”
First things first, The Angels of Resistance is a beast of a novel clinging to darn near 700-pages. This is intimidating for even the most seasoned, dedicated dark fantasy fan. An element of trust in David V. Mammina is required as we embark on a deep dive into the most horrible bowels of depravity and risk. Introductions to new lands, new languages [sort of], new cultures, new magic, and new supernatural structures is a huge commitment but I am here to say, this book is worth the toil. The writing is mostly clean, but the story is so well developed that after some time these errors fall by the wayside. Standouts are the action scenes and two epic battles, as well as a female powerhouse named Predella who is prominent throughout the novel. Ancillary characters are given fair treatment and each is unique: a scientist turned angel of torment, a warrior who transforms into a Hulkish horror, and did somebody say NINJA CAPTAIN? Pacing is fantastic, descriptors are executed well without becoming a drag, and all the components of a page-turner are present. Very highly recommended.