Saturday, 24 August 2013

FANTASY REVIEW: Cale and the Sanctuary of the Redeemer 3: The Beating of His Wings - Paul Hoffman

Release Date: 15/08/13
Publisher:  Michael Joseph Ltd.


The Beating of his Wings by Paul Hoffman is the final instalment in his epic Cale and the Sanctuary of Redeemers series. Thomas Cale has been running from the truth. Since discovering that his brutal military training has been for one purpose - to destroy God's greatest mistake, mankind itself - Cale has been hunted by the very man who made him into the Angel of Death: Pope Redeemer Bosco. Cale is a paradox: arrogant and innocent, generous and pitiless. Feared and revered by those created him, he has already used his breathtaking talent for destruction to bring down the most powerful civilisation in the world. But Thomas Cale is weak. His soul is dying. As his body is wracked with convulsions he knows that the final judgment will not wait for a sick boy. As the day of reckoning draws close, Cale's sense of vengeance leads him back to the Sanctuary - and to confront the person he hates most in the world. Finally Cale must recognise that he is the incarnation of God's rage and decide if he will stand against the Sanctuary of the Redeemers and use his unique skill of laying waste to all things. The fate of mankind rests on Cale's decision


To be honest I’m not the biggest fan of Paul Hoffman’s writing, although I have to admit that each book has been an improvement on the one before and this title is no exception. (Although this could be because I’ve gotten used to the writing style in question.) The writing has a crisp authoritive voice, a solid sense of prose which when added to a lead character that is pretty much unstoppable all round makes this an OK read. Back that up with a whole set of fantasy twists (some of which you see coming) alongside a supporting cast that does the job makes this an OK book for me and whilst not quite up there with a lot of the others is definitely demonstrating that Paul is improving all the time.

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