rice_angel_timeI have to admit that until I read Anne Rice’s Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt: A Novel, I had never read any of her books.  Although I love to read, her books just never appealed to me.  I did enjoy both of her books about Christ, but they were not the kind of books that I just "couldn’t put down".  Angel Time: The Songs of the Seraphim is a whole other story.

I see now why her books have always been so popular!  She has the ability to "grab you" on page one and keep you until you finish the book and are ready for more.  I was fascinated by the main character of this boo, a young boy who took care of his family, and grew to love him even more as he grew into manhood.   Rice’s  unique style kept me enthralled as my hero was transported to another time to help some friends in need.

I very much enjoyed her vivid descriptions of events, places and the feelings of the characters.  She makes you part of the plot without being too wordy.  I am definitely ready for the next book!

The story begins in New Orleans with Toby as a very religious Jesuit schoolboy who loves to play the Lute.  After a very disturbing incident, he goes to New York and eventually becomes a "Hit man".  He lives a solitary life filled with appreciation for literature, music and history.  Although he claims to be an atheist, he remains prayerful.  After his final hit, he is approached by an angel and is given an opportunity to make up for his sins.  He travels back to medieval England and saves a Jewish community.  The end leaves you ready to start the next book in the series.  I definitely recommend Angel Time: The Songs of the Seraphim.

This review was submitted by a guest columnist.  Have a book you'd like to review?  Simply email lisa@catholicmom.com with your recommendations.