**We were gifted an e-copy of this book in return for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are our own**
I’ve been so excited to share my thoughts on this brand new release, Harbinger by Olga Gibbs, as part of the publication blog tour. If you read my blog regularly you will know I’ve loved the first two books in the Celestial Creatures series, Heavenward & Hallow, and Harbinger is one of my most anticipated releases of the year! So, read on for all the must-know info and my full review.
About The Book
“I am Uriel: The Harbinger of Chaos, The Keeper of the Gates, The Begetter of Life, The Dam of The Ends, and I’m coming to take what is mine!”
The clash with Baza and his angels had demonstrated to Ariel that Earth (Apkallu) is not the safe heaven she hoped it would be, and it is only a matter of time before she is hunted and dead.
The only way to survive is to accept her destiny and to fight back.
But upon her return to Uras, Ariel is rejected in her own domain and has to suppress the revolt against her reign. The angels refuse her and her lead, abandoning her and Uras in favour of another ruler.
She knows that without an army of followers she won’t stand a chance against Baza or Mik’hael, so now she needs to go into the most unexpected places to find it.
Ariel is back in Uras, but this time she has her younger sister Jess with her as well as her ever present shadow Rafe. Hoping that she can find some protection and solace for her dwindling family upon arrival it’s blatantly obvious that the angels in Uras aren’t prepared to side with her. With swathes of the army packing up and leaving upon her arrival and most deflecting to Mik’hael, Ariel realises she has exchanged one battle ground for another and with a weakened army she hasn’t got a chance of winning.
Like always though Ariel isn’t one to back down easily and she ploughs head first into raising herself an army for the final clash which looms on the horizon. Jumping straight in without too much thought Ariel and her small gang of followers find themselves heading into the bowels of hell again, directly into the path of danger. Will Ariel’s kickass attitude be enough to get them through another round of unpredictable situations thrown their way? Can she trust the people around her? Or will the battle prove too much for our teenage hero?
I’ve been so excited to be back in the world of the Celestial Creatures and Harbinger more than met my high expectations. The story once again picks up where we left off at the end of Hallow so if you are new to the series I would highly recommend reading them in order as you may find it difficult to follow the stories and references.
Once again Olga has used her highly descriptive writing style to draw me straight into the world she has created which is full to brimming with landscapes and creatures from your worst nightmares. Throughout the series Olga’s writing has matured and this book is a stunning example of her skill in character and world building which had me gripped from start to finish. The growth of the characters in this book is excellent and it’s clear Ariel is successfully morphing into the leader she was born to be despite having been unwillingly thrust into it initially.
I really enjoyed being back in Uras (heaven) in this book after spending some time on Earth in Hallow, especially as it meant the introduction of some new colourful characters as well as the reappearance of some past faces. It was also exciting to witness the reemergence of the ‘love’ triangle between Ariel, Sam and Rafe which provided some wonderful moments of sexual tension between the three. I’m intrigued to see where their relationships go in the final book of the series as I’m definitely #TeamRafe.
The finale of Harbinger book left me dangling on a huge cliffhanger, with me literally screaming no at the screen not believing what I had just read! It’s now perfectly poised for the final battle which promises to be EPIC and I can’t wait until the release of the final book later this year. The Celestial Creature’s series is completely different from any other I have read and I have enjoyed each book more than the last, Olga just keeps getting better and pulling it out of the bag. I highly recommend this to everyone even if fantasy isn’t your usual genre, the books just lure you in and take you on a roller coaster ride you won’t want to disembark!
About The Author
Olga Gibbs lives in a leafy-green town, nestled amongst the green fields of West Sussex, England. She was writing from the age of fifteen, mainly short stories and novellas and was a guest columnist for a local newspaper. When she is not dreaming up new adventures for her imaginary friends, she does outreach work with teenagers.
She is currently writing the final books in the “Celestial creatures” series and another stand-alone psychological crime thriller.
Please visit author website www.OlgaGibbs.com for more information on upcoming books.
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