Book Review: Dark Victory by: Michele Lang


Rating: 4/5

Publisher: Tor Books

Publish Date: January 17, 2012

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Format:  Trade Paperback

Order Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Magda Lazarus was a reluctant witch until the dire threat of Nazi Germany convinced her to assume the mantle of her family’s ancient powers. But though this young, beautiful Jewish woman has fought off Hitler’s SS werewolves and the demon who would rule through the Führer, she has been unable to prevent the outbreak of World War II.

As long as Magda can summon spirits, there is still a chance to save people from the dire threat of the Holocaust. Her family’s guardian angel, Raziel, stands beside her in the battle against the human and supernatural forces of evil arrayed against her people and all of Europe.

In Michele Lang's Dark Victory, as the Nazis prepare to invade Poland, Magda and her beloved Raziel marshal their own army, a supernatural force that will battle Hitler’s minions to the death…or beyond.


Review: Madga Lazarus’ fight against Hitler and the demon dwelling inside him continues with her beloved former guardian angel, Raziel, beside her. She’s forced to Poland, where Hitler’s making in-roads and she must convince the Hashomers there is real danger they must fight. Magda’s growing into the powers her lineage grants and must use any means necessary to save those she loves and any who stand in the evil Third Reich’s way.

‘Dark Victory’ brings us back to Magda Lazarus, who learns more about her heritage and power from others than she ever did from her mother. Even though she’s naïve about many things, she’s been forced to grow up quickly. I loved seeing the different characters’ growth and some of the new characters we meet. This point in history is a gruesome time and Ms. Lang has added a supernatural twist which only heightens the danger. The confrontation Magda has with Hitler and his demon is spellbinding and the meeting between Magda and Churchill (facilitated by the angel Albion) is intriguing. It’s painful at times to see how Magda’s choices affect her and others, but she’s a complex and compelling character who I’ve grown to greatly respect.

Lady Lazarus series: Lady Lazarus (1), Dark Victory (2), Rebel Angels (3)

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