Book Review: Angelic Upstart by: Martin Dukes


Publisher: Martin Dukes

Publication Date: August 20, 2014

Origins:  From Author for Review

Synopsis: Alex Trueman’s adventures in the time-frozen world of Intersticia and the angelic realm of Elysium were recounted in the first two books in this trilogy, ‘Caught in a Moment’ and ‘Worm Winds of Zanzibar’. In the latter volume Alex and his friends were forced to navigate the complexities of life in a world that resembled nineteenth century East Africa, escaping from the vengeance of a crazed despot whilst a strange natural cataclysm gathered around them. At the same time Alex was obliged to evade the clutches of malevolent angels who had recognised a strange latent power in him with the potential to affect the fate of the universe. 

In ‘Angelic Upstart’ Alex begins to explore the parameters of this evolving power. Forbidden by archangels to use his powers on Earth, Alex is nevertheless faced with the severest of temptations. New encounters and new friendships disclose to him the pleasures of angelic existence and the almost unimaginable potential of angelic power. Alex takes his first faltering steps into a new world and a new phase of his existence but in so doing places his own world under a threat that threatens its very survival.

Review: ANGELIC UPSTART is the stunning conclusion to the Alex Trueman Chronicles. Alex and his friends are back on Earth after their adventures in Intersticia, Elysium, and Zanzibar. While Alex should be focusing on his studies, he can’t but further explore his growing powers. He catches the attention of an angel from Elysium who finds Alex fascinating. This angel decides to set up a capricious game – he wants to destroy Earth and sets Alex as Earth’s savior. ANGELIC UPSTART is a clever and well-written novel, wrapping up the series nicely. Alex is faced with a truly psychotic adversary, worse than any he’s gone up against before. At first, I was upset with Alex because he didn’t seem to care about anything in the normal world anymore, not even his friends. He was pulling away from his family, friends, and even Earth itself. He was spending a lot of time in Elysium, with new friends. Yet when the chips are down, Alex steps up as best he can to save his world. ANGELIC UPSTART finished strong and I was pleased with how it all turned out.

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