`Beaufort & Company' was in drought of etherealness and information; its development sluggish. "Angel's Condemned" is more like it! I came closest to bestowing four stars. For once a case directly leads to Heavenly issues: a cataclysmic encounter and at very long last; a surreal vista beyond our plane. It's awe-inspiring but occurs with brevity. When some authors, like Susan Wittig Albert, reach the crux of much-touted subject matter and it can be revved up no further; they grow shy about the explosion we've awaited and it's restrained. In her `Cottage Tales', it takes 5 or 6 books for Beatrix to kiss Will but it's off-scene. We finally look upstairs in Lavinia's house but don't see any animals?
Bree might have occasion to see her Mother but they mustn't speak and even that momentous experience is described in an aside to someone else. Of all the pages taken up with petty banter by Ron, Payton, Antonia, Bree's parents, aunt, and false starts with Sam; can't these authors reward us by showing the parts we want to see? Many of us have endured those excess pages for the sake of seeing them and are unrequited in that regard. The surreal battle is almost frightening and the professor's meeting is educational like never before. We understand who's who, which should have been covered by volume two and this scope of celestial clash, by volume three. The doses we've been fed were too small and when the back story itself has sparked, the series is concluding.
Mary's idea about an artifact identified by Leah, involving her for a change, is great. The parts glued together weakly. Sissy's fiancé was unnecessary, the spirit garnered no interest, and there were too many clients. What I loved best is the warrior might that Lavinia shows us.