Published by Balzer + Bray on May 3rd 2016
Genres: young adult, historical
Six years have passed since England’s King Charles II returned from exile to reclaim the throne, ushering in a new era of stability for his subjects.
Except for Elizabeth Milton. The daughter of notorious poet John Milton, Elizabeth has never known her place in this shifting world—except by her father’s side. By day she helps transcribe his latest masterpiece, the epic poem Paradise Lost, and by night she learns languages and sword fighting. Although she does not dare object, she suspects that he’s training her for a mission whose purpose she cannot fathom.
Until one night the reason becomes clear: the king’s man arrive at her family’s country home to arrest her father. Determined to save him, Elizabeth follows his one cryptic clue and journeys to Oxford, accompanied by her father’s mysterious young houseguest, Antonio Vivani, a darkly handsome Italian scientist who surprises her at every turn. Funny, brilliant, and passionate, Antonio seems just as determined to protect her father as she is—but can she trust him with her heart?
When the two discover that Milton has planted an explosive secret in the half-finished Paradise Lost—a secret the king and his aristocratic supporters are desperate to conceal—Elizabeth is faced with a devastating choice: cling to the shelter of her old life or risk cracking the code, unleashing a secret that could save her father…and tear apart the very fabric of society.
I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This book kinda took me by surprise, to be honest. I never really thought that I would love it, since technically it was more about Christianity. As a Muslim, I always try to avoid books pertaining to religious issues, but while I was reading this book, I didn’t want to stop. I wanted to know more about other religions, and that includes Christianity. I have to admit that I had a hard time understanding the first half of the book because it felt like the author placed in a whole chunk of information, and left us on our own to decipher it. I actually had to reread several parts so as to understand it.
However, the second half of the book was were the action was at. Suddenly, the whole story kinda picked up its pace, and WOOOOOSH we were all dragged into this huge adventure-like story, and everything started making sense. I really loved the part where the author took real-life events and people, and actually turn them into fictional characters, without straying away too much from the original story. And then there was the piece about Adam and Eve that got me really interested, because I had always wanted to know different religion’s take on that particular story.
I loved seeing the way this story unfold itself slowly by slowly, embedding certain key events into little details, and even though I have never heard of any of the real-life people in this book, I actually got to learn more about them through Traitor Angels, than I would have if I had Googled them.
Traitor Angels was unique in its own way, and everyone who has always wanted to learn more about Paradise Lost and Christianity itself should read this book. It was really enlightening.