The Peacock Angel: Rise of the Decarchs
Glenn Dale Bridges
Outskirts Press (2013)
Reviewed by William Hartgrove for Reader Views (5/13)
Angel racing a camel to safety! The prologue grabbed my attention and the book never let go. Glenn Dale Bridges has created a storyline that is captivating, fast-paced and filled with fascinating characters. The use of ancient Jewish mythology and apocrypha form the basis for the story. At its heart “The Peacock Angel: Rise of the Decarchs” by Glenn Dale Bridges is a story of the forces of good opposing evil. But that doesn’t do the writing justice.
The story centers around Thane Connally and his destiny. Thane finds himself unexpectedly thrust into the middle of an ancient battle. A blood feud that goes back thousands of years and a prophecy that was written before his ancestors were born. The challenges facing Thane and the team that support him are great as they face an ancient enemy that has escaped from thousands of years of imprisonment. Blah, blah, blah. Okay, I’m telling you this character and the characters that support him are compelling and well written. There are lots of books like that. It is the other side of the coin that really made this book for me.
The other side of the coin is the story of the demons of Sheol. Bridges splits the story between the development and education of Thane Connally, the story of the antagonist (he’s great), and the story of demons. This is what makes the book for me. The way “The Peacock Angel” weaves the story back and forth among the perspectives to create a full picture is well done and drew me into all sides of the story. My favorite character rapidly became Hidimba a lesser demon - a sympathetic character that gives the reader a glimpse into demon hierarchy and existence. I’ve read other books that flip the story between the separate tales of different characters and sometimes that gets distracting and breaks up the flow of the story; but not in this case. The story flows wonderfully and each tale and different point of few only adds to the experience.
“The Peacock Angel: Rise of the Decarchs” by Glenn Dale Bridges is a well-written book that any reader would find hard to put down. The characters and story are compelling. It is exciting and thought-provoking. But that’s what everyone says about a book. So here it is. I liked the book. I would recommend the book to anyone. I would recommend the book to my mother and my mother is a kind-hearted saint that is not afraid to let me know when I’ve made her read a bad book.