Book Review – Tread of Angels

Angels. Demons. Western fantasy setting. Murder-mystery.

I absolutely love fantasy books featuring angels of the fallen variety. I love fantasy westerns. I love books about the struggle between good and bad, right and wrong.

I did not love this book. It was all of those things above, but in the wrong way.

Perhaps being told in a novella style format ended up hurting the story more than helping it. Everything felt rushed, characters felt like they were stubbornly single-focused and did not have time to develop or grow. The town and it’s main industry were fascinating, but not given enough focus to satisfy interest. There just was not enough story to make it a good one.

I’ve read a few things from Rebecca Roanhorse. I love her Maggie Hoskie books, but I have not loved anything else she’s written. I am starting to be convinced that the only reason I enjoy her Navajo books, is because I like that they are Navajo. Her other writing has come up boring and under-developed, and Tread of Angels ended up being much the same.

I will admit, thought, that there were two things I liked about the book:

1. Dion Graham was an excellent narrator. If not for him, I’d have DNF’d it.

2. It was a novella. I know I said that it should have been longer, but I did appreciate that the story was so short because it made getting through a lot less burdensome.

Overall, I give it a 2 out of 5.

I wanted it to be better and I’m mostly just upset that she took some of my favorite elements and treated them so poorly.

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