The end of the world came, but the world carried on anyway. The seraphs came and brought with them plagues and destruction, and war between good and evil raged. Few humans survived, and those that did struggle to stay alive in this new ice age. One of those survivors is Thorn St. Croix, though even she is not quite human. Thorn is a neomage, a human-looking being who is able to tap and use the leftover creation energy to fuel her magic. She is one of the only neomages living outside an Enclave, and if she is caught she will be tortured and killed. She has been living in hiding for years, but when an unusual policeman shows up on her doorstep and accuses her of kidnapping her ex-husband, she must use her neomage abilities to find him, before The Darkness uses him to destroy the world.
This book was so very weird. And not the good kind of weird either, unfortunately. No matter how many times Thorn tried to explain it, I could never figure out how her magic–or any neomages magic–was supposed to work. The mix of magic and scripture/religion didn’t make any sense. It was an interesting concept, but it didn’t work for me. Neither did the battle between good and evil. I have a hard time believing the seraphs were “good,” considering they spent a lot of their time killing humans and locking up mages, even though mages were as close to allies as they had. The demons were clearly evil, since they were black, ugly and out to kill everyone. But I was never able to understand their plan or how they were using magic, since only mages were supposed to be able to use creation magic, and it wouldn’t make sense if the evil demons could tap into creation energy left over from God. Ugh. I wanted it to make sense and it just didn’t.
I did like Thorn’s character, even though I couldn’t figure out exactly what she was. It’s easy to root for the underdog. Thorn wasn’t particularly smart though, always reacting instead of taking initiative. And her reaction weren’t always good one, like when she tried to get rid of her “mage-heat” (another strange thing I’ll get back to in a second) and instead made all the chickens in town horny. That was funny, but rather pointless. Thorn was always horny too, complaining about mage-heat and being so out of control she wanted to tear off her clothes and have sex with anything that moved no matter who was watching. She talked about this throughout the ENTIRE novel. I was so over hearing about her desperate need for sex. Gag.
I was very disappointed by this book. It had so much potential and it just fell flat. I won’t be continuing with this series. On to the next!