Angels can be found anywhere. Angels figure prominently in nearly every religion, belief system, and folklore: they are celestial beings who keep watch over us, provide us messages of guidance, and shield us from the foolishness we bring upon ourselves. We receive numerous requests for books about angels, including those focusing on faith, forbidden love, the struggle between good and evil, and guardian angels and fallen angels. Even Doctor Who’s Weeping Angels aren’t safe from my wrath.
What’s more, if you type “books about angels” into Google, you’ll get a profusion of results. The majority are written by Caucasian women, with a preference for the Christian understanding of angels. Even if you stay within the confines of this white-feathery room, you can still find some incredible tales. Because they don’t fit the typical “book about angels,” these stories are often overlooked. Our goal is to provide you books that challenge your thinking and expectations, and we do our best to do so. We’d like to draw attention to the fact that the publishing sector is still rife with racial intolerance. We know you’re a fan of angels (and we are, too!), but we also know that you’d like to read something a little more unusual. Your cherubim come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
The Battle Between Good and Evil
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman and City of Bone (The Mortal Instruments) are two of the first books that spring to me when I think of this sub-category. Both were terrific books before they were turned into television programs. It was a point of contention between my 13-year-old son and me only a few days ago. A few days later, we’ve agreed to differ, but only because I clearly haven’t done enough to nurture his sarcastic sense of humor as his dad. Because I know David Tennant will favor my Good Omens, neither of us has watched the television show (and rightly so).
But if you want to read about angels in the ultimate struggle between good and evil, check out these books:
The Antithesis: Inception (The Antithesis #1) by Terra Whiteman
Although the story begins with the usual conflict between demons and angels, there is much more to consider in this installment. A ‘court’ or ‘order’ is in place to keep this conflict under control. Lastly, and most intriguingly, is the notion that angels (and demons) are nonetheless subject to some kind of order. With its own “Purgatorial Jury” to purge the infidels. Imagine if you were an angel who had witnessed the dawn of humanity and the constant conflict that it has spawned. Think about being called on the scene of a conflict, but having no recollection of your personal involvement. This is Czynri’s predicament. This is the story of his life. Everything in between the conflict between good and evil is covered here. It’s not a lovely sight, but man, does it hold my attention.
The Angel Trials (Dark World Series) by Michelle Madow
Raven is attacked by a demon on the night of her 21st birthday. Her mother has been abducted by the same demon that saved her from certain death by the mysterious Noah. What a surprise! Noah is also there. To save her mother, Raven must accompany Noah to Avalon, the legendary island of Avalon, where these demons are being hunted. City of Bones is a lot like this, but with a quicker paced action.
Mercy (Mercy #1) by Rebecca Lim
Mercy’soul-jacks’ a passenger on a bus to begin a new quest. Mercy is a fallen angel, tasked with resolving a conflict between angels and humans by assuming a human body. It’s a mix of “good vs. evil” and “Quantum Leap,” with a fair dose of YA romance thrown in for good measure. In light of my love for TV shows from my childhood as well as Scott Bakula, this novel was a tremendous success for me. However, it was less sci-fi and more fantasy for apparent angelic reasons.
A pair of wings is the epitome of forbidden love. Another thing that reminds me too much of my prior relationships is the “holier than thou” mentality. In spite of this, the allure of forbidden love is irresistible. That a human being may conquer the purity of another individual’s soul by falling head over heels in love… It’s one of the most popular sub-categories.
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
An urban fantasy where a mortal girl meets a mystery supernatural boy who becomes her guardian angel after he is resurrected from the dead. Following is a forbidden relationship with the ever-present issue “should angels and mortals meet?” If you’re comparing it to Twilight, you’re correct. The ‘why’ of why this relationship is forbidden is examined here.
Angels’ Blood (Guild Hunter #1) by Nalini Singh
This is the book for you if you like stories about angels and want a spicy paranormal romance. The Archangel Raphael is now Elena’s new boss in this parallel reality where angels rule and vampires are hunted. Despite the fact that the plot revolves around Elena’s new mark (a stray archangel), the book’s actual power comes from its paranormal romance and the abundance of stunning women it features. That doesn’t mean it’s not an enjoyable experience. It’s spooky and gruesome at times. Truth be told, not every angel is made of pure light.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Because it immerses you in an entirely new universe of angels, magic, and who knows what else, it takes time to get going. An orphaned girl adopted by demon wizards and frequently dispatched on missions to gather teeth is the protagonist of this novel (a very rough summation but that is the quirk of the book). The book’s “angels” are actually “Seraphim,” or demon-hunters, who are on the same quest as the author. Things get complicated when the angel who is watching over the orphan girl falls in love with her right away. Angels and demons are beautifully described in this novel, and this is what sets it apart.
Books About Christian Angels
Because of their Christian roots, books concerning angels tend to be more popular. Guidance from angels with large white feathered wings to keep you safe on your chosen route. There’s little doubt that this picture has infiltrated Western culture, regardless of whether or not you believe in God.
Many Waters by Madeline L’Engle
In Many Waters, the twins Sandy and Dennys are given the spotlight instead of Meg and Charles. To be expected from the author of “The Time Quintet,” this book also has significant Christian themes. Inadvertently, Sandy and Dennys teleport to an unforgiving desert. Each one is sent on a different path of personal development, but they are all linked to the story of Noah’s Ark and what happened just before the flood. This is the most religious of all of L’Engle’s writings, despite the author’s well-known style.
Angel’s Walking (Angel’s Walking #1) by Karen Kingsbury
Christian fiction fans will enjoy this work, which builds on the Christian notion that angels and faith and prayer and redemption are all important parts of the Christian faith. Tyler, a former national baseball standout, now sees what he’s missed out on by focusing solely on a career in baseball. With Virginia, an Alzheimer’s patient, he ends himself working as the maintenance man at a retirement home. Tyler is given a second chance at life thanks to their friendship and the involvement of angels with faith on their side. Kingsbury clearly works some magic, mixing her adherence to the genre of Christian-based angels with the tenderness of a charming romance tale.
Archangel (Samaria #1) by Sharon Shinn
The story takes place in a utopian society created by angels and other divine beings. “Samaria,” as Shinn calls it, is not afraid to draw comparisons with other Middle Eastern religious hotbeds such as Gaza, Bethel, and Jordanna. She, on the other hand, sees her option as one of harmony, peace, and tolerance for everyone. The story takes place on a Christian-like planet, where people and angels coexist peacefully. It’s easy to see how an idealized society has shaped Shinn’s characters, making them both arrogant and innocent at the same time.
Books About Guardian Angels
The idea that someone or something is looking over us is something that almost everyone wants to believe in. If ‘the road to Hell is paved with good intentions,’ then believing in guardian angels can sometimes lead to disastrous outcomes. It all boils down to whether or not the guardian is up to the task.
Crashing Down to Earth by Terry Reid
This is the first time I’ve come across a tale in this genre that’s completely out of left field, and I’m glad I did. The standard ‘guardian-angel-and-their-charge’ introduction is used, but this time there is a twist: the people the guardians protect are actually part of the guardians themselves. Guardian angels, like Adam’s rib, now have a more personal connection to the people they are tasked with protecting. It’s clear that Hayley and Alex have a very earthly bond. Hayley, a young woman living in Glasgow (Scotland…is there another? ), has to deal with a roommate who is more human than an angel should be. They are the glue that holds the story together when the traditional ‘good vs evil’ conflict arises. It has some of the best action dialogue I’ve ever read in this genre.