Torture 101

Plague of Angels - John Patrick Kennedy

Nyx is Queen of Hell and ruler of the Angels who were banished there – the Descended. And when the rest of the Angels are called home, Nyx finds herself stuck on the Earth with the Son of God. To her surprise, she learns that he is no happier than she. God's son thought he was sent down to judge humanity. Instead, he becomes a sacrifice for a cause he does not believe in – their redemption. After his mortal body dies, the Son of God makes Nyx an offer: a new paradise on Earth if she will help him destroy humanity. With two of her fellow Angels by her side, Nyx launches a thousand-year campaign of violence, sex, betrayal and intrigue to bring down God's people and have them worship her instead. From the back streets of Jerusalem to the palaces of Rome, from the temples of Egypt to the Pope's bedchamber, Nyx and her companions work to destroy the worshippers of God. But not all is as it seems. And the Son of God has bigger plans than any of them imagine... (Amazon)


I was excited to read this book because it sounds pretty cool. It also started out ok but then the torture began, literally. Nyx tortures people for 10-15 pages at a time, Lucifer and his demons in hell torture souls and each other, people get raped/tortured, there are sex-torture scenes, someone thinks about torture, it's really all about torture. Oh, and everybody sleeps with everybody (mostly while one of them is being tortured).

I decided to read on because I still liked the story. Not the best decision I ever made. The torture stopped (mostly) and it got boring. The next 100-150 pages were the next 1000 years in a nutshell and the end became more and more predictable (it was already obvious in the beginning when the Son of God made another pact with Lucifer without Nyx knowing about it).

Another thing that bothered me was the religous concept or rather the lack of it. God (the one and only) created earth and the angels (sounds Christian/Jewish), the angels were also gods (Egyptian/Greek/Roman), Lucifer is not Satan, Nyx is (I think), and Nyx fights against Christianity. So, it is a bit Christian/Jewish but not really. I don't know. If there is only one God (The God), why have different smaller religions who all worship other gods? It bothered me.

Well, the idea was cool, the cover design awesome but that was it.