Okay, so, these archangels are in someone else’s bodies. Definitely worth seeing where it goes, right? Plus, I have the Ron here with me for a brief talk.
The Series is made of 2 books.
Fall From Grace Exile of Angels Book 1 by Ron C. Nieto
Hell was meant to be a timeless prison. It’s not.
Henry Black, former Archangel of Secret Knowledge, wants some peace of mind after untold millennia locked up in Hell, but the guilt of inhabiting a body that is not his own and of having left behind his brothers and sisters still damned to solitary confinement eats him up inside.
Old sins are hard to cleanse.
He thinks he can atone by doing the right thing—play the older brother to his host body’s kin while upturning every secret buried in Creation until he finds a way to free every single angel who fell—but with every fact uncovered, he finds himself one step further from the release he craves and one step closer to more chains that bind.
Maybe the only way to be at peace with himself is to face a new war head on…
Rise To Freedom Exile of Angels Book 2
I am a demon possessing the body of the late Malik Sadik. Truth.
Yes, the former Archangel of Truth now inhabits the body of coffeehouse barista Malik Sadik. But Malik wasn’t a willing participant to this possession, not like Henry Black. The human Henry Black willingly gave over his body to the Archangel of Secret Knowledge. Malik, on the other hand, was merely in the wrong place at the wrong time.
I still feel human. Truth.
Yes, Malik still feels human. But he’s not human and a war is brewing. When Hell threatens to unravel and its black hunger eats and corrupts those Malik has learned to care about, he must make a choice between what he knew as an angel and what he has begun to feel as a man.
So, what happens when Truth isn’t right?
And here’s Ron, the author. Who, by the way, I love.
Ron C. Nieto is a fantasy and romance author who has been writing in her secluded fortress for the longest time. Recently, she had a talk with her cat and decided that she should share her creations because it was selfish to hoard them all for herself. So, Ron, what did you edit out of this book?
What did I leave untouched? The concept behind exile of Angels had been percolating in my mind for about four years now, and the books have gone through several iterations.
For starters, my initial idea was to write a single book about a conflict between Henry (who ended up being the main character for book 1, Fall from Grace) and Malik (who turned out to be a reluctant ally and the main character for book 2, Rise to Freedom). I had it planned to be a conceptual piece talking about good and evil, what we perceive as heroes and villains, and how I could twist those perceptions to give the reader a unique look into the minds of two archetypes who turn out to be anything but.
It was not very commercial. Plus, the word I created to host this conflict became too rich to be confined to a single book.
My next concept was a lot closer to what finally made it to the page, but even then, I had to change a lot of things. For example, that Henry was focused on the wrong kind of enemies — he kept trying to fight the police, when in the final version, the police are his greatest allies.
And Malik had a tendency of leaving a trail of bodies behind.
I had to delete more than half the manuscript and overhaul the plot line, but finally I’m happy with the results. Previous versions gave me a nagging feeling of something not being right, but that’s gone now. The novels, as they are, are how they are meant to be. The characters are comfortable in their own skin, and the world is really to be explored to its full depth. So, while I have enough fragments left in the cutting floor to piece together another novel or two, I believe that those fragments don’t quite belong to Exile of Angels anymore, and that you, the reader, have only benefited from the early massive edits.
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