What a beautifully written novella! What happens when a halfling angel falls in love with a human but is unable to bind with her soul? That’s the dilemma in Angelborn. In Caleb’s case, it lands him in the Wasteland, a dark place where those with no soul wait for the rare chance to get a new soul. But Caleb escapes and goes in search of the soul of the woman he loves–a soul that’s been reincarnated in the body of Genna, a college student whose modern sensibilities confuse Caleb.
And then there is Maia, Genna’s roommate, who is haunted–literally. She sees ghosts and is haunted by one whose anger sometimes physically manifests itself in violent ways. When Caleb and Maia meet, an undeniable connection is formed that leaves them both questioning what they want and why they want it. It makes them question the very nature of love. Maia and Caleb’s story was captivating from page one. One of my favourite aspects about Angelborn is how L. Penelope writes about angels *without* adding biblical overtones. Her portrayal of angels is more reminiscent of deities from mythology, which allows a secular person like me to be able to enjoy a story without getting a lesson from the Bible.
With finely etched characters and a compelling plot, Angelborn will leave you wanting to know more of Caleb and Maia’s story. This was my first time reading L. Penelope and I am sure it won’t be the last time.