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When Angels Cry (Dark Angel Chronicles 0.5)

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Bound in a symbiosis to the entities of the Starfire crystal, Shartrael Padina is one of four Keepers protecting their power. When the Shirukan, elite soldiers of the Shirat Empire, attack, her mate is killed protecting her escape through a portal to Earth. There she must stay to protect her unborn child and the Starfire, but she hasn't escaped the Shirukan.
Kindle Edition, 96 pages
Published 2010
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Shartrael Padina is an angel, and if that wasn't special enough, she's also one of four keepers of the Starfire crystals.

If that doesn't mean anything to you, welcome to my club. I went into this story with a very limited idea on what angels are, why they'd end up on Earth and I had absolutely no idea what this Starfire crystal was and what it was used for.

This wasn't really an issue though, because Melanie provides plenty of story with background and information thrown in for the reader. The do
Mar 23, 2013 Emmanuelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this after having read all the others (currently out) in the series. It made a lot more sense that way since I already knew the background story. I feel like it made more sense reading it in that order; I feel that if I would have read it at the beginning, I might not have had the same interest in the story, not to mention that it would have made less sense.

The Inari and Starfire aren't really described in depth in this book. Everything happens very quickly. Obviously it's only a novella
Sep 04, 2013 Terri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am conflicted with how I felt about this novel. I was actually planning on reading the next in the series and then I noticed that this one came first however I think it was written afterwards. I feel like I did not have enough context to appreciate it. I will read the next one before laying judgement and once I have I may revisit my thoughts on this.
Jacquelyn Smith
This book is about Padima, who is angel from another planet.
She has the ability to heal thru enery, but Shirka's soldiers followed her to earth, now she must save earth and her unborn child.

Nice and exciting read....
Jan 19, 2012 Darlene rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Yvensong, S. Michele
This was interesting. It is a chance to see Paddy's beginnings on Earth. I wanted to see more. I still had a few questions about Debbie and the nephews. But the love story between an alien to country and world and her social-worker was beautiful.

Now on to Crystal Tomb.
TerriAnn M. Brochu
again great great book I want everyone to read it and all the others what a great book and story. what a great great writer.. Love you girl.
Stacy Livanec
I really liked the story line of this book and I will read the other 2 books but I wish this one went further instead of just ending like it did.
Oct 21, 2012 Tracy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wish would have read this one first. It's starts at the very beginning an provides valuable insight into how the story started
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Melanie Nilles (aka M. A. Nilles) always had a fascination with science fiction and fantasy and in 2015 became an Active Member of SFWA. Her published works include the Starfire Angels series, Adronis series, and others. As M. A. Nilles, she writes darker fiction, including the Legend of the White Dragon epic, Tiger Born, and Spirit Blade. For updates, visit her website at or ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Dark Angel Chronicles (4 books)
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