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Tears of Heaven

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  53 reviews
In the past, the children of angels and humans, the Nephilim, were allowed to lead their lives as they willed. But they proved too strong, too ambitious, and too cunning for their own good. They became warlords, conquerors and emperors. They caused war and strife until the Throne stepped in and forced them to submit to Its will, or die. Unlike most of her fellows, Del, one ...more
Published December 5th 2013 by Wild Child Publishing (first published December 1st 2013)
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Dec 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I can honestly say that Tears of Heaven is one of the most original and affecting stories I have ever had the pleasure of reading.
Like any urban fantasy novel it is set in the real world involving the coexistence between humans and paranormal creatures.
As the author, McCandless, states in the story, meeting an angel is the scariest,
most life-altering moment of any mortal’s short existence. Del is a perfect example.
The plot unfolds on two planes - past and present. I confess I enjoyed the
Mrs. Y
For anyone paying attention to my joys and loves, I love sea-related stories, and I really enjoy warrior stories. Something about fighting has me thinking of tales like these with fondness. If anything, a decent warrior story or even a sea fighting story is the comfort food of my book collection. I was tickled pink to see a story that mixed a decent sea fare with fighting in a modern sense. Time to get yourself some iron guys, and I don’t mean vitamins, I mean metal. We are going to dive off the ...more
Luca Rossi
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Tears of Heaven by RA McCandless is brilliant.
The main character is the amazing Del. We read about her in the past and in the present.
In today’s world she’s angry and sad. She works for the Throne and she has to eliminate bad angels. But she hates it.
Then there is ancient Del, a very particular slave who works for Del on a ship. We follow Del’s surprising evolution.
I loved this book’s plot. I could feel Del’s emotions deep in myself. I never expected what was going to happen and everything was
Travis Ludvigson
May 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An ancient Nephilim, SIG .45s and a whole lot of attitude!

This is an entertaining book filled with intense action, interesting historical flashbacks, great use of witticism and a supernatural protagonist who struggles with all too human problems and emotions.

Tears of Heaven is the story of Omedelia-bar-Azazel or “Del” and her fellow Nephilim who serve as agents of the Throne of Heaven, tasked with destroying fallen angels or “rouges” who have taken up residence upon the earth. While this mission
David Andrews
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Tears of Heaven is an urban fantasy novel, set in the real world that involves the coexistence between humans and paranormal creatures.
The author, McCandless, states in the story that meeting an angel is the scariest, most life-altering moment of any mortal’s short existence. The story unfolds on two planes - past and present. For me, the past story was the most compelling part of the book. In past times, the main character Del, is a slave. The tall, proud, strong, beautiful Del is traded to
Mar 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read a lot of paranormal & urban fantasy romance so was excited to get this book. This is NOT a romance, it's a straight up urban fantasy with angels. It took me a while to warm up to this heroine, she's very edgy and abrasive. But I loved her partner Marrin, and the plot and world-building were stellar. Some great twists and turns. Author managed to surprise me - not an easy thing to do. There are two alternating time periods and it took me a while to put them together and figure out what ...more
Kyra Dune
Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is really awesome. I love all of the characters, especially Del. This may be in part because she reminds me of one of my own characters, but mostly it's because I enjoy snark. And she's fierce to boot.

One thing that bothered me is the use of 'burn' and 'burning' as curse words. I'm not a big fan of the F-Bomb, but I feel like you either use it or you don't. It's like in those movies where they dub over the bad words with other words that are just ridiculous. I find it jarring. Also,
R.A. McCandless
Nov 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
WINNER of the 2014 Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Preditors & Editors Reader’s Poll and a 2015 EPIC eBook finalist. Del, one of the last Nephilim, unwillingly works for the Throne, obeying the commands of the angel Ahadiel. With her partner, Marrin, she helps to keep the world safe from the horrors of escaped demons. At the same time, she keeps herself in the Throne’s good graces. Whenever a rogue demon breaks free from Hell, Del and Marrin work together to banish it.
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Tears of Heaven which is book 1 in the Flames of Perdition series. It explores what happens after the Nephilim are given the task of keeping the world safe from demons. It is a difficult task and one in which their survival is at stake too. I was drawn into this fast-paced urban fantasy adventure. I could easily relate to the believable, well-rounded characters. The dialogue was smooth and even though this is not a usual genre for me, the interesting twists and turns ...more
Richard Jones
Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Knowing Heaven is real, but being denied entrance would make for a difficult path. For a “woman” named Del in Tears of Heaven by RA McCandless, it’s even worse as she is denied eternal reward not for something she’s done, but for what she is.

Over thousands of years, Del has fought to maintain her own path and chart her own course. She wants to be free from the machinations of both Heaven and Hell, but that is no easy task.

Del is one of the first Nephilim, a child of an angel and a human. Unlike
Robert Clark
Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Tears of Heaven, by RA McCandless, is a fantasy novel with a different and interesting approach. While fantasy novels are common, most are based on Greco-Roman, Nordic, Asian, or Western European mythology. True, you can find them based on almost any mythic system, but the others are rare.

McCandless’ Tears of Heaven is one of the rare ones, based on Judeo-Christian mythology. No, not the over-used end-of-days nonsense. He takes specific passages from the Old Testament, targeting sections people
Susan Day
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book will intrigue and beguile you. It tells the tale of Del, a half god, who is in the employment of The Throne and is required to fight the Rogues that are trying to destroying our world. The story straddles two eras in history; one a few hundred years B.C. and the other, today.

Our hero is a strong and powerful woman who battles with a life she is forced to live and seems to have little choice over. We find her being sold as a slave, Del is strong and stalwart. She doesn't bend to the
Jodi Perkins
This is likely a five-star read if you're a fan of this genre. I'm not particularly fond of novels with long battle scenes, but even I can't deny the beauty of McCandless's writing. I really enjoyed the alternating points of view. I found myself more deeply engrossed in past-Del's story, I think because she felt more interesting and relatable. Though she was a powerful and formidable woman, she was also soft, loving, and compassionate. I sorely missed these traits in present-day Del (infallible ...more
Cassandra Ulrich
Oct 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
"Tears of Heaven" by RA McCandless is an intriguing flight with the angels, not the cuddly kind, but the ones who fight to the death defending The Throne. The story begins in 223 BCE when Del - also called Omedelia bar-Azazel ,but only if you are an angel of the first three tiers and value your life- was being sold as a slave to the highest bidder. However, beneath a very feminine exterior was a fierce fighting machine and traits linking her to the Nephilim. If only these mortals hadn't shackled ...more
Amanda Shelley-Masters
This was an amazing book! I don't think I have ever read a more compelling take on the Nephilim before. There was lots of action in this book as well which I really like when it comes to these type of books and I really enjoyed the main character, her snarky and rebelling attitude kept me quite entertained throughout.

The book jumps from the past to the present which can be a little off setting at first but you quickly get the gist what all the jumping around is all about. R.A. McCandless is a
S.R. Howen
Nov 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
RA McCandless’s Tears of Heaven is an urban fantasy tale, that’s also an action adventure story. I never really gave this genre much thought. I had read it before, but put the books into other categories. This one is a can’t put down story that keeps you turning pages to find out what happens next.

We meet Del in the far past and know something is special about her from the start. She stands out from those around her, and we know that she isn’t what she appears to be. Bought in a slave auction by
The Hive
Dec 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Heathers Review

First off, I want to say that I’m ashamed at myself for putting this book off for so long. Not sure why I couldn’t make myself actually start it, supernatural is right up my alley, for whatever unknown reason I procrastinated but once I started it, I truly could not put it down.

Tears is an amazing blend of character development and storytelling, using many elements to create an intriguing tale that I think will easily appeal to both male and female readers, especially those who
Rosa Marchisella
Oct 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and I have to admit that it took me a while to warm up to Del, the main character (about half the book, actually). I'm not a big fan of angry female leads that just want to smash and snark. But, I'd really enjoyed the excerpt I'd read before accepting and the story was so well written - in both timelines. I suspected there was a good reason for her personality and that those reasons would be revealed. They were. They made sense. It ...more
Ben Langhinrichs
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm not a huge urban fantasy fan, but I do know when it is done well. In TEARS OF HEAVEN, R.A. McCandless' debut, there is a lot for urban fantasy fans to like.

The overarching story is about how the Nephilim, sons and daughters of god-human pairing, grew too strong in ancient times, and were suppressed by the Throne, as the all powerful force in Heaven is known. By modern times, Del is one of the few remaining Nephilim, and she makes an excellent bad-ass heroine.

There is some switching back and
Ien Nivens
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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R. A. McCandless's badass demi-angel bears a grudge nearly two dozen centuries old. She makes effective use of her displaced aggression by dispatching rogue divinities, presumably making the world safer for the rest of us, albeit in ways we oblivious mortals will never fully comprehend or appreciate.

Omedelia-bar-Azazel, Del for short, is impressively sexy as a 21st-Century death dealer and as slave-wife to a swash-buckling, happy-go-lucky, Roman-era sea captain. Her roles confine her not at all,
Christopher Taylor
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is R.A McCandless' debut novel, an urban fantasy with flashbacks to ancient times tying the story together through history.

The world he has created is a fascinating, unique one taking aspects of Biblical narrative and turning them into a fantasy setting in which the Nephilim (half-angels) still walk the earth, immortal and incredibly powerful. They serve The Throne, the creator, working to fight and destroy either "rogues" (essentially demons, fallen angels) or fellow Nephilim who have
Dorothy Ann Bell
Oct 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review of Tears of Heaven by author R A McCandless by Dorothy A. Bell

I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Tears of Heaven is a masterfully woven novel, blending the world of the Gods and the small band of combat angels they marshal, into the present day. I’m not a theologian, so the references from the bible, and biblical times were lost on me, although they added antiquity and color to the tale. As I read, I asked myself what would it be like to live through
L.J. Scar
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Like other reviewers I wasn’t sure what to expect from the cover – my first thought was an androgynous Xena princess warrior. Then I began to read and was instantly drawn into the Nephilim (half angel/half human) character Del, a female warrior indeed whose weaponry and fighting skills carry out the orders of the Throne, as well as, her need to defend herself and those she loves. The Throne are angels of the Third Order/Choir who give the orders to the Nephilim to extinguish rogues - evil ...more
John A
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was hesitant to pick up a book about Angels, but in “Tears of Heaven”, the piety is reserved for the meek and the action doesn’t stop! It didn’t take long for me to remember that as per their mythos, Angels and their assorted hosts and hierarchies are more often than not, the messengers of divine judgment brought down, and terrible to behold. Guns, blades, and the steely strength of these divine messengers that know no quarter, flash!

Unfolding in timelines split between the ancient past and
Zrinka Jelic
Feb 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Tears of Heaven R A McCandless two stories with two different time periods, one in the third century BC and the other in a contemporary world. We follow the path of the heroine, Del, in both stories. We meet her being sold at slave market to Dami, the ship captain. What he doesn't know is that he just purchased a demi-goddess, literally. Not just for her looks. Then the story jumps to present day and we learn that Del works for this "The Throne", some kind of regulatory body for demi-gods, to ...more
Maria Kay
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"All potholes lead to Rome!"

This fantasy adventure is filled with colorful characters, comedy, and it references all my favorite movies and television shows. Ok, most of them. This author has a brilliant sense of humor and a talented grasp of dialogue.

“By Hera’s toenails…”

This novel chronicles a long lifetime, switching from the past, circa 221 BC to modern day. The story follows the life of Water Lily AKA Del, a seven-foot woman sold as a slave. Our unlikey heroine is not helpless. Her pirate
Jody Kershaw
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Tears of Heaven kept me wanting more! It's been a long time since I have been caught up in a world where I was picking a side and sharing the emotions of the characters along the way! The author's writing is engaging and the characters quiet moments of thought are relateable. McCandless does a seamless job of gauging reader interest and immersing any bookworm into a world you're sad to see end at the last page. His reverse historic interpretation of angels is thrilling! He takes something ...more
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Tears of Heaven is a delightful page-turner that presents the reader with two different time periods, one in the third century BC and the other in a contemporary dystopic world. In both periods the Throne is the divine power that rules the world, and our heroine, Del, is a hunter of rogue demons. Del's adventurous life in the past involves, among other things, a love story. As her tale gradually unfolds, we begin to see why Del's life in the modern world is not everything that she would like it ...more
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
OK, I’ll be honest and admit that I have never read any type of urban fantasy novel but this book came highly recommended by a friend so I gave a shot and I am glad that I did. The book is set in both the past (3rd century BC) and present; the contrast is appealing to a keen historian like me. The main character, Del, a half human/half angel is everything I hoped for and more. She has a kick-ass quality about her and some envious ‘gifts’ but you still wouldn’t want to swap places – not even with ...more
Izzibella Beau
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What wasn’t there not to like in this book. It was a page turner from the moment I began to read. Tears of Heaven is a read that all ages can truly appreciate the creative talent of RA McCandless. The character of Del is portrayed in history and modern times, each setting with its own amount of turmoil. After what seemed to be a complex beginning, the author made everything seamlessly come together. The story ends, well let’s just say you won’t see it coming; totally went past and beyond of what ...more
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R.A. McCandless has been a writer both professionally and creatively for nearly two decades. He was born under a wandering star that led him to a degree in Communication and English with a focus on creative writing.

He is the author of the steampunk book THE CLOCKWORK DETECTIVE and urban fantasy TEARS OF HEAVEN and HELL BECOMES HER, short stories "And Into A Watery Grave" in In Shambles,
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