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Angel Time (The Songs of the Seraphim #1)

3.28  ·  Rating Details ·  8,118 Ratings  ·  940 Reviews
Anne Rice returns to the mesmerizing storytelling that has captivated readers for more than three decades in a tale of unceasing suspense set in time past—a metaphysical thriller about angels and assassins.

The novel opens in the present. At its center: Toby O’Dare—a contract killer of underground fame on assignment to kill once again. A soulless soul, a dead man walking, h
Hardcover, 274 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by Knopf (first published 2009)
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Dec 16, 2014 Fabian rated it liked it
It's probably been more than a decade since I last read Anne Rice. After the masterful fifth volume of Vampire Chronicles "Memnoch the Devil", the last one I delved into was, I guess, "Pandora." So I met "Angel Time" with its due enthusiasm. The plot was particularly odd, but engaging. There are nods to interviews with other-beings, with creatures of light. The tan colored tone is bothersome though, as her deep purples and crimson-blacks and erotic violence are what cemented Rice as the Literary ...more
Feb 04, 2011 Eva rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Edit As it has been two years and I have not been struck down by lightning yet, I feel safe enough to lower my rating to the 1 star I originally wanted to give.

The back cover of Angel Time sounded quite exciting, but once I started reading I was harshly reminded of the fact that "you shouldn't judge a book by its cover".
The main character wishes salvation (as he likes to remind you every fifteen seconds or so) and after a hit (as he is a hired assassin) he meets an angel who has been watching ov
Jan 17, 2010 Nick rated it really liked it
Being a long time Anne Rice Fan, I had looked forward to reading this book. Her religious journey, like mine, had been bumpy at best. So, I was very curious after the Christ the Lord series what she may do next...and I wasn't disappointed.

Angel Time is an exceptional novel dealing in the story of an assassin who is contacted by an angel and walked back through time through the err of his ways and how it was he became an assassin. Then, through Anne Rice's skilled writing, she takes the reader ba
Nov 23, 2009 korey rated it it was ok
I knew there was going to be trouble with this book as soon as I read the main character, an assassin, is a great lute player. Uh, yeah, right. Maybe it's just that I love the old style Anne Rice, but this book found me shaking my head and saying "oh, Anne, Anne, Anne". I think her recent return to the Church made her incredible writing talent go running out the vestibule door. So sad. There wasn't anything in this story that was really believable. Characters were just so trite and so out of tou ...more
Sep 09, 2015 Beatriz rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Esta novela deja bastante que desear porque en el esfuerzo de unir diferentes componentes con el fin, supongo, de alcanzar un libro más impactante, sólo se logran pegar historias que ni unidas ni separadas convencen al lector.

Así, se comienza con la historia de vida del asesino... larga, cansadora y con sólo algunos pasajes que logran despertar un poco de interés. Luego, el encuentro con el ángel... lo peor logrado de la novela; un capítulo así y de la forma que lo presenta la autora, debiera se
Dec 13, 2009 Amanda rated it it was ok
I finally finished this book and I am not sure that it was worth the time or effort. This was my first Anne Rice book and I was honestly surprised at how badly written it was. The dialogue was extremely simplistic and the prose was so didactic that it read more like a plot outline than a fully fleshed out novel. The story itself was repetetive and un original. I have read other similar stories many times, but those were well written. One question I have, Toby's skills were apparently the reason ...more
Oct 29, 2009 Caressa rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
Pompous, yet boring and forgettable. This is a huge disappointment from the woman you made Egyptian queens into vampires, and vampires into rock stars.
Dec 01, 2010 Kelly rated it liked it
(2.5 stars) Anne Rice’s body of work plays a huge role in my history as a reader, and in fact was one of the “gateway drugs” that led me to fantasy. I discovered her books the summer before I left for college and spent the next several years procrastinating my studies all too often in favor of devouring her backlist. And a hefty backlist it was; her old books kept me busy for several years. The first one I read “new” was Pandora. Then, in the late nineties and early 2000s, Rice began to change h ...more
Oct 19, 2010 Vanessa rated it liked it
Shelves: book-club
First off, I'm not an Anne Rice fan. I am reading this book because of my book club. I can't believe how repetitive she is. Her first chapter was about twenty pages stating that the main character was a hit man. I could have summed it up much quicker.

Plus the whole lute player angle, I just envision a LARPer as an assassin and laugh. I mean I just literally thought of someone dressed up as a renaissance festival nerd just did not seem plausible in my head.

Only at around page 100 did it start mo
Aug 13, 2015 Siobhan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Anne Rice read, and in all honestly I was disappointed.
For as long as I can remember, her Vampire Chronicles have been books I wanted to read. I entered the teenage vampire loving stage and my mother suggested them. It turns out she’d tried to read them earlier, but had never really managed to work her way through them. She enjoyed them but the writing style was not for her (overly descriptive, she called it). I did not let this deter me, and promised myself I would read them.
Laura Navarre
May 09, 2012 Laura Navarre rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Anne Rice and angel fiction, literary readers
For me, experiencing an Anne Rice novel is like visiting an eccentric but beloved old friend. I’ve been reading her work since my college days, which were long enough ago that anyone who read the adventures of the Vampire Lestat and his companions on the Devil’s Road was considered freaky and a bit outré. These days, of course, vampires are like breakfast cereal.

In any event, Angel Time is not a Vampire Chronicle, although the hero displays shades of Lestat and The Witching Hour’s proletarian cr
Erica Hopper
Oct 27, 2009 Erica Hopper rated it it was amazing
I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I was interested, entertained, and at the same time expecting some of the more homoerotic and/or gruesome detail that her old books used to contain but this book had none of it.

The book is lovely and written perfectly. Anne Rice always has a tendency to over-describe different things and dive into memories for more time than needed but I feel she worked out exactly as much 'time' as needed in this story. Each memory was presented to the degree of inform
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Anne Rice has an amazing writing style as everyone knows so my issues are not with that. I just!
Cristina Boncea
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Nov 21, 2009 Aaron rated it liked it
Anne Rice is starting off a new series entitled Songs of the Seraphim with her newest title. As you can probably guess, they will be focusing on angels. This first volume tells the table of a man called Lucky. It is not his true name, but it is the name that he goes by to protect himself since he is a hired assassin. He is visited by his guardian angel, who offers up the name Malchiah when Lucky wants to know his name. Like Lucky, angels are not supposed to share their true names, so this will j ...more
Dec 23, 2009 Trish rated it liked it
I have read every book Anne has published and have enjoyed them all, some a very great deal (Cry to Heaven, most of the Vampire Chronicles - esp. Memnoch, The Mummy, Feast of All Saints, Christ the Lord series) and some not as much (Mayfair Witches saga, Violin, the last Beauty book, East of Eden).

I know when her name is on the cover, I'm going to get vivid characters, evocative prose, solid scholarship, and an entertaining if not completely engrossing plot. She hit all the notes with this one
Arye Tyler
Dec 01, 2012 Arye Tyler rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anne Rice fans. People with some time on their hands.
Shelves: read-spiritual
Every once in a long while, I find a book that becomes a reaffirmation of my faith and soothes me along the journey to becoming a true Christian. When I picked up Angel Time a few years ago, I wasn't expecing it to be that book, but it was and is.

Most people are familiar with Anne Rice's more famous works: those of Lestat and Louis and her many other delightful vampires. I originally purchased this book precisely because I was a fan of those books, but I think that I liked Angel Time more than I
Kate Scott
Feb 23, 2010 Kate Scott rated it it was ok
Shelves: paranormal
Set in two very different worlds and written with a fluency that testifies to long hours of research on the part of the author, Angel Time is certainly not your average supernatural novel. The characters are unique, the plot engaging, and the words spun together flawlessly and effortlessly in typical Anne Rice style. The story is chopped up in two places where inserted are the background stories of Toby's life and that of the 13th-century Jewish woman he is attempting to help. In most books I wo ...more
Sep 24, 2009 Samantha rated it liked it
I loved the old style Anne Rice. I was hoping that she was back and she is in some ways. Her descriptive style is back and her ability to make you see and feel what she is writing is back. However, her plot in this book leaves a lot to be desired. The description on Amazon, the title and the back of the book make a reader think that this book is about assassins and angels. It's not really. It's about a man who is finding himself. I was confused throughout the book about where it was going and wh ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
I was never able to get into or like Ms. Rice's vampire books. I have tried to read one other book by her since her change of perspective and found it a bit...elaborate for my taste. Lots of "flowery description" and so on. This has much the same problem (for me). Some will of course enjoy what I don't care for here.

The story is of a hit man who has an awakening and is then sent on a mission to help others rather than to take life. Not a bad story. i found my mind wandering off a lot and had to
Reiterativa en algunas descripciones, extrañamente sucinta en otras, detalles que no cuadran... Con el típico ambiente depresivo de las novelas de Rice, pero inundado por el reciente fervor religioso que posee a la autora.
En este libro veremos como un asesino a sueldo que por sus características destacaría en cualquier parte, se le da bien pasar desapercibido con un par de detalles al disfrazarse (?). Luego lo visita un ángel (??) para que deje ese camino y para darle una nueva misión (???) la c
Lore Troncoso
Dec 19, 2014 Lore Troncoso rated it liked it
Esperaba algo diferente a lo que Anne Rice me dio en este libro, aunque no estoy diciendo que sea malo.
Fue un poco extraña en que la autora me planteó todo el asunto pero era entendible. En momentos lo sentí un poco lento y no creo que tengo mucha continuación pero ya veremos que pasa.
Mar 25, 2015 deilann rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted on my blog, SpecFic Junkie.

I'd managed never to read an Anne Rice novel before Angel Time. Now, I wish I'd kept up that streak. Angel Time graces us with completely black and white morality, poor storytelling, and an eye-rolling plot. I was anything but impressed.

Spoilers towards the end of the review, but I saw them coming from a mile away... so they may not even be spoilery.

Let me tell you all about how the protagonistis a really, really good person. No, you don't understand
Sep 25, 2010 Gene rated it liked it
I love reading Anne Rice's books, but I'm not unaware of her faults, especially in the books written in the past decade. Like a great many of her books, Angel Time starts off painfully slowly, and I almost gave up during a long, boring flashback to the protagonist's past, which was written (purposefully, I believe) in the most generalized and impersonal manner possible. The first half of the book was a tedious slog, first detailing the alienated life of a young, successful hitman (written as an ...more
Ana Palitroche
Desde que leí El Santuario , la mitad de Entrevista con el Vampiro y Merrick , de Anne Rice, dije que era una de mis escritoras favoritas. Siempre he tenido una relación con ella de no-sé-qué. Verán: amo sus historias, amo sus libros, amo sus personajes y su forma de describir. Amo la forma en que me transporta rápidamente a Nueva Orleans o a algún mágico lugar. Pero siempre, siempre, en algún punto de la historia, me trabo un poco, me aburro, me desespero… ¡y no me rindo! Me doy tiempo. Con ...more
Jan 31, 2010 Cáit rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anne Rice fanatics
Shelves: contemporary, own
It has always been the problem of mine to be reading the wrong book at wrong time for me. This goes for Angel Time as well. Having been an Anne Rice fan since I was 12 when I first came across with Interview with the Vampire in the year 2000. The writing was very blunt and imaginative as well as clearly put out and very intricate. I’m not a professional editor and I am not a writer, but this was what I felt when I first read the book. Then, I started reading more and more of her books. Although ...more
Jul 25, 2013 Alysia rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Angel Time is a story within a story. With the beginning of the book taking place in the present, the reader follows the methodical Toby O'Dare on another assassination of a powerful person. Anne Rice does a great description of the Mission Inn location and all the careful steps Toby takes. Once Toby meets (more like encounters) Malchiah, a Seraphim the story turns.
Malchiah, a beautiful angel, gives Toby the chance to change his life and make amends for all the killing he did in his past which T
Fabian Davy
Nov 15, 2010 Fabian Davy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first series from the 'Songs of the Seraphim', which as of this date (November 2010) has not been followed up by a sequel. Anne Rice might be cooking up a dish for the upcoming book, and I hope she'll do it as planned because the book looks promising enough to be a hit. Already on the bestsellers shelf of my local bookstores, so I know the it's doing great (this is Anne Rice we're talking about right?).

EDIT : The sequel, 'Of Love and Evil', will be released on November 30th.

An assassin who h
New to the list of things Misha Collins has made me do: read an Anne Rice book. I really never thought I would do that again. Even at the height of my Buffy-induced vamp craze, I didn't care for Rice; I dragged myself yawning through Interview With the Vampire. Of course, Rice'd probably just tell me that means I was interrogating the text from the wrong perspective. I do have to thank you for that one, Anne: that meme never gets old.

But then Anne Rice found God, and I found Supernatural's Casti
Cassandra Giovanni
Feb 03, 2016 Cassandra Giovanni rated it liked it
Overall Rating 3 Stars

-Book Description: 4

-Cover: 3

-Plot: 3

-Creativity: 3

-Grammar: 4

-Simile Use: 3 (minimal usage)

-Description: 2 (overwhelming)

-Show And Tell Balance: 2

The author's name on the cover, as opposed to the cover itself, was what made me pick up the book in the first place. There's nothing particularly beautiful about the cover, but that's probably why the name is so prominent-- that's what sold this book to me in the first place. Then there was the intriguing description that promis
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Anne Rice (born Howard Allen Frances O'Brien) is a best-selling American author of gothic, supernatural, historical, erotica, and later religious themed books. Best known for The Vampire Chronicles, her prevailing thematical focus is on love, death, immortality, existentialism, and the human condition. She was married to poet Stan Rice for 41 years until his death in 2002. Her books have sold near ...more
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