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L'heure de l'ange

(The Songs of the Seraphim #1)

3.30  ·  Rating details ·  9,297 ratings  ·  1,023 reviews
Lucky, Toby, ou encore Tommy... son nom importe peu. L'important, c'est sa discrétion, son professionnalisme, sa compétence à exécuter froidement les cibles qu'on lui désigne. Mais, lorsque le mystérieux Malchiah l'aborde, Lucky est ébranlé. Ce Malchiah sait tout de lui, dispose de pouvoirs stupéfiants, et prétend être son ange gardien. Il lui offre de racheter ses crimes, ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 280 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by J'Ai Lu (first published 2009)
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Dec 16, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
This is my 2nd novel to read of 2019. I start this in December in my car and had to stop in the middle for holiday. It didn't bother me a bit to put this down. It was difficult to keep going and there were several times I almost stopped and gave it up.

I have read 20 novels by Anne Rice and she is an author I appreciate. I have always enjoyed her stories (accept for Violin which is probably the worst story I have ever read). I read the second one in this series first and I thought it was ok. So,
Feb 04, 2011 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
Jan 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 11, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: whodunnit
I have to admit the last paragraph blew me away. But this is my least favorite of all Rice's books. It was a challenge to get thru this one.
Nov 23, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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
Erica Hopper
Oct 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 29, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(2.5 stars) Anne Rices 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 her ...more
Feb 23, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Oct 19, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 13, 2015 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 shed 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.
Arye Tyler
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 21, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Laura Navarre
May 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. Ive 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 Devils 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 Hours proletarian
Dec 23, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Barbara (The Bibliophage)
In Angel Time, Anne Rice tells the story of a present-day hit man, a former parochial school student. The narrator is his guardian angel. After learning about his depressing descent from down on his luck school boy to a life of crime, we meet said angel. And together they time travel to 13th-century England and Paris to save the lives of a Jewish family. Thats a pretty succinct version of the story, which clearly bends strongly towards the religious and philosophical. Or preachy and plodding, ...more
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 ...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
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
Anne Rice has an amazing writing style as everyone knows so my issues are not with that. I just!
Oct 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-read
Angel Time centers on Toby O'Dare who uses the alias Lucky, he's an assassin for "The Right Man". When his boss calls he does what he's told to. After this specific mission, Lucky is cornered by a supposed angel who wants to save his soul. Lucky flashes back on how he came to work for "The Right Man" and realizes he does want a chance for redemption.

Lucky is sent back to thirteenth century England, a period that is fraught with tension between Catholics and the Jewish population. Lucky takes up
Mar 25, 2015 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
Nov 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, this book's description reads like it's about a righteous assassin for good that goes around smiting people in God's name. It's not. At all.

This is more of a historical fiction about redemption and coming to terms with the consequences of actions, whether they are yours or someone else's. It is, of course, well written, but it has an utter lack of they sexiness and occult that Anne Rice has been known for.

I think I would have liked this book better with a clearer idea of what to expect as it
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookcrossing
sadly it seems that rice's best times really were over after the vampire chronicles. I loved them, except for Vittorio, which was a senseless book. now this here.. I love it when angels are depicted. but I'm yet to find anything good there. this book is basically two separate stories glued together and I fail to see the bigger picture. i sympathized with toby, but not at all with the following story in angel time. what a pile of crap. sorry, but this time traveling makes no sense, as much as ...more
Oct 15, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Jun 12, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Angels and an assassin? My buzz words but this story was boring, written blandly, and not anything the synopsis said it was going to be. I was so excited to read this but i ended up skimming the last 100 pages to see how it ended (poorly).
Gene Hult
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
Jul 25, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Fabian Davy
Nov 15, 2010 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
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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 ...more

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