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When fallen angels live amongst humans, there’s hell to pay. I’ve been a fan of Billie Sue Mosiman’s stories since the 1980s, and LOSTNESS (January 2017) is no exception. A sequel to BANISHED and ANGELIQUE, this tale is set in 1940 with many of the same characters from BANISHED. Angelique returns, still in a child’s body. Nisroc (Nick) travels in Europe with Jody, the midget. Henry, the shape-shifter, is back, too. But fascinating new characters are introduced in LOSTNESS—Ladina, Jules, Tina, Will, Graham, Duma, Monty—to complicate the storyline. The great battle between angels—between the fallen and the unfallen—is about to begin. My only gripes with the novel are the mention of the CIA and a few minor things a good copy editor would have corrected. The Central Intelligence Agency didn’t exist in 1940. The closest thing was the FBI, or Military Intelligence, or possibly the OSS. I love Mosiman’s images of angels allowing their wings to expand. I love being inside Jules’ head when she dream-travels. Once again, Mosiman shows there’s more in heaven and earth than dreamt in our philosophies.
Billie Sue Mosiman has delivered a sprawling tale of adventure and the supernatural that takes us to Nazi-invaded France, Africa, and New Orleans. Reminiscent of Rice's Vampire saga, Mosiman tells the story of a pair of adversarial fallen angels as they gather their strength in anticipation of an epic confrontation.
Mosiman excels at placing you in the period, with little details like a Crosley radio or a speculative conversation wondering what, exactly, Hitler plans to do with all those Jews once he's rounded them up. It's a fascinating backdrop for the supernatural. Definitely recommended!
This is a fast-reading story of the quest for vengeance and the quest for redemption. It's a thriller with a supernatural overlay. It's ultimately a story about people, people who are bad, people who have wavered, and people who are so, so brave despite their frailties.
Reviewed in the United States on February 22, 2017
Billie Sue Mosiman has crafted a tense balance of history, religion, and horror. LOSTNESS is a perfect follow-up to "Banished". "Lostness", for this reviewer, is the superior read. Where "Banished" was epic in scope, especially that final battle, "Lostness" brings the drama down to the human level. The evil of the supernatural beings contrasts well with the good of the natural human spirit. This sequel is epic in its portrayal of the human heart and the hard choices it must make when evil threatens the good for which man fights. Servante of Darkness Blog