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Christine's Horror Fiction Reviews
Reviewed in the United States on July 3, 2020
An "aptronym" is what they call it, the term for when your given name suits (however ironically) your chosen profession or role in life. Whether it's prescience on the part of your parents, or some kind of self-fulfilling prophecy, it's often amusing and sometimes annoying. And easier to get away with / put up with in fiction than the real world.
In this case, the aptronym belongs to Angel Burns, who lost her mother in a tragic house fire, was raised by the fire chief who rescued her, and went on to pursue firefighting as a career. Now a single mom, working for and with a bunch of oinking sexist jerks who make her job a living hell, she has no idea how much an actual "living hell" she's about to stumble into.
Or, as it turns out, that her first name's a bit of an aptronym too, when she finds herself caught in a supernatural battle and then recruited into a secret society of demon-hunters. Armed with her trusty fire-axe and a magical family heirloom, Angel's new mission involves trying to stop the forces of evil from getting their claws on the relics that can be used as weapons against them.
I enjoyed the story, but did find the writing fairly heavy on the "tell" side of things (particularly when it came to referring to her as "the young hunter" or "the girl" or "the hero" and similar stylistic phrasing, though to be fair that is a big-time personal peeve of mine.) And the characterization of Angel struck me kind of bothersome in that crass one-of-the-boys-but-with-sexy-sexy-boobs way.
The energy's there, though, and the sense of fun. Lots of action scenes and what would be big-budget special effects. Some see-it-coming twists, others surprising. I'd be interested in seeing more.