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War Eternal - Book 3 - Forsaken Angel
By J.F. Cain
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Romance.
War Eternal: Forsaken Angel -
Awards: 2019 Readers' Favorite Five Star Review
Abaddon’s identity has been revealed, and everyone, angels and demons, is left wondering about the Source’s mysterious plans.
Aranes, ready to give birth, is now in more danger than ever. The dark forces have formed an alliance with the sole purpose of taking her along with her child. And this time, the Guardians and the Exorcists cannot protect her.
In the celestial kingdom, the archangels decide to intervene to save their fallen superior, but the Source’s denial to grant its permission drives them towards rebellion.
Abaddon and Aranes are trying to find a way to overcome the imminent attack, but they both know that his powers are not enough to save her and the child from the claws of the otherworldly predators who seek to steal their souls and devour their bodies. When all seems lost, Lucifer unexpectedly proposes a solution to Abaddon, and he is forced to accept. He does not know that the Lord of Darkness believes the child to be his own and claims it, as he does Aranes. But he is painfully aware that the road back to the celestial kingdom is closing for him.
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Abaddon also sat at an angle, crossed his legs and took her hand which lay along the back of the couch. The fact remained that the beloved being sitting across from him with her long legs folded under her and her cute belly swelling under her robe was the ruler of the celestial kingdom, and there was no way this discussion would end until she was informed about everything she felt she needed to know. “You never give up, do you?” he asked with a smile.
“We’re more alike than you think,” Aranes replied and got straight to the point. “It is important that I know what is happening.”
“You’re right. I didn’t want to tell you so that you wouldn’t get upset, but I’m obviously making you worry more. Besides, you’re the brains in this mission.”
“And you its executor,” Aranes added, “and to carry it out we must remain united. So, will you tell me what happened today?”
“Lucifer appeared in my office today.”
Aranes had expected the Dark Lord to make that move.
“What did he say?” she asked calmly.
“He tried to create moral dilemmas in me about how similar Angels and Demons are in temperament. And, of course, he wanted to warn me that the attacks are about to begin. He claimed that he wasn’t going to pursue you and that there was no way the Celestials would help me,” Abaddon scoffed.
“Do you have any questions about the differences in the Ethereals’ traits?”
“No, you’ve explained them to me.”
“Alright,” Aranes said and continued: “As for his intentions, never think that he will abandon his goal. He is behind every attack. In one way or another, he will be the one controlling the actions of those who are after me.”
“I don’t doubt it,” Abaddon agreed. He wanted to ask her what she thought about the Celestials helping in an emergency, but he didn’t so that he wouldn’t seem insecure, both to her and to anyone monitoring their discussion.
“And who appeared just before?” Aranes continued with her questions.
“I thought it would be her,” Aranes said blankly. “Whoever begins the attacks will have to find out what powers you have and, above all, how quickly you sense the appearance of an Ethereal. That’s an important factor. A split second can mean victory for the one who senses an approaching enemy.”
“So that’s why she vanished without attacking,” Abaddon deduced. “Do you think Lucifer sent her?”
“Most likely. His quick return to action and your unknown powers have made my would-be persecutors hesitant. They don’t know what to expect, and I’m sure that the Dark Lord warned them to stay away from me. But as the time approaches for me to give birth, they will all be forced to make a move. They have too much to gain to give up, and I’m no longer the only prize they are all trying to lay claim to.” She then paused, wondering if she should tell him the harsh truth. Finally, she decided that her partner had to know about what was to come. “Some of them are after our child,” she went on as indifferently as she could. “Before or after the birth, it doesn’t matter. The baby’s vital organs are completely developed and it will survive even if it is removed violently—for those, of course, who want it alive. But, my blood alone is enough to overturn the natural laws of the planet.”
Abaddon imagined dark beings ripping Aranes’ belly open and was consumed by a black rage. His irises and pupils changed, his eyes becoming like smoldering coals in whose depths burned a blazing red fire. Gray energy poured out of his eye sockets, spreading all over his now frighteningly harsh face.
“Whoever dares to mess with you will have nowhere to hide in all the dimensions,” he roared, his voice sounding as if it was harnessing all the power of a dark abyss.
Aranes blinked, feeling bewildered. She had never seen him like this before.
He was a Dark Angel, but he was still a Celestial. As the commander of thousands of Defenders who, like him, had been in danger of finding themselves under Lucifer’s thumb, he had managed to control his rage and keep his warriors in Elether. Where was that part of him? Was it the absence of any memory defining the traits of Angels that was at fault, or had her secret name created an entity that was darker than he was before his incarnation? Right now, he was more like a Demon. Was he doing it on purpose to scare those who pursued her? She hoped so. Otherwise, he would evolve into an uncontrollable entity and his unique abilities would make him a danger to the balance of forces.
Uneasy about what her precious partner was becoming, she burrowed into his arms and hugged him.
“Please, Abaddon, calm down,” she said tenderly, trying to make him see sense.
He realized he had unnerved her and came to his senses at once. He wrapped his arms around her and rested his cheek on the crown of her head. As soon as he breathed in her beloved familiar fragrance, his face began to look human again.
“Forgive me, my love. I didn’t mean to upset you,” he said, stroking her back reassuringly. “The thought that those awful creatures could harm you and our child drives me mad.”
Aranes leaned back and looked at him with a troubled expression.
“Rage will lead you wrong.”
“No, but it will lead to the elimination of anyone who messes with you two,” the Dark Angel threatened darkly, hoping those entities were watching them this moment.
“When you act, you should be fully aware of what you do. Rage strips you of any control and makes you easy prey to be manipulated by a calm entity,” Aranes advised him for the umpteenth time.
“I know,” said Abaddon, checking his irritation for her.
It was his weak point. As a human, he had managed his emotions sensibly. But ever since he had learned that his adversary was the greatest of Demons, he had trouble reining in his anger. Being aware of the problem, he had made an effort and had made great progress in handling the fury that arose in him just at the sound of Lucifer’s name. Some small slips were painless, but the total loss of control could carry a heavy price. As much as his duty to protect the worlds’ most precious entity made him anxious, he knew he had to control himself.
Aranes rested her head on his shoulder and put her palm at the center of his chest to send her energy into him and calm him.
“You know that I can feel it when you do your magic, right?” Abaddon said, now in a better mood.
“Don’t feel so proud; many humans feel it when energy flows into their body,” she teased.
Abaddon covered her palm with his own.
“What a pity. And here I thought I was special!”
“I see you’re better. Can we go to bed now? I feel tired.”
Abaddon didn’t need any urging. Her needs came before anything else.
“Of course, my heart,” he said gladly. He got up off the couch, lifted her in his arms and walked to the bed.
“Can you please stop carrying me?” Aranes asked as she untied the belt on her robe. “I’m pregnant, not an invalid.”
“Nope, I’m not doing you that favor,” he replied adamantly. He dematerialized her robe and materialized it once again on the quilted bench at the foot of the bed.
“And undressing me?” she added.
A roguish smile formed on Abaddon’s lips.
“Especially not that. It’s my favorite.”
He deposited her on the bed, lay down next to her and covered her with the comforter.
Aranes snuggled up to him.
“Then let me not deprive you of it,” she said, her soft voice sounding tired.
“Goodnight, love of my soul,” the Dark Angel replied.
“You couldn’t have said it more aptly,” she muttered with her eyes closed.
Abaddon took her hand and rested it on his chest.
“Yes, it fits perfectly. Now go to sleep.”…
"It is refreshing to discover an author who writes in the paranormal romance genre who is as interested in philosophical questions as she is in suspenseful and strange characters and situations...This Book 3 continues the fascinating debut for the author and for her ongoing series. Very impressive!"
Grady Harp - HALL OF FAME / TOP 100 REVIEWER
"I have been a fan of vampires and other supernatural creatures since I picked up one of the Anne Rice books back when I was in high school. I have read a lot of these kinds of stories since then but none as satisfying or written nearly as well as Ms. Rice writes until now. War Eternal: Forsaken Angel by J.F. Cain is written in that deep literary and mystical tradition that I first discovered in those books by Anne Rice... I think the plot is what really hooked me... The characters are intriguing not only because of their powers but because of the complicated responsibilities that go with them. J.F. Cain has a way of bringing out the human characteristics in those on the side of good as well as those on the side of evil. In the end, that is what makes War Eternal a great book and great writing."
Ray Simmons - Readers' Favorite *****
"Author J. F. Cain writes with intricate detail, allowing readers to draw intimately close to the minds and bodies of her characters, which makes both the action and romantic elements of the plot deeply emotive and engaging to read. The plot itself spirals into darkness with every page and the progression of the narrative gives plenty of shocking twists and turns to match this... Forsaken Angel will certainly please paranormal romance fans who like something on the more extreme side."
K.C. Finn *****
"J.F. Cain is a wonderful storyteller, combining Christian myth with a strong imagination to weave a yarn that leaves readers satisfied and longing for more... War Eternal: Forsaken Angel is a beautiful fantasy that is so well-written, with powerful plot points and a phenomenal conflict that make it a great read. The action is pulsating, the characters compelling, and the plot tight and quickly paced."
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J. F. Cain is a writer with a restless mind who spent years of her life reading and traveling. However, of all the places she has been to, her favorite is a house in the mountains where she can focus on her writing.
She is a seeker of knowledge who transcribes the results of her studies in her books. Her favorite pastime –other than reading and writing- is scouring libraries.
However, she has lately convinced herself that she enjoys shopping just as much, as well as spending time with family and friends – the few that can still tolerate her frequent and extended periods of absence.