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The Horizon Chronicles by Kim Richardson

Clean read books packed with actions, adventures, despairs and a tiny bit of romance. This series is a must-read for fans of The Soul Guardians series.

Series Title: The Horizon Chronicles
Author: Kim Richardson
Genres: Fantasy > Paranormal > Angels / Demons
Read Format: Kindle Edition
Total Pages: 1,298
Reading Date: 13th June 2020 ~ 26th June 2020

The Reading Order – How to Read The Horizon Chronicles by Kim Richardson

  • 1 The Soul Thief
  • 2 The Helm of Darkness
  • 3 The City of Flame and Shadow
  • The Lord of Darkness

The Soul Thief

Alexa has a very big problem. She’s dead.

Worse, instead of meeting her maker, she’s pulled into the world of the Guardian Angel Legion—a secret band of angels dedicated to protecting mortal souls from demons.

But Alexa’s life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn when she’s sent back to the mortal world to investigate a series of murders and missing souls and is attacked by a demon. But are demons responsible for the killings? Or is it something else?

To make matters even worse, an ancient, evil shadow grows over the world, and with it a force more terrible and destructive than the world has ever seen. Can Alexa find a way to stop it or will it doom the mortal world forever?

My thoughts…

Although this series was written in the third person, just like the Soul Guardian series, which made it hard to connect with the main character, however, with the intriguing storyline in this book, it was much more enjoyable.

Having the same concept of the world, this time, we get to read about the guardian angel stationed on Earth. Alexa didn’t do it on purpose, but her fear of water had prevented her from going back to the Horizon.

In the mortal world, Alexa met Erik, who had an issue with the Legions. He was part of the Sensitives group, and almost all of his team members were wary of the Angels. Alexa and Eris’s forbidden romance started slow but headed somewhere, unlike Kara and David’s affair.

I loved that the author included the Scout – a talking dog in this book. I missed them from the previous series, and I learned more about them in this book. Towards the end of the story, when Alexa met the Chief, I thought that the story would be like Kara’s, but thank god it wasn’t heading that way, and now I can’t wait to read the next book and find out more about Alexa’s next adventure.

The Helm of Darkness

Against all odds, Alexa survives the pagan god Hades’ clutches and returns to Horizon—but at a steep cost. Part of her soul is missing, and with that, a darkness brews inside her.

When the Legion pairs her with a new petty officer, Milo, a mysterious angel who seems as annoyed as she is to be teamed together, they head to New York City on a lead and things quickly move from bad to worse.

Hades is angry. Hades wants revenge. Now, as the pagan god’s threat grows stronger and plagues the mortal world with evil, Alexa must decide whether to trust the secretive Milo and find a way to come together and defend everything they hold dear—before it’s too late…

My thoughts…

After losing half of her soul, Alexa was fuelled with determination to get the other half back. However, to do so, she needs to kill the pagan god Hades. It was a mission impossible for Alexa, and her quest was still far from over by the end of the story in this second book.

Alexa’s romance afterlife wasn’t going well in this book, and I found it dull and was more intrigued by the new character Milo. I was hoping that the two of them would end up together, but my wish didn’t come true, yet (Maybe in the next book? Who knows). Milo was a mysterious and badass guardian angel, and I hope to read more about him in the next book.

The story was action-packed but with the same repetitive storyline as in the Soul Guardians series where the main character had darkness growing inside of her and also misjudged by the superior. Overall, if you haven’t read the mentioned series, you’ll enjoy the story.

The City of Flame and Shadow

The mortal world is at risk. Darkness brews in Horizon. Hades is mustering the full force of his power with the help of the Helm of Darkness, and he releases an apocalyptic nightmare onto the mortal world.

Alexa and Milo must travel to another dimension, a world of flames and ash and shadow, in search of a secret weapon that can destroy Hades.

While Alexa realizes exactly how much she’s willing to risk for Milo, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the mortal world?

My thoughts…

The city of flame and shadow was a place in Purgatory, where Alexa and her petty officer ventured to retrieve the Bone sword, a weapon that they believed could harm Hades. Having named the book’s title as this place, it was unfair that their adventure to this place only started halfway into the book.

I wished the story focused more on that world because I loved their quest, and I thought that was the most exciting part of the whole book. The black and white dimension world reminded me of one of my favourite series, Sam Winchester and Castiel the Angel in the Supernatural series!

Although the story was predictable, nevertheless, it was still entertaining with a sprinkle of a tiny bit of possibility of love, lots of hatred between the legions and the sensitives, betrayal by their trusted superior and hopelessness against the evil. It was marvellous.

The Lord of Darkness

Love. Betrayal. Revenge.

Lucifer has escaped from purgatory. Darkness descends on both Horizon and the mortal world. The Order of the First is the on-move, systematically turning angels against angels. Their numbers continue to grow as chaos and destruction overwhelm the Legion.

Meanwhile, Alexa is trapped in Tartarus, the impenetrable and inescapable angel prison, knowing all too well that she’s responsible for Lucifer’s breakout. But can she find a way to escape her prison to fight the greatest evil she has ever faced?

Worse, Milo has sacrificed himself to save the angels from his father’s deadly wrath. Will Alexa ever see him again? If so, is he allied with his father? Can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?

The stakes are higher than ever in the last instalment of The Horizon Chronicles series.

My thoughts…

In this final book, Alexa faced a much more challenging foe, the famous Lucifer. The story continued with Alexa being in Tartarus and with Milo off with his dear father, she was lonely and losing hope. Lance, the scout dog, didn’t go and visit her, and she had no idea what was going on in the world.

It was by accident that Alexa got out of prison, and again she was thrust into a mission impossible task. The Oracle had put faith in her to gather three things which would help to defeat Lucifer. When things seemed bleak, Alexa almost lost her hope. Would she be able to save humanity and what’s Lucifer’s most significant plan if it wasn’t to annihilate the mortals?

I wasn’t sure how Alexa could defeat the mighty Lucifer, but my guess to some of the plot came true. However, there were still some aspects that surprised me. Overall, the ending was excellent, and I was glad the author wrapped it up nicely. In my opinion, I preferred this series more than the Soul Guardians series.

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