Angel Time by Anne Rice
A very pretty story, but ultimately it felt full of exposition and empty of emotion. Stuff happens, and it’s written beautifully, but the expository style holds you back from caring too much about the characters and what’s going on, like a light TV show. I wouldn’t change the channel if it came on, but I wouldn’t make a note to watch it either. I would give this book two stars – below average – but it gets an extra half star because it was a quick read and wouldn’t be intolerable on a plane or a beach.
Toby O’Dare is a contract killer on assignment to kill once again. He’s a soulless soul, a dead man walking. His nightmarish world of lone and lethal missions is disrupted when a mysterious stranger offers him a chance to save rather than destroy lives. O’Dare, who long ago dreamt of being a priest, seizes his chance. He is carried back through the ages to thirteenth-century England, to dark realms where accusations of ritual murder have been made against Jews, where children suddenly die or disappear. In this primitive setting, O’Dare begins his perilous quest for salvation, a journey of danger and flight, loyalty and betrayal, selflessness and love.