Aiden Lobo is a graduate student in a world where magic, gods, and demons are part of everyday life.
- Aiden’s Angel By Aundrea Singer
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About the Author
I was born in Canada and grew up on a hobby farm, helping my parents raise chickens, ducks, geese, and turkeys, and a crazy number of cats, dogs, guinea pigs, rabbits, and hamsters. I've always had an active imagination, something my sister joyfully exploited by making me tell her stories for hours on end. And then my dad took me to see "Star Wars", and from that moment on all I wanted was to make universes like George Lucas did, only on paper instead of film. My favorite genres are sci-fi and fantasy, with paranormal thrown in here and there as long as it isn't too frightening. But what I love to write the most is ordinary people dealing with extraordinary situations. I always try to create heroes you could know, whether they're working in a tattoo shop in Toronto, or dodging spaceships on the other side of the galaxy. And sometimes those heroes are both men who fall in love. These days I live in Texas with my beloved husband, three neurotic cats, and the most wonderful little boy in the entire world. And I write as Aundrea Singer, which is a small homage to my parents, my heritage, and my husband's family, as well as a salute to the gaming buddies I left behind.
May 27, 2015
Aiden’s Angel Reviewed by Christopher Stone
Aiden’s Angel is a dark and sometimes muddled fantasy that races to the Light only when the title character, Eskander, Aiden’s Angel, blesses the author’s pages.
Ultimately this uneven, now and again puzzling, tome poses a great, if possibly unanswerable question, Can the love of a good mortal man prompt an eternal, spiritual being to trade in his wings, his metaphysical status, and eternal life, for a fragile, temporal human coil?
Magic, much of it of that old black variety, metaphysics, and madness coalesce in Aundrea Singers fuzzy fable about Aiden Lobo, a goodhearted student in a fictional world populated by magic, angels and demons – and tragically flawed by betrayal, cruel intentions, pain, and the legendary, ongoing war between the forces of Good and Evil.
At times, Aiden seems as if he is an innocent pawn in the proceedings – collateral damage, as it were. Other times, Aiden appears to be the unwitting catalyst for each conflict that engulfs him. Either way, his is not a life to which a sane person aspires.
Aiden’s story begins innocently enough. At the apartment of Cassandra Koo, his best friend and fellow grad student at the Tallulah Lightman University, Tanner, who shares the apartment with Cass and Greg Petran, her boyfriend, offers to walk Aiden home. You see, Tanner is more than Cass and Greg’s roomie – more than a blond-haired hot dude. He’s the guy on whom Aiden has been crushing. His romantic feelings would seem to be returned by Tanner: their mutual flirting has been going on for months.
And so, on foot, Aiden and Tanner hit the road to his apartment. Certainly there’s nothing ominous or untoward about “walking your baby back home.” - especially not when the promise of first sex at journey’s end hangs in the air like the fragrance of spicy cologne.
So, yes. We are set up to believe that when Aiden and Tanner arrive at the former’s apartment, months of flirting will finally be consummated.
Think again, dear readers. Not long into their stroll, Aiden and Tanner encounter terrors that make Dorothy’s jaunt down the yellow brick road, with its witches, flying monkeys, lions and tigers and bears, seem like a Mary Poppins cakewalk.
Instead of wanting to “do” Aiden, Tanner, it seems, is out to “do him in.” That’s because Blondie has targeted Aiden as a necessary sacrifice in some metaphysical mayhem – one spearheaded by a straight from the bowels of hell Demon God named Aeshma.
It seems that Aeshma, has been looking for an opening into the world of flesh and blood. Specifically the demon is looking to emerge into the world from the Crack that has opened in Aiden’s heart.
Such entry would signal much more than Aiden’s demise. It would end in the wholesale slaughter of two hundred million innocents.
For a while it looks as if Aiden’s life isn’t worth a plug nickel. But it’s always darkest before the dawn – or so they say. And it couldn’t get any darker , nor could the situation seem more hopeless than at the instant when he is rescued by a celestial being – one he eventually dubs Eskander, an Iranian take on Alexander, because this heavenly help appears to Aiden in Persian garb.
But Eskander isn’t your garden variety angel. He isn’t simply on a rescue mission. This angel has asked specifically to become Aiden’s protector. This golden winged creature loves and cherishes Aiden – in fact, he makes the endangered grad student feel as if he is more precious than anything in the universe.
After Eskander rescues Aiden, Cass and Greg find him, injured and drugged senseless, in the woods.
Aiden regains consciousness, but he is still dazed and confused. And he wonders: What really happened in the Woods? What was truth and what was illusion? Did Tanner really try to kill him? Was he really saved by an other worldly being – one who made him feel as if he were King of the Universe? At this point, readers may well share Aiden’s puzzlement. What in the world really happened on the road to flirtation fulfilled?
The remainder of the book is largely spent trying to separate truth from illusion.
One thing is certain: Aiden now feels a deep and abiding sexual love for his metaphysical guardian. The angel shares and returns these emotions in kind.
When, toward the end, Aiden once again appears to be Dead Meat, and Eskander once again rescues him, the author leaves us to ponder the possibly unanswerable query posed in my second paragraph. How much can, and will, an eternal being sacrifice on the altar of his love for a mortal man?
Overall I was unconvinced by much of Aiden’s uneven tale – regrettably this magic world in which he lives did not sweep me away. Stories rooted in magic are not necessarily “magical.”
So I’ll begrudgingly surrender three stars to this trifle, at the same time that I strongly suggest you spend your precious summer reading time with something else.
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