Killer Nashville Book of the Day

“Icefall” by Gillian Philip / Reviewed by Kate Proffitt

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Gillian Philip
Gillian Philip

Fear. It’s wrapping around the house on the cliff as thickly as the mist coming off of the river below it. For Seth Macgregor, fear is the ticking clock signifying that his time is almost up because his soul is almost gone.

For the other members of Seth’s complex clan, fear is something they’ve grown accustomed to and accepted as a part of everyday life. The clan is in a period of waiting, but not for long, because the fiercely malicious Kate NicNiven is determined once and for all to gain their souls and take the throne.

In “Icefall” the fourth and final installment in Gillian Philip’s enthralling series Rebel Angels, things are getting pretty complicated. Trapped on the other side of the veil, Seth’s clan is in a period of waiting. Homesick, worried, and unaccustomed to life in the 21st century, tensions are high within the family. As unexpected allies are formed, other friends are gone for good, and Kate’s determination to be in control regardless of the cost threatens to tear Seth’s family apart.

This book takes place on both sides of the veil and paints a picture of a world so real I find myself thinking I am a character in this magical plot. As new relationships form and old ones are laid to rest, you will find yourself unable to put the book down.

From mystical creatures in the sea to sword fights to the power of true love, “Icefall” is a story that will grab you from the first page. Readers will mourn the loss of beloved characters and celebrate with the introduction of new ones.

As with any great book, and more so with an exceptional series, the novel left me with mixed emotions. I was at peace with the clan’s happiness, mourned for the loss of my favorite character, overjoyed for the bright, villain- free, future, but overall the only regret I had in reading this book is that I couldn’t have stayed in it longer.

Philips concludes this series beautifully and leaves the reader feeling that, for all of the unexpected changes that have happened in this series, the one constant amidst the chaos is the undeniable proof that a family’s love and undying devotion will ultimately win every battle.

Kate Proffitt is a creative writing major, who loves to read and write! Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors is her favorite band, Christina Rossetti is her favorite poet, and she drinks a lot more Diet Coke than she should. She also enjoys travelling and has spent some time in Europe! Kate is currently working on her first unpublished novel!

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