This year for Black History in Horror, I was introduced to a great author and I have quite enjoyed his work. I also enjoyed his submission to kick off this month. Jeff Carroll’s Thug Angel: Rebirth of a Gargoyle
In Thug Angel, the main character is … yes, a gargoyle. He’s a good guy though… with a daughter… but the wrong people, I mean werewolves, mess with the wrong gargoyle trying to take over his home. This is natural to defend your area, and while they live on the streets, protecting people from the boogieman, they are street smart… of New York… fitting since Gargoyles live in New York. Naturally. But the most important thing is that we see Maurice not only transitioning into a better gargoyle but strengthening his relationship with his daughter Eni. Thier relationship is great to watch evolve through each experience they have defending their street from Werewolves, and even a vampire or two.
Carroll doesn’t waste time getting to the action, and that is one great thing. The reader is introduced to the street life and what life is like … there are some awesome action fights in the first few pages. I am about the action, and he used great dialogue to ensure that the characters had their own lives. Maurice, the dad gargoyle, even shows up in these pages… as a perching gargoyle. He also wastes no time in bringing the origin story of Maurice to us, while simultaneously introducing us the internal struggle of the main character.
This is not only written full of action and the characters are given their own personality Carroll is able to grab my attention, keep it throughout the book and keep me wanting to know what happens next. The ending is great as well, I am happy to recommend this for some leisure reading. It was a great book.