I love how many different takes on angels and demons I’ve seen in fantasy books. With the first two releases in the Renegade Guardians series still a few months out, what better time to find something new to read while you wait? Here are 6 dark fantasy books about angels you can check out today!
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
“Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love. It did not end well.”
Taylor’s book is one of my favorite YA entries on this list. The world-building is immersive and engaging. The plot is full of intricate twists and turns. It has love, magic, suspense, and vivid descriptions that put you right next to Akiva and Karou. Taylor’s voice and prose are beautiful and inviting. And, as a bonus, Taylor’s unique spin on angels includes wings of fire and eyes of flames. I flew through this book in a weekend.
The Angel Trials by Michelle Madow
My favorite new adult urban fantasy pick on the list. Michelle Madow is a hot name in the indie community. After reading The Angel Trials, it’s easy to see why. An urban fantasy series filled with romance, action, and a great character arc for Raven as she finds her strength. Madow delivers a quick and engaging read perfect for fans of angels, demons, and sexy shapeshifters.
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
This book is a controversial inclusion. But that’s part of what I love about it. It’s on the darker end of YA and has drawn a lot of praise and criticism. I’ve heard the story described as “Twilight with angels.” While I don’t entirely agree with that summary, it’s easy to see where the comparison came from. Many people took issue with the “unhealthy” relationship between Patch and Nora, much like how Bella and Edward were labeled a toxic relationship. I plan to do an entire post about what attracts our psyches to dark fiction and romances, but that’s a topic for another day. For now, consider this my “content warning” for the book.
Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
No list of books about angels would be complete without Cassandra Clare. The Mortal Instruments series took the YA world by storm. Half-angels, vampires, and warlocks, oh my! They adapted the first book into a movie before the series eventually became the Shadowhunters show. I LOVE books set in or inspired by the Victorian age, especially if magic is involved. Therefore, I’m personally a sucker for the gaslamp fantasy feel of Infernal Devices. As much as I loved Jace and Clary, period pieces have a special place in my heart.
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
Unearthly is a paranormal romance perfect for YA lovers. The story follows an “angel-blood” (half-angel hybrid) named Clara. Clara is assigned to save a boy named
Dark Huntress by Nia Night
Night’s book is the newest release on this list, but don’t let that fool you. Dark Huntress is packed with action, angels, and an engaging plot. The chapters are short and suspenseful, and the full book itself is only 187 pages. The book ends on a cliffhanger that left me wishing the rest of the series was on Amazon. If you’re looking for a quick read for your weekend, be sure to give Dark Huntress a try.
Daughter of Nightmares releases on May 3rd. Grab your copy here! Or, start with the prequel novella and join the magical world of Astryae on April 26th here! I’ll be announcing giveaways soon for readers who preorder Daughter of Nightmares, including signed paperback editions and a free copy of the next book in the series, Son of Saints. March will be filled with group giveaways and free science fiction and fantasy books, so stay tuned!
Did I miss your favorite series? Be sure to let me know in the comments!