Verdict: Though at times a bit overly detailed and formal, ANGE'EL is profound and the writing, exceptional.
ANGE’EL offers readers the chance to enjoy a well-blended mix of reality and fantasy. There are also elements of politics, history, romance, action, and science fiction.
Morgan is from a modern world much like our own, but Gabriel is from a distant land where society and science are in some ways more advanced, but in others very primitive. For example, the healers have mastered some aspects of medical science and they are able to perform advanced healing of many injuries. However, the society is primitive in ways such as their ancient beliefs in maintaining pure bloodlines to preserve a master race.
Morgan came to New York to give a speech teaching the public about the importance of advancing equality and empowerment for girls and women in the United States, and elsewhere in the world. Before she even made her speech, she learned some valuable lessons for herself about love, fear, responsibility, and honesty.
Gabriel came to New York to protect Morgan from men’s rights activists that mean to kill her to prevent her from spreading her message of hope. The problem is that he tried to protect her without even being honest with her about the danger that she faced. Secrets and deceptions will cause him to lose more than just his life if he doesn’t straighten out the situation, and his own heart.
In ANGE’EL, author Jamie Le Fay explores many ideas that are familiar and hold great meaning to readers everywhere in the world. She considers issues such as race and gender equality, and allows us to look at the questions from another perspective. Gender equality takes a reverse role in the society of Ahe’ey, with women considered superior to men, but still the people face similar difficulties as we do when men are just as oppressed as women are in the real world.
Le Fay writes the story with a passion and thoughtfulness that allows the reader to participate in the adventure with Morgan and Gabriel, through their emotions and actions as much as through their words. At times however, Le Fay offers too much detail that distracts from the story, such as describing every detail of every article of clothing the characters wear, which makes for vivid imagery, but also seems frivolous in such a deep and provocative story.
Though at times a bit overly detailed and formal, ANGE’EL is profound and the writing, exceptional.