Iron Angel (Deepgate Codex, Book 2)

In this stunning follow-up to his epic fantasy debut, Alan Campbell propels readers into a captivating city battling for its own survival—and that of humankind—in a world of deities and demons, fallen angels and killers.

After a destructive battle, the ancient swaying city of Deepgate has been overtaken. Most of the chains that suspend it have given way, and the temple now dangles upside down above the once-uncharted abyss. The victorious Spine have initiated martial law and are ruthlessly pursuing all who attempt to leave. But amid the turmoil, two captives are returned: the young angel Dill, now toughened by war, and traitor assassin Rachel Hael.

Incarcerated in the crumbling temple, the prisoners await their fate—while ghosts rise through the abyss from the open gates of Hell. But as the city teeters on the brink, plans for vengeance are set in motion. And in the coming battle between gods, it is the world of men that is at stake.

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By colleen the contrarian ± (... never stop fighting) ± (Philadelphia, PA) · ★★☆☆☆ · February 16, 2009
I must admit, I wasn't a huge fan of the first in the trilogy, either. I thought it was an interesting premise and setting and all that, but that the execution was a bit lacking... My sentiments only increased while reading this second of the lot. (It took me awhile to read this book, because I o... ...more
By Mike (the Paladin) (Hermitage, TN) · ★☆☆☆☆ · May 03, 2011
I can't really say why I went on with this volume of Campbell's. I somewhat enjoyed Scar Night. This book suffers from the same flaws only "more so". Where I wanted to follow Scar Night (Deepgate Codex, #1) by Alan Campbell to it's conclusion, this one was for me a bit like getting to the top of a hill while dragging a weight.

Don't get me wro... ...more
By Jason (Lockport, NY) · ★★★★★ · August 02, 2013
4.5 Stars

Iron Angel by Alan Campbell is a case where sometimes too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. This book is the sequel to Scar Night, a novel that is a glorious steam punk mash filled with demons, angels, and clockwork machines. In Scar Night, we get treated to a truly amazing settin... ...more
By Hanzel (Manila, D9, Philippines) · ★★★★☆ · February 15, 2015
Book Two of the Deepgate Codex, ahhhh......more angels and the relationship to each other becomes clearer, Ayen Goddess of Heaven warred with Iril, resulting in his shattered body thrown to earth and landed in Hell, Iril wasn't alone when he challenged Ayen, he was accompanied by his sons, most n... ...more
By Doug (Alameda, CA) · ★★★☆☆ · July 31, 2009
This one fell apart a bit, turning from an inspired race across Hell to a trifle of a "Murder On The Orient Express"-esque ending. Main characters were hard to find and harder to keep track of, the pace was jerky and the plot more convoluted. Despite all that, it hasn't deterred me from finishing... ...more
By Christy (Manteca, CA) · ★★★★★ · April 30, 2010
My favorite part was when that dog got kicked to death.

Five stars. ...more
By Metaphorosis · ★★★☆☆ · December 11, 2012
I spent a good part of the predecessor, Scar Night , trying to decide whether the book was fantasy, or SF disguised as fantasy. There were indications of the latter, with 'angels' having fallen from 'heaven' in a technologically advanced vehicle ('the Tooth'). This book, however, steams ahead wi... ...more
By The Tick · ★★☆☆☆ · February 25, 2010
I enjoyed the first part of this book. I found the second part less interesting (except for the setting--I liked the descriptions and the atmosphere there). The third part was downright confusing and difficult to follow, though, and by the end I'd hit that magical point where you keep reading jus... ...more
By Michelle (Washington, DC) · ★★★★☆ · September 29, 2008
This sequel is MUCH darker than its predecessor, and has a completely different focus. Nevertheless, I quite enjoyed it. Not for the squeamish though. This is fantasy for the hard-hearted. ...more
By Raphael (Canada) · ★★★☆☆ · June 16, 2009
A dark industrial fantasy world, with the gods struggling for control of Hell and Earth having been tossed out of Heaven. The characters are flat, and, surprisingly, secondary characters seem to be developed more than the main ones.

For once, though, I'm not as interested in the characters' stori... ...more