The Wind-Up Forest by L.J. LaBarthe

Title: The Wind-up Forest
Author: L.J. LaBarthe
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 212
Kisses: 5
Sub-Genre: Paranormal, Angels and Demons


Gabriel wants a quiet period to enjoy his relationship with Michael, but dangers arise when the Holy Grail is stolen.

Sequel to No Shadows Fall; Archangel Chronicles: Book Four Archangel Gabriel is hoping for a quiet period in his life to enjoy his
relationship with Archangel Michael, but someone has other ideas.
New dangers arise when the Holy Grail is stolen. Gabriel, Michael, and the rest of the Brotherhood of Archangels and their allies must somehow thwart the twisted desires of the thief.

Their search for the Grail takes them all over the world, calling on old friends like Uriel and Raziel, and forging powerful new alliances. Though they face a fresh set of perils in pursuit of the thief, the enduring comfort Gabriel needs so much, that of his beloved Michael, never abandons him.


This has to be one of the most fascinating series I have read in a long time.

Michael and Gabriel have grown closer than ever. They are trying to have some down time together when they hear the Holy Grail has disappeared. This might not seem like much, but it could be used for evil and destroy Heaven and Hell and everything in between.

This story is so well written! We can easily visualize the sexy Archangels interacting, and the sexy love scenes are always extremely hot! (A particular scene with Gabriel and Michael has a very *HOT* BDSM touch to it… and let me say ***WOW***)

We see a lot more of Michael’s “Venatores” who are shape shifting- Demon-hunting humans who add a lot to this story, and who are a major part of this book. When it is finally revealed who has the grail it comes out through the death of a much loved Angel. The ending is a real cliff hanger and I will be on the edge of my seat waiting for the next book in this series.

This book is not a stand alone book and I highly recommend you start with the first one “No Quarter” and follow the series.
L.J. LaBarthe is a wonderful storyteller and I know you will enjoy her work as much as I have.


Reviewed by: Cheryl


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