Bethany and Erryn review ‘The Dichotomy of Angels’ by N.R. Walker. The book was self-published on December 26, 2019 and is 327 pages.
NOTE: This book was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why Bethany read: N.R Walker is an auto-buy for me so this was a no brainer.
Why Erryn read: I’ve enjoyed every N.R. Walker book I’ve read and so had high hopes for this one.
Nathaniel and Chasan are no ordinary angels.
Destiny chose them to be twin flames, fated mates. But Nathaniel has avoided Chasan for nearly a thousand years.
When sent to Earth on a mission to live and work together, Nathaniel comes face-to-face with his destiny. Short-tempered, petulant, and grumpy, he hates the idea of being fated to anyone and has chosen an existence of isolation rather than spending time with the calm, kind, and serene Chasan. But now he has no choice.
One is fire, the other is air; a true dichotomy of angels. Together they will be ignited, or they will be extinguished. This assignment will seal their fate either way.
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85,000 words. A sometimes-funny, sometimes-serious story about love, destiny, and other heavenly disasters.
I laughed, I cried, I pondered.
As an atheist, I approached this book with caution. I needn’t have worried. Might some people be offended by it? Quite possibly. Is it worth reading? Absolutely.
Now, I didn’t come to that decision easily. As the book progressed, I vacillated back and forth between loving it, feeling annoyed at it, and being confused by it. I think, in the end, the humor helped win me over.
Nathaniel grimaced. “I wish I could still swear and smite things.” He put his hand to his forehead. “They took all my angel powers and my ability to curse and smite. Totally not fair.”
“It’s like they’re almost trying to tell you something about your behavior,” Chasan said with a smirk.
Nathaniel glowered at him.
There is a lot of humor in this book. Playing off the dichotomy between the dark Nathaniel and the light Chasan was an easy way to go, to be sure, but there were moments when more sophisticated humor worked even better. I don’t know much about Heaven, but seeing it as an administrative endeavor was amusing. The antics of various angels kept me grinning. And Nathaniel? I could relate to him – perpetually grumpy, put upon, and generally tired of peopling. Something tragic happened in his past and instead of dealing with it, he’s buried himself in the administration of Hell. Or what passes as Hell. He’s happy to smite the horrible people of this earth and frankly, I supported him in that endeavor. When it became clear how much he was hurting Chasan, I was a little less in his corner. It’s one thing to close oneself off but being a twin flame means there are two people (or angels) involved. That Chasan has kept such a positive attitude speaks to his strength of his character. But this mission on earth is meant to make the two men face each other and resolve their differences once and for all.
No pressure, eh?
There are also great moments of sadness in this book. I’m still at a bit of a loss why I felt things so profoundly. It’s just a book, right? Yeah, but when penned by Ms. Walker, you’re never quite sure what you’re going to get. I know better than to read without tissue close at hand, but alas I did and was wiping my eyes with the back of my hands while sniffling. Is it the time of year? My own problems reconciling my religious past? Or is it simply Ms. Walker’s perspective on our world – that there is both great kindness and great cruelty that exist at the same time. That dichotomy.
I’ll quickly recommend the book. It surprised me, delighted me, challenged me, and – truthfully – made me feel. Sometimes they were comfortable feelings and sometimes they made me decidedly uncomfortable. That’s what great books do – make you think about your place in this world. What can I do to make things a little better? How can I be a little less churlish to those who love me? I am Nathaniel but I aspire to be Chasan. This is also a redemption story and I’m a sucker for those.
Bring tissue, bring your sense of humor, and expect the unexpected. The perfect N.R. Walker book.
10/10 Points of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
So I really don’t even know how to write this review. You see I was raised as a Christian going to church every Sunday. I believed in God and angels, and heaven. But I grew up, and while I still believe in God and angels and heaven. I’m just not sure I believe in EVERYTHING the church told me I had to believe, so I was a tad uneasy starting this book. But it is NR Walker and she has yet to let me down.
Like Erryn asked, will some be offended by this book? Maybe, but in the end I was not. See you can believe in something that someone else does not but that does NOT make their beliefs any less real for them, just like mine are no less real for me. I hope that made sense. This book isn’t about what you believe or if heaven and angels are real or not. Its a beautiful love story about two fated hearts finding their way back to each other.
I love how NR approached hell, cause that is a big thing I don’t go hand in hand with the church. It was funny how she made heaven and hell, much like a company run by different departments. I could see it all in my mind and you know when an author can create that for you with words, you know she is on to something brilliant.
Ok now to Chasan and Nathaniel, they were the very epitome of dark and light, ying and yang. They were so perfect for each other, fated for each other, I just didn’t understand why Nathaniel was holding back. But as I further delved into the book, I understood the hurt and pain, and probably a bit of anger that Nathaniel was going through. But what took Nathaniel a thousand years to realize, was that by denying his bond to Chasan it was causing pain to them both. He might not have realized how much hurt he was putting Chasan, and himself, through by denying their fated destiny.
But oh when he finally gave in, it was magical. He changed, yes he was still the dark angel who curses a lot and likes to smite people and photocopiers, but it was like he was freeing himself and Chasan. These two were an absolute joy to read about, till I got to the end. While I knew she would not end it tragically as it felt when I read it, I wasn’t sure which direction she was taking them. But oh how I loved the end.
This book is different from a lot of what NR writes but it was no less special. It is one that I highly recommend. One that will stick with me for a while, it made me think, and will continue to make me question. If you are questioning reading it for whatever reason, I encourage you to try it, open your mind to something a little different.
10/10 Pots of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
She is many things; a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who she gives them life with words.
She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things…but likes it even more when they fall in love. She used to think having people in her head talking to her was weird, until one day she happened across other writers who told her it was normal.
She’s been writing ever since…