Imagine what it would be like to feel the suffering of others, and still have to manage and live your own life. What would you do? How would you cope? Would you see this as a curse, or would you turn this into something good, and try to end the suffering of the world?
That is, in essence, what it is to be a dark angel. Each one is born a mortal, then they get chosen to be reborn as a dark angel, and their job is to defend and help those who cannot help themselves...those who are in dark places.
Each one must either rise to face the challenge, or be punished...vanquished to a place of nothingness...the void.
Each one posseses unique powers, given to them by the god Saigolai, the god of life. Victor is the dark angel of Justice. In the first book, his need to save his wife is driven by his love of her, but also by his quest for Saigolai. He must see that Kristiniva is held accountable for her crimes against not only the angels, but the people of Sark. She has not only captured a queen, she has captured and with held love from these people, who need it now more than ever. Sark has become over run with evil souls, and there is no love to counter the darkness.
Celeste, the dark angel of love, is on a quest to get home. She is lost to her people, and she knows that they need her, but is powerless to get back to Sark. In this way, love and justice work hand in hand in the book. Their relationship is like scales, balancing. I did not want to make either Celeste or Victor to seem weak, because both are powerful beings. Each depends upon the other, though. Celeste can not give her love to the people without Victor's gift. Likewise, Victor cannot rule the people of Sark Justly without the reception of Celeste's love.
Then there is Alexandria, a dark angel who stands independently. She is the angel of Vengeance. She hunts down evil souls, and repays them. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a death for a death, a pain for a pain. She is also skilled in spell casting (though this is a learned trade, rather than a gift). Before coming to Sark she was a knight of Chimrion, highly skilled in combative arts. Though she is tough, and independent, she is like the other dark angels, vulnerable at times, especially when she is not in control, and has not been given power to overtake her opponents. The power ultimately comes from Saigolai, not the angels themselves. It is a gift given to them, but at times, it is taken. Always with a reason.
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