Nyx is Queen of Hell and ruler of the Angels who were banished there – the Descended.
And when the rest of the Angels are called home, Nyx finds herself stuck on the Earth with the Son of God. To her surprise, she learns that he is no happier than she. God’s son thought he was sent down to judge humanity. Instead, he becomes a sacrifice for a cause he does not believe in – their redemption.
After his mortal body dies, the Son of God makes Nyx an offer: a new paradise on Earth if she will help him destroy humanity.
With two of her fellow Angels by her side, Nyx launches a thousand-year campaign of violence, sex, betrayal and intrigue to bring down God’s people and have them worship her instead. From the back streets of Jerusalem to the palaces of Rome, from the temples of Egypt to the Pope’s bedchamber, Nyx and her companions work to destroy the worshippers of God.
But not all is as it seems. And the Son of God has bigger plans than any of them imagine…
If you thought George R.R. Martin was cruel, you should give this book a whirl. I was warned that it was going to be really dark and twisted but I was not prepared for this. It was amazing!!
John Patrick Kennedy (JPK) brought Nix, Persephone, and Ishtar to life in a way that was terrifying and believeable. Nix is the Queen of Hell and Persephone and Ishtar are her closest friends and followers which right away twisted this book for me. I would go back and forth, loving the characters and sympathizing with them, then remembering that she is a horrible angel – but she’s made out to be the protagonist. It was just really well executed.
JPK’s has a writing style that I love. He has the perfect balance of dialogue, description, and facts. He totally pulled off writing about Nix’s life over a period of over 1000 years without it being boring for even a second. Going into the book, I was a little nervous that it would be super religious. I was sooo happy to find out that although it technically was religious, it was more historical fiction with lots of action and gore and twists.
I knew something wasn’t right with Tribunal right from the beginning but I couldn’t figure out what exactly. In the ending we get a taste of who he really is and it’s grim. I definitely need to read book 2 to find out the true extent of his wrath.
The only reason I didn’t give this a solid 5 stars is because I didn’t fully connect 100% to the characters and completely become a part of them. I would say I sympathized 85% with them – maybe because they are so dark? I’m not really sure.
Anyway I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is prepared for a DARK and PROVOCATIVE book. Even though JFK is a fairly new author, I’m still surprised that this book isn’t more popular. It deserves more attention!