Dancing on the Head of a Pin (Remy Chandler #2) by Thomas E. Sniegoski
Still mourning the loss of his wife, fallen angel Remy Chandler has immersed himself in investigating dangerous supernatural cases. His latest: the theft of a cache of ancient weaponry stolen from a collector who deals in antiquities of a dark and dubious nature. The weapons, Remy knows, were forged eons ago and imbued with unimaginable power. And if they fall into the wrong hands, they could be used to destroy not only Heaven but also Earth.
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Once again, Thomas E. Sniegoski has produced a twisty adventure for Remy Chandler, who’s mourning Madeline’s recent death and drawing further and further away from his human life. Then he’s recruited to find ancient weaponry that tends up being from Heaven, forged by the Morningstar (yes, that Morningstar). So what could have been a simple investigation ends up leading Remy all over town and into different realms as he tries to stop the folks who want the weapons from using them. Yes, this is vague but saying the who and the why would really spoil the reading of the story since the surprises are part of what make Dancing on the Head of a Pin so good. The cover actually does a great job of explaining some of the main plot points, for those who care to try to outwit their novels.
The author actually takes the story to places (literally and metaphorically) that I did not suspect, and these choices add a lot of gravitas to the novel. There are major ramifications for what goes on and there’s definitely a cost for what goes on. Again, I’m cryptic but I really don’t want to spoil this for anyone. I will say that Remy is forced to use his Seraphim powers again and it causes him to doubt his place on Earth and with the humans, and that we get to see more of the his world unfold before us.
I really like the way Thomas E. Sniegoski writes. There are game-changing moments fairly regularly and he puts Remy through the ringer, physically and emotionally. He also does some fantastic world building in this novel and it makes me so excited for Where Angels Fear to Tread. Dancing on the Head of a Pin ends in a way that leaves with a sense of satisfaction, since the main points of the plot are answered, but also eager for more since the author’s done a fantastic job of setting up what’s sure to be an interesting future for our hero.