Title: Hell Takes a Holiday (2nd Edition)
Author: Kiernan Kelly
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Length: 48 Pages
Category: Fantasy, Angels/Demons
At a Glance: Hell Takes a Holiday covered all the bases, it didn’t drag, and I wasn’t left asking questions or feeling that there should have been more.
Reviewed By: Kim
Blurb: Despite a major setback, Lucifer has no time to feel sorry for himself. Running Hell is a monumental task, even though he’s taken steps to modernize it with technology like closed-circuit cameras and security systems.
As he struggles with his infernal issues, an unannounced visitor threatens to break his black heart. Lucifer hasn’t seen Uriel since his Fall, but he remembers how much he loved Uriel and how betrayed he felt when Uriel didn’t stand with him during the War.
Uriel has been sent to inspect the changes Lucifer has made and report back to Heaven. Lucifer has no choice but to give Uriel a guided tour of the Nine Circles, and all the feelings come rushing back.
Uriel hasn’t forgotten Lucifer either, and they pick up where they left off—with enough sizzle to rival the hottest of hell’s fires. But their reunion will be short-lived, unless Uriel relinquishes his halo—which Lucifer is unwilling to let him do.
Review: Kiernan Kelly, since why back when, has always been a favorite author of mine. I especially love her Angel stories. In Hell Takes a Holiday, I love how she calls out a lot of hypocrisy when it comes to those who end up in hell.
Lucifer is one BAMF, but lately he’s become a cause of concern for the Big Guy upstairs. Because of overcrowding in his realm, Lucifer has decided to leave the world of man to Heaven. What??? Lucifer is no longer gleefully taken in all the sinners! I liked where he went with this one. Especially the levels of sin called The Nine Circles.
As for Uriel, I loved his reaction as he was being lead out of the Second Circle by Lucifer. He may appear all-innocent and full of goodness, but the Angel Uriel seems to be on the same page I would have been on if I had been presented with a room like that one. I also liked his form of swearing.
Hell Takes a Holiday is a short story, but it says a lot about Lucifer and Uriel’s relationship. I caught a brief glimpse of Lucifer’s real Hell, and something of the angel he was before the war that caused his Fall. In other words, it covered all the bases, it didn’t drag, and I wasn’t left asking questions or feeling that there should have been more.
I enjoyed reading the first edition of this novella when it first came out years ago, and I loved reading it again in its second edition. As for me, I would love for Kiernan to write more about her type of Angels. They’re lustful, cute, and funny! I love how she thinks outside the box.
You can buy Hell Takes a Holiday here: