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Sammael's Wings

Written by Hilton Pashley

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This fast-paced fantasy extravaganza, sequel to Gabriel's Clock, sees the half-angel, half-demon hero - the only one of his kind in the entire universe – go through Heaven and Hell to reunite his family. Having sent the malicious archdemon Belial screaming back to Hell, Jonathan is desperate to find his parents. His angel father was last seen at the steps of Heaven, but he’s now lost and wounded, while his demon mother is somewhere in Hell. The arrival of Jonathan’s great-aunt Sammael Morningstar, an archangel returning from exile, whose eyes "spoke of great age and terrible sadness,” offers him hope, but a new enemy is rising. The archdemon Baal is set on spreading chaos through the universe, and only Jonathan and Sammael have the archangel wings Baal needs to succeed. Highly visual and brimming with tension, this is a high-concept, high-stake epic, and the humorous touches of English eccentricities are an additional delight. Even as chaos rages all around, sometimes the only answer is to sit down with a nice cup of tea. ~ Joanne Owen

Reader Reviews

In addition to our expert Lovereading opinion, we asked some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel to to read and review the first in this series, Gabriel's Clock. You can read their full reviews here.

  • Felicity Wilcox, age 10 - 'Very good book, not for the faint hearted! But a lot of my family like it.'
  • Ewan Young, age 10 - 'Lots of action and demons, I couldn't put this book down!'
  • Calum Stillie, age 11 - 'This book is a meatier and cooler version of Beast Quest fans or a light read for fans of Harry Potter.  I look forward to the next installment.'
  • Lewis Duckworth, age 12 - 'a fantastic and sometimes funny novel. If you like fantasy and action books this is one for you.'
  • Emily Passmore, age 12 - 'After I got into it, I loved this book and thought it was really, really good!!'
  • Robert White, age 10 - 'This book is hilarious and action packed!  Expect to see mind-blowing devils in bowler hats, talking cats, living gargoyles and a half-demon, half-angel hero.'
  • Jemima, age 9 - 'There's a talking cat, friendly gargoyles, demons, were wolves, a dragon, a vicar with a pistol and a rapier,  and as the cat would say... What’s not to like?'
  • Benjy Randall, age 9 - 'A thrilling adventure story from start to finish.'
  • Traviss Chaytors, age 10 - 'This book has it all; a talking cat, a half-angel half-demon and a werewolf. A perfect fantasy and magical world in a perfect story.'
  • Sam Harper, age 9 - 'Gabriel's Clock captivated me from the very first page.  I stormed through it and couldn't wait to find out what would happen next.  This is a truly amazing story and I absolutely loved it.'
  • Lucy Minton, age 10 - 'A fantastic piece of writing which had me gripped...I was on the edge of my seat.'
  • Evie Scott-Sentance, age 10 - 'I thoroughly enjoyed this story – it was exciting and dramatic. Once I’d started it, I couldn’t stop! I recommend Gabriel’s Clock to everyone – it’s a great book.'
  • Emma Stephenson, age 10 - 'Gabriel's Clock is a magical book that I found gripping from the first chapter...I did not think it would be as good as Harry Potter but it is.'
  • Mukunth Kowsik, age 11 - 'I think that Gabriel's Clock was a stunning read; a compulsive page turner that I finished in just two days. Sometimes I was laughing and sometimes I had my heart rapidly beating.'


Sammael's Wings by Hilton Pashley

Jonathan is the only half angel and half demon in the world. Having discovered his heritage, he must now continue the battle against the demonic forces that are hellbent on ruling creation. The Archdemon Baal is one such monster, and he holds Jonathan's parents captive. But to succeed, Baal needs the wings of an Archangel. Jonathan and his great-aunt Sammael are the only two such angels left, but they aren't going to give up their wings without a fight. Jonathan will not rest until his family is safe once again, even if he must go through heaven and hell to save them.


Praise for Gabriel's Clock

Fast-paced debut Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading Books of the Year 2013

An original new voice Books for Keeps

Exciting, engrossing story full of thrilling moments Primary Times

One to watch in 2014 -- Chris Bushby (Bookseller, Jarrolds) Eastern Daily Press

About the Author

Hilton Pashley

Hilton Pashley lives in Norwich where he works as a civil servant and magistrate. Gabriel’s Clock is his debut novel. He began writing Gabriel’s Clock several years ago, after the death of a close friend reminded him that life is too short not to try something new.

When he’s not writing, Hilton flies large kites and drinks copious amounts of tea.

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272 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

1st October 2015




Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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