Zeke Jacobson has an MBA degree but is chronically underemployed. As a customer service rep, he sits in a boring cubicle day after day, getting yelled at by callers over the phone. One day his fortunes change when he learns that he was named the sole beneficiary of his granduncle's estate. Upon visiting his granduncle's home, he finds that the reclusive man he barely knew used to be an archaeologist and was a collector of artifacts. After Zeke picks up an old coin, he begins to hear voices and soon his life changes in ways he never could have imagined as he's transformed into a seraph and tasked with maintaining order in the universe.
Where Angels Fear to Tread is a short story of only eighteen pages set in Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter world. It explains the origins of Zeke Jacobson and how he became a seraph. Although the term Hellchaser is not used within the story, Ms. Kenyon's website has this novella listed as the first in the Hellchaser story arc. With that being the case, I hope that Zeke will turn up in future books of the series, because I didn't feel like I got to know him very well in such a short time frame. He has an MBA but is stuck in a dead-end customer service job, in which he sits in a boring cubicle getting yelled at over the phone day in and day out, until he inherits his granduncle's estate and learns some interesting things about the old man. After picking up a strange coin at his granduncle's house, Zeke finds himself magically transformed into a seraph. That's about the extent of this little novella.
Unlike Sherrilyn Kenyon's other books, this one is strictly a fantasy story with no romance in it at all. Overall, it was well-written and reasonably engaging, but it felt like only the beginning of a much larger story rather than one that is self-contained, just a little reading snack instead of a meal. That being the case, it wasn't entirely satisfying, but I did like it anyway for what it was. Hopefully, I'll get to learn more about these new guardians in the Dark-Hunter books that are yet to come. Where Angels Fear to Tread was originally published in the multi-author anthology Blood Lite but was recently republished along with several other Dark-Hunter shorts in the single author anthology Dark Bites.
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