I don't know what I was expecting when I started reading this novella, but it honestly surpassed anything I had expected since this has been the best one I've read so far this year.
DIES IRAE is an action and drama packed read, which means there was never a dull moment for me while reading it. Although it doesn't really show how two of the characters fell in love, and I would have loved to read more about it, I could tell it was something that had been simmering under the surface for a while. And thinking for just how long he had been trying to suppress those feelings only to loose her like that at the end was very heart-wrenching. At the end, it wasn't surprising how Azza became the Dark One since the emotions he seemed to embrace the most had always been the "negative" ones; rage and lust.
The only problem I had at the beginning was the sentences feeling a bit clipped. There were too many too short sentences, but as the story progressed, and I found myself deeper and more interested in it, this stopped being a problem for me. Otherwise, I loved the way Christine Fonseca told the story of these three characters. Now I can't wait to read the first book.