This is the story of the angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley, who like Cold War spies who have been working against each other for a very long time, find that they have more in common with each other than their respective home offices. When the anti-Christ is born, they start working together in earnest to stop the events that must follow, leading to the Apocalypse. Aziraphale and Crowley like Earth just as it is and don’t wish to see it destroyed. Too bad they don’t actually know where the anti-Christ is. Anathema Device has her ancestor Agnes Nutter’s book of prophecies and following its predictions, moved to a village in Oxfordshire, England to find the anti-Christ. The Witchfinder Army, once responsible for Nutter’s death, now consists of Sergeant Shadwell and Private Pulsifer. The Hellhound is on its way to his master’s side and the Four Horsemen are preparing to ride. Can Crowley and Aziraphale figure out what’s happening in time to stop it all? Did Agnes Nutter predict all of this?
I’ve read this book a few times now, and find something new and delightful each time I read it. I watched the TV series on Amazon Prime before rereading this most recent time, and you will never find a more faithful adaptation of a book than this. It’s wonderful and I can’t recommend the show enough. I love the characters and the love they have for one another. It really is a love story. And it’s wickedly funny. This book holds a special place in my heart for many reasons, and I’m sure I will continue to reread it often in the future.
Review by Jessica A.