This is the first book in the Neomage series by Faith Hunter.
As humanity struggles with religious strife and seraphs and demons fight a never-ending battle, a new species has arisen. "Neomages" are human in appearance, but able to twist left-over creation energy to their will. A threat to both humans and seraphs, they are confined in luxurious Enclaves.
Thorn St. Croix is no ordinary neomage. Nearly driven insane by her powers, she is smuggled out of an Enclave and now lives among humans, channeling her gift of stone-magery into jewelry making. But when Thaddeus Bartholomew, a dangerously attractive policeman, tells her that her ex-husband has been kidnapped, Thorn risks revealing her identity to find him. And for Thorn, the punishment for revelation is death.
I am torn with this book. It was a good story - with action and suspense. But see the above book blurb, this is not the blurb on the back of the book - so I did not know about the religious undertones. I don't like to read books that may go against my personal beliefs and I can't tell with this book where some of the more subtle characters fall.
I have the next book in the series and I will read it - that may give me a better perspective on things.
So I guess -because of my own ambiguity - I give this book 2 and 1/2 stars.