Series: Guild Hunter #9
Published by Berkley on November 1, 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh takes us into a dangerous and exhilarating world where a deadly, beautiful archangel and his once-mortal consort are caught in a fury of twisted darkness…
One of the most vicious archangels in the world has disappeared. No one knows if Lijuan is dead or has chosen to Sleep the long sleep of an immortal. But with her lands falling into chaos under a rising tide of vampiric bloodlust, a mysterious and ancient order of angels known as the Luminata calls the entire Cadre together to discuss the fate of her territory.
Accompanying her archangelic lover Raphael to the Luminata compound, guild hunter-turned-angel Elena senses that all is not as it seems. Secrets echo from within the stone walls of the compound, and the deeper Elena goes, the uglier the darkness. But neither Raphael nor Elena is ready for the brutal truths hidden within—truths that will change everything Elena thinks she knows about who she is…
Nothing will ever be the same again.
Anything from Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series is an auto-buy for me, but I was particularly excited about her latest release, Archangel’s Heart, because it’s a return to the two characters who started it all, one of my favorite alpha couples of all time, Raphael and Elena. I’d missed them, after two novels in a row featuring members of their group of friends. And they did not disappoint.
Interestingly, I thought this was actually more of a minor mystery than the usual threat-of-massive-destruction sort of problem Raphael and Elena had to face. But while it might be minor in the big scheme of things, in terms of the personal implications for our heroes, it was huge because it shook up quite a few things Elena knew about her family and herself.
Of course it wasn’t quite as straightforward as a simple whodunnit. There was world travel, a centuries-old conspiracy, and a holy-but-corrupt mysterious organization of ascetists that made me feel like this book was a Nalini Singh meets Dan Brown novel. It was a change of pace from what I was used to reading in this series, but darned if it wasn’t pretty cool anyway. And the chance to learn about a completely new element to the Guild Hunter world was fully exploited, and I mean that in a great way because I suddenly found myself wishing the places described were real and that I could go and visit them one day, in a way I haven’t felt about any other place in this series, even the Refuge.
Finally, the feels that sealed the deal for me with regard to Archangel’s Heart were what made the title so apt: in no other book in this series, even the first, do I see how completely Raphael and Elena own each other’s hearts, fill each other’s dark spaces, and come together to be a shining beacon of hope for both each other and the people they protect and care for. It was beautiful to see, and it brought many a wistful smile to my face as I was reading this.
Bring on the next story, Guild Hunter. I don’t know that I’ll love it more than this one, but I know that my perception of this series has just been sweetened by reading Archangel’s Heart, as if my memories of it were dipped in honey. Need I say this is a must-read for any fan? And I daresay it’ll work for someone who’s never even read the previous books.
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