Talk about total book hangover! I adored Archangel’s Heart. ADORED!
I am a full blown Nalini Singh fangirl so it’s not too much of a surprise that I adored it, but this book had all of the things that make me all kinds of happy. From the first page to the last page, I savored every word as I got lost in the epic world of the Guild Hunter series once more.
With Archangel’s Heart the focus is back on Raphael and Elena and I was not one of those that was disappointed about this. Yes, I want Bluebell, Sparkle and Venom’s stories as much as the next fan, hell I even want Trace to get an HEA as well as many others, but as I’ve found with this series, there is a method to the madness and with all that happens in this book it had to go back to Raphael and Elena. I loved seeing how their relationship has evolved and how strong their relationship is. There were so many times when my heart did the swoony twitterpatted thing, it was crazy and I was really happy that there was no drama with them and their relationship. It’s rock solid and they are in a good place.
But while Raphael and Elena are in a good place, the rest of the world isn’t and that is where the Luminata come into the story. I found it interesting that they are a spiritual sect of angels who are not bound to an Archangel and yet have the power to summon the Cadre to gather and figure out what to do about Lijuan’s territory before bloodlust takes over. I found the mystery of what was going on with the sect interesting and how they were connected to the Lijuan storyline as well as Elena’s quest to find out more about her mother’s bloodline since Lumia was situated near Morocco.
The whole Lijuan situation is plodding along and while I’m with Elena in wanting her Creepiness out of the equation entirely, I am enjoying where the storyline is taking us. Each step that was made in this book made sense and despite being given undeniable proof that Lijuan wasn’t around, there is still that niggling of doubt in my mind that she is spinning one of her power plays once more. And as far as where things are left at the end of the book, I’m actually good with it and can’t wait to see what will happen next.
As for Elena’s quest, we finally get some answers to the questions that came up at the end of Archangel’s Consort and the power that Raphael sensed coming off of the blanket that Marguerite had made for Elena. I’m happy that we finally got back to that storyline and I was surprised with some of the twists and turns in it, though it felt a little rushed towards the end, it worked for me.
But while I love working out the mysteries and seeing where the overall story arc is going, what I adore about this series are all of the amazing characters Ms. Singh has brought to life with her words. I love seeing how each relationship has evolved and catching up with everyone, even the crazy ones, and this one has that in spades. There have been many times throughout the series where the Cadre is together and we get to witness how they interact, but in Archangel’s Heart we get to go deeper and see more of what makes them tick and . And of course there are the Seven and those that belong to Raphael and Elena. Though not everyone made a physical appearance in the story, none were forgotten. I swear I had a dopey grin on my face whenever one of them was mentioned, whether it was in the present or in the past, though the memories of the past are my favorites. And for those wondering, you will get a hefty dose of Bluebell and Sparkle in this one. There were also a couple of new faces introduced and I’m really hoping we get to spend more time with them as the series progresses.
~ Copy received from Orion Publishing Group via NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed ~
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 archangel 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.
I've been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There's no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.
I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated every month).
So far, I've worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer's mill.