Return to New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s sensual and painfully beautiful Guild Hunter world in her new novel of sacrifice, loyalty, and the choices of love that can shatter the heart.
In the wake of a brutal war, the archangel Raphael and his hunter consort, Elena, are dealing with the treacherously shifting tides of archangelic politics and the people of a battered but not broken city. The last thing their city needs is more death, especially a death that bears the eerie signature of an insane enemy archangel who cannot—should not—be walking the streets.
This hunt must be undertaken with stealth and without alerting their people. It must be handled by those who can become shadows themselves…
Ash is a gifted tracker and a woman cursed with the ability to sense the secrets of anyone she touches. But there’s one man she knows all too well without a single instant of skin contact: Janvier, the dangerously sexy Cajun vampire who has fascinated and infuriated her for years. Now, as they track down a merciless killer, their cat-and-mouse game of flirtation and provocation has turned into a profound one of the heart. And this time, it is Ash’s secret, dark and terrible, that threatens to destroy them both.
It’s hard for me to know where to start with this because I loved, and I do mean LOVED Archangel’s Shadows. I didn’t want it to end. I loved how Ms. Singh gave us a well thoughtout HEA for Ash and Janvier that did them justice, moved the overall story arc moving forward and making sure we get to keep up with what is going on with everyone we’ve come to love as well as giving us teasing little glimpses into the pasts of some of the series favorites, which really is all of them.
I’ve always loved Ash and Janvier together. Their form of flirting always made me laugh, because through it I could see how well they fit together and wondered why Ash fought so hard against it. So finally learning about her past and what she went through had me understanding, but also had me respecting her even more. To go what she went through at a young age and to survive to be the woman that she is, is simply amazing. Then there is Janvier, The Cajun. To learn just how loyal and compassionate is his and how deep his love for his family still runs after all these years just added more depth to the dangerously charming vampire.
Then there were the little glimpses of life with the Legion as well as the Seven. The Legion still freak me out just a little bit, but I love how Elena is determined to make them comfortable and humanize them just a little. And there is Naasir, the third Shadow. I still don’t know exactly what he is, but I simply adore him. I love how playful and protective he is with those he decides are his family and how simple yet insightful his view of the world is, especially through Dmitri’s eyes, which was a delight and surprise. If Naasir told me that he decided not to eat me I’d be a happy girl.
Then there is the rest of the Seven and their women, at least for those that have them. The scenes of them together, in whatever capacity are some of my favorites in the book, especially when Sparkle and Bluebell are involved. Raphael’s burgeoning sense of humor is fun to watch, especially when it comes to Elena’s reactions to it. And catching up with how things are going with Honor and Dmitri, as well as Ransom, Vivek and Demarco were all added bonuses that made this book one of the best I’ve read this year.