Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Review: Archangel's Storm by Nalini Singh

Hi all!

Here's a review from the latest release from one of my favorite supernatural series at the moment.





Author: Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunter #5
Release date: 4th of September 2012
Published by: Penguin Group Inc
Reading level: FICTION – ADULT: Supernatural, Romance
Pages: 337 in Paperback
Source: Bought from the Bookdepository

Summary:

Enter New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s darkly beautiful world of archangels and immortal power, as a pact is sealed between two souls bound by blood, stirred by desire, and driven by vengeance…

With wings of midnight and an affinity for shadows, Jason courts darkness. But now, with the Archangel Neha’s consort lying murdered in the jewel-studded palace that was his prison and her rage threatening cataclysmic devastation, Jason steps into the light, knowing he must unearth the murderer before it is too late.

Earning Neha’s trust comes at a price—Jason must tie himself to her bloodline through the Princess Mahiya, a woman with secrets so dangerous, she trusts no one. Least of all an enemy spymaster.

With only their relentless hunt for a violent, intelligent killer to unite them, Jason and Mahiya embark on a quest that leads to a centuries-old nightmare… and to the dark storm of an unexpected passion that threatens to drench them both in blood.

Review:

Vampires, werewolves...ok, fine...angels? YES PLEASE! I’ve always been reclined to prefer book with this supernatural theme. In addition, having made the angels in the Guild Hunter series (from which the first 4 books I simply adored) so compelling, attractive, mysterious and utterly irresistible, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this next installment. And although, not 100% on par with the pervious books, it still excelled in bone melting angel romance with plenty of action and a more than satisfying amount of passion.

The universe the author has created I’m very fond of and I like that there are various paths and possibilities to explore. With every book the world and atmosphere becomes more vivid without losing its edge and mysteriousness. More questions and curiosities pop up but the wait for answers doesn’t feel excruciating, it’s an exciting kind of wait. Even though all books are standalones there is an underlying plot that becomes more evident in each release.

This series is one of my favorite supernatural adult series at the moment!

Characters:

I’m anxiously waiting for Illium’s story, but Jason was a worthy hero to fill the void till I finally have bluebell’s book in front of me. Jason was tall, dark and handsome, literally being one with the night and shadows, but he also was a man of few words who communicated through his actions more than vocally. As with most supernatural heroes, he had a torturous past that haunted him still and with which his new beloved helped make peace with and soothe. Fortunately, the focus was centered more on the current on goings instead of his past, nevertheless, I liked the occasional glances to Jason’s childhood in the form of short paragraphs in the midst of the story. His relationship with Mahiya wasn’t explosive, instead it developed quite slowly (despite them falling love in a matter of days) and remained subtle yet strong.

Mahiya was like a beautiful exotic wilting flower who could sting like a bee when the occasion required. She lay low and had managed to navigate the dangerous waters she had to grow up in and call her home. In no way was she week, her spirit was like steel – had to be in her living environment – and she knew how to protect herself in the endless limits she was surrounded by. Jason was at first a danger and risk but soon she started viewing him as a sort of lifeline out of the threathening maze she was lost wandering around in. I wasn’t wild about her and her personality didn’t hit you as with the previous heroines but she was sweet, kind and the perfect heroine for Jason. And they fit together ideally.

I loved catching up with couples and other familiar faces from proceeding books and with not only short mentions passing by. Raphael and Elena (who will again appear as the main characters in the upcoming book), Dimitri and Honor, Venom, etc, all were present and even tough their part at times was quite prominent they didn’t overshadow the main couple and their struggle to happiness. The villain (or villains) in this book were truly terrifying in the sense that they were so much a mix of evil and good that you never know what to expect or what the real agenda was. The serving pain with consolation and love routine was quite unsettling.

Overall:

A worthy addition to the Guild Hunter series with new/old characters, heaps of action and a steady and strong romance. The general plot thickens and my excitement level for the series heightens. While absolutely enjoyable when reading separately from the other books, I fully recommended getting acquainted with the first four books as well.



4 stars!

LIIS


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