A new week a new review :)
Author: Nalini Singh
Title: Archangel’s Legion
Series: Guild Hunter #6
Release date: 31th of October 2013
Reading level: FICTION – ADULT: Romance, Contemporary, Paranormal
Published by: Gollancz
Pages: 384 pages in Kindle e-book format
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle
Angels are falling from the sky in New York, struck down by a vicious, unknown force.
Vampires are dying impossibly of disease.
Guild hunter Elena Deveraux and the Archangel Raphael must discover the source of the wave of death before it engulfs their city and their people, leaving New York a ruin and Raphael’s Tower under siege by enemy archangels.
Yet even as they fight desperately to save the city, an even darker force is stirring, its chill eyes trained on New York…and on Raphael. Rivers of crimson and nightmares given flesh, the world will never again be the same…
I was impressed by this book, the series has done the unimaginable and managed to only get better and better as we go along. There is always a book you like less than the rest in a favorite series, but this “curse” has managed to evade the Guild-Hunter series and please please don’t sway from that path!
The story was full of sub-plots and multitudes of storylines, but not for one second did it get messy or confusing, they were masterfully intertwined with another and all received center stage at one point or another. My favorite amongst them was the hesitation and fear from Elena and Raphael regarding his developing new mysterious powers. The emotional play between them with this issue was superbly described and handled. Also, there were many interesting revelations and developments with Elena’s family, which were quite enlightening.
The action was awesome, it was like watching a top class war/fight movie, especially during the latter half where everyone, man, angel and vampire gets down and dirty. I’m usually bored reading about such battles, but it was so engaging and vividly depicted that it simply ended too soon. There were also some nasty moments that just gave momentum to all the fighting and blood spilt.
Some itty bitty negative parts: I’m tired of Lijuan! Also, the end twist came out of nowhere without any warning. I liked how it turned out and how the balance was restored in favor of Raphael, but it felt slightly out of place with its abruptness and no hints beforehand.
The universe of the series has expanded and continues to do that at a fast and enjoyable rate. Characters become more fleshed out and complex, and I like that the books give that opportunity to them to just become more. This world really feels like something that could actually exist, it’s realistic in a nonrealistic sort of way. I have to admit that I don’t read a lot of such urban fantasy/paranormal books, but I have really struck the goldmine with discovering this series.
Elena and Raphael are the ultimate power couple. They are just overwhelming together and even apart. Apart from Roarke and Eve from the In Death series, I’d never thought that a book about the same couple could remain intriguing, fresh and gripping after one or two books, but I can’t get enough of the sexy angel duo. Maybe because there is still heaps to explore and solve in the confines of their relationship that it can’t get boring with so many topics still untouched. In addition, having other plotlines as strong pillars for their romance gives the story more meat on the bones, excitement and meaning. Whatever the magic formula, it works and I can’t wait for another installment with them as main couple.
I cannot not mention the specific magnificent members of Raphael’s Seven who had significant roles in this book. Some were only mentioned in passing, unfortunately, but those who had opportunities to shine and were in on the action, really amazed me. The battles and their roles in them were awesomely showcased. I love those guys and my affections deepened because we again were provided snippets of new information from the backgrounds and mysteries of some of them. Also, I can’t wait to get my hands on Illium’s book!
Another great addition to a great series! If you’re a fan then you will love it! Now, bring on the next one, I heard the hero is not going to be anyone from the Seven though, buuu, but oh well. I bet it will be fantastic anyway.