I finally managed to read the next book in one of my favorite series.
Author: Nalini Singh
Title: Archangel’s Shadows
Release date: 6th of November 2014
Series: Guild Hunter #7
Reading level: FICTION – ADULT: Romance, Paranormal, Fantasy
Published by: Gollancz
Pages: 336 in Kindle e-book format
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle
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 not 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.
This is a wonderful series, it really is, with all the seductive and mysterious hunks, girls who are tough yet soft inside, lots of saving the world and, most important, after several instalments it’s still going strong. I’ve never been even slightly let down by any of the books, even though, the current one did feel somewhat like a filler.
The current story is another successful addition, though the love story for me was the weakest compared to all the previous ones, yet it still managed to be quite excellent and have its own charming points. The romance probably suffered due to the book basically having three main plotlines: Janvier and Ash’s dance around each other, the murder mystery and the ongoings of the rest of the characters from Elena to the Legion, who were introduced in the previous book.
The love story: I felt a lack of time in the spotlight for the relationship of the couple and I would have hoped to see more from their unconventional courtship, because it was alone adorably sexy how Janvier teased Ash and had her hunt him to the point where she finally got close enough, just to have his issues solved and the hunt for him stopped – repeating that pattern several times. Strangely enough, I don’t exactly feel that the romance wasn’t satisfying, didn’t manage to have me invested in the couple or didn't end appropriately and pleasingly. Obviously, not every love story needs its own book to be detailed, fulfilling and final. If it wouldn’t have been for the other two main plotlines, the story would have worked perfectly for a short novella.
The murder mystery: For some reason this side of the book reminded me of the InDeath series… It was quite exciting to follow Janvier and Ash roaming around the city’s dangerous, exclusive and secretive clubs, dark and threatening streets and meeting vampires whose intentions vary from lethal to friendly. It was a welcome change from the last book, where everything was on such a grand scale and the bets were as high as ever. In this book, the action is solely based on the ground and compared to the book before, it’s like a magnifying-glass has been taken to zoom in on what goes on behind the scenes. The villain wasn’t too hard to figure out, but the circumstances and the backstory with what was really going on was a fun puzzle to observe being put together.
The everything else: I really appreciated how this book enabled the reader to catch up, to a certain degree, with all the main players and get snippets from their off-time. There were sweet moments, funny moments, odd moments, etc, and you got to learn some fun titbits about your favourite characters. Personally, I can’t wait for Illium's story, but I have a feeling Naasir is up next with all the attention he got in this book, and let’s be honest, the various sides and information we were shown and given regarding him were quite promising. I, however, see him more as a cutiepie than a sexy something (it was a memorable scene where he offered to answer some of Elena’s questions regarding who or what he actually is), he was very childlike – playful and straightforward, but also extremely unpredictable.
I really don’t want to say this because I might regret it, but it seems that you can’t go wrong with this series. Each book has all around good quality every time and it’s excellent at compensating for aspects that might not be as strong the current time with some other ones that draw the attention away from the minor faults. I can’t wait for the next book!