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Review: Archangel’s Legion by Nalini Singh

Archangel's LegionTitle: Archangel’s Legion

Author: Nalini Singh

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Series: Guild Hunter (Book #6)

Publication Date: October 29, 2013

Format: Paperback, 374 Pages

ISBN-10: 0425251241 (Jove/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0425251249 (Jove/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Kristie

Synopsis:

Nalini Singh, the New York Times bestselling “alpha author of paranormal romance” (Booklist) returns to an immortal world of violent passion and lethal power…on the brink of a deadly archangelic war.

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…

Quick & Dirty: Complex, emotional world that delves deeper into Archangel politics.

Opening Sentence: Elena watched the ducks peck at each other in the pond in Central Park and thought about the last time she’d been here.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Nalini Singh continues to amaze me with her complex and emotional worlds from Psy/Changeling to Guild Hunter with Archangel’s Legion. I’m a little behind in this series so I’m trying to play catch up. The sixth book in the Guild Hunter series brings us back to Elena and Raphael and in case we have forgotten the love that these two characters have for each other, we are quickly reminded of this wonderful and everlasting love.

The world is going crazy. Angels are falling from the sky. Vampires are getting sick and dying. And Archangels’ are gaining some really interesting powers from the Cascade. An inevitable war is coming to Manhattan.

Power is everything when it comes to Archangels. When it appears that vampires are getting sick and dying from a strange unknown disease, Raphael cannot let the news get out. He doesn’t want his own followers to know. If it gets out then war will come sooner to Manhattan. Raphael knows that Lijuan is his number one enemy but he knows that some other angels are working with her to destroy him. He just needs to unravel who all his enemies are.

Archangel/Angel politics is complicated as Elena is continuing to learn as Raphael’s Consort. She can never appear weak and always act as if nothing bad is happening. Elena is a bit weak as an angel but she’s growing stronger every day. Elena is a bit unconventional but that is one reason why Raphael loves her. Another thing that Elena is learning is how to act as a Consort at parties and secret meetings.

Archangel’s Legion had a lot of stuff going on. I will say as much as I loved this book there were a couple times when I wasn’t quite sure where the story was going. From the synopsis I thought it was just about the vampires dying of a strange disease. Every time it felt like this was over it came back even worse than before. Then there was the strange Ball that was held by Raphael’s mother that just supported how some angels don’t like Elena and her meeting one of Raphael’s past lovers which did give her a bit of an unwarranted complex that she isn’t good enough for him. In the end, I was not expecting the all-out war that the novel ended with.

Unlike the previous novel in this series, Archangel’s Legion only stayed with Elena and Raphael’s third person point of view. There were glimpses into each of Raphael’s Seven. I cannot wait to read more about Illium and Aodhan. Their story left me really wanting to know more. I highly recommend this series for readers who like the darker edge to their stories. The love scenes are intensely erotic.

Overall, this is one series that continues to go strong. I’m so excited that I can pick up more in this series without having to wait too long. I strongly urge anyone to check out this series or this author if they haven’t already.

Notable Scene:

Walking to the edge of the pond, she fought her habit of pretending things didn’t matter when they did, and admitted the truth. “I knew I’d run into one of your lovers sooner or later. I just never expected the first one to be so impressive.”

Raphael thought of the centuries he’d lived growing increasingly remote from the world, the power at his command eating away at the boy he’d once been, and knew Elena didn’t understand the piercing depths of who and what she was to him. Tasha, scholar and warrior, was a friend, but she’d seen the surface of him and been content with that.

In all his existence, Elena alone had torn at that surface, heedless of the risk, until she revealed the man beneath the archangel. And Elena alone had challenged his decisions and his views, forcing him to look at the world in a way he’d never before considered. “There is no comparison,” he said to the only woman he’d ever claimed for his own. “You know me in ways no one else ever has or ever will again.”

Guild Hunter Series:

1. Angel’s Blood

2. Archangel’s Kiss

3. Archangel’s Consort

4. Archangel’s Blade

5. Archangel’s Storm

6. Archangel’s Legion

7. Archangel’s Shadows

8. Archangel’s Enigma

9. Archangel’s Heart (November 1, 2016)

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FTC Advisory: Jove/Penguin provided me with a copy of Archangel’s Legion. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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