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Review: Archangel’s Storm by Nalini Singh

Archangel's StormTitle: Archangel’s Storm

Author: Nalini Singh

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Series: Guild Hunter (Book #5)

Publication Date: September 12, 2012

Format: Paperback, 337 Pages

ISBN-10: 0425246582 (Berkley/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0425246580 (Berkley/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Kristie

Synopsis:

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.

Quick & Dirty: Archangel’s Storm is a story full of dark and tragic elements. I absolutely love the emotions that Nalini Singh infuses into her characters.

Opening Sentence: Jason didn’t know how long he’d been hiding in the dark place in the ground where his mother had put him, telling him to “hush.”

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The Review:

Nalini Singh continues her fantastic Guild Hunter series with Archangel’s Storm. The fifth novel in the series focuses on the mysterious angel Jason and a new character, also an angel, Mahiya. If you are familiar with this series then you’ve glimpsed the quiet angel who hides in shadows. This novel really focuses on Jason’s and Mahiya’s story as it kind of is a standalone in that you don’t have to have read the rest of the series to know what is going on. It mentions some of the wider issues of the series but doesn’t really tackle them. I still recommend reading the rest of the series because it is awesome! And so you know who some of the side characters are.

Archangel’s Storm starts with a very sweet wedding between Demetri and Hope. Jason even gives them a very sweet gift before he is sent on his latest mission. The Archangel Neha’s consort, Eris, is killed right under her nose. Neha is very unstable and has the capacity to kill millions. Jason’s temperament and skill can allow him to keep her calm while investigating this cruel murder.  The only way he can investigate is by a blood vow marriage to Mahiya, Neha’s niece and Eris’ illegitimate child. The blood vow keeps Jason from reporting back to the Archangel Raphael (Jason’s friend and leader & Neha’s would be enemy) any of Neha’s secrets. Jason agrees to the blood vow as long as it keeps away any unnecessary bloodshed.

Mahiya has a tragic past so terrible that it could rival Jason’s. Neha loves to torture her niece and she believes this marriage is just one more terrible thing to inflict upon her beloved niece. Mahiya has learned to just give in to her aunt’s tortures because she knows that to fight it will give her aunt that much more pleasure. Mahiya appears to be a silent and demure princess but inside she is seething and working on her plan to escape her aunts clutches.

Jason’s secrets are finally unveiled and he suffers from a past tragedy so terrible that it is no surprise that he keeps himself walled off from any emotions. I really, really enjoyed him breaking down to the surprising emotions that Mahiya brings out of him. Actually, it was fun watching them both break down. They have both been hid away by walls built so high that without the blood vow I’m not sure they would ever have broken. Jason and Mahiya were the perfect, tragic couple. I can only hope that their story will continue for years to come.

Archangel’s Storm is told in the third person mainly between Jason and Mahiya but Demetri and Hope also provide brief interludes in between Jason’s story. There are brief glimpses of Raphael and Elena but for the most part they are missing from this story.

Overall, Archangel’s Storm is such a dark and tragic story. I really love the dark elements of the story and I always enjoy how Nalini Singh can bring out such emotions from her characters. Her books always move me in such a way that I’m at least teary eyed at some point.

Notable Scene:

Strong arms, lips against her temple, wings of midnight opening to curve around her, until Jason surrounded her on every side. His heart beat strong and steady, his hands warm on her head and against her lower back, and his heat, it was a smoldering inferno over her skin.

Black.

That was the color of Jason’s power, she knew that without any doubt. It felt as if she was surrounded by a raging storm. The sensation should’ve been frightening, but the storm didn’t so much as lift a hair on her head, the calm within filled with such protective warmth as she’d never before felt.

She didn’t know how long they stood in the center of that storm, but after a while, she could breathe again. And every breath carried the scent of black fire. She couldn’t describe the intense wildness of the scent in any other way, but to her, it was the essence of Jason. Trying to get even closer to him, she managed to tuck her feet between his boots.

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

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

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