by Nalini Singh
Genre: Urban Fantasy
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Reviewed by: Julia | Source: NetGalley
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…
Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series reshapes are world with soaring magic and brutal darkness, and ARCHANGEL’S LEGION certainly spans both those highs and lows. From angels playing catch to human masses watching as supernatural forces decide their fate, Singh has a masterful ability to anchor her magic in our own world. While the main characters didn’t necessarily surprise me in this book, flying through the streets of New York alongside angels was as exhilarating as ever.
Elena Devereaux’s angelic transformation is one of the best evolutions in urban fantasy, but in ARCHANGEL’S LEGION we see more of Elena’s impact on Raphael, both his magic and his domain. While normally I’m a fan of the quiet moments between characters, ARCHANGEL’S LEGION felt like retreading familiar ground for the main characters. Raphael and Elena comfort each other through nightmares, cocky angels hit on Raphael and are sorely disappointed… even Raphael’s power, so pivotal to the plot, continues in the same vein as ARCHANGEL’S CONSORT. It is only with the secondary characters that ARCHANGEL’S LEGION breaks new ground. Elena’s relationship with her family gets satisfying page time and the next generation of fascinating main characters begins to take shape through young angels, new vampires, and ancient wounds slowly beginning to heal.
Most exciting of all, ARCHANGEL’S LEGION makes it clear that the magical tide sweeping towards Raphael and Elena is not going to be turned aside, but will rather remake the world around them. While Elena and Raphael’s relationship didn’t break new ground, this installment of the Guild Hunter series ratchets up the stakes for Raphael and all of angel kind, as their immortal balance of power is overturned.
- Angels’ Blood – 4/5
- Archangel’s Kiss
- Archangel’s Consort
- Archangel’s Blade
- Archangel’s Storm
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