Series: Guild Hunter, #8
Published by Berkley on September 1, 2015
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Romance
Pages: 357 pages
Source: Publicity Agency, Publisher
Sexual Content: graphic sex scenes
Reviewed by: Kristina
Naasir is the most feral of the powerful group of vampires and angels known as the Seven, his loyalty pledged to the Archangel Raphael. When rumors surface of a plot to murder the former Archangel of Persia, now lost in the Sleep of the Ancients, Naasir is dispatched to find him. For only he possesses the tracking skills required—those more common to predatory animals than to man.
Enlisted to accompany Naasir, Andromeda, a young angelic scholar with dangerous secrets, is fascinated by his nature—at once playful and brilliant, sensual and brutal. As they race to find the Sleeping archangel before it’s too late, Naasir will force her to question all she knows...and tempt her to walk into the magnificent, feral darkness of his world. But first they must survive an enemy vicious enough to shatter the greatest taboo of the angelic race and plunge the world into a screaming nightmare…
ARCHANGEL'S ENIGMA has a lot going on in its over arching plot which is to be expected with the Guild Hunter series books. Like its predecessors this book continues to expand on the Cascade storyline hopefully bringing it to a conclusion eventually as I don't know how much more destruction the earth and people can take before the earth implodes on itself. This is not to say that I don't enjoy the story but it's a little bit concerning with all of these powerful, godlike angel fighting eachother. Aside from my concerns at the ultimate destruction of the world the plot is engaging and entertaining with tons of action and has a really neat romance in it between Naasir and Andromeda.
Naasir has always been a character that has intrigued me eachtime he popped up in this series. Who is he? What is he? In ARCHANGEL'S ENIGMA we find out and it is a really unique and satisfying answer. I loved his backstory and how he came to be. One thing I like about Naasir is his directness and his almost child-like literal responses and seeing things as being either black or white. While I use the word child-like, he is by no means naive or innocent. He's fiercely loyal, honorable, and really good in a fight. I also liked how he decides that since he is an adult (at 600 years old) it is time for him to find a mate so he goes looking for her only to assume she is hiding because he hasn't found her yet. Andromeda, his not hiding mate seems like an odd choice for a mate as she is a scholar but they fit so well together and I adored their interactions. Most of these interactions were pretty hilarious as they play on Naasir's literal take on situations.
The characters, both the heroes and villains, are multi-dimensional and complex. The world-building continues to fascinate and expand with ARCHANGEL'S ENIGMA. When I pick up a Guild Hunter book I know I become ensnared in it's beautifully complex world for the next few hours.
1. Angel's Blood
2. Archangel's Kiss
3. Archangel's Consort
4. Archangel's Blade
5. Archangel's Storm
6. Archagel's Legion
7. Archangel's Shadows