Series: Guild Hunter, #9
Published by Berkley on November 1,2016
Genres: Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Romantic
Pages: 384 pages
Sexual Content: graphic sex scene
Reviewed by: Kristina
One of the most vicious archangels in the world has disappeared. No one knows if Lijuan is dead or has chosen to Sleep the long sleep of an immortal. But with her lands falling into chaos under a rising tide of vampiric bloodlust, a mysterious and ancient order of angels known as the Luminata calls the entire Cadre together to discuss the fate of her territory.
Accompanying her archangelic lover Raphael to the Luminata compound, guild hunter-turned-angel Elena senses that all is not as it seems. Secrets echo from within the stone walls of the compound, and the deeper Elena goes, the uglier the darkness. But neither Raphael nor Elena is ready for the brutal truths hidden within—truths that will change everything Elena thinks she knows about who she is…
Nothing will ever be the same again.
In ARCHANGEL'S HEART there's danger lurking due to Lijuan, one of the most powerful and deadly angel's being dormant for two years. This calls for a meeting of the Cadre of angels to discuss the Lijuan's impending wake up and the uneasy balance of power between the archangels. Aside from the tension and unease of what will happen if and when Lijuan wakes up, there is some trouble brewing with the Luminata; a monk-like sect of angels who called the meeting of the Cadre of Angels. It was an interesting turn of focus where the bigger danger of a super creepy angel rising from the grave to reek havoc on the world took a backseat to the creepy and secretive Luminata plot.
The Guild Hunter series is known for its sweeping romances and high flying adventures but what I loved most was the mystery and almost claustrophobic feel to the story since such powerful angels are forced to be kept in close quarters (for angels at least) for a period of time and there's a dangerous rotten core bleeding through the Luminata that Elena is tasked to uncover. I loved this blend of mystery, political intrigue, and action. While the mystery was kind of easy to figure out, the thrilling journey towards the final outcome was well worth the simplicity.
One of the smaller story arcs I liked was one involving Elena and her search for where her family came from. Since this story takes place in Morocco, we get to see that story unfold and link to the main story line in an unlikely way. The ending of ARCHANGEL'S HEART, like most of the books in this series left me wanting to continue the story to see what comes next! I adore this series for not only the world-building but its characters who contain such wild passion and the sweeping, epic story of angels.Series Titles:
1. Angel's Blood
3. Archangel's Consort
4. Archangel's Blade
5. Archangel's Storm
6. Archagel's Legion
7. Archangel's Shadows
8. Archangel's Enigma