Monday 24 November 2014

Review: Archangel's Shadows - Nalini Singh

In the wake of a brutal war, the archangel Raphael and his hunter consort, Elena, are dealing with the treacherously shifting tides of archangelic politics and the people of a battered but not broken city. The last thing their city needs is more death, especially not a death that bears the eerie signature of an insane enemy archangel who cannot - should not - be walking the streets. This hunt must be undertaken with stealth and without alerting their people. It must be handled by those who can become shadows themselves . . .

Ash is a gifted tracker and a woman cursed with the ability to sense the secrets of anyone she touches. But there's one man she knows all too well without a single instant of skin contact: Janvier, the dangerously sexy Cajun vampire who has fascinated and infuriated her for years. Now, as they track down a merciless killer, their cat-and-mouse game of flirtation and provocation has turned into a profound one of the heart. And this time, it is Ash's secret, dark and terrible, that threatens to destroy them both.

The Guild Hunter Series:
Angels' Dance (ebook novella that is also included in Angels' Flight)
Angels' Judgment (novella included in Angels' Flight and the Must Love Hellhounds anthology)
Angels' Pawn (ebook novella that is also included in Angels' Flight)
Angel's Blood
Archangel's Kiss
Archangel's Consort
Angel's Wolf (novella included in Angels' Flight and the Angel's of Darkness anthology)
Archangel's Blade
Archangel's Storm
Archangel's Legion
Archangel's Shadows
Archangel's Enigma
Archangel's Heart
Archangel's Viper
Archangel's Prophecy
Archangel's War

Visit Nalini Singh's website for more information

I fell in love with Ash and Janvier when I read their novella in the Angels' Flight anthology (their story, Angels' Pawn, is also available as a separate ebook but I'd definitely suggest buying the anthology for a fabulous collection of Guild Hunter novellas) so I can't tell you how excited I was to find out that Archangel's Shadows is their story. Nalini Singh's books always go straight to the top of my to read pile and I dropped everything the minute I got my hands on this one, in fact, I loved it so much that I've already read it twice!

The Guild Hunter series really is getting better and better with every book, I can't even begin to put the awesomeness of this series into words so I'm afraid this will be a bit of a fan girl review but if you've yet to discover this world then I really can't recommend it highly enough. The books do need to be read in order though so please don't continue reading this review if you're new to the series - make sure you start with Angel's Blood. Trust me, this series is more than worth investing your time and money in!

Ash and Janvier have fantastic chemistry that practically sizzles the pages but they've been playing a cat and mouse game for years now. Ash is determined to keep Janvier at a distance but he is equally determined to get under her skin and prove just how perfect they are for each other. I love the push and pull between them, their banter and teasing is wonderful but no matter how much they argue I love that they've always had each other's backs. Ash may be wary of getting involved in a relationship but she knows that Janvier would never hurt her and that he'll always be there when she needs him. Their courtship is far from traditional but that doesn't make it any less compelling, in fact I think it was refreshing to see such resistance on Ash's part, she really does make Janvier work for it! Their romance is uniquely suited to them and utterly perfect because of it.

As much as I loved spending time with Ash and Janvier there is so much more to this story and we get regular updates from all of our favourite characters. I will never get enough of Raphael and Elena and their relationship is going from strength to strength, I'm loving seeing Elena grow into her immortality and I really enjoyed watching her interactions with the Legion along with the rest of Raphael's Seven. I'm still dying to get my hands on Illium's story but I have a feeling he's going to go through some tough times before he gets his happy ever after and my heart is already hurting for him. One character who really surprised me in this book was Naasir, he's always flown under my radar in previous books but I'm now absolutely desperate for his story! Naasir managed to make me both laugh and cry throughout this book, I loved seeing how close he is to Dimitri and I thoroughly enjoyed his developing relationship with Elena, she has never had much to do with him before but they're getting close enough to be able to tease each other now and it was so much fun seeing her try to guess what he is.

I honestly didn't think I could love this series any more than I already did but Nalini Singh just makes me more and more addicted with every single book. I don't know how she does it but I'm so happy that she can. This is without a doubt one of my all time favourite series, from the minute I pick up one of the books until the very last page I'm completely and utterly absorbed in the world and the characters and I never want the journey to end. In fact, I think the only way I'm going to survive the wait for the next book is by rereading the series again!

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