Review: Archangel’s Storm by Nalini Singh

Posted February 12, 2013 by Holly in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Archangel’s Storm by Nalini SinghReviewer: Holly
Archangel's Storm by Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunter #5
Also in this series: Angels' Blood, Archangel's Kiss, Archangel's Consort, Archangel's Legion, Archangel's Legion, Archangel's Shadows, Archangel's Shadows, Angels' Blood, Archangel's Heart, Archangel's Heart, Archangel's Heart (Guild Hunter, #9), Archangel's Kiss (Guild Hunter, #2)
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: September 4th 2012
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Paranormal, General
Pages: 352
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three-half-stars

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.

I fell behind in this series. It’s been at least a year, perhaps two, since I’ve read a Guild Hunters book. I admit I skipped Dimitri’s book and went straight to this one (I have no desire to read a reincarnation story, esp one that features a vampire). I don’t feel like I missed anything.
I do, however, feel like I wasn’t as invested in the book because it had been so long since I’d read the previous books in the series. I had a hard time falling into the world. I’m not sure if that’s a direct reflection of this book or the fact that my memory is hazy.
I’ve been intrigued by Jason from the beginning of the series. An angel spymaster? Yes, please. I expected him to be..darker? More tortured? Something. While I think Singh did a good job if giving us his backstory, I felt disconnected somehow. It was told in an almost clinical way. Instead of feeling the things he did, it was more like watching a film. There was a separation there I don’t remember having with her previous characters.
I also found Mayhia to be a bit unrealistic. I would have understood her hope and compassion more if we’d seen some type of good influence in her life. As it was, she’d known nothing but pain, degradation and humiliation. How she managed to stay completely pure in that environment baffles me. Her “icy cold” persona  was rather flimsy. Perhaps because we didn’t see it so much as we were told about it.
Having said that, I did feel the romance was well done. I truly enjoyed watching them come together. I enjoyed the end quite a bit.
Singh’s writing is as beautiful as ever.
3.75 out of 5
This book is available from Berkley. You can buy it here or here in e-format.
three-half-stars

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