Archangel's Heart by Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunter #9
Also in this series: Archangel's Kiss, Archangel's Consort, Archangel's Storm (Guild Hunter #5), Archangel's Legion, Archangel's Legion (Guild Hunter #6), Archangel's Shadows, Archangel's Shadows, Archangel's Enigma (Guild Hunter, #8), Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter #1), Archangel's Heart, Archangel's Heart (Guild Hunter, #9), Archangel's Kiss, Angels' Blood
Published by Berkley
Publication Date: November 1st 2016
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh takes us into a dangerous and exhilarating world where a deadly, beautiful archangel and his once-mortal consort are caught in a fury of twisted darkness…
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.
The Cadre of Ten have been called to a meeting at Lumia near Morocco. The Luminata are angels that seek luminescence and are all about peace and comfort. Since the archangel Lijuan is missing and the Cadre doesn’t know if she’s dead or just sleeping they must decide what to do wither territory. Elena is excited about going to Lumia as it is near Morocco and that is where her maternal grandmother is from. Since she never met her maternal grandparents – her mother was orphaned at a young age – she’s excited to find out what she can about them.
Once she is in Lumia though she’s not sure she likes it there. The place that supposed to be all about peace doesn’t seem so peaceful and she feels eyes on her when she certainly shouldn’t. The leader of the Luminata is especially creepy and Elena keeps her distance as much as she can. Both Elena and Raphael are unimpressed by the Luminata but Elena does find some of the angels that she really likes. Unfortunately there is an evil undercurrent that forces Raphael and Elena to investigate further and the things they find when they did deeper are horrifying and shocking.
I have to tell you that I just can’t get enough of Nalini Singh’s books. The Guild Hunter series has blown my mind from book one and when I think Singh can’t possibly come up with another 5 star book she proves me wrong.
There were so many things about this book that I loved. Raphael and Elena’s relationship is as strong as ever and we got to see a little bit of a softer side of Raphael. Is he soft? Ha! Not even close – but he has a good heart and shows that to Elena and those he loves on a regular basis. Their relationship is so very swoon-worthy I can’t tell you how much I love reading about these two.
The intricacies of the Luminata were wonderful and the information we got regarding Elena’s mother, Marguerite, were so good as well. For so long Elena has tried to forget things about her family because it was so hard to think about what she’d lost but she let herself remember in this book and it was very sweet.
This, like all of the books in the Guild Hunter series was awesome! I loved every bit of it and read the last page with a smile on my face. We are nowhere near done with Raphael and Elena and I can’t wait to see what Singh comes up with next.
Rating: 5 out of 5