Doug Meeks pulled some magic strings and got his hands on an early copy of Nalini Singh‘s new Guild Hunter book, Archangel’s Legion. He was kind enough to send over a copy of his review, and I can’t wait to get my hands on my own copy this week.
By Nalini Singh
Angels are falling from the sky in New York, struck down by a vicious, unknown force.
Vampires are dying impossibly of disease.
Guild hunter Elena Deveraux and the Archangel Raphael must discover the source of the wave of death before it engulfs their city and their people, leaving New York a ruin and Raphael’s Tower under siege by enemy archangels.
Yet even as they fight desperately to save the city, an even darker force is stirring, its chill eyes trained on New York…and on Raphael. Rivers of crimson and nightmares given flesh, the world will never again be the same…
Where do I start with this book? How about it falls into the category where I want more than 5 Stars to rate it? It grabbed me almost from the first pages and never let go until the breathless ending.
Angels have died, some vampires have contracted an incurable illness, the world is at the brink of war and that is just the start of things. Needless to say, I am officially notifying you that boredom is not within these pages.
The romance between Raphael and Elena which we might have forgotten a bit is brought back to us in this novel as a force that is unending and is the type that is “life is not worth living without you” becoming a statement of fact and not just a proclamation of love.
Most of this novel is spent on a trilogy of plotlines:
The depth of the love of Raphael and Elena
The mystery of who and why concerning the illness/damage to the angels/vampires of Raphael’s New York
Elena’s family history and current situation (we get a bit more info on her family’s past)
I say “most” because the final few chapters are more action oriented in the typical epic mold, I found the ending of this book on the level of the ending of “Return of the King”, high praise indeed folks.
I am not going to disassemble the plots in this review since that is why we read books but this is a great book and somewhere in the final 100 pages you will have to remember to breathe it gets so intense.
Hang on for a wild ride but the ending would not be as intensive if not for the skillful way Ms. Singh manipulates her readers into the proper mood to make the ending the high mark that it is, well done once more by one of the genre’s best authors.
5 Stars because that is all I can give, it is worth more, trust me.
Bottom Line: This paragraph is almost a repeat of an earlier one but it belongs here. This is what 5 Star reading should be, having you glued to the pages and leaving you with a thirst for more without making you mad that the book ended. A romance for the ages and a overarching story that you can’t stop thinking about until the next book. Make no mistake, on the 29th of October when this is released, THIS is what you need to be reading. Just a clue, you won’t understand the title until the last couple of chapters. There are books that are just as good (a very few) but there are none I can say are better, this is one of those that falls into the “THIS is why I read these books” category that has a extremely small number of books as it’s companion.
Reviewer’s Note: I would strongly suggest that any reader start with book 1 of this series to enjoy the excellence of this novel.
I know that a lot of people share my Nalini love, but it is so rare to see an author that seems to just keep getting better.