Book Review – Archangel’s Heart (Guild Hunter #9) by Nalini Singh

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…

 

I have followed this series since the very first book Angel’s Blood in 2009.  This series has not disappointed me yet.  Two years after the last book.  The story continues and follows the main couple Elena and Raphael through wars, hardships and discoveries.  In Archangel’s Heart, Elena and Raphael travel to Luminata so Raphael can meet the Cadre, his fellow archangels.  Of course, it’s never as easy as it seems, and not knowing what Lijuan is up to makes the situation even more tense.  This time, Sparkle aka Aodhan, accompanies them to Morocco.  Elena makes a few shocking discoveries concerning her lineage.  And it looks like as if the ending is getting nearer.

 

Opinion:

This is right after Kate Daniels my second most favorite series.  I love the characters, they are always unique and fascinating in their complexity.  The writing is fantastic. And the storyline is never boring.

Archangel’s Heart was not as action pact as some of the previous books in this series.  Which is a nice change, less people we invested in get killed.  The politics and machinations were fascinating in their ferocity and bloodthirstiness.  I’ve always loved the politics in this series.  The politics mostly stays in the Cadre, that makes it easy to follow.  The plot about Luminata was very interesting and I thought well done.  It also gave it a hint of mystery.  And I was very happy with the ending, I thought Elena had had enough death and loss in her life, so the ending was very uplifting.

The books about Elena and Rafael are by far my most favorite of all.  I adore their relationship.  There are not that many books out there that follow an already established couple.  A couple that grows stronger together and flourishes naturally over time. Kate and Curran in Magic Bites or Eve and Roarke Naked in Death are perfect examples.

But not only do Elena and Rafael grow, the supporting characters all have a chance to evolve and thrive. Little tidbits are giving throughout the book.
About the butler that is now married to the cook. Izzy, and Sam (whereas I would have loved to read more about those two.) I was positively surprised about Beth, she finally grew a spine. And just loved the interactions between Elena and Rafael’s Seven. And I absolutely adored that Sparkle was the main supporting character in this book. I had the feeling he was touching Elena much more at the end of the book. YAY!!!
I also was happy to read how many of the Cadre were enamored with Elena and showed incredible friendship towards both Elena and Rafael. Most are so cutthroat. It’s nice that they have some archangels in their corners.

So, as always a very satisfying addition to the series.

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