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Archangel's Heart: Book 9 (The Guild Hunter Series) by Nalini Singh

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List Price: £8.99


Paperback: 400 Pages.

Published: 03 November 2016 by Gollancz

ISBN: 1473217490

EAN: 9781473217492

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 archangel 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.


5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars  by Anne

Intelligent writing but fun to read

I've read some of this series but not the most recent ones but i don't feel that it disadvantaged me in any way when reading this instalment although I think that you woudl not be wise to start with this one.

Elena is the consort of Raphael and still adjusting to having become an angel. In each book we see her relationship with Raphael become stronger, we watch her adjust to her new life, we learn something of the cadre of angels who support Raphael and we learn something new about the angel life. In this book the main theme is about the Luminati who are a secret organisation that help decision making among the angels. They gather together the archangels because there is a growing threat but it becomes more and more obvious that there is something wrong with the group themselves.

The book concentrates on Elena, Raphael and the angel that accompanies them mainly and it is character driven rather than action filled. I thought it was a gripping read. I liked the exploration of Elena's family and culture - it is unusual but excellent that Elena is not white. I thought that the author handled the threat aspects of the book well and contrasted them with the settled and growing relationship and friendship between Elena and those she is with. There is a larger overarching story arc about an archangel grown mad by power and time which is important to this plot and will obviously continue in sequels but which doesn't overshadow the actual story of this book.

This is well written, intelligent and above all entertaining. It is part of a series which is well worth reading if you enjoy this type of modern fantasy and there is plenty of thoughtful content among the fantasy. I received a free copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley

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