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

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List Price: £8.99

Paperback: 400 Pages.

Published: 03 November 2016 by Gollancz

ISBN: 1473217490

EAN: 9781473217492

Review by Anne

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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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