Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Archangel’s Heart
Author: Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunter #9
Hero/Heroine: Elena & Raphael
Genre: M/F Urban Fantasy/Paranormal
Length: 400 pages
Release Date: November 1, 2016
Available at: Berkley and Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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.
When I saw there was another book in the Guild Hunter series, I could’t wait to read it. I was a little disappointed that it wasn’t a book about Aodhan and Illium because I really really really want their story! But I was still excited to see it was about Elena and Raphael because you can just tell from the last few books that their storyline is definitely not over.
While I absolutely loved this book, I’m at a loss on how to review it. The blurb alludes to the story revolving around how the Cadre are to deal with the disappearance of Lijuan and her territory but it also digs deeper into Elena and her ancestors. Being summoned by the Luminata brings Elena back to Morocco and the chance to find out more about her mother’s homeland and her ancestors. But Lumia is not the peaceful place it appears to be, there’s a deep evil rooted at the Luminata’s center and every clue Elena gets about her family leads to even more questions.
It was interesting being able to delve deeper into Elena’s family’s history but at the same time watching as Raphael and Elena try to pinpoint why they feel so uneasy in a place that should invoke calm and peacefulness. I loved that the book had two different plots that eventually interconnected because it allowed Elena to focus on more than just finding about her family and obsessing over it. While I really enjoyed the storyline, I also found I love where Elena and Raphael have evolved to. It was fascinating to see how their powers have grown and the allies they’ve managed to obtain to the point that when it came time to a final decision it was obvious to see Raphael had a huge backing in the Cadre.
The only thing holding this book back from being perfect is the ending with Lijuan. I expected a bit more suspense and action to it. I wanted to really get into the thick of things with this storyline but felt like it was wrapped up a little too tidily than it could have been and really would have liked it to be shown instead of told. However, I have a feeling there’s more to come of this and that’s why it wasn’t as in-depth as it could have been so I’m strangely okay with it but still wished there had been a bit ‘more’ there.
In the end, I absolutely loved this book but that’s no surprise because Nalini definitely spins a great tale that always leaves me satisfied and wanting more. If you’ve enjoyed the Guild Hunter series so far then you should definitely give this one a go because you learn so much about Elena and her family but also able to see just how strong Raphael and Elena have become since the last book. I know I’ll be anxiously anticipating the next book and really hope it’s about Bluebell and Sparkle!!!
Overall Impression: I loved it!!!!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*