Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Archangel’s Prophecy
Author: Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunter #11
Hero/Heroine: Elena & Raphael
Genre: M/F Urban Fantasy
Length: 400 pages
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Release Date: October 30, 2018
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Return to New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s darkly passionate Guild Hunter world, where human-turned-angel Elena Deveraux, consort to Archangel Raphael, is thrust center stage into an eons-old prophecy…
Midnight and dawn, Elena’s wings are unique among angelkind—and now they are failing. The first mortal to be turned into an immortal in angelic memory, she’s regressing. Becoming more and more human. Easier to hurt. Easier to kill.
Elena and Raphael must unearth the reason for the regression before Elena falls out of the sky. Yet even as they fight a furious battle for Elena’s very survival, violent forces are gathering across the world. In China, the Archangel Favashi is showing the first signs of madness. In New York, a mysterious sinkhole filled with lava swallows a man whole. In Africa, torrential monsoon rains flood rolling deserts. And in Elena’s mind whispers a haunting voice that isn’t her own.
This time, survival may not be possible…not even for the consort of an archangel.
This book made me soooo angry for a lot of reasons. But first, the Guild Hunter series is one of my favorite series. I mean, I religiously read it. I’ve read the entire series at least a dozen times since Angel’s Blood came out and I probably reread it at least once a year. But this book? I loved and hated it in equal measures. I loved Elena and Raphael and the feels in this book. They love each other so much, they will literally die for one another and their journey, by each other’s sides, is filled with so much angst and torment. Nothing is easy for them and I adore the fact that Raphael will allow others to think he’s weak because he won’t give up Elena. I love that he will do anything for her and that she makes him a little human. Raphael, as a hero, is one of my absolutely favorites because his devotion is so intense and he cherishes her so much even with how fiercely dangerous he is. As for Elena, I love that she’s a warrior as well and that she has so much courage and is so stubborn. She defies the odds and doesn’t let anything bring her down.
Now, while I love this couple, I struggled with this one for various reasons. My biggest issue was the ending and because it ends on a cliffhanger, there is still so much unanswered. After 400 pages, I expected to learn things, like what the hell is going on and why all this is happening. All the previous books had somewhat of a solid ending but this one leaves me with a ton of questions and just downright pissed. My other issue is Elena. She’s such a strong person that her ‘poor me’ attitude this time around really got to me. Yes, she still went on fighting, which I adored, but she constantly had the ‘woe is me’ thoughts and they just became aggravating. I mean, I get that she was loosing her wings and damn, that is intense, but I wanted her to be that warrior and power through without all the doubts and such. I wanted to see more strong thoughts and less depressing thoughts because it was just so out of character for her. Add to that, this one seemed a little too repetitive to me. One of my biggest issues in the whole series is the constant mention dozens of times (in each book) of Elena’s mom and sisters that died. Yes, this shaped her into the person she is today but with each book, I feel like we should get less of that mention because that’s never changing and we are already well aware of what happened to them but yet it’s always brought up several times in every book that has Elena’s POV.
All in all, I loved and hated this one but it was something I’m glad I read. I was heartbroken with the ending but Elena and Raphael’s relationship really gets to me and always has me jonesing for more. I didn’t give much detail in this review on the actual storyline because I feel like this is something that needs to be found out as you read it and not being spoilered on it before hand. But just know, this story is definitely a game changer in things to come.
Overall Impression: It was good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*