Archangel’s Legion (Guild Hunter #6) by Nalini Singh – A Satisfying Return to Raphael and Elena
Synopsis: Angels are falling from the sky in New York, struck down by a vicious, unknown force. Vampires are dying impossibly of disease. Guild hunter Elena Deveraux and the Archangel Raphael must discover the source of the wave of death before it engulfs their city and their people, leaving New York a ruin and Raphael’s Tower under siege by enemy archangels. Yet even as they fight desperately to save the city, an even darker force is stirring, its chill eyes trained on New York…and on Raphael. Rivers of crimson and nightmares given flesh, the world will never again be the same…
Review: I believe this is my favorite angel series and I would say Archangel’s Legion is was probably my favorite book since the series debut! It’s definitely the perfect example of absence making the heart grow fonder. I genuinely missed Elena and Raphael’s perspective so the story felt very fresh. They also have a whole slew of new problems and new…powers?
The story was really tight and the pacing was great. I wasn’t bored for a second and Singh did great job of building a sense of foreboding and tension. I loved the appearances and development of a few side characters, particularly Illium, Aodhan, and Naasir. I definitely missed Venom though. He is my favorite side character (followed somewhat closely by Illium) . This book pretty much had everything I’d want in an urban fantasy/PNR read except for more Venom, but that’s still a job well done.
I must say that I like Elena’s progress as an angel. While we see improvements, it hasn’t been an overnight process and she still has a lot of work to do. Raphael also appears to be evolving in a way that could only make sense for an archangel, though it does threaten to drive a wedge between him and Elena. Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of sexy times if that’s what you come here for. I’m honestly impressed at how Singh packs so much story in these while giving a satisfying dose of romance too. Their relationships with their family also receive adequate development.
At first I was super concerned that because she was contracted for two more books we’d be seeing the end of the series soon. It didn’t feel quite right to me because even though this is the 6th book, there’s still a lot of story to tell and potential to expand the world. And quite frankly, I will not feel like this series is complete until Venom and Illium get their own books and in that order ~_^. The other day Ms. Singh herself calmed my fears and tweeted me that there will indeed be more books so I’m keeping hope alive for solo books of my boys and more Elena and Raphael too.