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Archangel's Legion - Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunter #6
Published by: Jove, on 29 October 2013
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Suspense, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 374, Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Purchase
Reading Challenges: 2015 Reading Assignment Challenge, 2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge, Bookish Resolutions Challenge 2015
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…
In Archangel’s Legion, the love between Raphael and Elena became an epiphany! I knew there was love with them, but here, that love was just so strong and beautiful it made the story epic in a very different way.
Between the undeniable love and respect between Elena and Raphael, and all the troubles bestowed upon them, Archangel’s Legion was a thrilling read from start to finish. Thrilling both because of the incredible chemistry between the main characters, and because of the fights they had to engage in on many different levels. The story is fast paced, and all my favorite characters from the Guild Hunter series – both those I love and those I love to hate – were present in one way or another.
I think one of the things I enjoyed the most in Archangel’s Legion was how deep and true the bond between Elena and Raphael proved to be! They are both fighters, and while Raphael has lived a very long time, he had partly lost his touch with his humanity and compassion before he met Elena. While some angels were persuaded Elena would be a weakness for Raphael, it rather seemed to me they were both able to strengthen each other. With their love, with their frank honesty, with their skills – they just complemented each other in every possible way.
The character development in Archangel’s Legion was amazing – both Raphael and Elena have come a long way since the time when they first met in Angel’s Blood – is nothing short of amazing! While they both have their specific personality intact, they have also been able to positively influence each other, and they have become much stronger thanks to the fact that they have always had the ability to trust each other, and be complete and pure with each other – even when they have to hide certain things from other characters surrounding them.
I could go on and on about my love for this couple, I almost wish the series would always feature Raphael and Elena as the main focus – even though all the other characters are extremely interesting as well. Their abilities both when it comes to love, fighting, being able to analyze a situation with all possibilities taken into account just make them so interesting and loveable! The overall story and the plot is so well executed I almost had to remind myself this is fiction at times.
Ms. Singh’s writing will probably never cease to amaze me, between the witty dialogues, the beautiful romantic (and oftentimes very sexy!) scenes between the main couple, the fighting, the strategizing, the love without boundaries is just so well done! Written in third person point of view, past tense, mostly from Elena’s point of view, the insight into other characters is never neglected, and the richness of the language and the descriptions that made me feel like I had wings, too, just contributed to making Archangel’s Legion a powerful and extremely satisfying read.
“It will be done,” Raphael said with a cool arrogance that made her want to drag him back to bed.
He laughed, her dangerous lover who wore his strength as a second skin and had a face of such violent masculine beauty that she was stunned anew each time she realized he belonged to her.
You ever think maybe archangels should be challenged once in a while? she countered. That it’d take care of the whole arrogance issue?
Anyone may challenge me.
Arms wrapped around his neck, she kissed his temple. “I’m sorry I scared you.” It wasn’t the done thing for an archangel to admit fear, but he was hers, and she’d hurt him without meaning to; it was up to her to fix her mistake.
His wings shifted, but he didn’t extricate their bodies. “I didn’t know fear until you, Elena. Use the power wisely.”