ARCHANGEL’S LEGION (Guild Hunter #6) by Nalini Singh
384 pages, paperback
Available October 29, 2013
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…
First Date: There’s some serious badassery in the Guild Hunter…guild. Quick recap of the last couple of books: Elana hooked up with the scary (but totally rad) Archangel Raphael and turned into a be-winged immortal, the Cascade bestowed additional — and very scary — powers on members of the Cadre which, in turn, disrupted alliances and woke those long asleep. So. Much. Drama. (How is it even archangels and immortal beings can’t get past the drama? You’d think they’d be all zen about stuff or at least able to solve things without massacring everyone. But, no. They’re all up in each others’ grill, doing some chest-thumping and death threatening. It’s like eternal high school. Is that hell? I think it might be… Well, except in books. Then it rocks.)
Second Date: While this whole book is filled with awesome (as is this series, people. Seriously.), my favorite parts were the interactions and banter between Elena and Raphael. As a baby immortal, Elena’s still learning her way through her prickly new world and Raphael’s there to back her up. Not that she needs all that much help, considering she’s a booty-kicking hunter in her own right. As their relationship deepens and develops, Elena steps up as Raphael’s Consort, taking her rightful place at his side…until he pulls his alpha-macho crap. Like when they were out on the hunt:
“I’m the Hunter,” Elena reminded [macho man]. “I should go first.”
“Of course you may go first. When I am dead.”
*snort* (I’ve seen this exchange quoted a couple of times–definitely resonated with readers!) These two make a formidable pair, especially as Raphael gains new and rather scary powers and allies. Without Elena to ground him, Raphael could go very, very dark. And that would be bad. Together, they’ll need to stay strong to keep their people and territory safe from the multitude of threats arrowing their way.
Third Date: Is it bad that I already want more of Elena and Raphael? Actually, I want Aodhan, that diamond-coated, introverted angel (who no doubt poops sparkly rainbows). He needs a hot love story, especially now that he’s coming out of his shell. Archangel’s Legion is a stellar addition to the Guild Hunter series, pitting Elena, Raphael and his Seven against insane, immortal beings who want nothing more than to rule and destroy the world as we know it. Filled to the brim with action and intrigue, this story is pretty darned unputdownable and turned into an all-nighter. Good thing I was carrying my S.L.U.T. bag! (That’s my single lady’s utility tote…always be prepared, people.)
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