Wednesday, October 24, 2018

ARC Review: Archangel's Prophecy by Nalini Singh

Archangel's Prophecy
Author: Nalini Singh
Series: A Guild Hunter Novel (Book 11)
Publication: Berkley (October 30, 2018)

Description: 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.

My Thoughts: This episode in the Guild Hunter series (book 11) is more intimate than the last few. Lijuan is supposed to be in Sleep, though there is some question about how deep her Sleep is and if she is still influencing events in China. Favashi, who took over China when Lijuan left, is doing some things that don't seem like her, including massing an army on her border.

The angels are also still dealing with the various Cascades which have been causing new, and probably dangerous, talents to appear. The Cascades are also causing physical things to happen like a volcanic sinkhole in a place that never had volcanic activity before and torrential rains in the Sahara desert.

The Cascade also seems to be affecting Elena. She seems to be regressing; her wings are drooping and feathers are falling out; she's constantly hungry yet still losing weight; she's losing her ability to talk mind-to-mind with Raphael. While this is all going on and the doctors are baffled, she is also dealing with an attack on her vampire brother-in-law and the recent deaths of other vampires in the Quarter.

Elena is also hearing a voice in her head that is spouting prophecy and that says she will have to die so that another can live. As the other things the voice has prophesied begin coming true Elena is determined to fight for her own destiny and not the one foretold in the misty past. She and Raphael are going to fight this together with all the resources they have.

This was a very exciting entry into the Guild Hunter series. I loved the relationship between Elena and Raphael. The story was emotionally intense. I couldn't put it down. The ending has me begging for the next Guild Hunter book.

Favorite Quote:
His hands were rough with need, with fear.

Her fingernails were claws as she fought to cling onto their future.
I received this one in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.

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