Archangel’s Shadows by Nalini Singh (Guild Hunter #7)

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Type: Paranormal Romance/UF

Publisher: Jove

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Pam

In the wake of a brutal war, the archangel Raphael and his hunter consort, Elena, are dealing with the treacherously shifting tides of archangelic politics and the people of a battered but not broken city. The last thing their city needs is more death, especially a death that bears the eerie signature of an insane enemy archangel who cannot— should not—be walking the streets. This hunt must be undertaken with stealth and without alerting their people. It must be handled by those who can become shadows themselves…

Ash is a gifted tracker and a woman cursed with the ability to sense the secrets of anyone she touches. But there’s one man she knows all too well without a single instant of skin contact: Janvier, the dangerously sexy Cajun vampire who has fascinated and infuriated her for years. Now, as they track down a merciless killer, their cat-and-mouse game of flirtation and provocation has turned into a profound one of the heart. And this time, it is Ash’s secret, dark and terrible, that threatens to destroy them both.

This is another wonderful addition to a series that I have enjoyed from the beginning. Archangel’s Shadow has rich character development and amazing story lines that grab you until the very end and I loved every minute.

The city is healing after the end of the war and with many people, both mortal and immortal injured, the focus is bringing the city together. Unfortunately there is trouble on several fronts, a new drug has been brought into the area creating monsters from otherwise healthy happy individuals and bodies are being found, both animal and human that have been drained. There are questions about Lijuan, a demon archangel, has she come back so soon or is there another monster stalking the city?

Ashwini is a hunter, she can sense secrets when she touches individuals and knows people are capable of horrible things. This ability is hereditary and several generations in her family have had mental issues as they get older, and she is worried about her future. She partners with Janvier and Naasir, they are called the Shadow Team and have an amazing bond, their job is to aggravate the enemy, something they excel at. Janvier is a 247 year old vampire with Cajun ancestors and Naasir reminds me of a feral cat, no one really has much knowledge of what he is, an enigma that is one of the most interesting characters I have ever met.

Between the Guild and the Tower, the teams try to find out who is responsible for the heinous crimes affecting the city; they all want the illusive peace.

Ms. Singh has added another great book to this series. She is one of a handful of authors that I could pick up anything they wrote and know I would enjoy. The world building, characters, humor, danger and romance all create magnificent stories that are hard to put down and I am always impatient for more.

Ashwini and Janvier are amazing together; they are very interesting as individuals but as a couple everything seems right with the world and they are a team in every sense of the word. The chemistry between them sizzles and they seem to gain strength from just touching each other. Of course things never go smoothly and Ashwini fights the attraction throughout the book as she has secrets that she feels prevents her being with Janvier for an eternity.

Even though Ashwini and Janvier’s story is at the forefront, there are several other plot lines that hold the reader’s attention. We are treated to a large dose of Raphael and Elena, an amazing couple leading the city through the healing process, the drug that has permeated the area causing havoc and of course the mystery of the drained people. These issues keep the pace of the story moving along at a fast pace.

The secondary characters in Ms. Singh’s stories are remarkable, the angels that are part of Raphael’s Seven all play pivotal roles here. I love seeing Illium and Aodhan (Bluebell and Sparkle) in many scenes, I am excited to see their stories progress toward their own tales one day (hopefully). I also enjoyed the in-depth view of Naasir we are treated to, his story will be epic, and I find his character so intriguing. Of course there are many more individuals we are privileged to see again and they all bring something extra to the story.

This book is fast pace, the action starts from the first page and does not let up until the end. The mystery is interesting as well as the continuing story arc that has unfolded from the first book. Each ending is satisfying and there are no cliffhangers but the world is complex and intriguing. The author does a great job of keeping the reader up to date and you could possibly read this as a standalone but I feel you would miss so much if you did not read them from the beginning. I highly recommend this author and this series.

I give Archangel’s Shadow by Nalini Singh 4.75 stars!

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