Archangel's Shadows

Nalini Singh
Archangel's Shadows
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Release Date
October 2014
Book 7 of Guild Hunter
Paranormal Romance, Vamps & Shifters Romance

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.

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Sep 22, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
74 people found the following review helpful
It took me a long time before I wrote this review, because I really don't know how to write it. In any case, I lay out my thoughts here as best as I'm able.

In ARCHANGEL'S SHADOWS, we finally have the story of Ashwini and Janvier, and while it's a good addition to the series, it wasn't as exciting for me. Probably because Janvier chasing Ash happened outside this book; certainly, we learn about their escapades in the previous books, hints and snippets dangled to keep us interested for when their story is finally ready to be unveiled. But I have to say that those hints and snippets, along with the novella Angel's Wolf, are more interesting for me.

This book depicts their relationship going a step forward, amidst the suspense of someone killing women, leaving them desiccated husks of themselves. Janvier and Ash teamed up together to solve the mystery and to find the murderer, and Ash has to decide whether she should reveal her secret to Janvier or not. Would it drive him away?

One thing I have to say about Nalini Singh is that with each book, the series arc moves forward in a believable manner. Even the events in this book--the desiccated women--is a fallout from the events in the previous book, Archangel's Legion. I also love the way we have some scenes from Elena's or Raphael's points of view, or even one of the other Seven. I love this continuity and glimpse into the life of the previous characters after their books have ended. It makes the world and the characters come alive in a way that seems real, or as real as fictional characters and world can get.

However, I do have a beef with something. Romantic couples deciding/declaring that they'd rather die than live without the other is romantic. Raphael choosing to die with Elena (in Angels' Blood) is romantic. Dmitri choosing to die should Honor choose a mortal existence and live out her life is romantic. But because I read these books back-to-back (from the first book to this one), having a barrage of these characters who don't treasure their lives gets a bit annoying and it struck me as unrealistic. Now, Raphael choosing to die strikes me as irresponsible. He's the Archangel of New York; he has a responsibility to his people. Sure, if Elena's gone, he'd be heartbroken. But life goes on. And he may yet meet someone later on, considering his very long life. On Dmitri--I have nothing, but his choice smacks of suicide. Which may be disturbing for readers with suicidal tendencies.

Which brings me to this non-romantic couple in this book that I can't reveal for it would be a spoiler. I have to admit I'm a bit disturbed by it all. The woman, okay, fine, she may have a reason for her choice, but for the guy...that's where it gets disturbing for me. It may not have gone as he intended, but his intent to die, for me, was a waste of his life and a selfish decision. Granted, I don't fully understand his situation, so I can't really judge, but his intent/actions did disturb me to the point that I wanted to throw the book against the wall.

Anyway, that aside, this was a good installment to the series. I can't wait to read the next book in the series, which features Naasir. Yay!
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