Reviewed by: Candace
Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars
I will survive and I will survive whole.
“Three hundred and seven years,”…”that’s how long I survived – I do not want to survive any longer, Mother. I want to fly.”
Lovers united by overcoming loss. Sisters torn apart by an undeserving angel. An evolution among causing ripples among the Cadre. What is going on among the angelic ranks?
That’s just the tip of the iceberg with Archangel’s Storm. If a series author wants to keep their readers happy, give us updates on our favorites and doesn’t banish them to the sidelines. We get Venom, Aodhan, a bit of Illium, Dmitri, Honor and yes, Raphael and Elena. Payoff like that for your dedicated fans is enough to get Nalini Singh full marks, and that’s all before the phenomenal story of Jason and Mahiya begins.
I’m all about the hero in paranormal romance. If your hero doesn’t sell the story, I won’t finish the book. Jason more that sells, but instead of talking about the sexy, black-winged Spymaster, let me tell you a bit about his heroine, Mahiya. A born angel, her mother was the archangel’s Neha’s sister and her father was Neha’s consort. After her mother’s disappearance, she was raised by servants and held in disdain by both her aunt and her father. Nevertheless, she persevered. When Jason enters Neha’s court to investigate Mahiya’s father’s murder, the angelic princess was charged with escorting the Spymaster through Neha’s fort.
The quotes from the top are Mahiya’s. Her strength, despite centuries of weakness, was incredible. She deserved an exceptional angel. And boy, did she get him.
If you have never read Nalini Singh, if you have wondered what a great romance hero should be like, go get book one of the Guild Hunter series and read them all, just so you can get to this point. Chelsea reviewed Archangel’s Blade, but I read it, too, and was head-over-heels with Dmitri and Honor’s story and was convinced that it would not be matched.
I love being wrong.
Jason is not typical hero material. There is no white horse. Hell, there isn’t even a Ducati (and, trust me, the bike always helps). Jason is emotionally damaged and comes in with no intention of a happily ever after. I think that Jason was content just to serve Raphael and exist, having found that love can hurt you entirely too badly. Jason is an indispensable member of Raphael’s Seven, a spymaster and he has skills that have served him well. Haunted by memories of his parent’s deaths seven centuries before, Jason is determined not to allow a woman into his heart and would rather keep his relationships with them on a physical level.
Jason did not anticipate a tenacious princess with a start as heartbreaking as his.Their story is filled with heartache. Kleenex advisory should be given. The beginning of the book will absolutely break your heart, but stick with it.
In some instances, Archangel’s Storm borders on being almost too dark. But that’s part and parcel with Jason and Mahiya. Their light comes at the end of their tunnel (heh, read the book, that goes along with plot line). Their happily ever after is well deserved.
Sexual content: Sex