Review: Archangel’s Prophecy by Nalini Singh (Guild Hunter #11)


Archangel's Prophecy by Nalini Singh (Guild Hunter #11) // VBC ReviewArchangels Prophecy (Guild Hunter #11)
Nalini Singh
Published: Oct. 30, 2018 (Berkley)
Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon
Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

Reviewed by: Margaret 

Rating (out of 5): 4 stars

Note: While review will be spoiler free, it does make reference to previous books in the series. If you haven’t started yet, check out VBC’s review of Angels’ Blood.

I’ve been a fan of the Guild Hunter series for years, but lately I enjoy the books about the Seven much more than the ones that focus on Raphael and Elena. I may have even implied that the couple is so happy that they’re boring. I should probably apologize to all the Raphael and Elena fans out there because I think Nalini Singh heard me and decided it was time to torture them.

It’s been a few years since Elena became an angel and she’s been steadily getting stronger, but now she’s starting to regress. Her wounds don’t heal like they should and her wings are starting to fail. Then she starts to hear the voice of a Sleeping archangel telling her that she’ll soon have to die so another can live. That very Potter-esque prophecy had me wondering more than once where Raphael was going to find a resurrection stone. (That’s not what actually happens. I wouldn’t spoil you like that.) Elena’s impending doom gives everything a sense of urgency that’s unexpected for these immortal characters.

Raphael, meanwhile, is trying to deal with bizarre geological events and some archangel politics despite being preoccupied by Elena’s mysterious condition. His Legion, which I really wasn’t sure about when they were first introduced, play a larger role in this book and I’m actually starting to like them. I especially liked seeing Elena trying to understand their cryptic nature. I’m excited to see how their characters grow in future books.

Elena is also working with the Guild to investigate a series of attacks on vampires, including her brother-in-law. I loved this return to her roots as a Guild Hunter, which is one of the things I’ve missed in the recent Elena books that focus so much on the aforementioned archangel politics. It also gives her a chance to check in with the other Hunters.

In fact, Elena does a lot of reminiscing over the course of the story, replaying events from previous books. Nearly everyone she encounters provokes a flashback, and it feels like everyone she’s ever met shows up at some point. On the one hand, I like revisiting moments from earlier in the series. On the other, it started to feel like too much recap after a while. It’s also ominous, like how a supporting character in a TV show finally gets to be the star of an episode and you just know they’re going to die at the end.

Archangels Prophecy reminded me of everything I loved about the series from the beginning. It also sets the stage for major changes going forward, though at this point I have a lot of unanswered questions. I mean, this is an Infinity War-level To Be Continued. (No, that’s not what happens either.) Just like with the film, I wish there was a “Part One” at the end of the title to let us know going in that it’s part of a larger story.

Sexual content: sex, references to rape and abuse

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