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Archangel's Prophecy by Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunter #11
Published by Berkley on October 30, 2018
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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Midnight and dawn, Elena’s wings are unique among angelkind…and now they’re 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 it’s too late and Elena falls out of the sky. Yet even as they fight a furious battle for Elena’s very survival, violent forces are gathering in New York and 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.
In Archangel’s Prophecy, we are back to Raphael and Elena as the main characters in this installment. Normally, they aren’t my favorites to hang out with in this Guild Hunter series. *Gasp* I know, I know but I’ve never really warmed to Raphael. However, at least I don’t want to stab a pencil in his eye anymore so we’ve come a long way.
This starts out pretty ominously, with some cataclysmic events happening in the world, and a prophecy that leaves the reader wondering how will Elena fare after all is said and done. Raphael is evolving and it appears Elena will need something significant to happen to her if they will beat the next big bad challenge on the horizon.
Elena also has the challenge of figuring out who tried to kill her brother-in-law and why. There are a few vamps that have come to some gruesome ends recently and somehow Harrison is tied to it. Elena must figure it out before destiny tracks her down if she is going to keep her sister and niece safe.
The Legion is an interesting concept in this series and I like how other worldly they still seem. They are ancient but still like children. I love the interactions Elena has with them throughout this series and how they seem to understand what is happening but have been asleep for so long that the details seem a little like those of a dream. They are so close but also just on the edge of awareness.
The best part of this was the strange stuff happening with Elena and the ‘messenger’ who is watching her. The worst part of the book was also the stuff happening with Elena because I’m so worried about her.
But that ending…Because I received an eARC from the publisher, I don’t get the sneak peak of the next book which might have made me feel better about where Archangel’s Prophecy ended. I’m definitely eager to see what is going on with Elena and Raphael and how this evolution will work. Also, remember how once upon a time I wanted to stab a pencil through Raphael’s eye? Well, he has been totally redeemed. That Angel would rip out his heart for Elena and so I’m going to cut him some slack since he didn’t have any humanity in him when we first met.
Overall, a good side mystery happening to go along with the main story arc. Since this is a well-established couple, most of the story revolved around the mystery and the next step in the Convergence. I definitely wasn’t ready for the book to end this time around.
“Mess with me and I will shoot you through the heart, I swear to God. I am so far past hangry, I’m homicidal.”
“The basic definition of a parasite is an organism that lives on or inside a host and feeds off that host. Therefore all fetuses are technically parasites. A fetus with DNA from an archangel will be a super-parasite,” she added cheerfully. “It’ll suck you dry of energy, so you’d better be really old and strong before you start thinking about the flitter-flutter of tiny wings.”
Elena slitted her eyes and pointed. “You’re having fun making my future offspring”— and jeez, she was never going to be ready for those—“ sound like energy-draining horrors.”
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