Thursday, November 8, 2018

Archangel's Prophecy by Nalini Singh - Review

Author: Nalini Singh
Publication Date:  30 October, 2018
Publisher: Berkley
Series:  Guild Hunter, book 11
Genre:  Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Romance
Age Recommendation: 17 and Up
Rating: 4 Stars

Book Description:

Return to New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s darkly passionate Guild Hunter world, where human-turned-angel Elena Deveraux, consort to Archangel Raphael, is thrust center stage into an eons-old prophecy....

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.

My Review:

I do love this series, but I have to say it is getting to be a fairly complicated world, not that's not true. It's alway been a complicated world, I am just starting to get lost inside of it. Remembering exactly who is who is becoming more and more challenging.

Archangel's Prophecy through me for a little bit of a loop because I feel like it completely left me in limbo. Some major things have happened but we have no true understanding of the hows and the whys. The Cascade is running rampant and turning this world of angels, vampires, and mortals upside down. It's honestly a bit of a scary reflection of our world today, or at least how I can say I feel here in the U.S. We're surrounded by chaos and turmoil, never knowing what will be coming at us next or if our leaders are or will stay sane. There is something in the air, in the ground that isn't right and it's changing the world around us in unexplainable ways.

As always I adore the characters in this series. Raphael and Elena will always be a favorite couple of mine, heck characters in general. 'BlueBell', oh 'BlueBell', I can't wait for your story. And sweet Jessamy and Galen...oh my heart, what is going to happen? I know I talk about how hard it is getting to follow along and remember the details of every character, but I will say that I am not looking forward to the day that we have conclusion. I will miss these characters with all my heart.

I know, I know, maybe I am looking too deeply and searching for something in this book to help understand our world in their world, but it truly feels like Nalini is, of course with a lot of imagination, that she sees everything, that it is happening around her too and that confusion and fear we are feeling is the same confusion and fear even the mighty Raphael is feeling too. We are not alone, and neither are Raphael or Elena.

If you are a fan of this series, you need to read this, because every thing is changing. If you have not started this series, don't start here. This is truly a series I feel like you must read from book one on. I know it sees daunting, this is book 11 after all (and doesn't include the novellas) but I think you will be lost. You won't be totally lost, but there is no true explanation of what is happening in this world, you have to have a basic understanding of who Raphael and Elena are and all the challenges that have come before now. Every book is an adventure and while some books focus on other characters and their romances, each books storyline leads us through adventures that have built upon the one that came before it.

I listened to this on audio, and love the way that the narrator of this series, Justine Eyre, 'reads' these books. She is so good at switching between the characters voices and it is easy to know exactly who she is voicing even if we aren't told. She has a distinct voice for each person and I can't imagine them sounding like anyone else. It is fun to be able to hear their individual accents as well...I mean who would have guessed Illium would have the voice that she gives him, but honestly it is perfect. It is a sweet voice, almost child like, (and considering he is considered a bit of a baby angel, it fits so well) and full of lightness and heart. Raphael a deep commanding voice, Jason, a quiet mysterious voice...honestly she just nails each one perfectly! So if you are an audio 'reader' I highly recommend this series as a must listen! <3


About Nalini Singh:

I've been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There's no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.

I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated every month).

So far, I've worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer's mill.

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