Archangel’s Heart by Nalini Singh (Guildhunter #9)
Superb! Nalini Singh does it again, she couldn’t write a bad book if you paid her.
I adore this cover. Yet, today I’m staring at it rather bleary eyed. Normally I’m dreaming by 10pm. Instead last night I was still reading at 2am. I was so swept up in this wonderful story, I couldn’t even consider putting it down.
So, this book revisits Raphael and Elena and in particular focuses on Elena’s past. I’ll admit at first I was disappointed that Bluebell wasn’t meeting his match, in fact it’s Aodhan who plays a huge part in this story. And little by little I fell in love with Aodhan. His steely strength, soft humour and love of art coupled with a depth of character that is slowly coming to the surface meant I was a goner. Illium who?
Nalini Singh’s writing style is so gentle, it’s like a friend whispering in your ear. Slowly she sucks you in, and it’s not until the end you realise you’ve been subsumed. Hence at 2am I’m reading ‘just one more chapter’. When I finish a Nalini Singh book there’s a sadness, I’ve lost that friend’s voice in my ear.
Nalini’s beautifully gentle style contrasts sharply with the Machiavellian angel politics and the evil surrounding the Cadre as they try to solve the riddle of Lijuan.
Aside from Aodhan, the other star of the show is Morocco. The descriptions of the buildings and town market were so perfectly evocative, that I imagine the Moroccan tourist board has been on the phone!
And so back to my wonderful Bluebell. Yep, I’m kinda sorry but Aodhan has replaced him in my affections. Oh well, something tells me that the blue winged one will cope.
Let’s hope that Aodhan is next! Would saying please help?
Thank you you to netgalley for an ARC in return for an honest review. However at midnight my preordered book I arrived and I happily finished reading that!