Archangel’s Prophecy by Nalini Singh (book 11 Guild Hunter)
This book has driven the fans wild, absolutely wild. And I’m not going to tell you why. #spoilers
If you want a new series to read, do you want one that’s rock steady and you get what you expect? Or do you want one where the author embraces her vision for the characters and leaves her readers at 2 in the morning throwing the kindle against the wall with tears streaming down their faces and fury in their hearts? I know what I’m choosing. Drive the fans wild I say.
Elena and Raphael are the alpha couple of paranormal romance. Their story is so intricate and absorbing that time after time Ms Singh revisits them. I’m usually a one and done girl, once I’ve had the HEA, I’m moving on. Not with these two, never with Elena and Raphael.
All the Nalini Singh trademarks are in evidence – superb characterisation, outrageous story telling, unparalleled world building, true humour and painful emotion.
After eleven full novels and a whole load of novellas all of which I’ve read several times searching for clues I now have absolutely no idea what will happen next. And it’s killing me. Think on that. How many authors run out of steam about book 7 or 8? With book 11 in her guild hunter series Ms Singh has thrown everything we know up in the air. Perhaps under a bus might say it better. Pure bloody genius.
Given everyone else is ‘telling’ the author what should I happen next, I will too! I need Aodhan to get his book, then conclude Elena and Raphael’s story with Bluebell’s accession. Yes, definitely that. Oh no that means that Titus might not meet Tasha. I need Titus settled. And what about Caliane, perhaps with Alexander? Or Kier? I’ve forgotten new character Andreas needs a story. But will Astaad decide on Mele alone? Eek! Now I’ve started I can’t stop. Like I said superlative characterisation and world building.
“He had noticed that events were cowards: they didn’t occur singly, but instead they would run in packs and leap out at him all at once”
I like to think that my blogs help authors promote their books, and of course give me a creative outlet. Mr Gaiman kills that. When the author writes something as simply perfect as this what’s the point?! You don’t need blogs to promote this kind of genius, a couple of quotes will do.
This is urban fantasy that sets out to delight, bewitch and scare you. It succeeds. It’s a kind of gender inversed Alice in Wonderland for jaded grown ups. If you love London then it’s for you. And if you’ve never ventured here, then you’ll see things the Londoner misses.
“Young man,” he said, “understand this: there are two Londons. There’s London Above – that’s where you lived – and then there’s London Below – the Underside – inhabited by the people who fell through the cracks in the world. Now you’re one of them. Good night“
For all the fabulous characters what sung to me was the perfection of London for an urban fantasy. I won’t look at Harrods quite the same again or Earl’s Court.
When fantasy is this fantastic do you worry about the “meaning” or do you just enjoy? I decided to wallow in it. Completely, I was like huge whale feasting on a swarm of krill. Even at the end I could have had more. What’s it really all about? I’m not actually sure, but when it’s this well written who cares?!
The other issue with Neil Gaiman’s writing is you realise you’ve not read enough of it. So, less with the blogs and more with the reading.
I loved it. I savoured every single word. Ms Pryor delivers an urban fantasy masterclass
What stood out for me was the romance, it’s heart breakingly romantic. I’m a sucker for romance, I’ll admit I probably watch Strictly Come Dancing hoping for romance. Haven reminded me of a brilliant Viennese Waltz – beautifully romantic with constant twists and turns that left me dizzy and breathless. My heart ached and ached.
I adored Nate’s sensitivity and all male softness. He reminded me of peanut butter ice cream – cool, unexpected and with real depths of flavour. And let’s not forget the crunch – cos I love it crunchy! (It’s also my fave flavour so I’m biased.)
As for Ember I loved that she was determined, smart and strong without being tough or spiky. How refreshing is that? I just hope we haven’t seen the last of these two.
This is urban fantasy infused with tendrils of romance. If either genre appeal to you then this is your perfect read.