Title: Archangel’s Enigma
Author: Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunter #8
Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance
Naasir is the most feral of the powerful group of vampires and angels known as the Seven, his loyalty pledged to the Archangel Raphael. When rumors surface of a plot to murder the former Archangel of Persia, now lost in the Sleep of the Ancients, Naasir is dispatched to find him. For only he possesses the tracking skills required – those more common to predatory animals than to man.
Enlisted to accompany Naasir, Andromeda, a young angelic scholar with dangerous secrets is fascinated by his nature – at once playful and brilliant, sensual and brutal. As they race to find the Sleeping archangel before it’s too late, Naasir will force her to question all she knows…and tempt her to walk into the magnificent, feral darkness of his world. But first they must survive an enemy vicious enough to shatter the greatest taboo of the angelic race and plunge the world into a screaming nightmare…
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It has been a ridiculously long time since I last allowed myself the luxury of reading a Guild Hunter book. Worse, I have had this one on my kindle since its release last year and I haven’t read it until now! Thankfully, I’ve been given a chance to review the next one, Archangel’s Heart, so I had to read this one first. Sometimes I love being a reviewer.
Oh, Naasir. He’s been the most mysterious of the Seven since his first appearance, and although it’s been a long wait, my word it was definitely worth it. I love Naasir, the strange tiger creature vampire man that he is. He is sexy and enticing, yes, strong and powerful too, but I love him because of his love for his family and his wish to find a mate that will understand and play with him. He’s so honest with his emotions, so easily baffled by human interactions, and so intelligent and strong and sensual and all around awesome. I loved everything about him, particularly his focus on regaining the Grimoire. And we finally get to find out what he actually is. At last.
Andromeda on first glance is everything that Naasir isn’t. She’s a scholar with secrets who has dedicated her life to the pursuit of knowledge and has taken a vow of celibacy. She has also done everything possible to cut herself off from her family. All of which she has excellent reasons for and barely scratch the surface of who she is. Strong, determined, smart and honourable, she is everything that Naasir needs, seeing him and loving him in all his skins. She’s playful and sensual with him and the two of them together make the best and most unexpectedly balanced of teams.
I loved their romance, I loved the way they work together to protect Alexander and I love the way they understand each other. They’re perfect.
But that’s not all this book is about, because the Guild Hunter world is vast and complicated and tangled in myriad threads of power and betrayal. Lijuan is up to her old tricks and things in New York are slowly rebuilding after the last book. We also get a glimpse of each of the Seven, including a rare Jessamy and Galen sighting. And Illium! Oh, my word, Illium! (And I can’t say any more than that.)
For me this eighth installment of the GH series was every bit as good and absorbing as what’s gone before. The plot threads remain tightly interwoven, with some questions being answered and many more being posed. Trouble continues to brew and almost as soon as one challenge is surmounted, the next rises up to stir everything up again. I love this series and the way it seamlessly switches from tracking Elena and Raphael’s story to individual romances between secondary characters. This was another winner and I cannot wait to dive into Archangel’s Heart.
Archangel’s Enigma is Out Now.
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