September 15, 2012

Book Review: Archangel's Storm by Nalini Singh

at 9/15/2012 08:37:00 PM
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I have been a fan of Nalini Singh every since I read her book Slave to Sensation, the first book in the Psy-Changeling series. I loved her writing! Her characters have such depth and personality that it's hard not to think of them as real people. I met her for the first time at RWA Anaheim this year and got a lovely autograph and picture to boot. Anyways, I am christianing my new book reviewing blog with Nalini Singh's Archangel's Storm. This book was recently released as the latest installment of Nalini's Guild Hunter Series. For those of you who are familiar with this series, this book is Jason's story. Jason, an angel, is Raphael's spymaster and a member of his Seven. The Seven are a group of vampires or angels who have sworn their fealty to Raphael. It has been hinted in the previous books of this series that Jason has a dark, scarring past that keeps him withdrawn from the world. This book follows in the aftermath of book 4, Archangel's Blade. The first chapter is mostly in Jason's perspective and we see what he sees in his eyes. I loved the first chapter! It was a bit of a continuation of book 4 with Dmitri and Honor. I don't know if it was on purpose, on the rise or I'm just hallucinating, this book was kinda formatted like a soap opera.  Throughout the book there are snippets of Dmitri and Honor, with quick guest appearances by Raphael, Elena, and Venom. Now, on to the main event. 


Synposis:  
With wings of midnight and an affinity for shadows, Jason courts darkness. But now, with the Archangel Neha’s consort lying murdered in the jewel-studded palace that was his prison and her rage threatening cataclysmic devastation, Jason steps into the light, knowing he must unearth the murderer before it is too late.

Earning Neha’s trust comes at a price—Jason must tie himself to her bloodline through the Princess Mahiya, a woman with secrets so dangerous, she trusts no one. Least of all an enemy spymaster.

With only their relentless hunt for a violent, intelligent killer to unite them, Jason and Mahiya embark on a quest that leads to a centuries-old nightmare… and to the dark storm of an unexpected passion that threatens to drench them both in blood 



The minute I got my hands on this book I started reading and didn't put it down once. Overall the suspense and plot lines are top notch. Nalini Singh is a genius. She's one of the few authors that I'd actually pay full price for her books to be delivered the day it gets released. Archangel's Storm is an excellent continuation of the Guild Hunter series. With lush descriptions, witty dialog, emotionally-scarred, but strong characters, Nalini always manages to exceed my expectations. Definitely a good read for those who have read the Guild Hunter series and for those who haven't read any Nalini Singh books yet, now's a good time to start. I give this book, on a scale of 1/2 to 5 stars......drumroll please.....4 stars!!!!

Me with Nalini at RWA Anaheim

Nalini's Bio: 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 frequently).
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.
To read more about Nalini, please visit her website at http://www.nalinisingh.com/index.php.
Note: The above bio is from her website.

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