Archangel’s Enigma by Nalini Singh

Posted September 1, 2015 by Karen in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Archangel’s Enigma by Nalini SinghArchangel's Enigma by Nalini Singh
Also by this author: Rock Hard, Slave to Sensation, Shards of Hope, Allegiance of Honor, Archangel's Heart, Silver Silence, Archangel's Prophecy
Series: Guild Hunter #8
Published by Penguin LCC US on September 1st 2015
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Paranormal
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
ISBN: 9780425251263

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NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED  New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh returns to her world of dark passion and immortal power—and to one of the most seductive and impenetrable heroes ever to stalk the Guild Hunter landscape…  “Oh, Naasir. So weird, so bloodthirsty, so unique and wonderful…I have fallen for him…”—Fiction Vixen 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…   Praise for the Guild Hunter novels  “One of my favorite paranormal worlds.”—Smexy Books  “Amazing in every way!”—Gena Showalter, New York Times bestselling author 

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~Karen’s Review~

What makes Singh’s Guild Hunter newest book Archangel’s Enigma fascinating is that in her writing, the reader may think they are anticipating where the story will go, but in her creative genius Singh always keeps the reader guessing.   The set up for this book made me, the reader, think that Nassir and the scholar Andromeda assisting him were off on a search and rescue mission. As always Singh writes a compelling adventure story, where both characters have to deal with their startling pasts.  The archangel Zhou Lujian, fashioned as goddess, is back to terrorize the world with her rein of death.

Nassir, the wild Engima of Raphael’s seven is finally revealed.  His back story is stark and horror filled. In one scene Nassir returns to the place of his creation; in which Singh had me tearing up, as it was so heartfelt and poignant.  There was more than a little catch in my throat at the revelations, and horrors that Nassir lived.

Andromeda’s youth spent in her grandfather’s territory, the archangel Chrismanoen was a stark contrast to Nassir’s. Nassir’s life started in horror but he was saved by Raphael and raised in the Refuge, with Dimitri as his father figure. Andromeda as a young angel had to save herself from the deviant behavior that Chrismaneon and his territory inhabitants were known to perpetrate.  She has more guts and grit than any scholar should have, and she has become my favorite heroine next to Elena.  I have always loved the female characters Singh writes but Andromeda, with her pull herself up by the bootstraps wherewithal, is one role model for young female readers.

Singh continue with her series story arc of the continuation of the Cascade and the impact on angel kind, predominately the effect in this book on Illium. Yes, my heart was in my throat and tears where shed because of Illium and his plight.  It is this continued story arc that has kept me glued to this series; as Singh is one of only a handful of authors that can keep a multi book series fresh and relevant. Not once have I ever thought that she just recycled a plot from a previous book, which is credit to her world building and story mastery, that she keeps the Guild Hunter world moving forward and never a stagnant mire of tired plots, and characters.


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.

Rating Report
Overall: five-stars

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