Also by this author: Rock Hard, Slave to Sensation, Shards of Hope, Archangel's Enigma, Allegiance of Honor, Archangel's Heart, Silver Silence
Published by Penguin on October 30, 2018
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Paranormal, Vampires, Fantasy, Urban
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Return to New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s darkly passionate Guild Hunter world, where human-turned-angel Elena Deveraux, consort to Archangel Raphael, is thrust center stage into an eons-old prophecy…
Midnight and dawn, Elena’s wings are unique among angelkind—and now they are failing. The first mortal to be turned into an immortal in angelic memory, she’s regressing. Becoming more and more human. Easier to hurt. Easier to kill.
Elena and Raphael must unearth the reason for the regression before Elena falls out of the sky. Yet even as they fight a furious battle for Elena’s very survival, violent forces are gathering across the world. In China, the Archangel Favashi is showing the first signs of madness. In New York, a mysterious sinkhole filled with lava swallows a man whole. In Africa, torrential monsoon rains flood rolling deserts. And in Elena’s mind whispers a haunting voice that isn’t her own. This time, survival may not be possible…not even for the consort of an archangel.
This is a hard review to write as it hurts my heart to give one of my favorite authors such a low rating, but I figured out the mystery part of the book within the first few chapters. This mystery was not up to Singh’s normal standard. I think she has stretched herself too thin with the number of series she is writing. I know she branched out into contemporary romance, as readership is huge in that genre; but her established series seem to be suffering.
This book was a trip down memory lane which I as a reader didn’t need. It takes place several years after Morocco, as Eve, Zoe and Maggie have aged up. Alot of this book’s content was already established in the previous books which I’ve read. Singh did the same thing with her Psy/Changeling series; which never has been as good since writing a trip down memory lane book. If the reminiscent content was cut from this book is would be a pretty short book, more novella length.
There is also a life altering cliffhanger involved, which hopefully will not ruin the series. Along with the cliffhanger comes what I feel will be a time jump, as both Elena and Raphael are in stasis at the end of the book, with time passing around them.
Raphael and Elena are one of my favorite paranormal super couples, and if Singh alters them too much then she will loose me as a reader. I can take characters evolving, but it better be for a darn good reason not just to yank my chain.
I do wonder if this time jump isn’t so Singh can age up Eve to be Illium or Aodhan’s happily ever-after.
Three stars as new and original content was seriously lacking.