Archangel’s Storm by Nalini Singh (Guild Hunter #5)
Released: September 4, 2012
Reviewed by Mandi
Jason is part of Archangel Raphael’s Seven, the seven angels that have Raphael’s back and his territory centered in New York city safe. Jason is Raphael’s spy, the angel with black wings that can make himself unseen when he wants to. With his ability to see in the dark and his smoothness to not attract attention to himself, it allows him to be the shadow that goes unnoticed.
Jason also has the ability to hear things on the wind, whether it is a name or a hint of a warning. At a wedding of one of the Cadre, he hears the name Eris and knows there is trouble. Far away, the angel Neha, who has immense power, has discovered her consort Eris brutally murdered. Worried she may lose her sanity and cause a rage that would harm many, Jason takes off to her land to see what he can discover. Eris had a daughter with Neha’s sister long ago, resulting in Mahiya. When Neha learned that Eris had this affair, she locked him up for 300 years. She has a rule she doesn’t kill children, but that doesn’t mean she necessarily treats Mahiya well, as she is a daily reminder of Eris’s infidelity.
But now Eris is dead, and Jason has arrived to see if he can solve the murder. In order for some sort of trust to take place between Eris and Neha, he swears a blood vow to Mahiya that he will stay for as long as it takes to discover the guilty party. While Mahiya has a very calm, subordinate outside nature, Jason soon learns she has many secrets and a fire that burns bright inside of her. As more murders occur, Jason and Mahiya work together to sort through the very convoluted politics that take place inside Neha’s court, and become closer together.
I love and adore this world Nalini Singh has created. The way she has created her angels and subsequently the vampires in this world is so unique to me. Her world is dark and violent, and so descriptive and vivid. I really think it is one of the best built worlds. That being said, this book is the least favorite of the series for me. Jason is dark, and I usually love dark heroes. But unlike Raphael who is dark, and extremely intense and powerful, or Dmitri who is dark but has that wicked edge that shocks you, Jason is more somber. He had a horrid childhood, which I think the author does well letting us experience through flashbacks. And if you like quiet, somber heroes, you’ll probably like this book. For me, I feel like we don’t get to see him grow emotionally. Or we don’t dive deep enough into him. I wanted more page time with him, rather than the many we get with Mahiya.
I also got bored with this mystery. There are some nice twists that come in at the end, but I found it was hard to hold my interest as I read this book. It just felt slow and I expected more dynamics with Jason than what we got. A friend pointed out to me that it takes more than one book to erase Jason’s past, and I understand that. But I needed something in the book to keep me interested, and it was hard to find that. I also missed the New York city setting and the other members of the seven. Venom does come to play in this book for awhile, but I missed the other members.
I will say, Nailini Singh does something at the end, or I should say, she doesn’t do something at the end that I give her major kudos for. I don’t want to say what it is, but I really have to cheer for the ending. You will know what I’m talking about once you read it.
While this is a series I always recommend, this one just didn’t do it for me so much. I think the next book goes back to Raphael and Elena and I’m excited to revisit them.