Title: Archangel’s Legion
Author: Nalini Singh
Format: paperback, 374 pages
Published: October 29th 2013 by Jove
Angels are falling from the sky in New York, struck down by a vicious, unknown force.
Vampires are dying impossibly of disease.
Guild hunter Elena Deveraux and the Archangel Raphael must discover the source of the wave of death before it engulfs their city and their people, leaving New York a ruin and Raphael’s Tower under siege by enemy archangels.
Yet even as they fight desperately to save the city, an even darker force is stirring, its chill eyes trained on New York…and on Raphael. Rivers of crimson and nightmares given flesh, the world will never again be the same…
Mighty wings of gold and a stare that can freeze your soul, once you are introduced to Raphael your whole view on angels will be turned upside down. Singh brings us Guild Hunter number six loaded with plenty of Raphael and his Hunter getting hot and heavy, read with caution.
Archangel’s Legion picks up right where Archangel’s Storm left off. Elena is still getting used to her wings and immortality, Raphael is balancing his powers and the powers of the other Archangels. And Raphael’s Seven and Elena’s friends are still caught in the crosshairs.
Elena has such a soft heart, you can see it in the way she interacts with her team and in the way she holds onto Raphael. Especially when the surge of new power threatens to take his sanity, her compassion and caring tether him like a flag in the wind. She may not be a match to his power, but the line that connects them is strong. Strong and necessary once the rivers turn to blood and there are plagues of birds...dying. Sounds like something straight out of the end times, and you are desperately trying to figure out who is behind it right along with Raphael and Elena.
Yes the plot line is a continuation of what we have seen in the past books, but with Archangel’s Legion we get: 1 - plenty of skin time between Elena and Raphael, and 2 - the introduction of some creepy powerful legends. That is all the elaboration you will get, but when they do show up it is epic and you will be clawing to know more about them. What can be said is they show up exactly when they are needed, and the fact that it is not just Raphael that they came to but the combination of Elena and Raphael is powerful.
Now you may ask, why only 3.5 wines? Archangel’s Legion is a 4 wine worthy read especially if you are in love with Raphael and want a set of wings of your own. The only drawback is the repetition. Singh is a wonderful writer, but there are only so many times we as readers need to be told how Raphael’s eyes look or what color his and Elena’s wings are. As a reader I want to yell at the book to trust us as readers to remember details! We can and do, so when the same feelings or descriptions are given the fifth time or more it pulls the reader out of the story.
Overall, this book has Raphael. Enough said.