Two books in one year from Nalini Singh is like having Christmas twice in one year. Not only did we get the highly anticipated Heart of Obsidian but we also got the sixth book in the Guild Hunter series. This is Elena and Raphael’s fourth full book as two of the other books were for Dimitri and Jason.
I have a tiny confession…while I think Singh’s Psy/Changeling series is her more popular one, I like the Guild Hunter books better. I like that they follow Elena and Raphael instead of focusing on a different couple each time. We have so much left to explore with our power couple so I was thrilled to get this book.
Angels are falling from the sky in New York, struck down by a vicious, unknown force.
Vampires are dying impossibly of disease.
That is the plot and that is all you are going to get from me. What? Ok, like with most Nalini Singh books lately I can’t, won’t, go into too much detail. Bad things are happening in New York and it becomes obvious that another of the Cadre is targeting Raphael and Elena. On top of the assault, the Cascade is coming and each member of the Cadre is developing stronger and more destructive powers. Lijuan is still a problem and still creating her reborn. Michaela has said she is pregnant and would like to stay in Raphael’s territory…so basically bad things are happening all around.
The beauty of the is book is that in between the world building and plot advancement we see such strong character development. Naasir, Aodhan and Illium really shine in Legion. Each of them step forward from their previous places, some in obscurity, to take a main part in the book. There is one scene between Illium and Aodhan that is lovely and poignant. I know most people are all over Illium, for good reason, but I think I love me some Aodhan.
“Fly hard and fast, Aodhan. You never know what you’ll see. And what’s the worst that could happen?”
Aodhan’s response was quiet and bloody. “I could crash to the earth, my wings broken and my body a fleshy pulp.”
“But imagine what you’d experience in the interim…and ask yourself if safe aloneness is all you ever wish to know.”
I have no idea which of Raphael’s seven will get the next book because each of them has unresolved issues and I don’t think any are really ready. Even Dimitri and Jason are recalled to the city to handle the brewing conflict leaving only Galen and Venom in the Refuge.
Elena is dealing with a lot here. She is learning how to become Consort all the while dealing with Jeffrey and her sister Eve. Eve is going to a Guild school and fighting with Jeffrey every step of the way. Elena is left to be the one to fight for her sister on a regular basis which causes her stress at a time when all of her focus needs to be on Raphael and the impending war.
I brushed over some major details but I don’t think anyone wants me to spoil this for them. I mentioned above that the Guild Hunter series is my favorite of Nalini Singh’s and Archangel’s Legion is far and above the best book of this series. By now, I should be used to the gift Ms. Singh has with words and imagary but the final 20% of this book is absolutely riveting. She gives us some of the finest storytelling that I have read all year. What happens is exciting, shocking, awe-inspiring, jaw dropping, heart breaking and I could go on for pages. But through it all we see the presence of Elena and Raphael’s love. They are so strong and together in this book and it is a joy to read.
I don’t know what the future will bring us because this book ends with so many questions and thoughts. Several things happened that will change the face of this world. I loved this book. I loved every page of it and I think all Guild Hunter fans will feel the same. Kind of ironic how both of Ms. Singh’s books this year were game changers, huh? Final grade- A
“I want no power that makes me cause you harm.” One hand rising between them, he rubbed it over her bruised heart, the curls of heat telling her he was fixing the damage.
“All goo,” she murmured when he dropped his hand, her skin prickling with the need to reinitiate their bond in a more primal way.
“I also,” he said, his body pushing hard and ready against her abdomen, “do not want any power that turns my cock to ice.”