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"Singh’s twisting plot and satisfying conclusion will have paranormal romance fans tuning in for the next installment."—Publishers Weekly
"A strong, game-changing book and one many readers will love...one of my favorite paranormal romance series."—Dear Author
"Archangel’s War is epic in all the best ways and everything I needed it to be."—Smexy Books
"Absolutely epic and unbelievably suspenseful, Archangel’s War was a complete game changer in Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter universe and will surely leave fans reeling in the best of ways...Nalini Singh’s detailed, evocative writing was perfectly on point, with gripping action sequences and a thrilling conclusion that made Archangel’s War an unforgettable journey."—Harlequin Junkie
"Archangel’s War is a truly power packed story...Nalini Singh doesn’t disappoint and truly delivered a story of edgy suspense, all the feels that tugs at the heartstrings, and a story you won’t ever regret picking up!! This author works her delicious magic in every way and its magnificent!"—AddictedToRomance.org
"Surprising, riveting and just a little heartbreaking...This is one book that readers will want to read over and over and each time finds something they missed as if words were secretly hidden on the pages."—Fresh Fiction
"Guild Hunter fans, RUN do not walk to your nearest bookstore and grab this one as soon as you can. A penultimate read of epicness, Archangel's War was the best in the series yet. I can only imagine where things will go next. Bravo Ms Nalini, bravo!"—A Book Obsession
"Archangel’s War delivered a long, gritty battle with losses and victories as well as personal battles and a romance for the ages. Guild Hunter fans will find this unputdownable."—Delighted Reader
"Ms. Singh knows how to give the fans what they want in her own way, and it’s glorious to read."—Romance-Reader.com
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- Publication Date : September 24, 2019
- File Size : 1570 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 478 pages
- Publisher : Berkley (September 24, 2019)
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 1473224594
- X-Ray : Enabled
- ASIN : B07MMKGSD8
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #45,323 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Prophecy ended with Elena wingless and enclossed in a too-small chrysalis meant to transform her into a Cascade-drive power-receptacle for Rafael. He, in turn, has rendered himself literally heartless to preserve Elena.
War opens at the time of their awakening, with Rafael's rejection of the Cascade's power, and his interruption of this transformative process. Elena emerges seemingly wingless - obviously not as a simple as that - and in posession of various "life born" powers, including power over plantlife, and some of Rafael's own archangelic gifts, thanks to the piece of his heart he deposited in her chest in Prophecy.
The first 47% of this book (according to my Kindle), reads quite disjointedly. It's almost like it's a series of vignettes stitched together with filler, if that makes sense. Rafael and Elena's emergence from their home took about 9.5-10 chapters alone, and I genuinely think it could have been spun off into a separate short story. Similarly, a scene with Elena's Guild colleagues, an excessively saccharine, overlong foray into Caliane's land, and a super dumb sex scene in Rafael's communication room, could have also excised and placed in short stories (or in an deleted scenes section on Singh's website) for those interested.
There's additionally a revistation of well-worn themes in the first half of this book: Rafael and Elena's promise to fall together, the coldness of Rafael's burgeoning power vs the warmth of Elena's humanity, the way Rafael's mother left him bleeding in the grass after their confrontation, etc. I've begun finding these 'stock phrases' quite annoying, to be honest, although some readers may find them comfortably familiar.
One of the highlights of the first half of War is Rafael and Elena's investigation into Lijuan's territory. Unlike other members of the Cadre, Rafael's control over wildfire gives him the ability to land in China without falling prey to her possession a la Favashi. We see the beginning of Lijuan's strategy, an the growing understanding that she is not truly Sleeping, but has hidden herself to consolidate her powers and ready for her strike against the Cadre and Rafael in particular.
If this slow plod characterizes the first 47% of the book, Singh seems to abandon all restraint in later chapters. However, while the pacing picks up, it's almost as if she has simply begun throwing everything she could into this book - ancients waking, ancients dying, crazy weather patterns, planes falling out of the sky! - without realizing how jarring it stands in juxtoposition to its former half. I almost felt as if I was in a Marvel movie being introduced to five new characters without learning anything substantive about them, mainly so there's fodder for spin-offs.
The chapters between 50 and midway through 72 are battle scenes. I tend to appreciate these, but I find half of them quite reminiscent of the scenes from Archangel's Legion. Rafael facing overwhelming odds, blah blah blah. This time, odds aren't improved by the Legion, but through the slow trickle of archangels who have successfully dealt with the issues in their own territories to wing their way to New York for this final confrontation with Lijuan and her allies.
I think Archangel's War could have been helped with a stronger editorial hand. However, I appreciate that 1) despite its flaws (and there are many), it's able to address and resolve many of the issues that people had with Prophecy; 2) that War, much like Heart of Obsidian, the Psy-Changeling book in Singh's other major series, plays a major role in concluding this rather violent arc that has run through the preceding books. As Elena puts it towards the end, this next chapter will see the need for "architects, builders, growers," which could take the series in an interesting direction (please, for the LOVE OF GOD, resist the impulse to write the Guild Hunter equivalent of Allegiance of Honor, Ms Singh).
As it stands, we see the potentially long-term "retirement" of three archangels (two regularly featured in the series up until now); we see the emergence of two new Ancients and the ascension of a rather unlikely angel to archangel. We also meet Illium's father and explore the edges of that dysfunctional relationship; lastly - and intriguingly - I believe we see the beginning of a love interest for Aodhan.
Interested in what other people think of Archangel's War and the direction of the series.
I’m also tired of hearing hints about Jeffrey’s a sucky dad but failing to find out why he suddenly treated Elena like garbage. Parts of this book also felt like a prior book with Elena and Rafael waking up a year later, Dimitri held the territory while they were cocooned and and other things. I appreciated clarity on the hummingbird though that falls off as we never get the detail of what broke her other than...a broken heart?? She became childlike and lost her grasp on reality because a man dumped her?? *sigh* still enjoyed the first part more than the last. I liked how we see Elena bringing more to Rafael and his people than being his partner. She brings her guild connection. Vivek has a bigger role and you see the angels appreciating that as well as Ashwini and her erratic reading of the future.
The last part as I said devolved into what felt like 200 pages of battle and fight scene eerily similar to Rafael’s last battle with Lijuan. It was way longer than it needed to be where we are giving a day by day fight scene for over a week. It could have been shortened because after the initial confrontation nothing was different. He hit her with angelfire and she fed on her people. Rinse and repeat for pages. When the good guys finally win I wanted to say finally back to the story which had been going so well before that. I did find all the new characters thrown in hard to keep up. The prophecy seem to have shifted from what we read of the cascade to the point where now I’m not sure the what and why of the cascade cause this one didn’t match the prior ones. Curious about Illium and Aidhon since it seems like Singh goes back and forth implying with subtle hints that they are more than friends and perhaps interested romantically. Then she switches it up and makes you think they’re just super close best friends/brothers. I kinda want Illium with a sweet vampire who can kick butt personally. This is far better than prophecy but still contains scene segue that aren’t coherent and keep the story from flowing a smooth as earlier books in the series did. I honest think she ran out of steam and these two books she had to dig deep. Although her last psy book also has jumpy sections. Maybe an editing issue then. I liked it. I’m glad I bought it. Will anxiously await who will have their story next or if it’s elena and Rafael again
Top reviews from other countries
- ArchAngels fighting over New York - Like before
- Ellie the Heroine has daddy issue- Like before
- Raphael the Archangel has mummy & daddy - like before. If I have to read "his blood like rubies on the green, green grass" one more time I will scream.
- The weird Legion of 'ancient warriors' who still keep using poor English, while talking gibberish.
- What is happening with Illium & Aodhan- do they get together or not?
- Too many new characters, with huge back, stories popping up. (Illiums' father, to name just one)
Nothing in this book want me to know what happens next; I don't care about a next book. This story is now too contrived. What was once a very clever idea and great plot, is now a limp piece of writing, that I found very boring. It also needed a better editor, to reduce all the flowery language.
I was extremely happy with the the last Psy-Chalngeling novel. but this was not on the same level.