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Archangel's Shadows (A Guild Hunter Novel) Mass Market Paperback – October 28, 2014
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There are several surprises in this novel, one of which is the somewhat shocking reason the couple has never done more than flirt with each other which the author handled quite well. This is a much more complex romance than 90% of the romances you will read in your life.
The mystery to be solved is more of a murder mystery with paranormal aspects as is to be expected with some seemingly uncomfortable resemblances to the last book. The story does give us an opportunity to look into the lives of both of them and see what makes them "tick" so to speak as the city recovers from the actions of the last novel.
There is also a decent amount of time spent on Elena and Raphael which I always enjoy since they are really the story that started this series and to some extent the series still revolves around them. If I have any complaints about this series (and I really don't) it might be the continuing threat of an enemy that seems impossible to kill.
So there are bad guys to find and kill, a romance to be done and some personal history that stands in the way. Another great novel by one of my favorite authors in one of my favorite series since there is never any feeling of the story showing any effort towards being "politically correct", they tend to be tinged with basic humanity but still not ignoring that the world that our characters live in is dangerous and sometimes violence is met with violence as the most useful method for cleaning up some evil being . I loved the part where the vampire leaders not at a meeting with Raphael were the ones not coming home that night.
5 Stars all the way, this novel covers a lot of emotional ground for the reader even with some bittersweet moments but as always it was done it exceptionally well. Additionally, I am not sure if Naasir is the next book but we get to see a LOT of him in this book in settings that require no fighting :)
Ash and Janvier have been a favorite since their novella (Angels’ Pawn) was first released in a tease of the series prior to Elena and Raphael’s first book. I loved her “gifts” and his charm. They seemed the perfect pair and I’ve spent several years watching them play with each other, tease and chase each other, and (I hoped) work towards their HEA. Finally, finally, my patience (okay, so I wasn’t so patient) paid off.
I thought I had a pretty good handle on the gifts that Ashwini hid from the majority of the world. A type of psychometry, more to do with people than objects though, and a bit of precognition. But I never considered the darker side. I knew that her touching others could leave her reeling in their memories, but there’s a very real consequence and worry in Ash’s life related to all of this. I sometimes hate the ‘we can’t be together because of…’ trope, but I loved how it was handled here. Ash took the time and care to be sure that Janvier knew why she hesitated, why she didn’t let their relationship go past a certain point before he understood.
When she did tell him, when he understood the terrible truth, I love how they decided to take life and live it. Full throttle. No holding back, no reservations. Their romance was incredibly poignant and sweet – and sexy – to me. I love their banter, their play. It brought light to a very (possibly) dark story.
Being that this book is just after the major war that happened in Legion, things are starting to settle back into normality – except for a pervasive threat that comes out of the aftermath. Ash and Janvier are more than up to the task of tracking down this threat and taking care of it, though. And I did find the mystery plot interesting, but – for me – the best part of this book was the relationships, intertwining, heart-breaking, and full of love.
If Archangel’s Legion is where I first become truly curious about Naasir, this is the book where I became enamoured of him. Despite being hundreds of years old, a vampire, sexual, predatory, and dangerous, there’s such a sense of innocence about him. He’s …. not tainted. I found myself enchanted by his thought processes, and my heart broke a little with the bits and pieces of his history that we did get. I can’t wait to dive into his book next, again.
Archangel’s Shadows was an amazing book. A bit quieter, action-wise, than the last, but no less potent. It might just be my fan-girl speaking, but I think these just keep getting better and better.
There’s just one problem. In the wake of the recent #metoo campaign, I find myself much more aware of instances of sexual harassment, pressure, and so on, in which one party doesn’t respect the other’s boundaries. And the truth is, Janvier pressures Ashwini in all sorts of ways that for most people would be totally unacceptable. It works for me in this book, because the characters have so much past history, ongoing flirtation on both sides, and deeper caring for each other: "…when they’d spoken so many times, trusted one another so deeply."
It also makes a huge difference to me that when the ultimate seduction occurs, she’s the one who instigates it. As much as he pushes her boundaries, he also in a strange way respects them.
That said, it’s a fine line, and I’m sure there will be readers on both sides of it. You know your own tolerances, so take this into account when you decide whether you want to read this book or not.