Title: Archangel’s Enigma
Author: Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunter Series #8
Date: September 1, 2015
Naasir is the most feral of the powerful group of vampires and angels known as the Seven, his loyalty pledged to the Archangel Raphael. When rumors surface of a plot to murder the former Archangel of Persia, now lost in the Sleep of the Ancients, Naasir is dispatched to find him. For only he possesses the tracking skills required—those more common to predatory animals than to man.
Enlisted to accompany Naasir, Andromeda, a young angelic scholar with dangerous secrets, is fascinated by his nature—at once playful and brilliant, sensual and brutal. As they race to find the Sleeping archangel before it’s too late, Naasir will force her to question all she knows… and tempt her to walk into the magnificent, feral darkness of his world. But first they must survive an enemy vicious enough to shatter the greatest taboo of the angelic race and plunge the world into a screaming nightmare…
Well, hello again! I like these little weekly meetings!
Today I bring to you a Paranormal Romance treat by Bestselling Author Nalini Singh!
Archangel’s Enigma is novel number 9 of a series that I’ve been following closely for the past couple of years. It showcases the most original and interesting take on the vampire myth I have ever read (and believe me, my sweets, I’ve been around!)
The Guild Hunter Series is a Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Romance series that offers a new view not only around the archetype of the vampire, but also includes what I believe is one of the least used race of beings in fantasy/paranormal literature: the angels. Although I am not a big fan of overly twisted plotlines (indeed, you will not see A Song of Ice and Fire in my list of favorites), I must say I admire the control this particular author has over her storyline. Everything in her series is pretty complex but complete at the same time, and even though she develops her action in a parallel world, the integration of it with day to day culture is very successful. Unlike other authors in the genre who are content with developing a secret society in the margins of human race (and thus avoiding integration problems), Singh goes beyond and create a whole new history, giving us a vision of how the world would be if humans shared it with angels and vampires.
More information, visit the author’s website: http://nalinisingh.com/
So, let’s get to today’s main dish! ———-
In a parallel world, humanity is controlled by a superior race of beings: the angels. Powerful, winged warriors, the angels are a complex society ruled by razor-sharp politics, twisted power games and where only the truly strong and violent can survive. The angels govern the human race through their most loyal servants, the vampires, turned humans who are their direct underlings and make sure their orders are fulfilled and their wishes granted.
However, sometimes a vampire decides he is just too good to serve under a particular angel, and decides to take off on its on, creating carnage and gorging in the defenseless human population. That’s where the Hunter’s Guild comes in. A Hunter’s job is to fetch that rogue vampire and bring it back to his master. Sometimes, however, things can get a little out of hand…
The main characters in Archangel’s Enigma are Naasir and Andromeda.
Naasir is a character that intrigued me from the very beginning, and even more after the last book, Archangel’s Shadows. In a world riddled with predators and beings that are something definitely other, Naasir is at the top of the pyramid, more animal than actual human. He is strange, feline, a little (a lot!) on the wild side and with some definitely inhuman tendencies. At the end of Archangel’s Shadows, Naasir declares that he’s going to start looking for a mate. That made me excited, because he is such an unusual character that I was really looking forward to what kind of story he would spawn. At the beginning of Archangel’s Enigma we see him as the peculiar, endearing yet feral tiger-creature that he supposedly is, but I must say that wears off fast as the book goes on. Once he find his girl he becomes almost… normal. I was a little bit disappointed by that, because I wanted to see something different, and I didn’t. I’m not saying he was bad as a character. No, he was charming, possessive, understanding, a touch naughty and overall very sweet. Not like I would have imagined at all.
As a hero he was great, but as a character he was a little disappointing.
Andromeda doesn’t have anything really remarkable I can say about her. She is a good heroine. She is smart, sassy and strong. She had a rather complicated childhood, but again, good heroes don’t come from happy families. Her love for Naasir is something quite simple to be honest, almost going from infatuation to first love to actual love. The fact that she is a virgin and celibate may also be a reason why. She is quite the uncomplicated character, feeling almost a little too smooth for a series full of rough-edged characters. Regardless, it doesn’t interfere with the dynamic of the story and, despite the plainness of her, it’s not necessarily off-putting.
As usually with a series, I won’t give you a plot overview (because, really, you wouldn’t understand shite without the rest of it). Overall is not a bad book. Good interactions, one nice moment or two, and another episode in a very complex plotline that it seems is barely just starting to unravel. Fans of the series will definitely enjoy it, and those who are not regulars should definitely give it a try. You won’t be disappointed!
A very good book, with just a couple of minor details that didn’t appeal to me personally, but that in no way diminish the value of the entire piece.