Series: Guild Hunter #6
Published by Penguin
Reviewed by Jo
FIRST TIME IN PRINT Nalini Singh, the New York Times bestselling “alpha author of paranormal romance” (Booklist) returns to an immortal world of violent passion and lethal power...on the brink of a deadly archangelic war. 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...
The Cascade is continuing and it becomes obvious that someone has decided that Raphael’s territory is up for grabs and they aren’t being subtle about it. First, angels are harmed in a weird way and just as Raphael and Elena learn just how badly they have been hit, even more deadly events take place. The Cascade is bringing new and powerful gifts to the archangels – some are turning out to be useful and some are turning out to be deadly. Even though Elena and Raphael haven’t figured out who is behind these events that are seeking to take them out, they know that time is of the essence and it’s time to prepare battle plans.
While all of this is going on, Elena and Raphael are still discovering what their lives together will bring and how they will be able to help each other to protect their people and Raphael is discovering what his new powers just might entail. Their enemy has a name now and while the target is Raphael and Elena right now, they won’t be the only ones on this particular hit list. As the depth of the army coming against them is found out, Raphael and Elena both call for all the help they can manage. They final battle is going to be angels, vampires and hunters all fighting together to protect the city they love and their family and friends. Just when it seems like all is lost, reinforcements suddenly appear to help save Manhattan. Now that the battle is finally over, it’s time to find out who the newcomers are and why they came to help out just when they were most needed. The answer will take Elena and Raphael into yet another level in their relationship.
When a power hungry archangel targets Raphael and Elena and their territory to take out, it takes their love, strength and the help of all their friends and people to win the day in Archangel’s Legion. When I turned the final page, all I could think of was “WOW.” I was unable to put this book down from the minute I picked it up until I turned the last page, which goes back to my first statement. I loved seeing Elena and Raphael’s relationship jump heaps and bounds forward and evolve from where we last saw them. Yes, they argued and had some words, but what couple doesn’t if they are in a healthy relationship. I really enjoyed watching as not only Raphael’s people gathered to battle with him but that all of the hunters also came together to join the battle with their unique skills and talents. I have to admit I wasn’t surprised to learn who was behind the attacks but I was surprised to see how much that particular archangel had changed and it was not for the good.
While the battle was going on, I was worried in a few places that this would be the last of Elena and Raphael and the good guys wouldn’t come out as the victors. But what really threw me for a loop was just who the last minute helpers were and what it meant to both Elena and Raphael. Archangel’s Legion is one heck of a coaster ride that takes you from sexy times to fierce battles and back again. If you aren’t holding your breath at least once, then you aren’t really reading this latest journey that Elena and Raphael take, as their lives and love grow even stronger. If you haven’t guessed yet, I absolutely Joyfully Recommend Archangel’s Legion as a must read and it will have a permanent place on your keeper shelf for not only the reasons I have mentioned but for the many, many more that I am waiting for you to discover.