Archangel's Shadows (Guild Hunter Series #7)

Archangel's Shadows (Guild Hunter Series #7)

by Nalini Singh
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ehaney578 More than 1 year ago
It is always a joy to read a Nalini Singh book. We are always treated to an exciting story full of strength and heart. I could dazzle you with a hundred adjectives and still not be able to explain how wonderful this author’s gift is. The story begins with Ash and Janvier (pronounced - zhah(n)-v yay) during the battle that began in Archangel’s Legion. Then we catapult three weeks later to a grumpy Ashwini who’s been benched from all hunts after sustaining some pretty serious injuries during the battle. When Ash finally does get an assignment, it’s to go check on a deceased animal. What Ash thinks is some bullsh*t assignment turns out to be the harbinger for something far worse than a trip to a veterinary clinic and more dangerous than anything the city of New York is prepared for. War is just beginning in the guild hunter world, so sit back and buckle your seatbelts because this ride might just get a bit deadly. I absolutely LOVED this book! Nalini Singh threw just about everything in there. We are treated to several points of view from Ash and Janvier, Raphael and Elena, Dimitri and a little bit of Illium! We also get to see a lot more of Nassir. I LOVED Nassir! He is…he’s just…I cannot WAIT for his book! You’ll have to read to find out why I’m so speechless. We are also treated to Dimitri sharing the scenes of the first time he met Nassir and Illium and a little about how the pair were as children. Aodhan got a little more page time also and the archangel Titus makes an appearance as well. And then there is the super sexy bayou beau, and Ash’s adversary, Janvier.  Janvier is GOR-GEOUS! With green eyes, dark brown hair and Cajun accent made for sin, Janvier held all my attention, as well as every other female and even some males. But Janvier only has eyes for one woman. “She is my eternity, Louis.” Totally swoon-worthy, Janvier was so romantic and tentative to Ash. You could tell how completely in love with her he is. Theirs is a beautifully fragile love story. Ash is fighting some huge personal demons and is always keeping Janvier at arm’s length. She is afraid that if she tells him the truth, he won’t want to hang around anymore and that fact alone would shatter Ash. In previous books, she is portrayed as a kick-ass guild hunter with fire in her veins. In this book, we get to the heart of Ash’s internal pain and how that pain has crippled her with fear. Fear that she compartmentalizes in order to function. Janvier is tried and true and is beside Ash every step of the way. His love for her is unbreakable. Nothing, not even her mortality will keep him from his Ashwini. The couple first met in the novella, Angels’ Pawn and I’ve been waiting for their story to come to pass. It was masterfully delivered and it’s just incredible. If you haven’t read Nalini Singh yet, I highly encourage you to do so. Now, my question to the author is…Who will take center stage in the next book?????? I’d like to give a HUGE thank you to the publisher for gifting me the ARC in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own.
LITERALADDICTION_MLO More than 1 year ago
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Reckless Reaper - Shawnie: *Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review When I was tapped to read and review Archangel's Shadows I was really excited. Ashwini and Janvier are two characters I have been waiting for. Their story is one of those things that proves that love is very mysterious. You may hate the one you are to love, at some point in the beginning, but there is a thin line between love and hate.  Starting this book I was excited, five percent into it I was nervous. Ashwini made me nervous with her regret and wants. I truly thought she was going to do something drastic, like leave the Cajun who gave her his heart, years before. Singh has this gift and I say it every time I write a review for one of her books. She can weave emotion so well that you feel like you are experiencing it. The emotion is so strong, your mind doesn't comprehend that you aren't really going through what you are reading.  I did not know what to expect when I started this book, but I know it isn't what I read. This book was painted in horror and then buffered with untainted love and sometimes feral curiosity from all different sides.  Singh didn't just give us Ashwini and Javier, no, she gave us all our favorite characters and with special spotlight on Naasir. It almost felt like she wrote Archangel's Shadows as an undertone to get us ready for the next full Guide Hunter book. The little side views of The Seven, the interactions at Guild Academy. It was a build up, in my opinion meant to wet our appetites, as well as tell a story that needed telling.  Ashwini and Janvier are a match like no other, they compliment each other. There is no BS or games (aside from the ones they're willing play with one another.) They are equals in every sense and you can see and feel the mutual respect and love they share. It was a beautiful thing to read about and in a way "watch" grow. It was honestly like they shared the same heart, they felt what the other felt just by speaking or looking. It is an intense thing to read about, more so to experience it as Singh has a way of doing.  The evil that is written was gut wrenching and heartbreaking. Anger and sadness mix and you can't tell when one ends and the other begins. The whole of it was so wrong, you didn't even understand the why, until it was explained and then you only understood that people are evil. It cannot be helped. New York is picking up the pieces, but some want to are it fall still. The battle may have been won but the war is still on the horizon.  The bits and pieces we see of Naasir are both eye opening and funny. They are also some times very child-like and wonder-struck. The feral and natural way of him was something amazing to read about. The unguarded nakedness he showed when with people he called his. He is a vampire, no a man who will bask in the sun, face to the sky with no problems and equally kill or eat (whatever fits his tastes) with the same ease. You get the sense that he is uncomplicated. He either likes you, doesn't like you or is withholding judgement. I found myself draw to the enigma that is Naasir. Everyone has a book boyfriend and he is mine.  Archangel's Shadow is an emotional packed, action laced, thought provoking book. It examines all spectrums of love and the copacity for it. It showcases the evil that lives in the world. It gives you hope, in a world possibly going to hell. I loved every word, sentence, paragraph and page.  Five skulls and a must read stamp of approval.
LynnLTX More than 1 year ago
In the aftermath of the devastating war that the archangels and their armies fought, Raphael and Elena are trying to rebuild their city and maintain the normal duties including controlling the vampire population with help from the Guild Hunters. Elena feels the strain of dealing with archangelic politics while trying to fulfill her duties as consort. There is much to be done to revive the battered city’s morale and now, a new strange death seems to be stalking the vampire’s “cattle” and donors with a signature that is uncomfortably close to the archangel of China’s taint. Elena also has the challenging task of integrating the Legion, whom she finds intriguing and a bit creepy, into the world after their eons of sleep in the deep. The Shadows are comprised of Ashwini, who is still recovering from near fatal wounds received during the battle and, Janvier, the sexy Cajun vampire who cared for her so tenderly while she healed as well as the intriguing Naasir who is very other even among the angels and vampires. Ash is itching to get back to work when a call comes from the Guild Director, Sara, about something strange in the Vampire Quarter. Soon after Ash and Javier begin to investigate, a new victim turns up in a manor too reminiscent of the archangel Lijuan’s previous horror show and with obvious vampire feeding scars. The hunt takes them to the world of human cattle, donors, and night clubs where the seamy part of the vampire life is played out. After four years of playing his wicked games, Ashwini can no longer pretend flirting with Janvier is enough, but she holds a devastating secret that threatens any possibility of a true relationship between them which is related in part to her special talent of reading a person’s past with a touch. Ash’s ability has intensified threatening to overwhelm her with a darkness she may be incapable of returning from each time she touches someone in whom evil and cruelty lives. Janvier knows that Ashwini is it for him, his goal being to convince her that they should spend eternity together. For Janiver, a future without Ash holds no interest. Janvier and Ash have good chemistry and an interesting relationship with Naasir. He desires intimate relationships; however, he is a strange beast barely leashed with sharp fangs and lethal claws. Nalini Singh writes a good balance between romance, mystery, and intrigue. I especially enjoyed the parts with my favorites, Raphael and Elena, as well as Aohhan, Illium and Naasir, whose interactions together where we learn more background information whet the appetite for their future stories. ARCHANGEL’S SHADOWS has lighter moments of fun in the angelic and guild hunter “families” juxtaposed with the lingering specter of Lijuan, and the looming threat of more war and destruction with the Cascade ascending on the horizon. Nalini Singh’s deft hand at PNR/UF provides another enjoyable read. Fans will be quite pleased with this seventh book in the series.
SpeedSD More than 1 year ago
GREAT ADDITION TO THE HUNTER SERIES! I have been waiting for Ash and Janvier's story since Angel's Pawn! LOVED IT! Ms. Singh has way with a love story! If you have not read any in this series, I would not suggest starting here. While you could probably muddle through and figure most of it out (Ms. Singh does a pretty good job of filling in most blanks from previous story lines), this is a fabulous series from the start and each new story builds on the last. So my suggestion is start at the beginning and move on -- I promise that if you love a good hot romance full of strong hot males and equally strong females, this is a series that cannot be beat! You will not be disappointed. The romance aspect of these reads is HOT, so no young readers please! As for the story line, this is an exciting read with action from the get-go and it doesn't let up. This series is full of angles and vamps (good and bad on both sides) and it is amazing. Thank you Ms. Singh for another sleepless night! Cannot wait to see whose story is next -- maybe Nassir? -- SPeeD
Frenchiebella More than 1 year ago
The Guild Hunter books never disappoint. I was not really interested in reading Janvier and Ash's story, but I really enjoyed it. They already had a love for each other, it didn't have to "bloom" like in most romances. They're love is so loyal and deep that they cannot even hide from themselves. Honestly what I loved most about the book was reading more about Elena/Raphael, I love those two, and Naasir. He is so interesting and adorable. Just adorable! I hope he gets his own book one day, I would love to read about his happy ending, as well as Bluebell's of course!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ashwini and Janvier Love, romance, fear, rage, family, overcoming odds so great. All while dealing with the aftermath of the first big battle over Raphael's city. Of course I loved this book. Book 7 of my most favorite series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got hooked on SciFi back in the 70's while watching BBC's Doctor Who. I love virtually everything that Ms Singh writes in the fantasy genre, not so much the Harlequin stuff. The self contained stories make it easy to pick up any book rather than being totally lost if you don't start with the first book. I keep wishing that Ms Singh was as prolific with this series as she is with the Psy-Changeling series. I highly recommend both series !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the archangel series. When I start reading I can't put it down. Really like her characters with their flaws and their triumphs. Love the juxaposition of her characters. I look forward with anticipation to the next book.
mapetite More than 1 year ago
There is no other word, than awesome....another great addition to an addicting series...reads like the smooth taste of warm chocolate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic series and Archangel's Shadows was another great addition to the series. We finally got to learn more about Janvier and Ashwini in the process of another great storyline. I loved how all of the old characters played an important role in the story too. Who doesn't love some Raphael...Elena...Dmitri and all the others. The book picks up from the last and they still have evil there fighting in a city trying to heal from a war. Nalini Singh did a great job of telling Janvier and Ashwini's story while they were fighting to find out what was causing the murders of innocent women. Ashwini finally tells Janvier what she is afraid of and true to his love he never gives up on her. Great story and I highly recommend.
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Can't wait to read the next.
tigerlilly_liz More than 1 year ago
Archangel’s Shadows is book seven in the Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh. We get our kickass Guild Hunter and our darling Cajun hottie while adding in an intriguing mystery that will pull you in and keep you engrossed. Ash has this tough exterior which makes her easy to like. We are treated to some major revelations on of her past that are shocking. It’s sad, but also adds a great deal more depth to her character. Janvier I feel in love with. He’s an easy character to love. You see from the first page that he loves Ash unconditionally and it only becomes more obvious as the story progresses. The entire cast of characters is present and we get more on each. One we have not seen much of is Naasir, until now. There's still so much more to discover about him and I’m excited to read his story and see who Singh focuses on next. Archangel's Shadows was the perfect blend of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. This story is full of mystery, suspense, and action. Ash and Janvier’s story was deliciously gripping and satisfying. Rated: 4 Stars
Hfowler More than 1 year ago
Ash and Janvier's story is one I really looked forward to reading. I have enjoyed watching their chemistry anytime they partnered up. In their story, we find out why she kept him at a distance even though they both knew they each loved the other. Everyone knew they were a couple even if they didn't give in to their passions. She was trying to protect him from a heart-wrenching secret that would tear him apart if she were to give in to their flirtations and desires, but she comes to realize that by not telling him why it was hurting him. She wanted the truth to come out to help him understand. Once it does he fights to keep her and love her. Full throttle. During this exploration of their love, they are hunting down a sadistic monster that left mummified carcasses of women in dumpsters. They will not rest until justice is served and the victims are laid to rest. The scenes with her sister Tanu and her brother Arvi left me teary eyed. I enjoyed their adventure, I loved going back to Raphael's New York and seeing all of the other characters again. Nalini knows how to weave a story of passion, mystery, crime solving, and emotion into a well-written page turner. I very much enjoyed this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced and exciting, with great characters, and fully developed story
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SelenityJade More than 1 year ago
I didn’t know much about Ash or Janvier except that they were chasing each other. A lot. Which was humorous and the few scenes with either one of them were funny or made me like them as one set of my favorite secondary characters. The Good: The sweetness and the sadness! The romance!! Lastly, the mystery of what was going on! Lots of story in this with romance of the two longest running courting couple in the series! As always, well-written and entertaining! The Bad: The only downside was that this seemed more of an aside from the main storyline. Though not too far as it was more like a break from war-mongering angels; after all, the main one needs to gather her strength again! Or a bit of picking up the pieces after the major battle. Plus not as much Raphael and Elena as I want in the story. What makes me really sad is no more main books to read and the next one, which is partly why I started this series finally, isn’t about Raphael and Elena either! However, I’ve been dying to know about Naasir anyway…. So, 4.5 stars!
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One of my favorites!
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Claudia_love_books More than 1 year ago
4,5 stars for Ash and Janvier I loved Ash and Janvier from the first moment I met them and I had really high hopes for their book because all the chemistry between them had to go somewhere :) This book takes place shortly after Archangels Legion and suddenly there are a new drug for vampires and dead bodies - a development the city can't afford shortly after the last battle. Ash is tasked to find the responsible person and Janvier does not plan to let her go alone. this is a good, a really good book and there is so much emotion there that it is sometimes hard to read. we learn so much about Ash and Janvier, which gives there characters even more depth and let us understand their behaviour. the emotions between them are beautiful and really intense but still they have the humouros banter going on between them. what kept my rating at four stars was that I expected a bit more sizzeling spark between and that was missing for a big part of the book, which was a bit surprising for me - although the end made up for that ;) Ms. Singh did the nearly impossible with this book and gave us a whole story about Ash and Janvier, but also enough opportunities to see the other characters and the developments since Archangels Legion All in all this was a very emotional book with an intriguing mystery going on - it developed the world of Raphael and Elena a bit further and as always I can't wait to get the next one. I really hope for one of the seven - at this point I will take each of them, because they are all great. but maybe Naasir or Aodhan would be my favourites
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