Monday, November 16, 2020

Lillie's Review: Archangel's Sun by Nalini Singh

Archangel's Sun
by Nalini Singh
Publisher: Berkley (November 24, 2020)
Series: Guild Hunter, 13
Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy (M/F)

A horrifying secret rises in the aftermath of an archangelic war in New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s deadly and beautiful Guild Hunter world. . . .

The Archangel of Death and the Archangel of Disease may be gone but their legacy of evil lives on—especially in Africa, where the shambling, rotting creatures called the reborn have gained a glimmer of vicious intelligence.

It is up to Titus, archangel of this vast continent, to stop the reborn from spreading across the world. Titus can’t do it alone, but of the surviving powerful angels and archangels, large numbers are wounded, while the rest are fighting a surge of murderous vampires.

There is no one left . . . but the Hummingbird. Old, powerful, her mind long a broken kaleidoscope. Now, she must stand at Titus’s side against a tide of death upon a discovery more chilling than any other. For the Archangel of Disease has left them one last terrible gift . . . .

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Lillie's Review:

I have been so curious for the last year what the next book after Archangel’s War would be like and when. Would there be a significant time jump? Would we see a world still picking up the pieces? 

Archangel’s Sun answered this quickly. It begins one month after Archangel’s War, with the world still devastated after those events. Titus, Archangel of Africa, is still battling the deadly plague of the reborn, but a more viral strain than seen in New York. And without his approval, the Cadre has sent Lady Sharine aka The Hummingbird to assist him. But the fragile, delicate artist who lives in her own world that he expected is not who he gets. Sharine’s best friend is an archangel. She had a child with an archangel. The son of her heart is an archangel. She doesn’t care that Titus is an almighty archangel and makes that clear from their first meeting. She has things to do and no time to stroke his ego.

Titus is befuddled by the new Sharine and it is nothing short of delightful to read. Between that, Titus’s truly inspired insults for Charisemnon, and later Aegaeon, and his relationships with his sisters (yes, warrior Archangel Titus is the baby brother of four sisters, none of who Sleep, all who get in his business), a surprising levity is added to a series that is known to be dark and intense.

I love the Elena/Raphael books for the danger, drama, and intensity but the books with individual couples always shine brighter for me for pure romance and I wondered which direction a book starring our second archangel MC would fall. Archangel’s Sun leaned harder toward the romance. Seeing the world after the war, speculating on what’s next, the suspense of the plot itself was all great but the romance was spectacular. Charming Titus falling for Sharine was lovely. Sharine letting down her walls and allowing Titus in made my heart ache. But my favorite part was watching Sharine fall in love with Sharine. Seeing her accept her broken parts, honor them, forgive herself and move on as a strong, determined angel no longer afraid to live was something truly special.

This one will be getting many, many rereads. And I got the impression this wasn’t the end of Sharine and Titus’s story. It ends with an HEA but it brushed against HFN. I don’t know if Singh is planning to write more books about them, as she has Raphael and Elena, or if they will have subplots in other characters’ books, but I can’t wait to see where they go.

Addition: After speaking with a few other ARC readers, we are in agreement that Archangel’s Sun is a good new entry point into the Guild Hunter series. You’ll be getting giant spoilers for previous books, however if you’ve been interested in the series but intimidated by the large backlist, you can start here without being lost.


Thanks for the review, Lillie!


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