*** THIS REVIEW IS SPOILER FREE! ***
Guild Hunter novels are always so intense they cause me to lose sleep and stress out about a happy ending. This series, folks, is urban fantasy at its finest. Throughout the story, I couldn’t get enough of Elena and Raphael and Illium, but I was also thrilled to get to know a few of the other members of The Seven better. Naasir and Aodhan both have significantly larger parts in this book than in any of the previous ones and their character development is superb. I’m already speculating about the relationship between Illium and Aodhan, and what the heck is Naasir anyway? It was fab getting to see Honor and Dmitri again (and especially to hear her commentary on his, ah, skills), as well as newly-in-love spymaster Jason.
The action in this book is beyond intense and the last 30 pages just about killed me, my heart was racing so fast the entire time. Ms. Singh really amped up the danger level for ALL the characters in this one and held off on revealing the big development until right at the end. It made me crazy and jittery and glued to the pages! The story also wrapped up nicely after the nearly-traumatic ending, so there’s enough time to come down from the ledge and take a safe breath again, get our proverbial feet under us before we have to wait another many months for the next installment. I want to avoid spoilers as much as possible but I will say this…
No matter what it feels like while reading the final chapter of this book, take comfort in knowing that it does NOT have a cliffhanger ending and it is totally worth the ride! I’m both glad it’s over and impatiently awaiting the next chapter in this scintillating and addicting universe! Long live the Guild Hunter series!! This series, and Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling world, might as well be the raison d’etre for the urban fantasy genre! Here are some fun quotes to send you off with…
Trying to keep her wings from trailing in the crap, [Elena] took a step inside… and a rat as big as a goddamn cat scurried over her boot.
Biting back her instinctive scream, she glared at Ransom – who was very conspicuously not grinning. “You couldn’t warn me?”
“You’re a tough-ass Hunter who gets naked with a freaking archangel, has a miniature flamethrower – which, by the way, you should leave to me in your will – and a crossbow, all within easy reach.” His cheeks creased, eyes glinting. Rats quiver at your presence.”
Raphael held her gaze. “Eternity would mean nothing without you. For no power on this earth would I trade my Elena.”
“Narrow, but we can get in if we angle our bodies.”
“I’m the Hunter,” Elena reminded [Raphael]. “I should go first.”
“Of course you may go first. When I am dead.”
Psst – Rachel will be posting a Featured Review of Archangel’s Legion, complete with all her favorite quotes and a more in-depth look at the book later this month! Stay tuned for that!