Set in the world of the Guild Hunters, Archangel’s Storm is about one of Raphael’s seven, Jason. Jason was a child that came from parents that loved him deeply, but had an abusive relationship. His father was jealous and possessive and in the end murdered his mother because of it. After he was found as a child, he couldn’t speak, and Raphael took him under his wing and began his recovery. Jason grew into an angel that was happy to stay hidden in the shadows, having perfected the skills over hundreds of years, but when he has to give a blood oath to find out just how mad one of the Cadre has become, he has to step into the spotlight and take his place in the court of angels alongside Neha’s stepdaughter Mahiya.
Mahiya is a product of an affair and has been treated such her whole life. She may be a princess in title, but is treated with distain by her father and step-mother. She wants nothing more than to escape her home where she is waiting for death by Neha, when her father is brutally murdered and she must make a blood oath to a foreign angel to put off her execution for a little while longer. Mahiya has secrets and trusts no one, until Jason manages to work his way into her heart. They must solve the murder of her father’s death and find out who is killing innocent angels in Neha’s home before they both end up dead or worse, in love.
I have always been an avid reader and crazy fan of Nalini Singh. I liked this book, but I didn’t love it like I did Archangel’s Blade.
The story building was phenomenal. The set up for the murder and the intricate weaving of mystery into the plot line was what kept me reading. There was a nice twist in the story and it could have just been me being so dense to the reality of whom the killer was that I didn’t see it coming at all.
Which was a nice change of pace since endings can sometimes be terribly predictable. Where it fell flat for me was in the chemistry between Jason and Mihiya. It was very slow building and not fiery passion which I have come to expect from Guild Hunter and Psy-changling books. I think that it could be that is just the way Jason works. He would not be in character if he fell madly head over heels in love and stood at the top of Archangel Tower declaring his love for all to hear. However, it was mildly sweet and in the end they got the HEA.
My favorite part of this book was the continuation of Dimitri and Honors story. We got to see the painstaking process of a turning through Dimitri’s eyes. I loved revisiting these two and seeing how strong their love is. We also got a small cameo by Elena and Raphael and learned a little more about his mother awakening.
Overall this book was a necessary part to the Guild Hunter collection. I was happy with it, but not giddy in love like I was with the last few books. However, I do still recommend this book to fellow Guild Hunter readers and anyone that enjoys Nalini Singh’s books. She definitely takes the cake when it comes to world building and sucking you in to a good story line.