My favourite author brings out another whopping follow up in her Guild Hunter series. The book’s impact has left some fans with a slightly sour taste in their mouths.
Midnight and dawn, Elena’s wings are unique among angelkind…and now they’re failing. The first mortal to be turned into an immortal in angelic memory, she’s regressing. Becoming more and more human. Easier to hurt. Easier to kill.
Elena and Raphael must unearth the reason for the regression before it’s too late and Elena falls out of the sky. Yet even as they fight a furious battle for Elena’s very survival, violent forces are gathering in New York and across the world.
In China, the Archangel Favashi is showing the first signs of madness. In New York, a mysterious sinkhole filled with lava swallows a man whole. In Africa, torrential monsoon rains flood rolling deserts. And in Elena’s mind whispers a haunting voice that isn’t her own.
This time, survival may not be possible…not even for the consort of an archangel.
I have finally stepped out of my reading slump, and it took Nalini to do it. I had been waiting with baited breathe for the next installment, yet this book left me feeling a little lost.
As always it was beautifully written, I always love how Nalini writes. She picks up right where we last saw Elena and Raphael. Elena’s sister’s husband has been attacked and she is on the hunt to find the killer. Like all Guild Hunter books there is the overarching theme (cascade) and then there the is main story for the book. I think I am growing a little tired of Elena hunting down baddies, because they hurt a family member. Let’s find a new focus please!
Throughout her investigation we find out that her body is slowly transitioning back to being mortal. Raphael is besided himself and Elena ends up fighting a losing battle not only with her feelings, but with also trying to keep a powerful Archangel from blowing up their home. Again I am finding this dynamic not suitable to my palette. I preferred the previous books where they balanced each other out. The teamwork felt very one sided and slightly unrealistic. I mean Raphael was well known for being slightly emotionless, but now all of a sudden he can barely control himself. Yes, his love of his life is possibly dying but common on, he is smart. He would be thinking how to manipulate destiny to work for him!
Now not to giveaway too much about the plot and cause spoilers (as I respect my readers). You get glimpses of what might be happening or at least have your suspicions, but there is nothing concrete to confirm it by. This book to me felt like a filler. You catch up on the characters from the last few books and you see how the cascade is affecting everyone. Favashi makes a small appearance near the end of the novel, though I felt like the last three chapters really summarised the direction of the over arcing story.
What I didn’t like was the pace of this novel, compared to Allegiance of Honor where she did a similar thing, and brought us up to date on a lot of subplot and characters. This felt like a small novella that could have been released as the lead up to the next book.
As someone who is also writing a book, I sympathise. This story needed to happen, yet, for us as reader it can be hard to digest. Now we have to wait another year to get the next installment. But I know it will amazing!
Overall, not a bad story. A little slow in some place, however, you know that it is building up to something wild. As always, still written well and easy to follow. So not the end of the world really.