Angels are falling from the sky in New York, struck down by a vicious, unknown force.
Vampires are dying impossibly of disease.
Guild hunter Elena Deveraux and the Archangel Raphael must discover the source of the wave of death before it engulfs their city and their people, leaving New York a ruin and Raphael’s Tower under siege by enemy archangels.
Yet even as they fight desperately to save the city, an even darker force is stirring, its chill eyes trained on New York…and on Raphael. Rivers of crimson and nightmares given flesh, the world will never again be the same…
**SPOILERS!! STOP READING NOW IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE REST OF THE GUILD HUNTER SERIES**
I would love, love, love to say that Archangel’s Legion, the fifth installment of the Guild Hunter series just piled on the awesomeness but I have to be honest. In many ways, I was totally blown away by this series in other ways, I felt completely let down.
What didn’t blow me away:
**The almost complete dedication of this read to Elena and Raphael. While I continue to love these characters, especially Raphael, and understand that some serious evolution happened in this read, I am ready for the series to move forward and focus on some of the other characters. It’s time for Illium (who is evolving!) and Aodhan (who is stunning in so many ways!) to have their own story. Hell, I even want to know more about Elijah and his consort, Hannah and Caliane.
**The multitude of naughty bits. If you follow my reviews, you know I loves me some naughty bits and generally speaking, the dirtier the better. BUT, I have to say, I got a bit tired of all the naughty moments in this read. I fully appreciate, Singh was working toward a goal and making a point (revealed toward the end) with all the naughtiness but it really got the point where I found myself thinking, “Oh, good, Elena and Raphael are shagging again.”
What did blow me away:
**Illium and Aodahn!! Illium is evolving and though he is still our beloved Bluebell, he is becoming something more, something stronger. Illium still has his wonderful sense of playfulness but his warrior side shines through in this installment making him sexier than ever. As for Aodahn, I am head over heels in love with this angel! Though generally quiet and unobtrusive, this broken painter/warrior begins to come out into the light in this installment. And holy crap, does he shine – literally! (HA!! Bluebell and Sparkle!!) Though we still have no idea about Aodahn’s past and what it was that broke him, we do know that he now has a desire to come out of the shadows. Hands down, my favorite scene with Aodahn – and in the entire book – is the quiet moment between Aodahn and Illium toward the end of the read. This one brought me to tears.
**The Legion. We all know that even among the Cadre, Raphael is special. He is the son of two archangels, he ascended far sooner than any other angel in history and, he is the only one among the Cadre who can harm the bat-sh*t crazy Lijuan. Does he really need any more awesomeness? Yeah buddy!! And that awesome comes in the form of The Legion. Risen from the Sleep, the Legion are only active when the right archangel at the right time is in need of their unique assistance. Raphael and the rest The Seven are in it up to their necks and just when it seems all hope is lost, The Legion come to the rescue. Though I am not entirely sure what will happen with them in the future, they are here to stay and I am excited to see what they can do.
**The increased role of the Guild: It’s called The Guild Hunter series for crying out loud but this is the first time I really felt like the Guild played a truly vital role in the outcome of events. Elena drives home the point for Raphael that the Guild has always assisted the Tower and has always been involved in the control and capture of rogue vampires so why can’t they be involved in saving the city they too love. During the height of the drama and the action, Guild members as much as the angels fought to protect their home. Additionally, it was good to see how the humans, the vampires and the angels came to one another’s aid during the dark moments of the great battle.
The Bottom Line: I am still 100% committed to the Guild Hunter series but this installment did let me down a little bit. For as disappointed as I was in certain aspects of this read, I was equally excited and pleased with others. I am still 100% in favor of recommending this series to readers but do sincerely hope that the next few installments will see Elena and Raphael once again taking a back seat to some of the other characters in the series.