Naasir is the most feral of the powerful group of vampires and angels known as the Seven, his loyalty pledged to the Archangel Raphael. When rumors surface of a plot to murder the former Archangel of Persia, now lost in the Sleep of the Ancients, Naasir is dispatched to find him. For only he possesses the tracking skills required—those more common to predatory animals than to man.
Enlisted to accompany Naasir, Andromeda, a young angelic scholar with dangerous secrets, is fascinated by his nature—at once playful and brilliant, sensual and brutal. As they race to find the Sleeping archangel before it’s too late, Naasir will force her to question all she knows…and tempt her to walk into the magnificent, feral darkness of his world. But first they must survive an enemy vicious enough to shatter the greatest taboo of the angelic race and plunge the world into a screaming nightmare…
**NOTE: THIS REVEIEW WILL NOT REVEAL WHAT NAASIR IS**
I have been a devoted fan of Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series since the beginning. I have read most of the books more than once and have waited and waited for this book. Naasir!!! As one of Raphael’s Seven, Naasir has been around since the first read and Singh has often dropped huge chunks of information about him but never fully explained him. Finally, my wait is over!!
As one of Raphael’s Seven, Naasir has a skill set that is both unique and deadly. He has spent centuries honing his skills and there is, quite literally no one else like him in the world. He tracks (possibly) better than a hunter-born, he can disappear much like Jason, and he is wicked fast and lethal in a fight. Never has Naasir failed to answer the call of his Archangel so when Raphael tells him he will be accompanying a scholar on a mission to wake an Ancient, Naasir is ready and willing to do his duty. His first stop is the Refuge where he is to meet his travelling companion, the scholar/warrior, Andromeda.
As a Refuge librarian and scholar, Andromeda has dedicated her life to the pursuit of knowledge and preserving the histories of the angels, archangels, vampires, and various others who populate the world. Andromeda would like nothing more than to spend her life in this pursuit but as the grandchild of the wickedly vicious archangel, Charisemnon, she is bound by blood to serve in his court for 500 years. The thought of being surrounded by such depravity sickens Andromeda yet she can see no way out of the blood oath. Before her tenure in hell begins, Andromeda must accompany Naasir to the site of the Archangel Alexander’s resting place and wake him before Lijuan can kill him.
From the moment he meets Andromeda, Naasir is convinced she is his long-awaited mate. For Naasir, there is no question but he understands he takes some getting used to and he must convince Andromeda of the rightness of their mating. Andromeda is certainly intrigued by Naasir but there are some very real obstacles standing in the way, her blood oath to her family, a vow of celibacy, and the possibility of going up in flames in their joined effort to wake an Ancient before his time. The trip is arduous but with every step taken, Naasir becomes even more impressed with his mate. Andromeda is not only intelligent, she is also resourceful, determined, and deadly with a blade. At every turn, Naasir and Andromeda are faced with danger and enemies willing to give their lives to their cause. As a team, Naasir and Andromeda face odds, enemies, and allies that most don’t expect them to survive. But survive they do only to be told they still cannot be together.
The Bottom Line: Every avid reader has, at one time or another been let down by a book he/she was so excited to read. Thankfully, I was in no way, shape, or form let down by Archangel’s Enigma. In fact, I’m just going to throw it out there right now and say this is one of my favorite reads in the entire series!! Finding out what Naasir is, is just the cherry on top of this read. His backstory, his personality, and his totally endearing mannerism completely outweigh the big “what is he” revelation. To top it all off, Singh has absolutely packed this read full of information about what is and what is to come in the Guild Hunter series. Lijuan, though broken is not to be distracted from her goal of world domination, there are now more archangels and Cadre alive/awake than have ever been in the past, younger angels are beginning to ascend, and the end game is still nowhere in sight. In short, Singh clearly still has a lot to deal with in this series and is showing no signs of slowing down! The reads are still fresh, the plots are still developing, characters are still evolving, and I am still a devoted fan.