Review: Archangel’s War (Book #12: Guild Hunter Series) by Nalini Singh

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The world is in chaos as the power surge of the Cascade rises to a devastating crescendo. In furiously resisting its attempts to turn Elena into a vessel for Raphael’s power, Elena and her archangel are irrevocably changed. . .far beyond the prophecy of a cursed Ancient. 

At the same time, violent and eerie events around the world threaten to wipe out entire populations. And in the Archangel Lijuan’s former territory, an unnatural fog weaves through the land, leaving only a bone-chilling silence in its wake. Soon it becomes clear that even the archangels are not immune to this deadly evil. This time, even the combined power of the Cadre may not be enough. . . 

This war could end them all.

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Source: Purchase          Rating: 5/5 stars

BLOODY HELL!!! 

I always worry about a series the longer it goes on.  Like the archangel’s themselves, there is a chance ennui will set it and the plots and characters will become stale.  Nalini Singh, I apologize to you here and now for ever even considering such blasphemy.  Archangel’s War is not only a wild and highly imaginative ride, it is also quite likely one of the best books in the entire series with no signs of ennui in sight.

From start to finish, Archangel’s War is laced with a high level of tension that keeps you right on the edge of coming out of your skin.  Elena and Raphael are something wholly new, something not even the Ancients have seen, the Cascade is awakening those so old they have largely passed from memory, and Lijuan is on the move and wielding unprecedented power and madness.  With only one goal, to utterly destroy the world, Lijuan makes her way to New York with the complete destruction of Raphael in the forefront of her mind.  As the only one among the Cadre who has shown any ability to hurt Lijuan, Raphael is desperately hoping he can finally bring her to an end.

In other news: In the face of Lijuan’s immense power, the Cascade giveth just as it taketh away.  Cassandra, cryptic as ever is still talking to Elena and Raphael, and three other Ancients are stirring from their sleep.  Though the Cascade is looking for chaos, even the Ancients, once they have fully awoken, understand that their individual power and territory are not an issue as much as the survival of the entire world is an issue.  For what is likely one of only a handful of times in the history of EVER, all of the Archangels, Ancients included come together, set aside their differences, and fight for a world that will be dramatically and categorically changed at the end of the war.  

As if the situation weren’t already bad enough, everyone, and I do mean everyone is dealing with their own individual issues.  Elena and Raphael are new beings with powers they don’t yet understand, the Legion is behaving oddly and more mysteriously than ever before, the Seven are all called home with most being worried over Illium in addition to their military duties, and each archangel has unprepared for difficulties in their own territories and personal lives.  Between the Cascade and Lijuan, all the powers of the world are scattered and distracted and if they can’t reign in their own issues, the world is going to come to a violent and ugly end. 

The Bottom Line:  First and foremost, this really is one of the best books in the Guild Hunter series and I am already looking forward to reading it again.  Second and just as importantly is what this book really represents, a very real future for this vibrant and entertaining series that I wasn’t quite sure would be possible following the great war.  Once again, Nalini Singh puts me squarely in my place and proves why she’s the reigning queen of this genre.  Not only did she produce a stunningly energetic, powerful, and unpredictable read, but she also greatly expanded the universe with new (OK, ancient!) characters who will surely be incredible forces in the coming years of the series. Archangel’s War changes everything and I need it to be September 2020  . . . . NOW!! 

P.S. I was sitting in the hair salon reading when I came across a particularly sad passage.  It took everything I had to keep from ugly crying in the middle of the salon.  Thanks for that, Nalini Singh 😊

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