The Archangel of Death and the Archangel of Disease may be gone but their legacy of evil lives on—especially in Africa, where the shambling, rotting creatures called the reborn have gained a glimmer of vicious intelligence.
It is up to Titus, archangel of this vast continent, to stop the reborn from spreading across the world. Titus can’t do it alone, but of the surviving powerful angels and archangels, large numbers are wounded, while the rest are fighting a surge of murderous vampires.
There is no one left…but the Hummingbird. Old, powerful, her mind long a broken kaleidoscope. Now, she must stand at Titus’s side against a tide of death upon a discovery more chilling than any other. For the Archangel of Disease has left them one last terrible gift…
Source: Purchase Rating: 5/5 stars
Every November, I wait quite impatiently for the latest installment of the Guild Hunter series to load to my iPad. Every November, I also wonder if this is going to be the year that the series finally loses its flair and becomes stale. So far, every November I have been wonderfully relieved to find yet another stellar read that is fresh, unique, and as engrossing as I have come to expect from Nalini Singh.
Archangel’s Sun opens with the world, literally the whole world, waking up to the devastation that has been left in the wake of the Archangel’s War that saw the death, the true death of two of the Cadre. The reborn are walking the earth and evolving, cities have been leveled, Ancients who should still be sleeping are awake and aiding the living, and the survivors are beyond exhausted.
Outside of China, Lijuan’s former territory, there is nowhere more devastated by the war and the reborn than Titus’ African territory. Titus is an archangel of old, but he is far from being among the oldest currently awake. Titus is strong and he is surrounded by men and women, vampires, and angels alike who are strong, capable, and loyal to the point of sacrifice to Titus. Each knows the fight is going to be long and draining, but all are willing to fight by their archangel’s side and do whatever it takes to stop the plague infesting and infecting their land. While there are no other territories or archangels able (not unwilling!) to send reinforcements, there is one who is an untapped resource.
The Hummingbird has finally, after many centuries, found her way back to reality and has even begun to flourish as the caretaker of Lumia. Renowned among angel kind, the Hummingbird has no need to prove herself to anyone. She does, however, have a very real need to prove something to herself. When Raphael, her beloved “son” sends a call for the Hummingbird’s help in Africa, she sees this as just the opportunity to spread her wings and continue her journey of finding/remembering her true self.
From the moment she lands at Titus’ citadel, he can’t believe his (mis)fortune. The Hummingbird is a legend, a precious treasure that is now in his safekeeping. With little time to pamper the princess, Titus does his best to put his best foot forward in greeting so he can get back to the real work. What Titus expects versus what he gets are worlds apart. From the moment she opens her mouth, the Hummingbird makes is clear she isn’t to be pampered, she isn’t to be revered, and she most certainly isn’t there to sit and be pretty. Oh, and while Titus is as it, he should refer to her by her name, Sharine, and not the Hummingbird.
In the days and weeks that follow, Titus and his people find themselves blown away by the power, the resilience, and the intelligence, and the cunning of Sharine. She isn’t shy about sharing her thoughts – to Titus’ great astonishment – nor is she afraid of getting her hands dirty in the defense of the territory. In fact, as the fight wears on, Sharine discovers powers she has long forgotten about and/or buried. She in formidable in battle and this, above all else, causes Titus to reassess his perceptions of her. To make his life and thoughts even more conflicted, every time Titus feels he is beginning to understand Sharine, she surprises him yet again.
The Bottom Line: This book was one hell of a ride and I am so glad I bought a ticket! The Hummingbird has been a part of this series from very early on, but she has always been spoken of as a fragile thing not meant for the world at large. Boy howdy did this book reverse that thinking! In fact, Archangel’s Sun allowed so many of us to completely reassess our own thinking and the possibilities for the future with a Sharine and not the Hummingbird in the world. What further entertained me to no end in this book is the family history of Titus. It is such a rare thing in this series for an archangel to have siblings, and siblings that are awake and functioning in the world. This history and the entanglements very much improved this story and humanized Titus in a way that isn’t really possible for many of the other archangels. While I often worry about a long running series going stale or becoming redundant, I don’t see that happening anytime soon with the Guild Hunter series. In fact, while I hate waiting a year between books, I find that wait it worth it when I get such stellar reads.