Review: Archangel’s Light (Book #14: Guild Hunter Series) by Nalini Singh

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Illium and Aodhan. Aodhan and Illium. For centuries they’ve been inseparable: the best of friends, closer than brothers, companions of the heart. But that was before—before darkness befell Aodhan and shattered him, body, mind, and soul. Now, at long last, Aodhan is healing, but his new-found strength and independence may come at a devastating cost—his relationship with Illium.

As they serve side by side in China, a territory yet marked by the evil of its former archangel, the secret it holds nightmarish beyond imagining, things come to an explosive decision point. Illium and Aodhan must either walk away from the relationship that has defined them—or step forward into a future that promises a bond infinitely precious in the life of an immortal…but that demands a terrifying vulnerability from two badly bruised hearts.

Source: Purchase Rating: 5 stars

The Bottom Light: Like every other Guild Hunter series fan, I have waiting more than a decade for the coming of this book!  I had no expectations going into this book other than knowing I would love it no matter the outcome.  Oh, I had some hopes and suspicions, but I never let myself get too devoted to those hopes and suspicions.  I recognized immediately, I would not do my usual devouring of a Guild Hunter book but would savor this read.  Sinking into and savoring this read is exactly what it demanded as the story is slower, less hectic, less frenzied than so many of the books that have come before.  For the first time in many, many books there is no great battle nor has the next enemy shown him/herself; there is only the silence of the world rebuilding after the threat of Lijuan is finally gone.  In this quiet, everyone has time and space to think which leaves both Aodhan and Illium with too much time and space; the absence of the other is heartbreaking and requires much contemplation.  As each assess their respective lives it becomes clear that something must change, the relationship between them must evolve or it will begin to fade.  In light of these very troubling facts, both men begin to gently poke and prod at the other to get to the heart of the matter. 

I see so many utterly unique and fascinating levels in not only this book, but in the future of this series.  This is a very subtle and quiet book that brims with possibility.  Just under the surface of every word in this book is a threat and a promise of what is still to come for all the players in the game.  This true union between Illium and Aodahn creates a power base that is, in the current series world, nearly unparalleled. (One must remember Titus and the Hummingbird 😊) The possibility of Illium ascending with Aodahn at his side and their intense connection to Raphael and the rest of the Seven is disturbingly awesome.  As it stands now, there is virtually nothing in existence that can upset the hold on peace that currently exists.  That, my friends, means Nalini Singh is going to have to dig deep to come up with a foe who can challenge not only Illium and Aodahn, but the rest of the Seven and the world at large.  Better get a wiggle on, ‘cause I’m waiting to see what’s next!

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