I received this book for free from Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Archangel's Sun by Nalini Singh
Also in this series: Angels' Blood, Archangel's Kiss, Archangel's Consort, Archangel's Storm, Archangel's Legion , Archangel's Shadows, Archangel's Enigma, Archangel's Heart, Archangel's Viper, Archangel's Prophecy (Guild Hunter, #11)
Series: Guild Hunter #13
Published by Berkley on November 24 2020
Genres: Urban Fantasy Romance
Source: Berkley Publishing Group
A horrifying secret rises in the aftermath of an archangelic war in New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s deadly and beautiful Guild Hunter world...
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…
This review may contain spoilers, so fair warning, upon reading the review.
Archangel’s Sun is a story that follows a bit after “Archangel’s War” and even though I know many fans of this series were really disappointed this wasn’t Illium’s book —well I was excited LOL Illium’s book will come when its the right time for the author and I think more needs to happen before we will see his story…but we did get his mama’s book so I am SO not complaining and quite frankly I was so eager for Titus’ book, I have adored his character and “booming voice” in the previous books.
In Archangel’s Sun the world is still fighting from the consequences of the plans of Lijuan and even though she and her main fighting force are dead….there are still the remnants of her plans to destroy and every territory is fighting to help their people recover. But Titus has it the worst with the least amount of angels and vampires to help fight the scourge. But there is one angel that can help so Raphael and Elena ….a woman who is highly respected in the angel world “Hummingbird” and also the mother of the infamous Illium. Sharine also known as “Hummingbird” has hidden herself away just working her own little world for so long. She was once in love in the beginning but when she lost him she lost a part of herself. But now she is regaining herself and her own identity. So when Raphael asks her to help Titus contain the evil there, Sharine feels its the right time for her now. While fighting evil she also has to fight Titus who has certain “ideas” and must stand her ground, but as Titus and Sharine learn to work together, their relationship takes a surprising turn ….but will they find the balance they need in their tumultuous relationship?
What a story! I have to say that even though this is not my favorite work from Singh or even in the series, not even close actually, I had such a fun time with this one. And quite frankly I just couldn’t put this book down at all. I just loved every moment of this book that this author shows in the story. I had my issues with a couple of things, but overall it was such a fun wild ride with these two at the helm of the story. Now I found this pairing to be one of the most unique of pairings that I have really seen from Singh. When I first heard about Sharine and Titus being the couple in this one….I was a bit dumbfounded to be frank. Because these two (at least appearance portrayal) were complete opposites when in reality they make such a perfect team. I absoultely adored seeing them work so well together.
We do see a great journey that Sharine goes on, and boy does she have hidden powers and abilities we just see her coming into her own strength. She has been lost in her art and herself really for so long, that seeing her be strong and vibrant is so breathtaking in so many real moments. But at the same time I struggled with her character. I felt like it came off too strong in some points and especially in her dealings with Titus she could be emotionally abusive. And it just didn’t sit right with me at times, really rubbed me the wrong way. Now I am not saying that Titus is perfect because well he is an alpha male so what do you expect? He is going to be aggravating and protective and stubborn. Its in his DNA for crying out loud (hahaha) but no one deserves the treatment she gave him at times. Even though I loved her character, I just can’t stand by that.
Another issue I seemed to have with this book was the ending….it disappointed me so much. I like to have my couple being together together and living together and have a HEA….this ending felt more HFN in some ways and I struggle with those endings. I understand some of the why but I couldn’t grasp why Sharine felt the need to be away from her man and wouldn’t take the “consort” title. Maybe down in future books we will see her make that final commitment to Titus. *crossing fingers*
Overall I found Archangel’s Sun to be a thrilling and laugh out loud dialogue that has you eager for more and flipping through the pages as fast as you can read them….a stunning addition to a powerhouse of a series!