Sunday 19 January 2014


Archangel's Storm by Nalini Singh
Book 5 of the Guild Hunter series
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: paperback

About Archangel's Storm:
With wings of midnight and an affinity for shadows, Jason courts darkness. But now, with the Archangel Neha’s consort lying murdered in the jewel-studded palace that was his prison and her rage threatening cataclysmic devastation, Jason steps into the light, knowing he must unearth the murderer before it is too late.

Earning Neha’s trust comes at a price—Jason must tie himself to her bloodline through the Princess Mahiya, a woman with secrets so dangerous, she trusts no one. Least of all an enemy spymaster.

With only their relentless hunt for a violent, intelligent killer to unite them, Jason and Mahiya embark on a quest that leads to a centuries-old nightmare… and to the dark storm of an unexpected passion that threatens to drench them both in blood.
Source: Info in the About Archangel's Storm was taken from GoodReads at on 06/05/2013.

This being Book 5, I already know the style of this series, so to speak. So I was looking forward to reading this book even though I am not really a fan of Jason. From his appearances in previous books, he was alright I guess, but he didn't exactly shine or inspire a reader to want to know more about him. He was very easily forgettable. Then all of a sudden we have him showcased in his very own book. Okey, fine. The author writes what she wants to write. As a fan of this author and of this series, I would still buy Jason from that point of view alone. Anyway, I went into this book wanting to like it and I found that I did liked it. But also found myself needing lots of breaks from the book. That came as a surprise for me because normally Nalini Singh's story telling quality grabs me by the throat and drags me into the story and don't let go until the very last page. It made the pace of this book a bit longer than expected. Now, let's talk about covers. I like the US cover. It is appropriate to the story and it pings my fantasy geek radar. The UK cover however is rather a bit too bland and doesn't really suit the story. What is that cover all about?!! Just because the story got lots of angels in it doesn't mean you can just slap an angel wing tattoo on to it and that's that. As a marketing tool, it's a miserable failure. Anyway, unsuitable cover or not, I still enjoyed this book and looking forward to reading the next book in this series!

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4
Character development = 4.5
Story itself = 5
Ending = 4
World building = 4.5
Cover art = UK: 1.5 / US: 4.5
Pace = 3.5
Plot = 4.5

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries

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