Enter New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s darkly beautiful world of archangels and immortal power, as a pact is sealed between two souls bound by blood, stirred by desire, and driven by vengeance…
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.
“Once, he’d used it in song, but the songs in his heart had gone silent long ago, and he knew that one day so would his voice. A man with nothing inside him eventually had nothing to say.”
Contrasting with Archangel’s Blade, I adored Archangel’s Storm in so many, many ways. The book makes legitimately no sense if you poke it with even a tiny little twig, let alone a stick. Yet I loved reading it.
Jason is Raphael’s spymaster. When he finds out that the Archangel Neha’s consort has been found dead, his assistance has been offered to Neha to help find the killer. In order for Neha to prove that Jason will act in good faith, he is blood bound for the duration of the investigation to Neha’s niece, which causes quite a connection between them. I’m not certain why this appears to make sense, but it almost does. If you squint hard at it. And don’t think about it at all.
Jason was broken when he was left alone as a child on an island. His parents dead. For his entire childhood. Until he grew up big and strong enough that he could escape on his own. Yet in those long, lonely years, he lost the ability to connect to other people. He forgot how to be a person. He forgot how to do everything but just survive. Hundreds of years later, and he still hasn’t managed to quite learn how to be again. He was broken, through bad luck.
Mahiya is a princess, but not the one anyone wanted. The illegitimate daughter of Neha’s consort and sister. Unwanted by all. Everything she does is wrong in Neha’s eyes, just because she exists. She has no friends because of what she means to Neha. She is stuck in a pit of vipers and one wrong move could get her killed. And she is desperate to get out. She is strong willed, but sweet, and she is willing to do almost anything to survive.
Good thing she has formed an amazing connection to Jason, on a level he hasn’t been able to connect with anyone on since his parents were still alive. Excuse me while I grab the popcorn while I read about the relationship these two have, alright?
Nalini Singh just writes “broken” so well. Every character she writes is broken in some way or another. They’re so varied. No two broken characters feel broken in the same way. And I love it. I especially love Jason’s particular breed of Broken. Hell, I just love broken characters in general.
Despite the generic murder mystery, I quite like the book. I don’t love it, because it all shatters to pieces if you slightly nudge it with logic, but I like it a lot. At least the events in this book connect back to the Cadre and the series at hand, which Archangel’s Blade failed to adequately do.
But also I’m ecstatic that the next book we’re back to Raphael and Elena.
To read more reviews for this series, check out the Guild Hunter series page!