Wings of silver. Wings of blue. Mortal heart. Broken dreams. Shatter. Shatter. Shatter. A sundering. A grave. I see the end. I see. . .
The world is in chaos as the power surge of the Cascade rises to a devastating crescendo. In furiously resisting its attempts to turn Elena into a vessel for Raphael’s power, Elena and her archangel are irrevocably changed. . .far beyond the prophecy of a cursed Ancient.
At the same time, violent and eerie events around the world threaten to wipe out entire populations. And in the Archangel Lijuan’s former territory, an unnatural fog weaves through the land, leaving only a bone-chilling silence in its wake. Soon it becomes clear that even the archangels are not immune to this deadly evil. This time, even the combined power of the Cadre may not be enough. . .
This war could end them all.
“Raphael.” Arms folded again and feet set apart, Dmitri got in the way. “Contact your mother before you go or I swear I’ll tie your wings together and drag you inside to make the call.”
After the cliffhanger at the end of Archangel’s Prophecy, this was sorely needed. I’ve basically been bouncing around for a year waiting for this book. And I’m so glad I finally got this. I finally feel calm inside.
As the twelfth book in the series, Archangel’s War is definitely not someplace someone should start. Not only is it the direct sequel to Archangel’s Prophecy, it is the culmination of eleven books worth of setup. What happens in the book is not new. In fact, this isn’t the first time we have seen some of the things that happen. Lijuan is still the creepy asshole that she is and she is making war against Raphael. Again.
Only, Archangel’s War is more than just the brewing war. It is also about the cascade, which has been underway for a while now. It is about the dynamics of the entire world. It is about Archangels and Ancients, and how they can both fight and work together. I found the depth to which this dynamic goes was surprising. This is the twelfth book in the series, and some of this is completely new.
And, as always, it is about Elena and Raphael. As always, they are the best. Their relationship is so heartwarming. It is amazing to realize just how far these two have come together in such a short amount of time. Elena dealing with her wings, and Raphael’s unwavering support of her? Not just as what she became but who she is to her very core? Can you say “heartbreakingly sweet”? These two are always the highlight of any Raphael+Elena book in the series.
Archangel’s War was a really great installment to the series. However, sometimes I felt that something else was needed. It was kind of distracting because I couldn’t figure out why I kept looking for. It just felt like something was missing. Not everyone will feel this way, though, as it is just so incredibly personal to me. I wanted something, and I didn’t get it. Unfortunately, not every Nalini Singh book draws me in 100%, and this was one of them. Still amazing, though!
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