by Nalini Singh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
When you read as many books as I do sometimes you forget that there are writers out there that are talented beyond words. Nalani Singh seems to be one of those and this book Archangel's Storm (Guild Hunter) is no exception. In a sea of novels that are entertaining and enjoyable (and a few that should not have not ever been published) you stumble into those few that go one step past excellence and actually draw you into the story in a more intimate manner, I can't exactly describe this but when you finish you are past the "That was great/excellent/etc" and are left with a feeling that is more akin to just "Wow". This was a book of intrigue cloaked around a romance as all the Guild hunter books have been but this one seems to actually come closer to one of what I consider one of the ultimate epic romance books I ever read which was book 1 of this series Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter, Book 1) (him crashing with her is pretty much ultimate) even though it was done in a much more subdued manner. The basic plot was a murder mystery laid over a slow burn romance between Jason (Spymaster extraordinaire) and Mahiya a Princess in name only and Ms Singh weaves a story of violence, passion and romance in a manner that was exceptional. It is the little things that separate great stories from exceptional stories. The best example of this I can remember would be a few paragraphs that could have been left out of the book with little impact but added to the readers feeling of involvement and had to do with "Mahiya's Hill" (you have to read it to understand) something that did nothing for the plot but added to the readers understanding of the depth of the romance. Rather than get bogged down in an overly lengthy review let me say this was possibly THE best thing I have read since the Elemental Mysteries by Elizabeth Hunter* and it took 4 books to elicit the same feeling I got from this one novel (NOTE: probably if you have not read the other books in this series the impact is less).
Bottom Line: 5 Stars because I can't give it 6, it hit all the right spots, action, romance, mystery and memorable characters that will stay with you after the last page.
* = http://www.amazon.com/Elizabeth-Hunte...View all my reviews