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Archangel's Shadows

(Guild Hunter #7)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  19,097 ratings  ·  1,271 reviews
Return to New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s sensual and painfully beautiful Guild Hunter world in her new novel of sacrifice, loyalty, and the choices of love that can shatter the heart.

In the wake of a brutal war, the archangel Raphael and his hunter consort, Elena, are dealing with the treacherously shifting tides of archangelic politics and the people of
Mass Market Paperback, 361 pages
Published October 28th 2014 by Berkley Sensation
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Aug 25, 2013 marked it as to-read

Pretty please.

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4 1/2 to 5–Absorbing–Stars

Once again Nalini Singh proves with her newest release, Archangel Shadow why she's my favorite paranormal romance/urban fantasy author.


I love this book. It has so much to offer its readers in terms of an emotional and engaging plot, a powerful and poignant love story, witty and intelligent dialogue, and characters so richly developed and multilayered they breathe life into each and every page. I fell in love with this story, its hero and heroine, and its ability to mak
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

So I know I said that I don't like angels in Urban Fantasy in my last review, but I should have qualified that statement: if the angels are simply winged, humanoid beings without ties to religion (and only called "angels" for lack of a better description), then I like them juuuuust fiiiiiiine. And if they happen to be the angels in Nalini Singh's Guild Hunter books, then I flat-out L-O-V-E them.

Guild Hunter is kind of an odd series. It's part UF, part PNR, and it's kind o
Val ⚓️ Shameless Handmaiden ⚓️
3 - 3.5 Filler-rific Stars

***Possible spoilers for this book - DEFINITE spoilers for previous books***

So I had two options for a review title in my head when I sat down to write this. My original one was a little...longer. I went with the above option (obviously), but here is what I originally wanted to go with:

3 - 3.5 Raphael & Elena, no Dimitri & Honor, no wait Illium & Aodhan, no hold on I mean Ransom & Nyree, oops no I meant Tanu and Avri, oh wait actually Titus & Keir ok I mean definitely N
chan ☆
Jan 19, 2021 rated it liked it
i never know how to rate these or how to feel about them... and yet i keep reading. going to think on it.
Georgia ♥
4 Raphael's City Stars


We have been waiting for a year to witness the aftermath of two Archangels fighting over New York. Raphael's light beat the hell out Lijuan's darkness but the Archangel of Death though beaten isn't yet dead. The town has gained a respite. To heal its wounds and bond tighter than ever.


So, it's Aswini and Janvier's time. To let themselves fall in love and share their deepest, darkest fears.

“I’ll show you things that’ll make you laugh in delight, scream in passion, cry for

I was bored for the most part, the heroine's non-stop angsting and self-pity was off putting. On top of that, the romance and main arc were nothing I hadn't read about countless times before, it was the same old, same old. There were some good parts though, I loved the Guild Hunter world and the majority of the secondary characters.

-What's what: Ashwini/Janvier's story. POV's from Elena/Raphael and other characters as well. The story mainly followed Ash/Janvier's romance whilst they inv
Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
*** 4.44 ***

A buddy read with the Wednesday UF group at BB&B! We need to get our hunting on!!!

This was supposed to be a buddy read. For those of you who are not familiar with the concept, a BR is a book reading club, only on line, and several people decide on a book, a date and read it, while making comments and discussing the said book. What makes it a buddy read as opposed to a read along is the act of discussing and communication. Well, I sucked at being a good buddy this time, and I blame Na
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: angels, urban-fantasy
You know how there are certain series that you just love so much that you know you are going to give each book all the stars? This is one of mine, along with Kate Daniels. There are just some characters and worlds that burrow under your skin and give you an itch that only they can scratch.

I know, I come up with beautiful analogies.

This world where there are angels (but they are more like another race - not heaven's angels) and vampires is so awesome. I almost want to live there. Well, as long
Lady Heather
"5 Fantastic, sexy Cajun stars!"

The wonderful thing about reading Nalini Singh's Guild Hunter series is that no matter if it's been 3 months or a year since you've read her last book, by the time you've finished the first page, you're transported right back into her fantastic world of cruel, cold angels; ruthless, sexy vampires; and kick-ass, sassy, warrior-hunters.

Ms Singh's world-building, characters, and stories are amazing, addictive, creative, memorizing, thrilling, dangerous, and sexy.
November 2021 re-read: This book puts me through the emotional wringer every.single.time.

I can't believe that I didn't write an actual review of this book at any point in the last couple years since it's come out. Noticing that is actually one of the reasons that I started on this re-read of the entire series. And it's been so worth it. This is the first time I've re-read in a few years and I'm enjoying the series like it's brand new - mostly because since Archangel's Storm, it feels that way to
Apr 05, 2013 marked it as to-read
Please be Venom's book. Please Please! ...more
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
5 Nalini Did It Again Stars

“I’ll show you things that’ll make you laugh in delight, scream in passion, cry for the sheer joy of it.”

This book is the full story of Janvier and Ashwini, a romance that started in the Angels' Pawn novella. Angels' Pawn was just a small taste of what an awesome pair Ash and Janvier would make one day. Their romance is full of witty remarks and entertaining back and forths. It was honestly a delight to read.The fact that both of them are also badasses didn
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
The angels, vampires, hunters and humans are all dealing with the aftermath of the big war that just occurred. Raphael, Elena and The Seven are trying to get the city back on its feet and celebrate their victory. But there's some horrific deaths turning up and a new nasty drug on the street that's threatening everything.

As this series gets more advanced, the story line gets more complicated. It is the story of Ashwini (Ash) and Janvier but unfortunately that only accounts for maybe fifty pe
I'm loving Nalini's books and for the past month or so I've been re-reading her Guild Hunter and Psy-Changelings series. I cannot get enough of her amazing plots and the awesome characters. You know you'll get just enough action to satisfy your cravings. And don't even get me started on the romance and wonderful heroes. I mean...yum-yum.

In this book we got to see the aftermath of war and how a new evil threatened to destroy the newly peace and how everyone got involved in solving that problem.
Melanie A.
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, fantasy
"You were always meant to be mine."
"Neither one of us has ever been in control of the thing between us. It has its own stubborn, relentless will."
Though Ashwini and Janvier's story fell a bit short for me (in comparison to Jason and Mahiya's for example), it was still written by Nalini Singh, which means it was far superior to a lot of things I read.
Warm and strong, his scent earthy and familiar, he made the bruises inside her hurt less, her mus
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult
For some reason, I really want Bluebell and Sparkle to get together. Don't ask me why, but I think that it would be so cute. ...more
Robin (Bridge Four)
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Buddy read with my UF crew over at Buddies Books and Baubles

4.5 Honey Pot Stars

Ashwini and Janvier…YES!!! We are back on track. Okay so I’m straight up going to say that I really prefer the stories that aren’t centered on Elena and Raphael. The stories that have other characters as the main players seem to appeal more to me. That could just be because I we’ve had four stories centered on them or that I struggle with them as a couple sometimes. But Ash and Janvier’s story is too much fun.

He has b
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
Barely 3 stars. This just didn't do it for me. I got tired of Ash's fatalistic view of everything and ticking time bomb mentality. Sure, it goes with her history, but it was annoying. I didn't enjoy her POV like I thought I would. I liked Janvier. He was funny and dedicatedly sweet to Ash. The best parts of this story for me were the continuation of Elena and Raphael's story and Naasir. Naasir has been a very background character until the last book and I enjoyed his inclusion. Fingers crossed h ...more

02/11/2016 Buddy read with the awesome Wednesday UF group over at BB&B

“Don’t let immortality do that to you,” she whispered. “Don’t let it steal your soul.”
Moss green eyes held her own. “It is, others tell me, far easier to stay human if you split your heart in two and give one part to another to keep.”

I fell in love with Janvier and Aswini in the novella Angels’ Pawn, and I’m so happy that they got their own novel.

He would not—could not—let her die. Not the tempestuous storm

4.5 stars


You know how Nalini has a way of putting these little interesting tidbits about secondary characters in her books? It's one of the reasons I don't want any of her series to ever be over. She teased us with Ash and Janvier since Angels' Blood and yes, they are finally hooking up! :D
So, we know they danced around each other since forever- angel would put a hit on Janvier and when Ash is just about to catch him, Janvier would make piece with angel in question. In immortal terms, that's
I am officially sold on Ash and Janvier.

I want to weep at how cute and sweet and caring they are to each other.

Here are some of my thoughts:
• Ash is badass. No doubt about that. Her backstory made me feel for her so much.
• Janvier. Ugh. He can’t be anymore perfect. There are no words for him. He is fun-loving and serious at the exact perfect moments for Ash. He certainly supports Ash with both his humor and his deep understanding and acceptance of her. He is so loyal, honest, and straightforwar
Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
4.5 Cajun Stars

Review @ Vanilla & Spice Books

Nalini gives us the story of Ashwini and Janvier in this installment. It has the trademark formula of a mystery and love set in her Guildhunter world.

Ashwini is Janvier's one and only. Ever since the hunter chased him across the bayous of his homelands he has fallen for her. Nothing like a crossbow at your throat to make you go gaga over a girl, right? Janvier is the cheeky, charming and hot Cajun vampire who Ash can barely resist. If it wasn't for h
Julia C. Fernandes
I FINALLY BEAT MY BOOK SLUMP!!! I think this is the first book I finished in months. Hopefully I'm now back to reading at my normal pace.

Onto the book review now.

Overall 3.5

For me, the first half of the book was a 4 star rating, and the second half was 3. Hence 3.5

I did get the feeling that this was a filler book in the series since not much happened to move the story forward.

Also, one thing that I noticed is that, at least for me, this book focused much less on the main couple than the other o
Aly is so frigging bored
1st read September 15, 2014
Nalini Singh Q&A event from Facebook, November 2013
!!The questions have Archangel's Legion Spoilers!!

Buddy read with Jo

2nd read 9-11 January 2017
“I’ll show you things that’ll make you laugh in delight, scream in passion, cry for the sheer joy of it.”

3rd read: 12th March 2021
Bex (Beckie Bookworm)

This was the seventh instalment in the Guild Hunter world it takes place in the aftermath of the battle for the city.
Not only do we again get to catch her up with Raphael and Elena but we also get to shine the spotlight on Ashwini and Janvier who I’ve been dying to learn more about.

Ash is a Hunter for the guild and Janvier a smooth-talking charming Cajun vampire.
These two have been playing the long game indulging in a unique courtship that involves plenty of flirting knives and innuendos.
Mindy Lou's Book Review
Technically this was Ashwini and Janvier's story. Instead of solely focusing on them, this was more of an update of all the side characters. We also got more of our beloved couple, Raphael and Elena. As much as I love the side characters, this is what I seem to like more with this particular series.

I truly enjoyed each and every character in this book, but some really stood out for me. First of all, Ashwini and Janvier floored me with how devoted they were to each other by the end of this book.
⭐ 4.5 ~5 Stars! ⭐

JANVIEEEERRRR!!! 😍😘💕💕 。・:*:・(✿◕3◕)❤

LOVED THIS! OMG I'M IN LOVE WITH THESE CHARACTERS! 😍💕 I just couldn't utter it properly 🥺

Off to the Naasir's book! (((o(*゚▽゚*)o)))
Nov 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pnr
Nalini Singh has built such a fascinating world in this Guild Hunter series. She writes such wonderful descriptions that I get the most vivid images in my head as I read. As we are on book seven of this series, not only do we get a HEA between hunter Ash and Janvier but we also get pages devoted to Raphael and Elena, Dmitiri and Honor and one of my favorites from this book, Naasir. So I’m going to break down the review into segments.

Ash, Janvier and the romance: From page one, Ash and Janvier lo
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“He'd never forget what Naasir had said to him when Dmitri yelled that he didn't intend to bury another child and that Naasir needed to have a care for his life.

“Am I a person, Dmitri? Will you be sad if I die?”

Hardened and cruel though he’d become, the innocent question had shaken him. “Yes,” he’d said, as honest in his answer as Naasir had been in his question. “You are a person. You are Naasir. I’ll lose a piece of me if you die and it’s a piece I’ll never get back.”

Naasir had stared at him for a long time before coming over to hug him. “Okay, Dmitri. I’m sorry. I didn't know I was a person before.”
“Venom has taken Naasir's place temporarily." This time, the amusement that shaped Raphael's lips was acute. "My mother called to ask what else I have in my menagerie."

Elena snorted, in no doubt of Caliane's acerbic tone. "Can you blame her? First you send her a tiger creature who eats people he doesn’t like, and then a vampire with the eyes and fangs of a viper.” She held up a finger. “Oh, and let’s not forget the mortal you keep as a pet.”

“My mother does not consider you my pet, Elena. She is very kind to pets.”

“Oh, ouch!”
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