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Archangel's Heart

(Guild Hunter #9)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  14,119 ratings  ·  1,150 reviews
New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh takes us into a dangerous and exhilarating world where a deadly, beautiful archangel and his once-mortal consort are caught in a fury of twisted darkness…

One of the most vicious archangels in the world has disappeared. No one knows if Lijuan is dead or has chosen to Sleep the long sleep of an immortal. But with her lands falli
Mass Market Paperback, 381 pages
Published November 1st 2016 by Berkley
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Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
3.5 Stars

Before I get started, I want to say that I love Nalini Singh. She is one of my all-time favorite authors and the Guild Hunter series is one of my all-time favorite series.

Raphael is my ultimate Hero.

Seriously, there is no one more magnetic, no one more fascinating, and no one more alpha than Archangel Raphael.

I could read about him and Elena in perpetuity.


That said, I will say that this installment - despite being centered around Raphael and Elena - was surprisingly a lot more slow
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
4 My precious Archangel Stars

Things have been quiet for two years both on the Cascade and the Lijuan front amd waiting for something to change has everyone on edge. When it does though, it isn't in the form Elena expects.

The Cadre has been summoned by the Luminata to visit their compound in Morocco and apparently the invitation isn't optional. Accompanying Raphael to the land of her ancestors seems luke a good way to take her mind off things, even if it means interracting with the snakes of th
XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy
Aug 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
While this story added value to the overall series, I was expecting something that would move the Cascade plot forward a little more than this did. Particularly considering the length of the title. I love reading about Raphael and Elena because I've followed their progression and evolution as a couple. This book offers us insight into Elena's past and her connections to Morocco. It also offered us the chance to learn more about the mysterious Aodhan (Sparkle), his past, and his friendship with I ...more
Aisling Zena
16/7/20, 13/10/18 Re-read

4 stars

Contains spoilers from the previous books.

I know some of you were looking forward to a new couple but I didn't mind that this was a Raphael and Elena book. I was actually excited to go back to their story and catching up a bit more with them. There's something about their story and how they are together that will always fascinate me. That said I was a bit disappointed with this one.

To be honest I could be quite brutal with this review but I find myself unwilling b
Sep 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
It was dark....BUT I LIKED IT!

This was unlike any other book in this series. Much happened, a lot of action and Elena & Raphael growing strong together. There wasn't much development in everything in particular, but there were important things from past that were reveled, and they were really Shocking.

I liked Aodhan in this and I just can't wait for his own book. (view spoiler)
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

My knee jerk reaction to ARCHANGEL'S HEART is to say it was a roller coaster.

But that's not right. I wasn't up and down and sideways on repeat from start to finish.

It was more that I was way, way down, struggling up that first incline until somewhere between 25 - 30%, then I hit cruise straight through the next 50 - 60%, then that last 15% was so spectacular . . . It almost made me forget how long it took to settle in.


That extra 10% that kicked the MEH into a ful
Sep 04, 2015 rated it liked it


This book reminds me very much of book #2, Archangel's Kiss. You know, Rapahel on official Cadre business and Elena, his Consort with weapons.
Let me give you bare bones: Luminata, an angelic order with authority to summon Cadre of Ten, deemed it was a time for a meeting since Lijuan is missing which leaves her territory ungoverned. Meeting takes Raphael and Elena to Marroco, a home country of Elena's late mother, so Elena decides to use this opportunity to look for more information on her an
*P*u*r*p*l*e* Masochist
(view spoiler)"He'd survived losing her.
He didn't know if he could survive losing (view spoiler) Never before had he seen that truth so clearly and it shook him.

I love you Nalini Singh, but I'll be devastated if you don't give me this mm book after all this teasing!!!

*** UPDATE ***

So, it's another E & R book? Well, you won't hear any objections from me, as long as I get my mm book in the future. :))


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Raphael and Elena are BACK!!! Yes!!! So happy to have finally another story about them as main characters. I really missed them and all the secrets and action that always accomplanies them. Before I started reading this story I thought it was maybe going to be about the crazy archangel from China but nope, not as much as it would be to be honest. It was really more about the Luminata and, man, those folks just suck! Just another reminder why I don't like the super religious people that much, the
Lyndi W.
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star, favorites
Nov. 2016: I just finished reading and I'm already desperate for the next book. This was such a good installment - ramping up the suspense for another encounter with Lijuan, delving a bit deeper into Elena's ancestry, showing a bit more of Aodhan's personality... I have only the most minor of complaints:
a) I wish we'd gotten to see Illium and Aodhan reunite.
b) I really want more of the Legion, who were completely absent in this book.
c) This book was a bit more 'mystery solving' than the usual
****Excerpt available at The Book Eaters***

We've had two non-Elena/Raphael books since the game-changing battle that happened in Archangel's Legion. And they've been some awesome, sweet, romantic, and heart-wrenching novels. Now we're back to Elena and Raphael, and digging into her history more than I ever thought we would really get the chance to.

When we start Archangel's Heart  things have been relatively quiet, both on the Cascade front, and the Lijuan front, for nearly 2 years. Elena's been
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
3.5 - 4 ★'s

Raphael and Elena are one of my all time favorite paranormal couples so I was thrilled to find out they were getting another book! They are the heart of this series and I'm always left wanting to know more about them and seeing how their relationship has grown.

And they are fine and dandy...unfortunately, I didn't feel like we got enough of just the two of them. Yes, they're together but there were too many other things going on.

I also hate to say that I almost DNF'd this as well. I
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ya know when you hear that the next book in the series is about the original couple again and you are kinda bummed out because you've been waiting for one of the side character's story forever? Well, this one is so freaking good that you won't care. We thought we knew all about the Guild Hunter world. We were wrong. (yes, I'm speaking in the third person again. Very queenly of me.)

In this book, we are introduced to a group of angels that are kind of like monks. They live in a secret location, we
Lady Heather
I'd like to start off by saying they Nalini Singh is one of my favourite authors!

I LOVE the Guild Hunter Series and have re-read it many times (this was my 5th read).
I liked this book more and more every time I read it.
What I do like about this story are the little snippets of information we are given about Aodhan, and his relationship with Illium.
I love getting to know more about Elena's family's history.
The plot and the characters are interesting.
This is a good addition to the Guild Hunter se
Sep 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-fantasy, pnr, 2018
Aaaaaand the waiting starts once again:


Please only read on if you have read the last book ;)

Soooo, after reading Archangels Enigma there are a loooot more questions that need to be answered:


First of all Who's book will it be???

Hmmm.. I think it might be one of Elena and Raphaels again.

What happend to the Bitch Queen Michaela?

I have the feeling that it she is "pregnant" like that chick in the movie Prometheus. Yeah, that was a yummy scene. Back to the topic: Uriel placed something i
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*** 4.65 ***

Another UF Wednesday on the hunt with my Guild Hunters @ BB&B!!!

Book seven was really good, book eight was adorable, but book nine, this book, was freaking awesome!!!

I know, I know, I am of the contingency who prefer the books with Raphael and Elena as the main players, and every time I end up thinking that there couldn't possibly be much more we can learn about them, since they are happily hooked up and satisfied, but every time Nalini proves me wrong. And I am very happy to be pro
Marta Cox
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-reviews
Four and a half from me
I confess this is my favourite series from this author and I'm always desperate to read the next instalment. However I've noticed that there's a lot of chatter about Bluebell and Sparkle and I have to point out this book is an Elena/Raphael story but fear not there's an awful lot of Aodhan aka Sparkle here with growth that made my heart sing but alas I'm getting ahead of myself .
Having survived the momentous battle with the Archangel of China, Elena and Raphael are on tent
Tanja ~ KT Book Reviews
This is one of the most loving looks into Raphael and Elena’s relationship the series has had in a while. Don’t get me wrong; the mystery, ongoing intrigue, and “political maneuvering” is still strong in the world of Archangels, but the foundation of these two is stronger, sexier, and steadier than it ever has been. It’s a mature coupling that continues to grow and thrive among the crazy narcissistic group that makes up the Cadre.

Having been called to the Luminate compound, Elan will uncover an
Summer Campbell
Why do people rate books when they probably haven't even been WRITTEN yet? Pisses me off. ...more
Blacky *Romance Addict*

This book is a whole lot of talking and conversations and more talking about stuff that aren't even important in the grand scheme of the series. It was interesting, don't get me wrong but absolutely unimportant. The end of the last chapter made me want to give it one star. I just KNEW it would finish like that and it pissed me off.
Raphael and Elena have had a lot of books already, so really, if there is going to be another one, it better have something IMPORTANT in it. If not, then please,
Rating: 5 1/2 stars

Though at times this novel had some filler-ish moments, it did NOT disappoint Amazing plot twists, creative characterization, and exquisite research. I cannot wait until the next book featuring Elena and Raphael. This kicked butt.

I'm sorry it ended.

Another astonishing and superb novel by one of my all-time favorite authors.

16/11/2016 Buddy read with fantastic Wednesday UF group over at BB&B. I can’t believe how quick this series’ buddy read has gone, and what a wonderful ride it has been.

“Secrets have a way of rotting foundations when those foundations are meant to be built on truth and honor.”

I was very surprised when I started reading to see that two years had passed in the time between this book and the previous one. It seems things have been very quiet with Lijuan having disappeared, no one knowing whe

Douglas Meeks
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read a lot of fantasy/paranormal romance, much of what is classified as urban fantasy really is romance in many cases but I can count on my fingers(with a couple left over) the number of writers that can really pull off a true emotional, gut-felt and truly believable “I can’t live without you” romance. Nalini Singh is one of those very few and this book pulls you right into that “love to last the ages” feeling while trying to figure out a sinister plot that has you guessing a good bit.

We start
Robin (Bridge Four)
Buddy read with my UF crew at Buddies Books & Baubles

I was a little disappointed when I learned that this book would again center on Raphael and Elena. Those have actually been my least favorite books in the series. But half way through this one I didn’t care it was centered on Raphael and Elena. There are a few reasons for this.

1 – There was a secret society of morally ambiguous monks. Are the good…are they bad…I wasn’t sure. Well until I was.


2 – Elena and Raphael finally seemed more like a un

Nalini Singh has returned to Raphael and Elena in the ninth book of the Guild Hunter series. In this Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance hybrid, readers are once again submerged into a world where war is brewing. It seems like the archangels are gearing up for something big and doom seems like it’s only a few days away.

A lot of this book is about Elena and her past. We get a whole lot of backstory, especially concerning her mother. I liked this insight into Elena’s character as I think it
4.5 Stars

Originally posted at Heroes and Heartbreakers-

Two years after the events in Archangel’s Enigma (book eight), Nalini Singh takes us back to Manhattan and the main protagonists of this tempestuous world-the archangel Raphael and his now angelic consort Elena. Singh has always hinted that we have only scratched the surface of Elena’s complicated family. In here, Singh exhumes Elena’s past, giving readers an intimate look into her mother’s history and
Eon ♒Windrunner♒
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

Archangel’s Heart takes us back to Elena & Raphael as a meeting of the Cadre is called by the only group with the power to do so – the Luminata. They are concerned that Lijuan has disappeared and that China is now left unprotected. Bloodlust incidents are on the rise as the vampires sense the lack of oversight and if a new archangel does not take over the reins soon a full-scale pandemic may break out resulting in a huge loss of life. The meeting is to take place at the Luminata residen
Lana *Lifeinwordsandlyricscom*

She did it again! Oh yes, she did. Nalini Singh is a freak of nature with how good she is. Seriously. I can't even...

This time around it's about a secret society of angels, who call themselves Illuminati Luminata. They wear robes, live outside of anyone's jurisdiction, and seek "luminescence" by hording world's most precious art and doing silent reflection and stuff. Hmmm, they're a good secret society, right? Is there such a thing? Anyway these guys requested a Cadre meeting at their place beca
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Yay! Super excited that we are back to Raphael and Elena! I realllllllly am dreading the Bluebell and Sparkle book that is surely coming... I'm all for equal rights and don't consider myself a homophobe but it still isn't a book that I want to read... Its just not my kink. So I am going to be unbelievably sad when two characters whose books I was really looking forward to is ruined for me. :( ...more
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