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381 pages, Mass Market Paperback
First published November 1, 2016
“By dint of their spiritual quest, the Luminata have no earthly ties and no loyalties beyond that to their quest for luminescence. They take no lovers, participate in no wars, and when they become Luminata, they sever all blood ties.”
“A perfect neutral body.”
“There’s something off about this place,” she muttered. “Gian’s spookiness aside, the sense of peace I expected is missing.”
The shallow bow from an escort who had not earned that right, the fact Gian had taken the names of the Cadre without adding “Archangel” to the front, the Luminata who’d watched them from the shadows, their faces hidden under the hoods of their robes, none of it was as it should be.
There was no shower, but someone had already partially filled the large stone bath with cold water, minerals swirled into the clear liquid. It was a normal angelic courtesy to ensure guests didn’t have to wait too long for their bath to fill.
Finding the handle—old but functional—that made the hot water start to gush out from a spout in the wall, Raphael turned it on.
By the time it filled to the top, it would be the correct temperature.
"He'd survived losing her.
He didn't know if he could survive losing Never before had he seen that truth so clearly and it shook him.
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 whether she’s dead or had just gone to Sleep, and even the cascade has been quiet.
But when Elena, Raphael and Aodhan has to go to the Luminata, an ancient and mysterious order in Morroco, with the rest of the Cadre to decide the fate of Lijuan’s territory which has fallen into chaos because of vampire bloodlust, things get very interesting.
He was hers. She was his.
And together, they were something far better than either one of them was alone.
Elena is still the kick-ass Guild Hunter I fell in love with in the first book, still as feisty, loyal and mortal-hearted as she was in the beginning. And even though she has gained some strength, she is still a baby compared to the other angels, which means she is still training and learning whenever she can. It’s wonderful seeing how much she has grown in her Consort duties, how diplomatic she can be, but she always stays true to her warrior side.
“No one will take my Elena from me. I’ll destroy the world before I allow that to happen.”
Raphael was fantastic as always. He’s still the arrogant and ruthless archangel that I adore, but I love how much his love for Elena has changed him. It was wonderful to see how much he smiles, laughs and teases now, and how playful he is with Elena. And he’s just as possessive and protective over her as always ;-)
“The idea of eternity without you is my personal vision of hell.”
“Raphael.” Eyes silver in the night, Elena touched her fingers to his jaw. “This is my heaven. You are my heaven.”
And she was his.
The romance was just as amazing as I’ve come to expect from this series and from this author. I love that their passion for each other it still so intense, and it’s wonderful to see how strong their relationship has grown, how secure they are in their love for each other. Their love truly is a beautiful thing, so romantic and swoon-worthy.
There was definitely a change of pace between this book and the previous three, and in my opinion, a much needed one. I had so many questions about Elena’s ancestry on her mother’s side, and finally we got the answers. I can’t go into much detail without giving anything away, but I was so happy with how things ended up for Elena in this book.
“I will not lose my way, sire.” Pausing for a heartbeat, he added, “I want to live in a way I did not live for two hundred years. I kept myself in a cage and that is a truth I must accept and get over.”
I loved that Aodhan had such a prominent part in this book. Sparkle has been a favorite of mine, and it was wonderful to see how much he has started to heal, how Elena and Raphael could touch him without him flinching away like in the past. And we got some insight into just how broken he was after being missing for two years. I can’t wait to find out more, to learn who was responsible for his torture.
It was fantastic spending so much time with the other archangels, and I loved seeing Elijah and Hannah together, they are adorable, and Alexander and Titus are definitely favorites of mine. I really hope that eventually they will get their own books too. And we finally got to meet Alexander’s grandson, Xander, who is so cute!! Also some new characters were introduced, Laric and Ibrahim, both very interesting and wonderful, and I hope to see a lot more of them. And Caliane was awesome in this book, so damn powerful and scary! I love that she and Elena get along so much better. I also loved all the little updates we got along the way about all the other couples, how happy they all are.
This series just continues in strength and awesomeness. Nalini Singh is a master at writing captivating world-building and I loved all the intrigue and mystery in this book. And of course I loved spending time with all my favorite characters. I can’t believe I have to wait another year for the next book!! The anticipation might just kill me . Please write very fast, Ms. Singh… pretty please. This series is a definite must read for all fans of this series, and for all UF and PNR lovers.
“When he is not broken, Raphael said, he is a shooting star caught midfall.”