With wings of midnight and an affinity for shadows, Jason courts darkness. But now, with the Archangel Neha's consort lying murdered in the jewel-studded palace that was his prison and her rage threatening cataclysmic devastation, Jason steps into the light, knowing he must unearth the murderer before it is too late.
Earning Neha's trust comes at a price - Jason must tie himself to her bloodline through the Princess Mahiya, a woman with secrets so dangerous, she trusts no one. Least of all an enemy spymaster.
With only their relentless hunt for a violent, intelligent killer to unite them, Jason and Mahiya embark on a quest that leads to a centuries-old nightmare... and to the dark storm of an unexpected passion that threatens to drench them both in blood.
©2012 Nalini Singh (P)2012 Tantor
This one is perheaps my favorite in a guild hunter series. Story of Jason the spy master is wonderfully written. Story quickly pulls you in and you find yourself at the edge of your seat until the very end. and the last couple of sentences are worth the credit. Nalini Singh is master of her craft and Justine Eyre is wonderful reader.
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
Initially, I was a bit disappointed that this book wasn't based on Raphael and Elena but as I started listening I soon lost my disappointment. The book includes touches on the stories of the other 2 couples from the series, Raphael & Elena and Dimitri & Honor, so we can see how things are going for them. The main storyline is about Jason and the Princess Mahiya. I thought the story was good and the romance grew in a way that was believable for the characters involved. The ending was sweet and even brought out a few tears (happy ones). I'd definitely recommend this book but if you haven't listened the previous Guild Hunter books in the series you should probably listen to them first. :)
The Guild hunter series is good and one I recommend. The series is worth the credits. I am looking forward to possibly Venom's story. I was hoping for a little bit more fight and chase between Jason and his chosen. This is one story I will have to revisit , I think there were times in the story it was all over the place with whodonit intrigue. Which some how didn't flow with the story for me. I am not willing to say this is a bad book but simply in my opinion not the best in the series. I will say the way Justine narrates gets to me in this story, I don't think it was her best work.
This book was okay, but it most certainly not as good as Archangel's Blade. I don't think that this was bad, but not as good. I would like to see a story line on Venom......or BlueBell.
The whole flow of the book was great. Ms.Singh just knows how to tell a story and the romantic scenes are just that...romantic. I have listened to and read many books by other authors where the sex is so descriptive I want to skip over those parts, but Ms.Singh plays out her love scenes in a way that isn't outdated like some of the 1980's bodice rippers where the phrase "his manhood" is used over and over, but full of love and romance, which for me are more enjoyable than the bare all/tell all books that make me want to shake my head, roll my eyes and skip the sex scene altogether. Sometimes less is more.
The way Mahyia is strong and understanding and willing to listen to Jason and not try to one up him about the troubles in her life compared to his. Jason is a very strong man, and Mahyia is a very loving woman. They compliment each others personality. I also like how what was going on in New York and the Refuge were incorporated into the book without over shadowing Jason and Mahyia's story.
Everything. She is one of my favorite narrators. I especially love the voices she does for Dmitri and Illium.
Change is coming within the Cadre.
This is one of my favorite series. I can't get enough of the archangel world and I am always left wondering and looking forward to what comes next.
O Day of days when we can read! The reader and the book, either without the other is naught. Ralph Waldo Emerson. I Love to read, a great time for me is curling up with a great book!!!
Nalini went home and it shows!
The description of the culture and local in this book is breath taking. It is always a true pleasure when a book can transport you to another place and realm and when you have the addition of a truly good story.. "sigh"!!
When Spymaster Jason is forced to give a blood bond of honor to Princess Mahiya, swearing he'll protect the Archangel Neha's best interests & secrets basically, he expects to meet a pampered, spoiled princess...instead, Mahiya is...something else. Jason senses in Mahiya a woman of strength, both of character and abilities, and a woman who has been largely ignored and overlooked by those around her in Neha's court. He's intrigued...and for the Spymaster, who has few words for any, and wastes time on none, this is much.
Mahiya has but one wish...to escape Neha's court. Her life with her aunt Neha ~ Mahiya being the babe of a tryst between Neha's unfaithful consort and her sister, Mahiya's mother ~ has been nothing but being that of a tool for Neha. And she's suffered enough...she's somehow kept herself from becoming bitter and broken, and longs to be free and to find a love and just LIVE.
But in Jason she finds a man she can't help falling for. She knows he'll never love her, he'll never stay with her...he's told her so. But her heart is touched by this man who actually SEES her, HEARS her, and WANTS her.
And with all the death & intrigue that is going on in Neha's court, he might very well be her only chance at escape...
I actually LOVED this book! If you follow the series, you know all these books are awesome, and it's hard to top Raphael...but for me, Jason came damn close.
I think because he's so strong & silent, and HE brought himself back from being such a broken, lost child ( you have to READ or LISTEN to it find out! ) without anyone's help. He's such a solitary creature, even while he's friends & confidant with Raphael and the other of the Seven. I love that Nalini didn't try to change him for Mahiya...he didn't suddenly become this chatty, bubbly full of love dandy, lol. He just WAS who he was...and Mahiya didn't accept for that...she loved him for that. She felt safe with him for that. This book just gave me that this is RIGHT feeling...I struggled with what to write here, but I don't want to give away a ton of deets, but I want to convey how very much
Jason & Mahiya as a couple vie with Raphael & Ehlana for perfection for me.
Nalini's writing only gets better...
And as this was the audio version ~ I have to tell you, this is the only way I do the Angel books. I actually WAIT for the delayed release date.
I LOVE the way Justine Eyre narrates these books...she does and incredible job with all the voices!
I have been happily married for 17 years, I have 3 children (12, 14, & 16), and 2 dogs. I am currently working on a 2nd degree. Life is chaotic and stressful, but I wouldn't change it. I am blessed and enjoying my life.
I loved the characters. I even found myself with tears in my eyes at some points. The ending was very satisfying for the main characters. Definitely worth the credit.
If you're a Paranormal/Romance fan and you haven't already discovered the world of the Archangels then oh boy you really are missing something FANTASTIC with this series and I suggest you start by downloading book 1.
But, for those of us N.S. junkies who are now looking at this, the 5th of her books, then this one really doesn't disappoint - it's got all the usual elements you come to expect from her such as great writing, a mystical world of dark brooding handsome Archangels, vampires and Hunters, good plot and sub plots all nicely tied up in a touching romance.
I've been on her website but I can't see another Guild Hunter due to be released anytime which I am devastated about - so a note to Ms Singh - please, please, please can we have the next Archangel story and soon.
Worth a credit? Err that would be a YES.
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