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
My name is Irene and I'm a lifelong bookaholic. A few years ago, I started adding audiobooks and I'm so happy I joined Audible in 2015 :-))
Definitely a fitting story for Jason & Mahiya. It starts with Dmitri & Honor's wedding; ends with Jason's song for his Mahiya. The center unfurls both of their individual story lines with their parentage and how special were their school years in the Refuge. As always, Eyre's voice fits the story exceedingly well.
Again, Nalini Singh has written an awesome story - stellar entry in the Guild Hunter series. And again, the narrator made it nearly unbearable to listen to. What really upsets me is that I forgot I didn't enjoy the last audio (see Book 4 review) or I NEVER would have wasted my credit on this one. I will not make that mistake again. Even Nalini Singh's phenomenal literary talents could not salvage this experience for me. I actually purchased the book to read rather than finish listening to this audio. It took me a couple of chapters to stop hearing this narrator's voice in my head, but once my mental ear was purged, I enjoyed my eBook...
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I have read these 5 books in a row now and I'm going for #6! This book was a bit drab compared to the other 4. This is the story of Jason, the Spy Master, and he goes to another archangel's court to investigate a murder....and while he is there of course he becomes fascinated by a woman...a princess in fact.
The last book didn't focus on Raphael and Elena but I was okay with that, this book I really missed them. Also, the fleeting glimpses into Demetri and Honor's lives were just oddly placed. I'm still intrigued to know where these stories are headed, but this book kind of felt like filler. Oh well, onto the next one!
The imagery used to describe Mahiya's unique peacock-like wings.
Justine Eyre's performance was too wavering in pitch and melodramatic for my preferences. Although I love Nalini Singh's writing, I find her style of prose a little overwrought for my preferences, and so would prefer a subtler narrator to counteract that. Justine Eyre's style of narrating bothered me for the previous audiobooks, but I REALLY didn't want to re-listen this one. I'd rather read the book, where I can tone down the inflections with my mental voice.
No, although I enjoyed the book, and Nalini Singh is great at what she does, since I have such high expectations for her, I was left wanting just a little more (i) character development (I never really feel like I got to know the hero, Jason), (ii) overarching plot development, and (iii) romantic development.
I'm not a reader of romantic novels but the guild hunter series is great. It combines a paranormal plot with romance. Great character development and steamy sex.
The ending is beautiful and totally unexpected
She has a very distinctive voice. I thought iit would be hard to tolerate however it grew on me and became a part of the story. She handled both men and women well.
I'm not a romance novel reader. I chose the book for its paranormal content however I love Nalini Singh's writing style in this particular series.
I had read this book and while I enjoy all the Archangel novels this was my least favourite. Neither character seemed that compelling. However listening to the audio version I changed my mind. I appreciated the weaving of the Dimitri story with Jason's and I found the female character much more interesting in this version. I enjoyed it and will listen to it again.
This is a good story - I was thrown off a little because I still consider it a Guild Hunter series and neither of our main characters are hunters. However I would never pass up an opportunity to explore Raphaels 7. Jasons story is really interesting as was Dimitri's in book 4. This one has a lot going on and you may need to listen more then once to get all your characters straight, but that's the plus of having it on audiobook. This book gives us a great view of more supernatural fighting between Archangel's. I really like our female lead Princess Mahiya shes smart and sensative and doesn't have an unrealistic view of her situation. She has been paying for sins of her parents and living under an Archangel who she knows could one day just kill her. Jason turns out to be an unexpected pleasure for her heart, mind and body.
I enjoy Ms Singh's story telling.
The voices this narrator uses for characters are AWFUL. I can't understand her half the time and have to back up.
No...I am having a hard time finishing it because of the narration.
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