Archangel's Heart by Nalini Singh

Archangel's Heart

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...

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Archangel's Heart Reviews

  • Lila

    3,5*

    This book reminds me very much of book #2,

    . 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

    3,5*

    This book reminds me very much of book #2,

    . 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 ancestors while Cadre is in session.

    - Confession time: I wasn't particularly thrilled we are getting another book focused on Raphael and Elena. Not because I don't like them, but, rather, because I danced this dance with Singh before when it comes to her other series. I get one book focused on couple/event I really want to read about and then three I am not that interested in. Illium, Aodhan, Venom, Sorrow... I admit I would be more excited about any of these books more than another Elena/Raphael. But, considering I was always a fan of bigger arc Nalini is pushing through series (which at this point seems to be leading toward Cascade), I hoped this book would at least move forward happenings in that department, like it did with

    or Naasir's book

    that threw a significant curveball in Cadre war. Unfortunately, this didn't happen with book #9. To be honest, introducing another ruling body in angelic world could have been interesting move on Singh's part- Luminata is a religious order, their official goal and reason for existing transcends basic territorial motives and desires of archangels since they are only devoted to ascending to higher planes of existing. But the most interesting about them is the fact that Luminata order is established out of angelic hierarchy which is an anomaly in everything we know about them. So far we got to see that ascending for angels means more power (predisposed angels ascend to archangels or Liujan's ascendency to goddess,) so when power is decisive trait that leads to the top of the food chain, it was intriguing to see why relinquishing the power for spiritual purposes can give Luminata that kind of position. But that intriguing potential of concept of Luminata was never realized. Spiritual ascendancy means fuckall because it's still the game of who has bigger stick to wield around. To make the matter worse, resolution to whole Luminata plot was such a huge let down for me because Nalini went with the lazy, most common and seen so many times reason for why villains do bad things and with this she shut down any kind relevance of this order in Cadre war or any kind of future event. In overall arc we have not moved from place we ended up in previous book: Lijuan is still awol, alliances are not changed, Charisemnon is still being the asshole of the bunch, Cascade is still coming...slowly.

    -which leads to another problem. What did happen in this book? Well, in a series of fortunate coincidences, Elena got to find out more about her mother's side of the family. Which was fun and nice addition to her story. But with the war, Illium, Aodhan, two Ancients being up...is this really what I hoped to read in book #9? I admit it's a no and I say that as a fan of NS. Again, by finding out this about Elena we have not moved in overall arc from the place we ended up on in previous book. To be fair, this series is called Guild Hunter, so technically it is Elena's story, but I think we left that train several books ago. And I think I can be a little disappointed that in book which is not focused on characters I am invested in over so many years and really want to read about, nothing major happens. :\

    - Now, good stuff: Aodhan fans, your boy gets more page time then ever. He goes with Elena and Raphael to Marroco and I feel like it's the first time we are actually getting some insight into his personality. Much of Aodhan's character readers got to see so far relied on his trauma and his close friendship with Illium, but here we see some things that are telling us what kind of man(angel?) Aodhan is, like tidbits about his artistic side or his family. Of course this doesn't mean that both trauma and his relationship with Illium weren't further explored. I won't elaborate on trauma part because it's spoilery, but I have a lot to say about Illium. Here is the thing: you may be for or against same sex relationships in this series and I am perfectly fine with either of opinions, but after this book,

    find it impossible to deny that Illium and Aodham have an amazing chemistry. I know people speculated the same about Aden and Vasic in Psy/Changeling series and while I personally didn't see it

    , I swear, in this book everything between Illium and Aodhan is so emotionally charged and tantalizing that at some point, you just have to acknowledge that readers (a big chunk of them) are not making this shit up, that they are not seeing what's not there. So here is where I am at right now:

    . If Nalini choose to write same sex relationship*, I hope she does her research and write it to best of her abilities. If she decides to do this the way she is experienced and familiar with, then all I have to say is that she needs to give them female counterparts that are so awesome and great and right for them because only in that case they may have chance to eclipse either Aodhan or Illium. Right now, I don't see anyone more fitting for Bluebell than Sparkle and vice versa. Just my 2c.

    - Romance between Rapahel and Elena is still strong and steady. I have so much respect for Nalini for not writing any kind of drama in that department.

    - Certain territorial dispute was settled in civil manner and its consequences may shift the power a bit. I hope this blows up in some way in future books.

    - Ok, here is another confession: we know that Michaela is official Bitch** of angelic world. But, I love when Nalini adds some complexity to her character and writes some traits that give her depth. You know what? I love that Cadre has an Archangel whose reputation is so vile and yet she is well known to not tolerate violence against children or sexual violence against women on her territory. All hail, Michaela, a walking (flying?) paradox!

    -every time I think Nalini exhausted her imagination when it comes to introducing another beautiful pair of wings...she comes with another one.

    So, all in all, another good addition to GH series I am sure Raphael/Elena fans will enjoy more than I did. I am just more curious about things to come. ;)

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  • *P*u*r*p*l*e* Masochist

    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. :))

    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. :))

    I don't know what's up with me this year since I've rated quite a few of the newest and most expected installments of most of my favorite series with 3 stars. Blasphemy, I know!

    Never thought that the day will come I'll rate Singh's Guild Hunter series lower than 4 stars, but that day has come people and I can not lie. Unfortunately, I'll have to agree with other readers who said that this book was more of a

    and while I did like it, it didn't blow my mind like the rest of the books in the series. I did crave this installment to be Bluebell's & Sparkle's story and was a bit disappointed we've got Elena & Raphael again instead, but the main reason for my rating is:

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    at the beginning and towards the end which made me want to skip pages. IMO, the author resolved the main mystery in an antclimatic way and I've found the behaviour of some important characters considering their past unrealistic.

    :(

    I won't say anything else about that, because there would be spoilers.

    on the other hand are our lovely and fierce consort Elena & her archangel Raphael who are still in the honeymoon phase, of course not to forget our beautiful Sparkle/ Aodhan who had an important role in this installment (yessss!) and the new creepy characters known as the Luminata (w.t.f. O.O)

    No matter my rating, this series still remains

    out there and I highly recommend it to every uf reader out there. The next book is again included in my most expected reads of 2017 list. Will I finally get my Bluebell's & Sparkle's story? It remains to be seen.*fingers crossed*

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  • Jo ★The Book Sloth★

    I will not go into a second rant about expectations this week but I will say that NS only marginally managed to deliver on mine this time, and they weren't even that high!

    This book was a filler through and through! We get no progress on both the overarching plotlines of the series(Cascade and Lijuan). Instead we get some character development and the foundation to build some new stories on. That would have been just fine if the book was a little shorter. I found it a bit too long when in reality it had little to offer to the series plot.

    That being said, this book had its moments! Watching the politics might not be my favourite thing but watching the bonds between Elena and Raphael grow is always a plus. And I loved seeing Aodhan grow stronger and forming relationships. And of course learning about Elena's family history was a huge bonus. I can see NS is building up to something, just don't know what yet.

    And Raphael... I love this guy. He is my ultimate book boyfriend. I even named my dog after him.♥♥♥

    I need the Aodhan-Ilium book to happen! I neeeeeeeed it!

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  • ♔ Jaela ♊ Killer ⚔ QUEEN

    It was

    ....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.

    It was

    ....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.

    After all the hints and newsletters about Illium and Aodhan, I just

    to accept a mate for Bluebell other than Sparkle!!

    We begged Nalini for Aodhan's or Illum's book, but NOOO!! She's like:

    At least now we have a title and hero's and heroine's name (R&E. Again!). It's not that I don't like them, on the contrary, I love them and I will read everything written from NS, but I would like to read about Sparkle or Bluebell, or even Venom... :/ Guess I have to wait and wait and wait....

    No title yet, no info whose book this is, nothing!

    I feel like this rn:

    But if this happens:

    it would make my waiting bearable! :D

    This series needs some m/m romance, pleaseeeee Nalini, pleaaaseee

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  • Lyndi

    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

    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 'monster fighting' and I'd have liked a little more action.

    d) MOAR SEX PLZ.

    I hate waiting so long for the next book, but as always - it was

    .

    Y'all try not to be assholes between now and the publication of the next book, ya hear?

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    Mar. 2016: Everyone bitching that this is another Raphael and Elena book - you're awful garbage people. You want different characters so badly, write your own pervy fanfiction. Keep saying "Oh no, I'm so upset! I'm so disappointed! How could Nalini do this to us!?" and see how long she keeps writing for obviously unappreciative fans. Assholes.

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    Oct. 2015: It seems everyone is hoping for an Illium and Aodhan book, which I

    get. That would be spectacularly hot. However, if Illium and Aodhan hook up with other people, that means two stories instead of one. And I'm all for

    . Sorry, guys... I'm too greedy to be Team Illidhan or Aolium, whatever.

  • Angela

    We've had two non-Elena/Raphael books since the game-changing battle that happened in 

    . 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 

     things have been relatively quiet, both on the Cascade front, and the Lijuan front, for nearly 2 years. Elena's been

    We've had two non-Elena/Raphael books since the game-changing battle that happened in 

    . 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 

     things have been relatively quiet, both on the Cascade front, and the Lijuan front, for nearly 2 years. Elena's been waiting for the other shoe to drop this entire time. When it does, it comes in the form of a summons to the Cadre.

    I started this book shocked, who dared to think they had the right to 

    the most powerful beings in the world? Apparently the archangel's arrogance is rubbing off on me. The further I delved into the Luminata life and compound the more intrigued I became. This is clearly a sect with a long history, and the search for luminescense - when pure - is a worthy intention. But there are also veins of darkness flowing beneath and within this group. Even before it becomes clear that Elena is somehow connected to the center of what's going on, she makes it her mission to find out why fear permeates the ancient walls of this compound and the nearby city.

    I loved this book for a few reasons, the politics of the Cadre meeting is fascinating to me. I find the politics and manuerving more and more interesting in recent years, and I focus on it in a lot of my reading now. The personalities of each of the ten (or eleven?) archangels, and how they interact with each other, is absolutely captivating. I like learning, and being reminded, that no archangel, indeed no immortal, is likely to have a single facet. They are complex beings with the capacity for both great good and incredible evil. Even when I want to hate them, I find that there's something more to them that I actually respect ... except for those vague few that have crossed a few too many lines for my tastes.

    The other thing that I really loved was delving into Elena's search for more information about her history. With little to go on, she hopes that a trip to a respository of knowledge - as the Luminata is known to keep - will shed some light on who the vampire in her history may be. Or, since they're going to be in Morocco, perhaps some small thread on who her mother's mother was. Elena's familial relationships are all complicated, both with those left living, and the ones that have already left her. It's no surprise to me that she wants to get a better grip on the history of her life in order to try and balance out the known pain and upheaval.

    This is a book that quietly moves the story along, while giving us more depth and understanding of the characters that we already know and love (or hate). There were times when my eyes were wide at the absolute power that the Cadre (or some singular archangels) possesses, the enormity of what they keep in check still shocks me. I really enjoyed so many of the interactions of these powerful beings, and seeing how they interact with others as well. And then there are my favorites.

    every single moment with Aodhan. I have to call this particular one out - though it's far from the only character that I adored in this book. Seeing his progression was a balm to my soul. The way that he's creating bonds and friendships, and becoming more comfortable in them, makes me happy in a way I can't explain. Plus there's so much more going on that I can't wait to see come to fruition - in whatever way Nalini Singh decides to take it.

     isn't as wildly game-changing as some of the previous books in the series, where huge happenings are occurring almost on top of one another, but it's life-changing in a different way. Quietly, though no less drastically. There's a moment to take a breath, before the storms. But I have no doubt the storms are coming. Now, as always, I'm left waiting for the next book in the series. Dare I hope it's a certain someone's?

    Review also available at

    Review to come - I couldn't stop once I started!!

    24 June 2016: This COVER!!!! <3 <3 <3 <3

  • Val ⚓️ ShamelessBitchySKANKY ⚓️ Steamy Reads

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

    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

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

    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 moving that I expected.

    This book had a "side story" feel to it, meaning that it had nothing to do with the over-arching Cascade story line and there was virtually no forward movement in the lives of any of the characters.

    Instead, this story takes place in "Lumia," a place supposedly free from Cadre control, and it centers around some mysteries occurring there, as well as some of the mysteries of Elena's past.

    Two years have passed between this book and the last book and I feel like this book's purpose was to show us how Elena has grown in strength, how Illium has dealt with the previous power surges, and how the Cadre is interacting now that Uram has been gone awhile and Lijuan has seemingly disappeared.

    In essence, this book felt like springboard filler that is meant to get us ready for some serious Cascade movement in the next book.

    I hope.

    Regardless, despite this being a little more...tame then I thought it was going to be, I still enjoyed it; because, as I said, I ADORE Raphael and Elena and reading anything with them as the main focus is going to be enjoyable to me.

    There was also some drama between Illium and Aodhan. And if you have read any of my previous reviews on this series, you already know that I would KILL for those two to get together, despite Singh never having done M/M before.

    All that said, if you love this series and characters as much as I do - and as long as you don't go into this expecting major Cascade events or lots of action - I think you will enjoy this book.

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    That moment when someone from Berkley publishing contacts you and says it was an ERROR that you got denied a Netgalley ARC.

    And then sends you one.

    The amount of happy I am experiencing right now is indescribable.

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    When you get denied the ARC you've been pining for with all your heart.

    LOL

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    Was kind of hoping this would be Bluebell and Sparkle's book...

    But then I remembered I don't care.

    I'll take more Elena and Raphael any day.

  • Maya

    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

    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, there always seems something fishy about them. And I'm always right with my instincts. Yes, before you butcher me, there might be some good folks but I haven't seen them yet, so that's why I don't really like them. That's all! Anyway, back to the story. I have one huge minus for Nalini, what the heck happened to Sparkle and Bluebell!!! We didn't get the final answer!!! So therefore the next book HAS to be about them! Just saying. 'Cause otherwise, what's the point in all that drama and not get closure, huh?! O_o

    Aside from that, there is one huuuuge plot twist about Elena's past or should I say her heritage. I definitely didn't see that one coming. I mean, after all this time to finally get a piece of her history back is amazing and I was so happy for her. And Raphael, where to start, he's just amazing and I want my own real Raphael. I only wished we'd got to see more of him and Elena alone and how their relationship is growing. But I guess Nalini can always write more books about these two *wink wink*

    My only regret is that I've read it so fast and now I have to wait for the next one... But I can always read the Psy-Changeling stories...

  • Aisling Zena

    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 because ev

    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 because even if I found about 80% of the book to be filler(in terms of plot from the previous books) I still read it and quite avidly too. So now I'm in a conundrum about how to review it. If I take this book as a standalone, in a way, within the series it's a fascinating read with new additions in a spectacular setting. But if I see this book in terms of plot continuation and a conclusion regarding Lijuan then I'm disappointed and frustrated.

    The plot is central to Elena and the Luminata. The Luminata is a mysterious sect within the angel society which we had no idea about until this book. They have the duty of calling the Cadre to meet in extreme circumstances. Such as the vampires in Lijuan's territory going crazy and succumbing to bloodlust in her absence. This book picks up two years after the last book. Lijuan is still missing either dead or mostly likely gone to Sleep. The Cadre must decide what is to be done to her territory as the threat of bloodlust will spill over their borders quick if they don't do anything about it. The Luminata call all of the Archangels to meet in their city Lumia, in Morocco to resolve the issue.

    Think of the Luminata as monks in a mountain monastery. And like human monasteries they have a wealth of books and art with the self imposed task of preserving it. The writing and descriptions of Morocco, Lumia and the art were superb and entrancing. But at times it felt that all of the setting was filler. Just filling up the book with information. Some interesting information but information nevertheless. There wasn't really any action throughout most of the book. And that means sexual too. We only got to read about Raphael and Elena doing the rumpy pumpy once in the book. Once!

    So my perverted side wanted more, my action-craving side wanted more and my pragmatic side saw the twist at the end coming. Don't get me wrong, it was a joy to read it simply because of the writing but it was also somewhat disappointing. I guess I was expecting more. And I wont even get into how little we saw of my beloved Bluebell.

  • XxTainaxX

    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

    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 Illium (Bluebell). I know a lot of folks want those two to get together and it would be quite interesting for it to come to fruition. However, there's nothing in this story that indicated that was the direction it's headed. For now, I classify it as a strong bromance. The plot was interesting, though predictable to some degree, after the initial elements were introduced. It added some new players into the mix. I am definitely curious to see the role these additions will play in the ongoing Cascade. I felt a distinct lack of progression when concerning Lijuan and am eager to know what happened to her. I am SO ready for the next installment! Safety: No others for either of our MCs despite the fact that others are openly interested in them. Yes to rape and abuse (not of our heroine/hero).

    ARC received in exchange for an honest review.

    This was me pre-release:

    Is it November yet? I may or may not be this excited to read more Elena and Rafe:


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