Also by this author: Silver Silence, Ocean Light
Also in this series: Archangel's Prophecy, Archangel's War
Series: Guild Hunter #13
Published by Berkley on November 24, 2020
Tropes: Angels, Vampires
Source: Netgalley, Berkley
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Narrator: Justine Eyre
Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
The Archangel of Death and the Archangel of Disease may be gone but their legacy of evil lives on—especially in Africa, where the shambling, rotting creatures called the reborn have gained a glimmer of vicious intelligence.
It is up to Titus, archangel of this vast continent, to stop the reborn from spreading across the world. Titus can’t do it alone, but of the surviving powerful angels and archangels, large numbers are wounded, while the rest are fighting a surge of murderous vampires.
There is no one left…but the Hummingbird. Old, powerful, her mind long a broken kaleidoscope. Now, she must stand at Titus’s side against a tide of death upon a discovery more chilling than any other. For the Archangel of Disease has left them one last terrible gift…
You know who’s dependable? Nalini Singh, that’s who. Not gonna lie, I was a little worried about The Hummingbird being the heroine of a book in this series. Her being so broken and just, I don’t know, retreating from her own life and living in her own small world made me a little nervous. Yes, we saw major improvement in ARCHANGEL’S WAR but that didn’t make her heroine material. Boy, was I wrong.
With Sharine the author gives us a heroine with the kindest heart and a steely will that is so up to par with all the others. Her transition from the untouchable, ethereal Hummingbird to a woman who stood up for herself was so utterly satisfying. Her ability to see beyond Titus’s “in-the-face” personality, his brash, loud demeanor and arrogant swagger and recognize his beautiful, caring heart after the rocky road in the beginning was my favorite thing.
This man, this archangel, he kept surprising her with the depth of his heart.
Titus was awesome and a just, compassionate, kind ruler of his continent. His surprise when he saw that the famous and revered Hummingbird was actually an opinionated, outspoken woman brought on the hilarity. And that was what was most surprising to me – how often these two made me smile and laugh. They had such a natural connection, it was heartwarming and delightful to watch these strong, powerful people fall for each other.
Did nothing terrify her?
“Are you certain you’re not still insane?”
In truth, he was sure that she’d never actually lost her sanity—she’d just lost herself for a period.
Sharine’s relationship with all her sons, natural and adopted, her care for Illium, Aodhan and Raphael was a thing of beauty. She made no difference between them. She loved them with her whole being.
The plot follows the aftermath of the war we saw in the last book and the cleanup and termination of the remaining nests of reborns. The story doesn’t have as much action as the last books, BUT it’s not boring and after the heartbreak of the last installment we deserve a breather. I think Nalini Singh did a beautiful job preparing us for the next part of this journey by giving us a book that focuses on the love of two very likable characters. Now, I have no idea where the story takes us next but I can’t wait to find out!
Fire in her eyes, oh such brilliant fire. It scalded him. And it made him hunger to burn himself in it.