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