I’m surprised at how much complaining I’ve seen in reviews for this book simply because it’s not about Bluebell and Aodhan. Heck yeah, I want to see that too, but I love Elena and Raphael too. I really enjoyed this book for a lot of reasons. But for the B/A shippers, this book is necessary. It focuses a lot on Aodhan. We get to know him more than we have in all the other books combined. I’m glad Nalini Singh took the time to build up his character here. It will make his book all that much sweeter when it finally gets here.
This book jumps us ahead two years in time. The Cascade has slowed down, allowing Bluebell to heal and our characters to get back to normal. But Lijuan has been missing all that time, and now there needs to be a reckoning. The Luminata, a yet unseen watchdog group of angels, calls the Cadre together to determine if she is dead or in Sleep. If she has left her territory ungoverned, another archangel must take her place.
This weaves all the archangels and their closest circles into the story, which I enjoyed. It’s hard to keep a large cast of characters and several events straight in a long running series, but Singh does such a great job reminding us of who the players are and why we care about them. I liked, especially, spending time with Raphael’s mother and seeing her interact with her son and daughter in law.
Aodhan, obviously, makes the journey. While we don’t learn the particulars of his trauma, we get some bits and pieces about what happened to him after it was over. We see how much he’s healed and how he still has a way to go. His relationship with Elena is great and even though his time with Bluebell is short in this book, their interaction reverberates throughout the story.
The enemy here is on a much smaller scale than the big bads of previous books, but I was ok with that. The book is not as game changing as others. But that allowed Singh more opportunity for backstory and character development. I really enjoyed the focus on Elena and her origins. And I flat out love her with her archangel. Their relationship may not be new, but it’s still full of power, passion, and abiding love.
I didn’t want to put it down, especially in the last several chapters. The ending totally satisfied. And I can’t wait to see where the series goes next, whether it’s Bluebell and Aodhan — or not.
*ARC provided by publisher
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by Nalini Singh
Release Date: November 1, 2016