Review: Archangel's Storm by Nalini Singh
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.
In ARCHANGEL’S STORM, Raphael—archangel of New York—sends his spymaster Jason to the archangel Neha’s territory. Neha’s husband has been murdered and Raphael offers his assistance in finding those responsible by sending Jason to investigate. Raphael also wants to make sure that he’s got eyes on Neha to make sure she doesn’t go batsh*t crazy like another archangel who shall not be named.
Since archangels are a ruthless, secretive bunch, Neha demands that Jason swear a blood vow not to reveal any secrets uncovered in her territory. Raphael refuses to allow him to give Neha the vow because he knows Neha would like nothing more than to woo Jason to her side since he is the best spymaster in the world. Raphael and Neha come to an agreement that Jason will give a blood vow to Neha’s niece, Mahiya.
I gotta tell you, Jason is a hard nut to crack. Even knowing his brutal past, Jason keeps everything close to the vest, especially when he starts having some unfamiliar feelings for the princess. I really liked Mahiya’s character. She was a sweet, loving angel that refused to devolve into something cruel and uncaring. Neha has treated Mahiya horribly over the years because she represents a grave injustice done to the archangel and all Mahiya wants is to be free to live a life of peace.
I thought the couple was paired beautifully: Jason, someone who has closed himself off from all forms of emotion and Mahiya, who yearns to give love and be loved in return. You’d think with a pairing like this that Mahiya would be a doormat but it’s not like that at all. She has a quiet strength and spine of steel. Mahiya doesn’t need to be cruel in order to be powerful and I am looking forward to watching her character blossom throughout the series.
The romance was slow in building and definitely took a back seat to the mystery of uncovering the murderer(s) but the romance was no less powerful for it.
I love anything Nalini Singh writes and I would recommend any of her books.