Singh, Nalini. Archangel’s Enigma. , 2015. Print. ISBN-13: 9780425251263.
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Naasir is the only one of his kind; not human, angel, or vampire, but something…else. Something feral. Naasir has decided that after 600 years of life, he’s finally ready to find his mate. He doesn’t know who or what she is, but he knows he’ll know her when he meets her. So he goes off hunting. After seven months of fruitless searching, he still hasn’t found her. Now there is a plot to kill an archangel, and Naasir is sent to locate the archangel to protect him. But even though Naasir is a peerless tracker, he’ll need the help of a Andromeda, a scholar, to find the archangel, who has been hidden for centuries. Andromeda is fascinated by Naasir, but refuses to engage with his playful nature, for Andromeda has secrets that prevent her from forming such a relationship with him. Now Naasir not only has to find the missing archangel, he has to protect Andromeda from enemies, AND discover her secrets so he can persuade her to be his mate.
Singh has crafted another excellent addition to her Guild Hunter series, though the clear standout in this book is Naasir! We’ve been tantalized for years with what kind of creature Naasir is, and he does not disappoint. HIs co-star, Andromeda, fails to quite live up to Naasir’s own level of awesome, but makes for a satisfying partner for him, nonetheless. The plot is fast-faced and broad-reaching, showing us much more of the world than we usually see in one book by spanning several continents. The one complaint I have is that the “barrier” Naasir and Andromeda have to overcome in order to be together felt very contrived and unrealistic. It was also under-developed and under-explained, making it feel very silly. But other than that little thing, the book is a satisfying and thrilling addition to a wonderful series. As always, Singh’s world-building is peerless.
I love Naasir.
Naasir has to be one of my new favorite characters of Nalini Singh, after reading Archangel’s Enigma. He is just too adorable. He is 600+ years old, yet his character reads as somewhat innocent and sweet. He’s also very playful and fun-loving, which made him so fun to read about. The book starts off with him hunting for his mysterious mate. He’s sure he’ll know who she is because “she’ll smell like a mate should smell.” After 7 months he’s perplexed and vaguely annoyed that his mate is “hiding from him.” Every time he thinks about her hiding from him made me laugh out loud. Someone asks him what he’ll do if his mate is annoyed with him for making her wait so long, maybe she is older than him and he took 600+ years to be ready for her. He is stumped, not having considered that possibility. I fell completely in love with Naasir at 7% into the book, when I read this quote… (Naasir is thinking about what his mate will be like, though he hasn’t met her yet)…
Sigh. So loveable. Ok, so you get it about Naasir, right? He’s adorable and bada$$. And we finally get to find out #whatisnaasir !! The mystery is solved in this book! But I won’t spoil it for you, of course.
Unfortunately Andromeda doesn’t really compare to Naasir, she wasn’t as interesting to me. She didn’t really annoy me or anything, but she didn’t feel as well-drawn a character as Naasir was. I enjoyed their interactions together though! The plot has good action, and for fans of the series, it moves the overall story arc along. Interestingly we get to see perspectives from within Liuan’s court and followers, one of which is particularly interesting. I’m wondering if we are going to be getting more from him in the future, and I kind of hope so. We get very few snippets from characters other than Naasir and Andromeda in this book, so don’t expect to see too much from the New York crew, but we do get a bit from Elena, Raphael, Illium and Aoden. We get a couple of major scenes and events with Bluebell, so his fans will be happy to see that. It appears that he may be slated to get his own book soon!
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Check out the rest of the Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh
You also may enjoy:
- Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling series (don’s judge on older covers, books are very modern but covers look old fashioned)
- Thea Harrison’s Elder Races
- Kresley Cole’s Immortal’s After Dark
- Or for YA, maybe Susan Ee’s Penryn & the End of Days series
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About the Author:
Nalini Singh is a NYT bestselling author. Learn more about Nalini Singh and her books on her website.
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Book cover image: Courtesy of Amazon.com
Kelsey Bogan. 2015. All rights reserved.