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Archangel's Enigma

by Nalini Singh

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loved so much

loved Naasir and Andromeda's story found it magical, sweet and oh so romantic, the way there relationship developed and grew you could really feel the love and affection between Naasir and his Andy. It was also great catching up with his everyone else in this world a great addition to an amazing series can't wait till the next installment. ( )
  carpathian1974 | Jun 6, 2017 |
Another great addition to this amazing series. I was so anxious for Naasir's story and this totally made up for the long wait. The sexual tension throughout the book just kept things more interesting and it kept growing almost until we exploded right along with Naasir and Andromeda.

The story development is astonishing, on the point that Nalini Singh can keep an almost perfect canon, without forgetting important passages or facts that happened on previous books. Amazing. ( )
  msralways | Apr 20, 2017 |
Archangel's Enigma
3.5 Stars

Recovering from injuries sustained in her battle with Raphael, Lijuan plots to murder any who might oppose her including Alexander, the former Archangel of Persia. Upon learning of her plans, Raphael dispatches Naasir, the most feral of his Seven, to locate the Sleeping Ancient with the aid of Andromeda, a young angelic historian with ties to the darker members of the angel world. As the two race against time to save Alexander, they must also cope with their increasing fascination with each other.

While the developments in the overall story arc compelling, especially with regard to the events prophesized in the prologue, Naasir and Andromeda's romance falls rather flat.

Naasir is supposedly hundreds of years old, however, his speech patterns are very childlike. Consequently, it is difficult to view him as an adult and even more so as a lover. Andromeda is a sweet and likeable heroine, but her characterization lacks originality. She is too similar to Jessamy and Mahiya - seemingly placid and mild, but ferocious when cornered.

The romance is problematic due to the fact that there is no real conflict either internal or external to their relationship. They fall in love almost immediately after their first encounter and any issues that arise are resolved easily with very little effort or angst.

In contrast, the twists and turns of Lijuan's machinations are much more exciting. She is a truly malevolent being who epitomizes the adage that absolute power corrupts absolutely. She has no empathy or mercy or humanity in her and physical deterioration reflects her moral devolution.

The events of the Cascade are growing in strength and it will be interesting to see what happens next: Are the Archangel's aligning for some epic showdown? Will more of the Ancients be awakening? Wil the rest of the Seven (Illium, Aodahn and Venom) meet their matches?

Exciting times ahead! ( )
  Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
The hero is truly one of a kind. Not only is he a marvel of nature with unmatched strength and speed, he possesses such innocence and openness despite his long years and dangerous abilities. Saved all those years ago by the archangel's blade, he was raised and trained to be of Raphael's Seven- a title he holds proudly. But he's so much more than a warrior. The powerful being is counted as a friend, and his fellow angels and vampires are his family. He is known and welcomed by almost all of the angelic world because he is without lies. And it's time, he feels, to find his mate. When Raphael hears word that the archangel of China lives and as plans to murder a sleepy ancient, he sends the hero to retrieve a scholar whom may known the resting place of the ancient. The hero finds the beautiful woman pleasing in all ways. She is strong with her sword, trained well and able to protect herself in all ways which s something he prizes in his woman. She is also extremely intelligent and resourceful. But what he finds most important is the fact that she truly sees him as he is. She knows his soul, understands him completely from almost their first encounter. He's really quite easy to decipher. He has no mask, no deceit about him. He is entirely open with a frankness that is endearing. But her time is not her own. Growing up under the oppressive rule of an archangel, she knows that in 15 days, she'll be summoned back to spend the next 500 years in service to the monster. And as much as she longs desperately for a life with the hero, she fears she'll never receive that chance. But she can use whatever time she has with him wisely, cherishing him while he is hers. And she can stop the monstrously the archangel of china is planning. Kidnapped by her soldiers, the heroine finds herself in a scene of decay and horrors until the hero comes for her. They escape and start the journey to warn the slumbering ancient. As they travel, the hero makes it clear that he wants her as his mate but the way her parents live, the evil they participate in has made the heroine hide away her sexuality. She vows to never become a slave to her basic needs, much to the hero's amusing frustration. In desperate and to shield herself she her growing feelings for the captivating man, she makes a bargain with him to give herself to him if he finds the mysterious book she's longed for, knowing that it can never be found. He agrees. As the story goes on and she grows more and more attached to her companion, she offers to break the vow but the hero refuses. He grumbles and he bemoans the stupid book but he refuses to allow her to lose her honor. So, after the battle with the angels is over, he seeks out her book. Nothing in the world could ever take her from him and he won't rest until she belongs to him body and soul. Well, I can safely say this author has done it again with yet another stellar novel. Time and time again and without fail, she's delivered knock outs. This was so amazing that I'm having trouble expressing how much I loved it, and that's definitely a sign of a winner when you're left speechless at the end of it. This hero will always hold a special place in my heart I think. There truly has never been another character like him. The balance of innocence and lethal killer was magic and paired with his playful personality and magnetism created a engaging character that resonated throughout the story. The heroine was something special as well and together the chemistry between them lit the book on fire. 100 % awesome. ( )
  Eden00 | May 14, 2016 |
The fight with Lijuan continues, only this time she is seeking a sleeping ancient instead of our beloved Archangel Raphael. Raphael tasks his best tracker Naasir to find where Alexander sleeps before Lijuan and kill the ancient, and to assist on journey will be the angel Andromeda, a scholar who studies the ancients.

Once Naasir was introduced, he quickly became my favorite of the series. We finally find out exactly what this semi-vampire is! His simplistic view on the world is a result of his animal nature, and it was utterly beguiling. I loved the way he played with his friends, and talked about his mate. The narrator did a fabulous job with his character and accent as well. As Naasir has been hunting his mate for the past seven months since the last book, he doesn't immediately desire to go on this hunt with Andromeda. However once he meets her and takes his first whiff, he can't wait to bite! There is a problem however - Andromeda has taken a vow of celibacy which cannot be broken unless Naasir can find a "stupid grimoire book."

Andromeda has been working as a scholar at the refuge with Jessame. However she has just received word that she has to begin serving 500 years in her grandfather's court within the next couple of weeks. So this hunt with Naasir is her last hurrah before she endures a half-millennium of servitude and punishment. Andromeda is a little scared of Naasir, not really because of his feral nature, but because of the way he makes her feel. While I liked Andi's character, she was upstaged so much by Naasir that I didn't focus on her that much.

I have a feeling Bluebell's book is up soon, and I can't wait to read about the fun-loving Illium. 5 stars / 3 flames. ( )
  Bambi_Unbridled | Mar 19, 2016 |
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Naasir is the most feral of the powerful group of vampires and angels known as the Seven, his loyalty pledged to the Archangel Raphael. When rumors surface of a plot to murder the former Archangel of Persia, now lost in the Sleep of the Ancients, Naasir is dispatched to find him. For only he possesses the tracking skills required - those more common to predatory animals than to man.

Enlisted to accompany Naasir, Andromeda, a young angelic scholar with dangerous secrets is fascinated by his nature - at once playful and brilliant, sensual and brutal. As they race to find the Sleeping archangel before it's too late, Naasir will force her to question all she knows...and tempt her to walk into the magnificent, feral darkness of his world. But first they must survive an enemy vicious enough to shatter the greatest taboo of the angelic race and plunge the world into a screaming nightmare...
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