ARC Review and Interview: Archangel’s Shadow By Nalini Singh

October 15, 2014     Danielle Romero     4stars, ARC, interview, reviews

ARC Review and Interview: Archangel’s Shadow By Nalini SinghArchangel's Shadow Published by Penguin on October 28, 2014
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Return to New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s sensual and painfully beautiful Guild Hunter world in her new novel of sacrifice, loyalty, and the choices of love that can shatter the heart.

In the wake of a brutal war, the archangel Raphael and his hunter consort, Elena, are dealing with the treacherously shifting tides of archangelic politics and the people of a battered but not broken city. The last thing their city needs is more death, especially a death that bears the eerie signature of an insane enemy archangel who cannot—should not—be walking the streets.

This hunt must be undertaken with stealth and without alerting their people. It must be handled by those who can become shadows themselves…

Ash is a gifted tracker and a woman cursed with the ability to sense the secrets of anyone she touches. But there’s one man she knows all too well without a single instant of skin contact: Janvier, the dangerously sexy Cajun vampire who has fascinated and infuriated her for years. Now, as they track down a merciless killer, their cat-and-mouse game of flirtation and provocatio

my thoughts

I have been waiting for Janvier and Ashwini’s story for what feels like f-o-r-e-v-e-r and Nalini Singh definitely delivered. The story was well worth the wait. We catch our first glimpse of Janvier and Ash in Angel’s pawn and with just that little glimpse, these two catch our hearts, how could they not?! Janvier is a sexy cajun and he sure knows how to smooth talk his way out of any situation.

In Archangel’s Shadow, Ash and Janvier are on the hunt for those responsible for the horrific death of a young woman found in a dumpster, discarded as though she were nothing but trash. In the wake of war though, the two have to conduct their investigation under the radar of the population. The city is still healing and the way in which the woman’s body was found can lead to all sorts of disturbing thoughts and fears in the city as it has signs of Lijuan written all over it. We still get a good look at Elena and Raphael, along with Dmitri and Honor but the majority of the story focuses on Ash and Janvier. 

Archangel’s Shadow has a healthy dose of action that had me on the edge of my seat. I was constantly wondering what was going to happen next and Ash and Janvier’s chemistry is explosive to say the least. I found myself eagerly turning each page, waiting for them to work things out. Ash has a secret, a really big one that very well may prevent these two from their happily ever after and I was biting my nails and holding my hand over my heart as I awaited the reveal of their fates with one another.

There are certainly several ups and downs in this installment in the Guild Hunter series and many twists and turns that leave the reader wondering if they’ll get to read the happily ever after story that they’re aching for. Archangel’s Shadow is sure to satisfy your cravings while leaving you wanting more. Nalini Singh’s books are a happy addition of mine and after reading this one, I cannot wait for the next. I hope it’s about Naasir..or Illium, ahh I can’t decide I want them both!

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AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR

Hey Everyone, I want to welcome Nalini Singh here at Coffee and Characters. She’s decided to stop by for a bit and share some tidbits with us. I’m very excited to have her!

So Nalini, where did you get your inspiration for Ash and Janvier’s story?

Ash and Janvier first appeared in Angels’ Pawn and Angels’ Blood, at the start of the series. From the beginning, they were very strong and unique characters who had a fun/sexy/antagonistic relationship with one another. I loved them both right off and as the series continued, I got to know them more and more, until I had to know everything!!

What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) you faced in bringing Ash and Janvier’s story to life?

One major thing I had to research for Archangel’s Shadows was the Cajun language. Janvier is proud of his culture and he speaks fluent Cajun. I wanted to make sure I got any words or phrases I used dead right, as well as the cadence of the language. 

I ended up talking to Cajun speakers, listening to recordings online (for the cadence and rhythm), and doing research via Cajun language websites. If there are any mistakes, they’re mine, but I truly hope I did Janvier’s heritage and his language justice.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I am a storyteller – I tell stories rather than use those stories to deliver a message. If there is a message in any of my books, it’s because that message is an organic part of the story.

 What are your expectations for the book?

I hope that I’ve told a story that readers will love, and that will give them joy. That’s always my goal with every book I write.

 After reading Archangel’s Shadow, I’m eager to see more about the Guild Hunter series cast. In book 8, who’s story will unfold?

I have a very good idea about book 8, but I’m not ready to talk about it yet – I don’t want to disappoint anyone if things end up going in a different direction once I start to sketch out the story. I also like to give my subconscious time to quietly think about things for a while. So give me a few more months.

Can you share a little of your current project work with us?

I am currently working on Psy-Changeling #14, which is Aden’s book. Aden is the leader of the Arrow squad – the assassins and covert operatives who live in the shadows, even as they protect the rest of the population from serial killers and other terrible threats. But the world is changing and Aden is determined that his men and women should have a better existence than to be consigned to the edges of society. His heroine is just as strong as Aden, just as dangerous, and their relationship is different from any other I’ve written. It’s a powerful, heart-wrenching romance that will demand everything from both of them.

I’m also editing the third book in my contemporary Rock Kiss series. This features Charlotte and Gabriel – Gabriel (who Charlotte has named T-Rex), is Charlotte’s boss and an ex-rugby player, and their relationship is witty, funny, and sexy. It makes me grin just thinking about it.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

As I mentioned, I learned about the Cajun language in depth. But I also always feel my writing improves with every book I write, so that learning continues from book to book. 

Thank you so much Nalini for stopping by. I cannot wait to check out your Rock Kiss series and I’m especially eager for Psy-Changeling Book #14

Thanks for the interview! 

 

about the author

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I’ve been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There’s no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.

I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated every month).

So far, I’ve worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer’s mill. Visit Nalini’s Website for more info.