This is a tough one to rate for me, partially because it ends on a cliffhanger. I'm not a fan of cliffhangers at all, and this one was a bit of a doozy.
Archangel's Prophecy is also a book you cannot just pick up. There's threads upon threads and I'd suggest going through the previous books beforehand for a better reading experience. There's a lot going on and whereas I see that Nalini Singh is creating an incredibly faceted world, this is the book where I felt myself bemoaning the pace of forward movement. I want to know how Bluebell is going to do. I need to know how Sparkle is going to heal. I really need to know what everything is leading up to and a lot of Prophecy felt like the greater picture was being delayed in favor of dealing with Other Things. Granted, since it's Nalini Singh, most of the Other Things have crucial roles in the greater story, but.
Other than that, it's Raphael and Elena - what's not to love? As much as I whimpered over things not unveiling as fast as I wanted them to do, I loved seeing how the various relationships that build up the Tower and its Sire and Consort bloomed and evolved. There's a sweetness to the series even as things get really grim because there's a heavy netting of sanctuary holding everything in place. The cliffhanger kind of shook that faith, but I have every hope that it's all going to be okay.
I cannot wait for the next book. Cannot wait. And since the pattern is a Raphael and Elena book followed by one that is of the Seven, it looks like I'll be holding my breath for a bit. Worth every moment, however.
Return to New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh's darkly passionate Guild Hunter world, where human-turned-angel Elena Deveraux, consort to Archangel Raphael, is thrust center stage into an eons-old prophecy...
Midnight and dawn, Elena's wings are unique among angelkind--and now they are failing. The first mortal to be turned into an immortal in angelic memory, she's regressing. Becoming more and more human. Easier to hurt. Easier to kill.
Elena and Raphael must unearth the reason for the regression before Elena falls out of the sky. Yet even as they fight a furious battle for Elena's very survival, violent forces are gathering across the world. In China, the Archangel Favashi is showing the first signs of madness. In New York, a mysterious sinkhole filled with lava swallows a man whole. In Africa, torrential monsoon rains flood rolling deserts. And in Elena's mind, a haunting voice whispers that isn't her own.
This time, survival may not be possible...not even for the consort of an archangel.