This book is part of a series and it has both a long running storyline and a storyline that begins and ends in this book. Therefore, it is possible to read this book and enjoy it without having read other books in this series but be aware that events that have happened, are happening and will happen within the entire series storyline will be mentioned and acted upon in this book. I didn’t care. I haven’t read many of the books in this series; I think maybe one. I quickly got wrapped up in the story and didn’t want to put it down. I began to care about the characters. I wondered where this story was going. I was shocked as it twisted and turned. The ending wasn’t anything like I was expecting. The world that was developed was complex and with rules. I didn’t always understand them but as long as I went along with them, the book worked. The love between Raphael and Elena was shown throughout the story. It was just a good book. The biggest problem I had with it is I want to know what happens next and I want to know what happened before. I think this is a case of I’m going to be buying a bunch of books because this one story drew me into a world that I just have to know more about. Therefore, reader beware, you may fall in love with more than just this book. You may fall in love with the world in which it is set.
Raphael has been summoned to a meeting of all the ruling archangels. This is a very rare thing and no archangel would dare to not come. Raphael will be able to take his consort and one other so Elena will be going with him. While there, she hopes to be able to find some clues to her family’s past. But, the Luminata compound isn’t what anyone expected and there is something secretive going on. Is it something the archangels should be concerned about?
One of the most vicious archangels in the world has disappeared. No one knows if Lijuan is dead or has chosen to Sleep the long sleep of an immortal. But with her lands falling into chaos under a rising tide of vampiric bloodlust, a mysterious and ancient order of angels known as the Luminata calls the entire Cadre together to discuss the fate of her territory.
Accompanying her archangelic lover Raphael to the Luminata compound, guild hunter-turned-angel Elena senses that all is not as it seems. Secrets echo from within the stone walls of the compound, and the deeper Elena goes, the uglier the darkness. But neither Raphael nor Elena is ready for the brutal truths hidden within—truths that will change everything Elena thinks she knows about who she is…
Nothing will ever be the same again.