Archangel’s Sun by Nalini Singh is book 13 in her Guild Hunter series. After the decimating war against the Archangel of Death and the Archangel of Disease, the remaining heavenly hosts and their vampire allies are struggling to rebuild and heal the nations only to realize that a much deadlier scourge is growing in the heart of the African territory controlled by the Archangel Titus. Skilled yet brusque, Titus is stretched thin in his effort to clear and secure the combat zones. When he is told he is being sent assistance in the form of Sharine, better known as The Hummingbird, an ancient and enigmatic gift to the angelic world, he is less than thrilled at the prospect of a fragile and broken angel under his protection. Little does he realize that even though Sharine has spent years healing from her fractured mind, she is anything but fragile and broken, and will be the one to complete him and help restore their broken world.
Nalini Singh is a master craftsperson when it comes to the creation and construction of stories that check every box in a list of what makes a great book. The premise of her tales are always interesting; with a compelling plot and fascinating characters that defy stereotypes because of her beautiful style of writing. She is a wordsmith who paints vivid pictures that capture your imagination and who creates authentic dynamics between characters that engage your emotions as their relationships develop. Even paranormal angelic beings take on a human like quality under Nalini’s penmanship.
While Archangel’s Sun is part of a series it can easily be read as a stand alone. This is the first novel in The Guild Hunter series that I have read and I had no problem piecing together the events leading up to it. Even though there is a continuation of the global dynamics, the story of Titus and Sharine is unique to this book and is introduced and built accordingly. I have had the pleasure of reading Nalini’s contemporary fiction works and am a big fan. I believe it says something about an author who can write great stories across multiple genres (you need to read all of her books!!). I am definitely intrigued by The Guild Hunter series and plan on going back and reading the rest of the books.