ARCHANGEL'S PROPHECY by Nalini Singh
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ARCHANGEL'S PROPHECY

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Elena—the first human to be made into an angel in memory and consort to a mighty archangel—is failing, and while she, her lover, and their friends race to heal her, they must also stop a serial killer and meet the growing threat from a powerful and mysterious enemy.

Elena has been turned into an angel by her true love: “Raphael had kissed her with ambrosia as she fell, her back broken and the rest of her wounded beyond repair, and now she soared in the sky.” No one knows how long the full "journey from postmortal to immortal" will take, since any records from past angel-Mades have been lost. Suddenly, however, Elena is regressing, and powers she’s come to rely on are receding. Even her wings are disintegrating. Bad timing, since she’s on the hunt for a serial killer who’s attacked her brother-in-law, and the closer she gets to the killer’s identity, the more she realizes she’ll need all the hunting skills she possesses; tracking him while her body is undependable and her other powers are vanishing is daunting. Meanwhile, an odd voice in her head—that seems to be a powerful being communicating with her from some unknown place—is hinting that she’s going to die, sort of; Raphael is developing powers that surprise even him; odd geothermal phenomena are erupting around the world; and an old nemesis is rising, though in ways no one is expecting. Singh takes her remarkable Guild Hunter series (Archangel's Viper, 2017, etc.) in a new direction, threatening Elena and Raphael’s relationship with changes harkened by an ancient sage who chooses to communicate with Elena in her head. Though her prophecies indicate death, the end of the book hints at a more metaphorical interpretation than a literal one and introduces some major changes to look forward to in the next title.

Intense, astonishing, and radiant.

Pub Date: Oct. 30th, 2018
ISBN: 978-0-451-49164-0
Page count: 400pp
Publisher: Berkley
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 2018




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