Still reeling from recent battles (Archangel's Prophecy, 2018, etc.), Raphael and Elena must rally their grudging allies to protect New York from an ancient evil, because if their city falls, the rest of the world will follow.
Once again the Archangel Raphael and his consort, Elena, have warded off an attack against them, but this one felt different. A powerful force known as the Cascade tried to force Elena into acting as a vessel for Raphael’s power. While they were able to overcome the challenge, it feels like the experience was a precursor to the rise of something dark and powerful, which the Cascade was trying to prepare Raphael for. Even as Elena is learning to live without wings, she’s discovering another set of inexplicable powers and growing closer to ancient, mysterious allies while Raphael is clearly stronger than ever. But a vanquished archangel has risen, bitter and power-hungry. She’s out to control the world, and she’ll stop at nothing to make it happen, even creating an army of zombielike creatures to help her succeed. Raphael may be one of the most powerful creatures on Earth, but even he can’t confront Lijuan on his own. The question is, even if the Cadre—all the archangels on the planet—come together to fight her, will they be strong enough to stop her? Singh heightens the tension and the stakes of her Guild Hunter series even as she reintroduces a sprawling cast of friends and allies who are determined to keep each other safe and live their lives in peace. If only the world weren’t such a dangerous place. Singh’s worldbuilding and imagination never disappoint, and while the action is often brutal and harrowing, it is always tempered by Raphael and Elena’s profound love and their affection and devotion toward their friends.
Another riveting entry in the Guild Hunter series.