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This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
by Nalini Singh
Released: November 1st 2016
Series: Guild Hunter #9
Published by Berkley
“While I love Elena and Raphael, I was looking forward to really progressing more into the politics of the world and maybe even learning more about some of the other characters.”
~ Under the Covers
Nalini Singh has returned to Raphael and Elena in the ninth book of the Guild Hunter series. In this Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance hybrid, readers are once again submerged into a world where war is brewing. It seems like the archangels are gearing up for something big and doom seems like it’s only a few days away.
A lot of this book is about Elena and her past. We get a whole lot of backstory, especially concerning her mother. I liked this insight into Elena’s character as I think it further develops her. But there’s also quite a bit of time spent deepening the romance between her and Raphael. Quite a lot of the pages, especially in the beginning, is just Elena and Raphael telling/showing each other how much they love each other. That’s nice. I mean, I’m all for the romance but I was also hoping for more. While I love Elena and Raphael, I was looking forward to really progressing more into the politics of the world and maybe even learning more about some of the other characters.
I felt like we were stalled a lot in this book. Pages and pages were filled about the past whereas I was ready to move on. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the book quite a lot. I am just ready to have other characters get their stories told, namely an angel who I’ve been obsessed with since the beginning. I don’t know if I would be happy with another Raphael and Elena book if Singh were to do one. Especially after this book, I feel like we’ve covered everything there is to cover about them. I want new characters and new stories instead of filler to extend the series.
Nevertheless, some interesting advancements were made in this book. I just hope we have new narrators who will be able to continue the story.
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