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When the archangel Neha's consort is murdered in the jewel-studded palace that
was his prison her rage threatens to destroy the world. Raphael lends her his
spymaster Jason, but to earn Neha's trust he is forced to swear a blood oath
with her niece Mahiya. Mahiya hides secrets so dangerous she doesn't trust
anyone and is loathe to find herself tied to an enemy spymaster. But Eris's
murderer isn't done yet and Mahiya and Jason must work together to prevent
Neha's court becoming a bloodbath.
This is the fifth book in the Guild
Hunter series (after Angels' Blood, Archangel's Kiss, Archangel's Consort and Archangel's Blade) and the narration switches to Jason, Raphael's midnight-winged
spymaster, while the setting moves to Neha's court in India which gives a host
of new characters to get to know.
The storyline is densely plotted with
several big twists and turns that I didn't see coming. The writing is as
descriptively lush as always, made more prominent by the gorgeous jewel studded
palace. I was worried I'd struggle with the change of location but descriptions
were delicately interwoven with the storyline to create a three dimensional
world. The mystery of the killer soon leads Mahiya and Jason into the twisted
political machinations of an Archangel's court and I was glued to the page
Jason has always been featured as dark and secretive, barely
showing any expressions and playing his cards close to his chest so to see him
thrust together with Mahiya who has secrets of her own was an interesting mix.
Each has their backstories interwoven with the main mystery and I soon came to
like Mahiya for managing to survive a brutual childhood and not become tainted
by it. Their romance develops while honouring each character's background and it
is interesting to see how they relate to each other.
There is a
background story showing Honor and Dmitri's marriage and progressing
relationship. As Jason's story is quite dark overall, these sections work as
moments of lightness showing their love and dedication to one another clearly.
Venom also plays a role when he comes to pay his respects to his creator Neha. I
really like him as a character and I'm hoping he gets to narrate a story in the
All in all, this was a great read and I'm looking forward to the
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