New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh takes us into a dangerous and exhilarating world where a deadly, beautiful archangel and his once-mortal consort are caught in a fury of twisted darkness…
One of the most vicious archangels in the world has disappeared. No one knows if Lijuan is dead or has chosen to Sleep the long sleep of an immortal. But with her lands falling into chaos under a rising tide of vampiric bloodlust, a mysterious and ancient order of angels known as the Luminata calls the entire Cadre together to discuss the fate of her territory.
Accompanying her archangelic lover Raphael to the Luminata compound, guild hunter-turned-angel Elena senses that all is not as it seems. Secrets echo from within the stone walls of the compound, and the deeper Elena goes, the uglier the darkness. But neither Raphael nor Elena is ready for the brutal truths hidden within—truths that will change everything Elena thinks she knows about who she is…
Nothing will ever be the same again.
This book starts out with the Cascade on pause and Elena and Raphael along with everyone else waiting for the other shoe to drop. And after the Luminata orders the Cadre to show up at their remote location it does. This was the first time that Elena had heard of the Laminata and she was interested to go because they were located near Morocco which was where her maman was from. She wanted to see if she find anything about her mother's history. So off they go.
When they arrive it isn't long before they figure out all is not as it seems with the Luminata and something is up with the head guy. He reacts to Elena strangely and Elena quickly figures out that there used to be woman there that looked remarkably like her. Between that and the way the town nearest the compound reacts when they visit she begins investigating the mystery. And I don't think anyone was prepared for what they found. I want reveal what that is just suffice to say it was life changing for Elena.
I loved this book and I really liked to learn about both Elena and Rafael's past in this story. I give this story 5 stars and was given it via Netgalley for consideration of a review. And I am so looking forward to reading Sparkle's book. Sound like it is going to be very emotional.