Illium and Aodhan. Aodhan and Illium. For centuries they've been inseparable: the best of friends, closer than brothers, companions of the heart. But that was before-before darkness befell Aodhan and shattered him, body, mind, and soul. Now, at long last, Aodhan is healing, but his new-found strength and independence may come at a devastating cost-his relationship with Illium.
As they serve side by side in China, a territory yet marked by the evil of its former archangel, the secret it holds nightmarish beyond imagining, things come to an explosive decision point. Illium and Aodhan must either walk away from the relationship that has defined them-or step forward into a future that promises a bond infinitely precious in the life of an immortal . . . but that demands a terrifying vulnerability from two badly bruised hearts.
Singh's slow-burning 14th Guild Hunter paranormal romance (after Archangel's Sun) focuses on the blossoming love between best friends and fan favorite characters Illium and Aodhan. China is still scarred by the evils of its former archangel, the late Lijuan. When Aodhan heads to China to serve as a potential second to Suyin, the country's new archangel, Illium feels betrayed and abandoned, and the men's friendship is fractured. Now, at Archangel Raphael's instruction, Illium arrives in China to serve alongside Aodhan in transitioning the land to its new leadership. As Suyin takes their court to a new citadel, Illium and Aodhan help with the move. Proximity drives the best friends to confront their long-buried issues while investigating a hunch that Lijuan may still reign from beyond the grave. As the duo track down Lijuan's remaining supporters and begrudgingly work to rebuild their troubled relationship, Singh teases out their will-they-won't-they romance and masterfully balances the love story with the complex paranormal plot. Fans will be delighted. Agent: Nephele Tempest, the Knight Agency.
Weak plot, good love story
Being the last book of the series I expected more. Sometimes is not about the book but about expectations. I thought the plot was weak and the story slow. They could have developed a lot more with the idea. It feels like nothing happens until about half of the book.
The love story is good, the author really captured the complexity of feelings when a relationship changes nature. I just wished that all would have happened with a better plot behind.
Where’s the oomph
I have a very high hope and expectations with this book being its “ bluebell & sparkle book “, what just happen?, I hope this is just a introductory book of the couple and the “ proper one” is on the horizon otherwise what a big let down. Not to mentioned the disrespect of the main characters and the reader too. 14 book and it came to this.