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Friday, May 27, 2016

REVIEW: "Archangel's Consort" by Nalini Singh


Archangel's Consort  (Guild Hunter, #3)
(Guild Hunter #3)

Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Berkley -- January 25, 2011
Ebook, 377 pages
Read in April 2016
Purchased

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RATING: 4.25 STARS

SUMMARY
Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux and her lover, the lethally beautiful archangel Raphael, have returned home to New York only to face an uncompromising new evil…

A vampire has attacked a girls’ school—the assault one of sheer, vicious madness—and it is only the first act. Rampant bloodlust takes vampire after vampire, threatening to make the streets run with blood. Then Raphael himself begins to show signs of an uncontrolled rage, as inexplicable storms darken the city skyline and the earth itself shudders. The omens are suddenly terrifyingly clear.

An ancient and malevolent immortal is rising. The violent winds whisper her name: Caliane. She has returned to reclaim her son, Raphael. Only one thing stands in her way: Elena, the consort who must be destroyed…


THEMES AND TROPES
Alternate Universe, Alpha Hero, Kick-Ass Heroine, Established Couple

MY THOUGHTS 
Warning!  This review contains minor spoilers for earlier books in the Guild Hunter series.

Archangel's Consort is book three in the creative and dark Guild Hunter series which takes place in an alternate universe where angels rule a world that is also inhabited by vampires and humans.  Elena Deveraux is a powerful vampire hunter who becomes the first human known to be Made into an angel and this book shows what happens when she returns to New York and becomes quite a sensation.  Her homecoming is complicated by a series of events that signal something ancient is awakening and she must try to figure out a plan with her archangel lover, Raphael.

Elena and Raphael are two of the most interesting characters I've read about in a paranormal series.  She is in an interesting position as she transitions to life as an immortal while also retaining her vampire hunter skills.  I love that she continues to work with Guild since that is such a key part of her personality.  There is also an interesting look at what it is like to be newly immortal in this world.  Elena is difficult to kill, but she is still young and unskilled when it comes to most of the other angels.  She is not used to being considered so weak among her peers and that causes some intriguing confrontations.

Raphael, for his part, is like the king of alpha heroes.  He is not warm and fuzzy even around his beloved Elena.  I don't usually have a thing for super-alphas, but his determination and ruthlessness has wormed its way into my heart.  What makes him stand out among other alphas is that his position in the world is firmly established and the author makes sure readers understand why he has to act the way that he does.

They are a fascinating couple because of their strong personalities and stubbornness.  But, there is something that happens when they are together that enhances both of them.  Elena has found someone who cares for every aspect of her though she does chaff at being overprotected.  I think Raphael's reaction to the relationship is the most interesting because he is used to being so strong all the time that he is still awkward about letting someone see him at his weakest.  But, Elena provides him with a safe place to be someone other than the ruler of North America and that is not something he is willing to give up.

I also enjoyed the way that Nalini Singh utilizes the large cast of characters she is developing in this world.  Readers continue to learn more about (and fall in love with) Raphael's Seven, a group of vampires and angels who are his main advisers and friends.  My particular favorite of these guys is the beautiful, but powerful Ilium (aka Bluebell).  All of the Seven have intriguing back stories and I look forward to seeing them in their own books.  Readers also get to see some fun scenes with Elena and her fellow Guild Hunters.  Sara, Ashwini, and Ransom are just as intriguing as Raphael's Seven and I love every moment I get to spend with them.

I continue to be blown away by the creativity that Nalini Singh shows with this series.  The world is fully realized and has rules that are strictly followed.  The relationship between angels, vampires, and humans is complicated and Elena's transition has thrown things for a loop.  I appreciate the way that the violence of this world is used to showcase the power struggles and the importance of pure trust/friendship.  This series is addicting and I can't to read more!


FAVORITE QUOTE
For the first time in forever, he was stunned to silence. Not by her words, but by the tenderness in her hands, the worry in her eyes. He was an archangel. He’d been wounded far, far worse and shrugged it off. But then, there had been no woman with sun kissed by the sunset and eyes of storm gray to tear into him for daring to get himself hurt.
READING CHALLENGES
2016 Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy Reading Challenge
2016 Spooks, Howls, and Fangs Reading Challenge

BOOKS IN THE SERIES

Angels' Blood (Guild Hunter, #1) Archangel's Kiss (Guild Hunter, #2) Archangel's Consort  (Guild Hunter, #3) Archangel's Blade (Guild Hunter, #4) Archangel's Storm (Guild Hunter, #5) Archangel's Legion (Guild Hunter, #6) Archangel's Shadows (Guild Hunter, #7) Archangel's Enigma (Guild Hunter, #8)

1 comment:

  1. I agree with how Singh has handled this series. She is such a great talent in the writing world!! I really liked this one, such a fun book to read.

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