Archangel's Blade (Guild Hunter Series #4)

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Trying to discover the identity of a murder victim brings together the vampire Dmitri and a hunter for the Guild, Honor. And as the gruesome murders continue, a lethal sensuality explodes between them.

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Overview

Trying to discover the identity of a murder victim brings together the vampire Dmitri and a hunter for the Guild, Honor. And as the gruesome murders continue, a lethal sensuality explodes between them.

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Editorial Reviews

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In the intensely dark, violent, and romantic fourth Guild Hunter novel (after Archangel's Consort), Singh focuses on the 1,000-year-old vampire Dmitri, lieutenant to the archangel Raphael, and Guild Hunter Honor, still recovering after a rogue vampire kidnapped and tortured her for two months. Assigned by the Guild to work with Dmitri toward solving the strange murder of a young vampire, Honor must confront the conflicting emotions he inspires, which intensify when the investigation bleeds into her past abduction and Dmitri vows revenge on her attackers. Their relationship develops explosively and becomes one of equals despite the centuries of age difference. Singh's vampires, angels, hunters, and archangels engage in global power struggles within a complex larger story that new readers will find challenging. An engrossing narrative, vivid characters, and a well-imagined world mitigate those difficulties, resulting in a heart-pounding and strongly emotional read. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425243916
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/6/2011
  • Series: Guild Hunter Series , #4
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 120,429
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Nalini Singh

Nalini Singh is the New York Times bestselling author of dozens of novels, including the Psy/Changeling series and the Guild Hunter series.

Justine Eyre is a classically trained actress who has narrated over two hundred audiobooks. With a prestigious Audie Award and four AudioFile Earphones Awards under her belt, Justine is multilingual and is known for her great facility with accents. Her recent television credits include Two and a Half Men and Mad Men.

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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted September 7, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    Loved it

    Another great read! Can't wait for future stories of the seven! I enjoyed the Rapheal and Elna make appearances and Ash as well!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2011

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    This is a great entry in a strong series

    Archangel Raphael and Elena are visiting Japan. In his absence his lieutenant the millennium old Dmitri the vampire runs the New York operation.

    The head of a rookie vampire with a strange tattoo is found. Dmitri visits the Hunter Guild asking them to translate the language. Guild Hunter Honor St. Nicholas is the language expert of ancient archaic languages. However, she fears vampires having been held captive and tortured by rogues for two months. Still he admires her grit as she refuses to allow her trepidations to cripple her efforts or ignore her attraction to Dmitri. As their inquiry leads to those who battered her body and soul, Dmitri vows vengeance for what they did to this human he cherishes.

    Dmitri who has been a kick butt (Elena can affirm that) support character in the Archangel saga (see Archangel's Kiss, Archangel's Consort and Archangel's Blade) takes center stage as the co-star and proves he can be an exciting lead male with a female partner. The romantic urban fantasy story line is action-packed but character driven by the pairing of a dangerous vampire and an emotionally injured hunter. This is a great entry in a strong series.

    Harriet Klausner

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2011

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    This series keeps getting better!

    I received an ARC preview of this book and read it in under a day - couldn't put it down!! I loved Dimitri & Honor's story. There was a wonderful symmetry to the whole tale and despite it being rather dark and brutal, it was also very touching and sweet at the same time. It took me a while to get into this series b/c the lead men are soo 'other', but once they grow on ya, they're irresistible. I look forward to the next installment (of not only this series, but also the Psy-Changling series). Basically anything Nalini writes! Check it out!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 7, 2011

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    Dark, Dangerous, and Delicious

    The 4th book in the Guild Hunter's series changes to feature Dmitri, Archangel Raphael's 2nd-in-command at the angel towers. While the 3 previous books were all about Elena and Raphael, I was not scared to see how this 4th book would turn out because I love the entire world and I'm happy she is continuing it. Elena and Raphael contributed to this book in small parts and I was happy to see them.

    Dmitri definitely stole the show. A very dark and dangerous vampire, his history is revealed along with the herioine, Honor who is the perfect counterpart to Dmitri. Even though I have read the previous books multiple times, I completely forgot about how Dmitri chased down Elena in the first book and how very dangerous he is. He was not happy about Raphael and Elena and this book really dives into his history and why that is so. It was a page-turner to see how Raphael met Dmitri and heart-clenching to see why he is the way he is.

    The tension was delicious and those small little peeks where we were taken into his history and the way he interacts with Honor was awesome.

    This book will give you happy sighs as you read through it and keep you up until 2am. I can't say anything better about it. I also can't wait until Bluebell's book! I am torn between wanting more Elena and Raphael... or wanting to see more Dmitri and Honor... but I think I know where Bluebell is being taken and I can't wait to read that story too!

    This book should be on your auto-buy list, have fun reading it!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 1, 2011

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    Highly Recommended - you must check it out!!

    This book is wonderful. The character development is superb and the action keeps your interest from beginning to end. In typical Nalini Singh fashion, she has interwoven a wonderful and unique plot with great romance. I have read all her books and highly recommend her as an author who will never let you down.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2011

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    The Guild Hunter series gets even better!

    With this, the 4th book in the Guild Hunter series but the first which features one of the 7, Raphael's elite protective force of angels and vampires, we get Dmitri's story...and what a story it is. When Dmitri and Illium find the head of a newly made vampire with an unreadable tattoo which may be the only means of both identifying him and providing a motive for his murder, Raphael's second in command decides to bring the Guild - the powerful organization that re-captures runaway vampires - in on the case. Honor St. Nicholas has been hiding out in her studies at the Guild. Months earlier she had been abducted, held and tortured by a group of vampires playing very sick games. For 2 months she had held on to her sanity with tooth and claw until her fellow Guild hunters rescued her. But now she is merely...existing. When Sara, the Guild Director, assigns her to be a consultant to Angel Tower because of her proficiency in ancient languages, she doesn't know if she can survive close contact with vampires...even those who are supposedly good. As always happens in the Guild Hunter series, the reader is drawn into the hunt, solving a mystery, while consumed with wonder at this world of disharmony and violence policed by Angels and vampires. The backstories of both Dmitri and Honor are tragic beyond words,but have honed them to blade-like strength. Dmitri in particular undergoes a transformation in this book. He's never going to be kind, but he does regain some semblance of a soul. This is a hauntingly beautiful love story slightly different from the first 3 entries, but stands equally with them in outstanding quality.
    We get a brief visit with both Elena and Raphael, the stars of the previous 3 books and, I hope and pray, many more. The scenes just cement both Elena's skill as a hunter-born and new Angel and Raphael's coldly majestic power. But the flashbacks of Dmitri's tragic life also show that Raphael can be a loyal friend; and the interactions of all the familiar characters show why this in my favorite paranormal series...my 2nd favorite being Nalini Singh's also powerfully addictive Psy/Changeling series.


    I'm assuming the rest of the 7 will get stories although I'm speculating that most will get novellas rather than full-length books...accept for fan fave Illium - Bluebell definitely rates his own book

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2013

    I've been a fan of the Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh for a

    I've been a fan of the Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh for a long time now and since the books are released with quite a bit of time between them I've been reading the series slowly to lessen the waiting time between books for me. While I was away on vacation with Mr. Turning the Pages I finally had enough time to give Dimitri's book a try.

    I was a little unsure of what to expect from this novel in the series since it veers away from the main characters of Elena and Raphael and instead focuses on Raphael's vampire second who is pretty much like his vice president when it comes to running Manhattan. I didn't really like Dimitri in the previous books so I was surprised to find how much I liked him in this installment in the series.

    Dimitri is one thousand years old, and has turned cold and rather heartless, on top of having had more bed partners than you or I could imagine. However, when a bunch of grisly murders land on the Guild's doorstep it is recently reinstated hunter, Honor who heads the investigation with Dimitri, a vampire just months after she endured torture at the hands of other vampires.

    What begins as nothing but cold detachment on both sides soon leads to chemistry between the two and some rather passionate encounters leaving both breathless and confused. The pace of Archangel's Blade was bang on. I've never had a problem with Nalini Singh's pacing in her writing but this one flowed so well, and so effortlessly, that I really was impressed.

    As always, there was tons of action. There was murder, sex and some graphic scenes where Honor and Dimitri both recount some horrific scenes from their pasts that truly bind them together. Singh created yet another perfect novel in the series and she really does the urban fantasy genre justice with this one. While I was unsure of how I would feel about this in the beginning her ability to create characters that I can like, and respect won out and her writing style really stood out.

    The way that Nalini Singh weaves together stories of those who have had trauma in their lives, action, adventure, fantasy and lots of hot romance together is fantastic and I always enjoy the books in this series. I loved that while Dimitri and Honor were the main characters in this novel I was able to see how the overall story line of the series was progressing as well.

    Overall, Archangel's Blade was a perfect novel for me that had me on the edge of my seat laughing, cringing and rooting for Dimitri and Honor the whole time. I'm very glad that the author decided to write a story featuring the two of them because Dimitri has always seemed so dark and mysterious that even though I didn't care for him much when he was a side character I now know why he is the way he is and understand him and his position in Raphael's team. I am very much looking forward to reading the fifth book in the series as soon as I can.

    I would recommend this to fans who have already started the Guild Hunter series but like I was, nervous about reading a story that drifts away from Elena and Raphael to try this one out. Perhaps it will surprise you like it did me. If you haven't started this series yet, than what are you doing? Get your rear in gear and get the first book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2013

    Can't get enough of this author!

    Can't get enough of this author!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2013

    Did not enjoy this novel as much as others in the series.  Overa

    Did not enjoy this novel as much as others in the series.  Overall it was a fantastic book, both Dimitri and  Honor are fantastic characters.  It was the twist in their relationship that I had a problem with but that is just my dislike for this kind of story line.  I would still recommend this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2013

    Wow...this one is a dud!!

    I was looking forward to reading this and couldn't wait to start it. However, after 200 pages I'm still waiting for the story to get going. I find the heroine to be very weak/poorly developed and Dmitri is more interesting in the previous books than he is in this one. Not sure if I will finish this:(!

    I think the author tried too hard on this one and in the end we got a story that feels forced.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2013

    I like it...

    Ive lost a lot of sleep finishing this book. It was too good to put down. A very good put together story that i could not put down. I cant wait to read the next installment.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2012

    My first Singh novel


    I've never been a sincere follower of the fantasy & paranormal & sci-fi genres. Until recently. A squeamish childhood full of dreams and nightmares had put fear of vampires, werewolves, and any hediously inhuman monster in my heart and psyche. Now, I can easily cope with fantastical creatures, blood, gore, and an author's imagination and my own without turning on every light fixture in the house...not that it would help if these creatures walked the earth. Though, I believe some humans are much worse than despicable and fail to outrank some beings described in novels. Okay...digressing.

    Archangel's Blade sounded intriguing--tortured and vampiric, a dark hero...a strong, but healing huntress...sadistic murder. That in itself drew me in, although, the attributes are not unique to today's writers. But, as I read, I became distanced by interrupts of backflashes (which interrupted intimacy too often), fragmented sentences (hordes, which I had to reread some to understand their gist) and a population of characters (I've not read previous books). All distracting, and catapulted me out of the story.

    Reincarnation is far from my favorite theme and this one wasn't believable or interesting. Honor (I didn't like a significant name without an association or reason) fell to easily for Dmitri, although, he was a sexy something, but all the same the very creature like those that had tortured her and nearly killed her *recently*. The operative word. The scenario had me cringing, no matter how fine, decadent, or suave Dmitri was portrayed. He had centuries to heal...Honor had not.

    Although the story had plenty of blood, gore, suspense, and romance, Archangel's Blade still wasn't the best paranormal I've read, and I'm not sure if I'll try on another Singh novel in this series.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 16, 2011

    Highly recommended

    I have loved every one of these books and have more than a few of them "dog-eared" from re-reading them. She made an awesome world with even better characters

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2014

    Not my favorite

    I looked forward to a book devoted to Dimitri, after enjoying the previous books in the series. Unfortunately the frequent interuption of the narative with flashbacks began to grate on my nerves. Another problem I had was with how quickly the book moved Honor from a brutilized survivor to lover. It just didn't work for me. I saw the ending way before the book ended, and began skimming. The end was just too neat and farfetched.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2014

    Thoroughly enjoyed

    Great read!

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  • Posted June 14, 2013

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    LOVED IT!

    I think this was one of my favs, by far.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2013

    Joseph

    Spots a suspicious person in the crowd and follows him

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    Jesslyn

    She keeps throwing knives. Over and over. Leting her hatred hit the tree.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    Rogue

    Looks around*

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  • Posted February 2, 2013

    A must read!! Great series!!

    A must read!! Great series!!

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