FIRST IN THE GUILD HUNTER SERIES!
Nalini Singh introduces readers to a world of beauty and bloodlust, where angels hold sway over vampires.
Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux is hired by the dangerously beautiful Archangel Raphael. But this time, it’s not a wayward vamp she has to track. It’s an archangel gone bad.
The job will put Elena in the midst of a killing spree like no other—and pull her to the razor’s edge of passion. Even if the hunt doesn’t destroy her, succumbing to Raphael’s seductive touch just may. For when archangels play, mortals break.
About the Author
Nalini Singh is passionate about writing. Though she’s traveled as far afield as the deserts of China and the temples of Japan, it is the journey of the imagination that fascinates her the most. She’s beyond delighted to be able to follow her dream as a writer.
Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand. For contact details and to find out more about the Psy-Changeling series, please visit her website.
Read an Excerpt
Elena’s instincts were screaming at her to grab the knife in her boot, do some damage and get the hell out, but she forced herself to stay in place. The truth was, she wouldn’t make it more than two feet before Raphael broke every single bone in her body.
It was exactly what he’d done to a vampire who’d thought to betray him.
That vampire had been found in the centre of Times Square. He’d still been alive. And he’d still been trying to scream—“No! Raphael, no!” But his voice had been a rasp by then, his jaw hanging on by stringlike tendons, his flesh missing in places.
Elena—out of the country on a hunt—had seen the news footage after the event. She knew the vamp had lain there in agony for three hours before being picked up by a pair of angels. Everyone in New York, hell, everyone in the country, had known he was there, but no one had dared help him, not with Raphael’s mark blazing on his forehead. The archangel had wanted the punishment witnessed, wanted to remind people of who and what he was. It had worked. Now the mere mention of his name evoked visceral fear.
But Elena wouldn’t crawl, not for anyone. It was a choice she’d made the night her father had told her to get on her knees and beg, and maybe, maybe, he’d accept her back into the family.
“You should have a care,” Raphael said into the unnatural silence.
She didn’t collapse in relief—the air continued to hang heavy with the promise of menace. “I don’t like to play games.”
“Learn.” He settled back in his chair. “You will live a very short life if you expect only honesty.”
Sensing the danger had passed—for now—she unclenched her fingers with an effort of will. The force of the blood rushing back into them was painful in its extremity. “I didn’t say I expected honesty. People lie. Vampires lie. Even—” She caught herself.
“Surely you’re not going to practice discretion now?” The amusement was back but it was tempered with an edge that stroked like a razor across her skin.
She looked into that perfect face and knew she’d never met a more deadly being in her life. If she displeased him, Raphael would kill her as easily as she might swat a fly. She’d be smart to remember that, no matter how the knowledge infuriated her. “You said I had to do a test?”
His wings moved slightly at that instant, drawing her attention. They truly were beautiful and she couldn’t help but covet them. To be able to fly…what an amazing gift.
Raphael’s eyes shifted to look at something over her left shoulder. “Less a test than an experiment.”
She didn’t twist around, had no need to. “There’s a vampire behind me.”
“Are you sure?” His expression remained unchanged.
She fought the urge to turn. “Yes.”
He nodded. “Look.”
Wondering which was worse—having her back to an enigmatic and highly unpredictable archangel, or to an unknown vampire—she hesitated. In the end, her curiosity won out. There was a distinctly satisfied expression on Raphael’s face and she wanted to know what had put it there.
Shifting, she turned sideways with her whole body, the position allowing her to keep Raphael in her peripheral vision. Then she looked at the two…creatures who stood behind her. “Jesus.”
“You may go.” Raphael’s voice was a command that awakened absolute terror in the eyes of the one who looked vaguely human. The other scuttled away like the animal it was.
She watched them leave through the glass door and swallowed. “How old was…” She couldn’t call that thing a vampire. Neither had it been human.
“Erik was Made yesterday.”
“I didn’t know they could walk at that age.” It was an attempt to sound professional though she was creeped out to her toes.
“He had a little help.” Raphael’s tone made it clear that that was all the answer she was going to get. “Bernal is…a fraction older.”
She reached for the juice she’d rejected earlier and took a drink, trying to wash away the stink that had seeped into her pores. The older vamps didn’t have that ick factor. They—except for the unusual ones like the doorvamp—simply smelled of vampire, like she smelled human. But the very young ones, they had a certain rotten-cabbage/putrid flesh smell that she always had to scrub three times over to get rid of. It was why she’d begun collecting the body washes and perfumes. After her initial contact with one of the newly Made, she’d thought she’d never get the smell out of her head.
“I didn’t think a hunter would be so disturbed at the sight of the just Made.” Raphael’s face appeared oddly shadowed, until she realized he’d raised his wings slightly.
Wondering if that implied focus or anger, she put down the glass. “I’m not, not really.” True enough now that that first, instinctive flash of disgust had passed. “It’s the smell…like a coating of fur on your tongue. No matter how hard you scrape, you can’t get it off.”
She shivered and looked around the table for something else to take the edge off. When he pushed a cut grapefruit in her direction, she dug into it with relish. “Uh-huh.” The citrus fruit’s acidic juices dampened the reek a little. At least enough that she could think.
“If I asked you to track Erik, could you?”
She shivered at the memory of those almost-dead/not-quite-alive eyes. No wonder people believed those stories about vampires being the walking dead. “No. I think he’s too young.”
“What about Bernal?”
“He’s on the bottom floor of the building right now.” The barely-Made vampire’s odor was so noxious, it permeated the building. “In the lobby.”
Golden tipped wings spread to shadow the table as Raphael put his hands together in a slow clap. “Well done, Elena. Well, done.”
She looked up from the grapefruit, belatedly aware she’d just proven how good she was when she should’ve flubbed it and gotten out of this, whatever “this” was. Shit. But at least he’d given her some idea of the job. “Do you want me to track a rogue?”
He rose from his chair in a sudden, liquid movement. “Wait a moment.”
She watched, transfixed, as he walked to the edge of the roof. He was a being of such incredible splendor that simply seeing him move made her heart squeeze. It didn’t matter that she knew it was a mirage, that he was as deadly as the filleting knife she carried strapped to her thigh. No one, not even she, could deny that Raphael the Archangel was a man made to be admired. To be worshipped.
That utterly wrong thought snapped her out of her dazed state. Pushing back her chair, she stared hard at his back. Had he been messing with her head? Right then, he turned and she met the agonizing blue of his eyes. For a second, she thought he was answering her question. Then he looked away…and walked off the roof.
She jumped up. Only to sit back down, blush reddening her cheeks, when he winged upward to meet an angel she hadn’t seen until that moment. Michaela. The female equivalent of Raphael, her beauty so intense that Elena could feel the force of it even from this distance. She had the startling realization that she was looking at a mid-air meeting between two archangels.
“Sara’s never going to believe this.” She forgot the stench of young vampire for the moment, her attention hijacked. She’d seen photos of Michaela, but they came nowhere close to the reality of her.
The other archangel had skin the color of the most exquisite, fine milk-chocolate and a shining fall of hair that cascaded to her waist in a wild mass. Her body was quintessentially female, slender and curvy at the same time, her wings a delicate bronze that shimmered against the richness of her skin. Her face… “Wow.” Even from this distance, Michaela’s face was perfection given form. Elena fancied she could see her eyes—a bright, impossible green—but knew she had to be imagining it. They were too far away.
It made little difference. The female archangel had a face that would not only stop traffic, it would cause a few pileups in the process.
Elena frowned. Despite her appreciation for Michaela’s looks, she was having no trouble thinking straight. Which meant the damn arrogant blue-eyed bastard had been fucking with her mind. He wanted her to worship him? They’d see about that.
No one, not even an archangel, was going to turn her into a puppet.
As if he’d heard her, Raphael said something to his fellow archangel and winged back down to the roof. His landing was a lot more showy this time. She was sure he paused to display the pattern on the inside surface of his wings. It was as if a brush dipped in gold had started at the top edge of each wing and then stroked downward, fading to white as it neared the bottom. In spite of her fury, she had to face the truth: If the devil—or an archangel—came to her and offered her wings, she might just sell him her soul.
But the angels didn’t Make other angels. They only made blood-drinking vampires. Where angels came from, no one knew. Elena guessed they were born to angelic parents…though, come to think of it, she’d never actually seen a baby angel.
Her thoughts derailed again as she watched the fluid grace of Raphael’s walk, so seductive…so perfect.
Standing up, she sent her chair crashing to the tiles. “Get. Out. Of. My. Head!”
Raphael came to a standstill. “Do you intend to use that knife?” His words were ice. She felt blood scent the air and realized it was her own.
Looking down, she found her hand clenching on the blade of the knife she’d drawn instinctively from the sheath at her ankle. She’d never have made such a mistake. He was forcing her to hurt herself, showing her she was nothing but a toy for him to play with. Instead of fighting, she squeezed harder. “If you want me to do a job for you, fine. But I won’t be manipulated.”
His eyes flicked over the blood seeping from her fist. He didn’t have to say anything.
“You might be able to control me,” she said, in response to the silent mockery on his face, “but if that would’ve gotten the job done, you’d have never gone through the farce of hiring me. You need me, Elena Deveraux, not one of your little vampire flunkies.”
Her hand unclenched in a violent spasm as he made her release the blade. It fell to the ground with a thud cushioned to softness by the blood that had pooled below. She didn’t move, didn’t attempt to stem the flow.
And when Raphael walked to stand less than a foot from her, she stood her ground.
“So, you think you have me over a barrel?” The sky was a seamless blue but Elena felt storm winds whip her hair completely out of its coil.
“No.” She let his scent—clean, bright, of the sea—settle over the lingering coat of vampire on her tongue. “I’m ready to walk away without a backward look, return the deposit you paid the Guild.”
“That,” he said, picking up a napkin and wrapping it around her hand, “is not an option.”
Startled by the unexpected act, she closed her hand to help slow the bleeding. “Why not?”
“I want you to do this,” he responded, as if that was reason enough. And for an archangel, it was.
“What’s the job? Retrieval?”
Relief began to wash through her like the rain she could feel so close. But no, it was his scent, that fresh bite of water. “All I need to start with, is something the vampire wore recently. If you have a general location, even better. If not, I’ll get the Guild’s computer geniuses on tracking public transport and bank records etcetera, while I hunt on the ground.” Her mind was already at work, considering and discarding options.
“You mistake me, Elena. It’s not a vampire I want you to find.”
That halted her in her tracks. “You’re looking for a human? Well, I can do it but I really don’t have any advantage over a good private investigator.”
Not vampire. Not human. That left…“An angel?” she whispered. “No.”
“No,” he agreed and, once again, she felt the cool brush of relief. It lasted until he said, “An archangel.”
Elena stared at him. “You’re joking.”
His cheekbones stood out starkly against the sun-kissed smoothness of his skin. “No. The Cadre of Ten does not joke.”
Her stomach curdled at the reference to the Cadre—if Raphael was any example of their lethal power, she never wanted to meet that august body. “Why are you tracking an archangel?”
“That, you do not need to know.” His tone was final. “What you do need to know is that if you succeed in finding him, you’ll be rewarded with more money than you can hope to spend in your lifetime.”
Elena glanced at the bloodstained napkin. “And if I fail?”
“Don’t fail, Elena.” His eyes were mild but his smile, it spoke of things better not said aloud. “You intrigue me—I’d hate to have to punish you.”
Her mind flashed to that image of the vampire in Times Square, that broken mess that had once been a person…Raphael’s definition of punishment.
Excerpted from "Angels' Blood"
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I think this book got to me so badly because, like Elena, I've always wanted to fly. There's nothing wrong with a gorgeous guy . . . with wings, even if he can control your mind. The publishing company did this story a disservice by focusing on the 'vampire hunter' part of this story because pop culture is inundated with vampire hunter references that are in no way related to Elena's career choice. My pet peeve with most paranormal romance is that the characters 'get together' too quickly. There's too much love at first sight. I like that Singh keeps her characters apart for most of the book. Even though the sexual attraction is there, and, oh baby, is it there, it takes some coming to grips on both parts before they mindlessly fall into bed together and, even then, they both know its lust. I don't want to give away the ending, so its up to you to find out if it continues to be lust or finally becomes something more. Trust me. you'll want to read more to find out.
I have read all of Nalini Singh's books and this series is just the best as I've always been intrigued by angels. It has a story that will keep you entertained for hours.
Elena Deveraux is a born vampire hunter. She's been hired by the Archangel Raphael to search for another Archangel, who's turn into a killer. Elena doesn't know if she'll make it out alive, because she's got a smart mouth and is making everyone angry from Raphael's head vampire to Raphael himself. I have to be honest, I really don't like trying out new series, by authors I don't know. But I'll have to eat my words about this one. I started it with a crappy mood and ended up loving every minute I was reading. In fact, I couldn't but the book down. I have to admit every time I was stopped at a red light I was reading the book. Elena was a great heroine and Raphael was a great hero. If you're into Urban Fantasy this is a book you might try.
This is the first book I have read from this author and I was NOT disappointed. I couldn't put it down and I intermediately had to go out and get the second book. Natlini creates a very intriguing world of angels, vampire and hunters. This book has just the right mix of mystery, adventure and a love story to end all love stories. If you are into paranormal romances, this is definitely a book you need to add to the must read pile.
This book adds Angels and Archangels into the mix creating a society and hierarchy that stand completely independently of the stories that surround it. This book is anything but typical. It seems like everyone is looking for the next great vampire novel, only to find that the stories and plots become repetitive. This novel is unlike any vampire novel that I have read and the angels create a new and intriguing character structure that compliments the vampire tale and stands alone from it. The main character, Elena, is strong, independent, and in general a very likeable character. She is by no means a damsel in distress. She is human with the skills of a vampire hunter, which she was born with. Kicked out of her family because of these abilities, Elena relies on herself, creates her own havens and fights her own battles. Raphael, is an Archangel. He is powerful, strong, beautiful arrogant and at times insanely harsh and cruel. Together they hunt for a rogue Archangel that Raphael alone cannot seem to locate. My one complaint about the characters would be that I would have loved to see more banter between Elena and Raphael. Sometimes within hating each other, two people can begin to admire each other, and be drawn to each other. But that initially chemistry and excitement is lacking in the beginning. They become jealous over each other and protective, but the build to those feelings never truly seem justified. Yes Raphael is Archangel beautiful, but it is obvious that it will take more than that to appeal to Elena. And Elena is strong, and warrior powerful, but there just has to be something else that makes her stand out from all the other warrior women and angels that have and could appeal to Raphael. So when the two are finally drawn together, the reader feels it is not as passionate as it could have been. Mind you, Elena and Raphael are still very intriguing characters, and readers will love and hate Raphael as they are supposed to. What I'm talking about would have simply filled in gaps and made their bond seem that much stronger. As for the storyline, the mix of Angels, vampires, humans, and hunters is handled very well. I am easily able to accept the perimeters of this alternate New York City, where Angels hover around a building in the center of the city, adding a dark, gothic and fantastical feeling to the city I know so well. In fact, the Angels are a welcome edition to the New York skyline and fit seamlessly with the society. I see how Angels would be needed to rule and govern, to help maintain and enforce the peace, even if it is cruel at times. The hunt for the rogue angel is dangerous and exciting, and the secrets of Angels slowly become uncovered as Elena hunts her prey. Nalini Singh has to be one of the most visual writers I've read. Her colors and descriptions are beautiful, clear and breathtaking. From the details of Angel's wings, to the darkness of the city, to the cruelty of bruised and battered bodies, Singh puts her images into the reader's mind. We see what the characters see, we feel what the feel, smell what they smell, hear what they hear.
When I received an advance copy of this book, I was quite excited because I really enjoy Nalini Singh's Psy/Changeling books. I was not disappointed. This book introduces a new world, and adds a surprising and unique twist to angels and vampires. The angels are most definitely not the on the side of "good," and the vampires are not your typical blood-sucking monsters. Into this world, the author places the female protagonist, Elena, a guild hunter who hunts rogue vampires for their masters, the angels. Raphael, an archangel, hires Elena to hunt a rogue angel. Elena is an engaging and fabulous character who is easy to like. She has courage, strength, wit and curiosity. There is enough mystery surrounding her to keep the reader guessing, and I like the fact that the author did not explain every thought that came into Elena's head and did not give the reader Elena's entire background. The reader has to apply her own imagination. The archangel, Raphael, is not your typical hero. In fact, I would call him an anti-hero. He is a dark and sometimes violent character who is not necessarily easy to like. That said, I liked him anyway because he is very interesting character with a lot of depth and an interesting history. The author manages to humanize a character who is definitely not human. The interaction between Elena and Raphael is engaging, fast paced and sexy. Their relationship is dangerous. From the very beginning, their romantic relationship has a dark edge, which I personally like quite a bit, and which I think makes the book much more interesting. Even though the romantic relationship between Elena and Raphael was the one of the primary themes, it was not the only theme. Elena's job as a guild hunter is a major part of the book, and she spends a lot of time hunting down a rogue angel. (Some of the action and murder scenes are pretty graphic, and not for the faint-of-heart.) The book is full of action. Elena's relationships with her friends and guild are also a prominent part of the book, and it was nice to see a real female friendship that doesn't just seem like "filler." I really enjoyed this book, and would highly recommend it. Just keep in mind it is not a romance book, but is really an urban fantasy book which contains a romantic storyline.
Awesome Female Lead Character in Elena!! This book about a vampire hunter and an archangel had the best lead character's I've read about in awhile. Elena is strong, self-confident in her abilites, and yet vulnerable from past tragedy. Raphael is quite the Alpha male but in such a way that's not off-putting or misogynistic. They balance each other perfectly and the only thing I could even question is that Elena falls harder and faster for Raphael than you would think her personality would allow. However with the description of his character and having read the rest of the series you just can't blame her. I HIGHLY recommend this book for anybody looking for something that isn't the same old vampire story.
The angels in this book are not your grandmother's angels! I found the origins of vampires in this book to be very interesting. I found myself wrapped up in the drama and caring about the characters. I look forward to reading more from this author. This book was a very positive first experience with her work!
Angels have always intrigued me. That was one of the major motivators for me to pick up this book. Not only that, but i fell in love with this author while reading her Psy-changeling series. The sexual tension between the main characters in this book is intoxicating. I found myself very intersted in the storyline from the beginning because it is very unique and creative, but became hooked when Archangel, Raphael, was introduced. Loving an angel has never been so bad! He is arrogant, intelligent, and sexy. What better combination of traits in a man! Nalini Singh as outdone herself again! This book will have you in the store ready to purchase #2. Not only because it is sexy, but the author has given us a different spin on vampires that I haven't read anywhere else.
Just finished reading an advanced copy of ANGELS BLOOD, by Nalini Singh. From the very first page it grabs hold with its refreshing new twist on Angels ruling Vampires. A very interesting action packed storyline that will keep you reading long into the night. A romamtic page turner that sizzles.
Now I can say right off the mark that there was nothing I didn't like about the Guild Hunter series. It was interesting from start to finish. I have to say tend to get all fangirly for a bad boy alpha and Raphael has all of this in spades. Not to mention I love a heroine who can take care of herself and kick some serious a$$, and if Elena can't do that then I don't know who can. I am writing this after reading the entire series to date. I love the whole series, but Elena and Raphael hold a special place in my heart. Their books are my fav in the series so far, though I am really looking forward to reading about Illium, Aodhan and of course Jason. Nalini just has a way with her writing that sweeps you away and puts your right beside the characters. You can see what is going on as clear as if it were really happening. I love how she presented Raphael at the beginning of the book. You could tell he was a very commanding Archangel. He is used to getting his way, and people doing what he has told them to do. It makes it all the better when Elena throws him off balance. She really does make him more human. It was interesting to watch him go from being the angel to being something more. I loved seeing the transition from one to another. It didn't happen instantly, and even with him changing he still keeps the parts that make me love him so much. I was swooning over his possessiveness with Elena, made it feel more real that she was more to him than some casual fling. Elena is a torture hunter. She had some serious bad crap happen to her during her childhood that would break many people. Though what happened was bad I did like that Nalini kept adding those moments where the past would collide with the present. It added more flavour to Elena, that she was not just some super guild hunter doing her everyday thing. I felt sympathy for her and was obsessed with finding out what had happened to her to cause such emotional and mental anguish. If your looking for tortured characters this series is your taste of angel dust. Very addictive, with its own special blend. Dmitri, now here is a man that if sex on a stick existed he would be it. I loved the havoc he created, even when he was punished for it. The man could make any woman crawl to him. He just oozes sex, of course his scent would make him even more of a treat. But deep down there is more to him than what he shows on the surface. Nalini's characters have a common bond and yet they are all very different. I do see similarities but I think that is a glue that holds them all together. I was impressed with the loyalty of the Seven to Raphael. Though they were loyal to him, they would protect him from even himself. Even if it cost them their lives. Here is true loyalty. They all seem to have their own code of honor, and are dangerous when crossed. They make a dark seductive crew of alpha males that will have women swooning at their feet. But to me, they are a Family. As I said I really enjoyed reading this series and I am more than looking forward to reading the next book. Now if I could just push the next 3 months into moving faster, I would. Nalini is such an amazing writer, she has a way about story telling that entraps the reader and has them begging for more. She is a true asset to her profession and I hope for many more books written by her. In other words (and as corny as this sounds) Nalini Singh described in one word. Pro!
If you like plot with your romance (but make no mistake, it's a romance), more lust and sexual tension than actual love scenes, and don't mind dark and graphic violence, this one should knock your socks off.
Fast pace - impossible to put down
I have fallen for Elena ! I can't wait for more !
Read from February 23 to 29, 2012Read for Fun!Challenges: Audiobook, TBR, and Read for Fun!Overall Rating: 4.50Story Rating: 4.50Character Rating: 4.50Audio Rating: 3.75 (This doesn't play into overall rating)First Thought when Finished: As I said on Twitter "Dang it all to Heck but now I feel the need to read these back to back".What I Loved: I am going to say it--I may be in denial (Amanda I may need to change my answer) about not liking Angel based Romance series. I have actually read quite a few in the last year that I really loved and this is no exception. Seriously, I shouldn't have loved this book--first it is more of a UF than a PNR and it is about Angels. However, I totally loved it despite both of things. I loved that the UF part is more like J. Frost type (a couple together) and the Angel part was just Fan-FREAKING-tastic world building. LOVED LOVED LOVED it!What I Liked: I am really liking getting to know all the characters (there are a quite a few) in little bits and pieces. Though I already have a slight crush on Jason so I want to know more!What made me go huh?: Nothing really since I think my one little hangup is dealt with in book 2.Audio Review: Narrated by Justine Eyre, this wasn't my favorite audiobook but it wasn't bad either. It just felt a little rushed at times while she was reading. That is sometimes not the narrator but a time constraint.Final Thought: I highly recommend this book to anyone who isn't in denial (and even if you are) about loving Angel based books :)
This was my first book by Nalini Singh, but it wasn't my last. After reading this book I got online and ordered all of the books in her other series.I really liked the world that Singh created with this novel. It is definitely a concept I haven't read before. I love when someone comes out with a new way to portray angels and vampires. I didn't just love the book for its world though. The author did a great job creating compelling characters.I don't usually enjoy stories featuring controlling ultra-powerful men, but it really worked for Raphael's character. I actually loved the fact that he was so powerful and removed from humanity that Elena had to struggle to get him to respect her. It really would have been hard to believe if he was a nice caring guy given his position and age.There were some things in this book that were brought up but not resolved. It bothered me until I went to the author's website and discovered that there are more books featuring these two still to come.I really liked the way that the author introduced the angels as something beautiful and innocent but then slowly exposed the corruption and danger that is present in their ranks. I thought it was very well done.I liked the dynamic shown between Elena and her Guild Hunter group and between Raphael and his Seven. I'm interested in learning more about both groups.I appreciated we got to see Raphael acting cold and harsh instead of just being told about it happening in the past. I wouldn't have liked his character quite so much if he turned to sweetness and light after he met Elena. Truthfully, I like him because he is dark.After the surprising event that happened at the end of the book I'm dying to read the next book. I can't wait to see what happens next!
The writing here isn't the best and the dialog is often awkward and forced, but this book is not great literature, it's chick-porn, and as chick-porn, it's a very enjoyable read. I lost some time to it because I just didn't want to put it down until I'd finished it, and I've already pre-ordered the sequel.
Before Resuming this book, I'd like to introduce you to the world it takes place in. The world is lead by a group of Archangels, each ruling their own areas. They are known by everyone, and they are creating vampires, also known figures. Vampires are Angels minions, and after being turned they have to serve for centuries before being free. But sometimes some vampires are rebellious, and that's when Elena Deveraux step into the action.Elena is a born-hunter. She was born with the ability to smell and track vampires, so Angels and Archangels hires her to recover their wayward vampires and drag em back home. Only this time, Raphael, Archangel of New York, hired her to track another archangel who embraced the dark side. I hope you are ready for action and one epic chase because this is what you'll find in that book.Think angels are fluffy innocent beings preaching peace and forgiveness? Guess again. Angels are powerful, single-minded and remorseless. They will get rid of anything stepping in there way, and the live of a single human spawn means absolutely nothing.Elena is a stubborn, big-mouth and reckless woman while Raphael is seductive, powerful, vindicating and control freak archangel. As you can guess, that's one explosive combination - figuratively and literally.They spend most of the book fighting each other while trying to achieve a common goal, and it's a very interesting relationship. Elena is hunted by nightmares of her past, on the other hand, Raphael's past is so long he isn't sure there's any humanity left within himself.While most of the book is filled with sexual reference and sexual tension, there's only one real sex scene, and honestly that's the way I like it. I enjoy sex in a book, but with moderation and that's what Nalini gave us in that book. The book was in no way weighted down by the sexual aspect of the story, so kudos to the author.The end is was very powerful and very surprising, plan to read the last 100 or so pages all at once 'cause you won't be able to put the book down. It's intense, heart-stopping and heart-breaking. I definitely recommend this book, I can't wait to put my hands on the next installment.
I have seen a lot praise for Nalini Singh's writing, so naturally I wanted give her a try. Angels' Blood was my first exposure to her work and I was not disappointed. I'm just sorry I haven't started reading Ms. Singh's novels sooner. You can bet I'll be diving into her Psy-Changeling series this year.Angels¿ Blood captured my attention from the beginning and didn't let go of it until the very last page, it was that good. Nalini Singh is such a wonderful story teller whose characters have personalities that came to life for me. This story was a very fast paced, satisfying read on every level. There was just the right amount of romance and mystery mixed in with tense, dark moments that had me on the edge of my seat several times. How could you not be effected by a gutsy heroine who's job is to hunt down a crazed archangel while trying to not to fall for another extremely dangerous one, who she's rightfully scared of and attracted to? What about a world where humans indenture themselves as servants for a 100 years in exchange for near immortality by being made into vampires by angels? Or an existence where archangels rule nations around the world who are known as the Cadre of Ten? Intriguing, isn't?Yes, I'm definitely reading Archangel's Kiss when it releases.I would recommend Angels' Blood to any and all readers who enjoy their urban fantasy mixed in with some sizzling romance. As a matter of fact, I'd say it's a must read!
Angels Blood by Nalini Singh is a must read for all paranormal-romance readers and fans of urban fantasy. I found this book tightly written- I wasn't shaking my head at any plot holes. For those of you that need a lot of romance in your novels, I don't know if this is the place for you. There IS romance, but I felt that there was more urban fantasy than romance... not an even blend. This makes me happy, I don't mind the love story being on the back burner. The hunt was intense.Angels Blood is the first in a new series- The Guild Hunter Novels. I haven't read anything else by Singh, but I'm definitely adding the Psy-Changeling series to my TBR list after reading this one. So, our heroine is born a vampire-hunter. She has a special talent... a nose like a dog. She tracks her victims by scent. That's right, Elena is a badass with a hardcore past that she needs to come to terms with. Who would have guessed?The day has come when Elena must accept the toughest challenge she has been offered to date. Yep, she's been hired by THE archangel of New York himself- Raphael. But there is a twist- she won't be tracking a vampire this time. Nope, she's been hired to track another archangel... the bloodiest, craziest archangel currently living. One of the most powerful archangels has decided to go mad and go on a killing spree. Can Elena come out of this hunt with her body and heart still intact?And before I forget to throw this out there- this book would be 5 stars for me if the first 10-12 chapters weren't so blah. I found it hard to get into Elena and Raphael at first... separately and as a couple. Instead I found myself enthralled with a secondary character- Illium. I'm really craving a book that's all about this sexy blue winged angel. This isn't a bad thing- it just shows how riveting and lovely the supporting characters are. Dimitri too, a very very old vampire. Loved him. Ah, and all the wittily written novel after about chapter 12 made up for the lack of enthusiasm I had for the first chapters. I was engulfed in Elena's hunt. This author can express passion and emotions very well in her writings. I felt like the two main characters were a mystery to me and I don't completely understand them- yet I knew exactly how they felt. I felt my heart tense with the characters, I was nervous, excited, frustrated and scared with them too. I have a feeling this is going to be one of my favorite series.Once again, I feel like I say this in every review of a new series- the book only suffered in the first half because the author had to create a whole new atmosphere for us to divulge into. She did a damn good job at it too! I not only divulged- I plummeted into Elena & Raphael's little world. ...Now I'm ready to plummet into Illium's world. (I'm seriously praying this happens!) Well, I guess I will check out the Psy-Changeling's while I wait for Archangel's Kiss come February!!Oh, and I have to give credit to @bellie7 for this one! She sent it to me and told me it was a must read- well, she was right! READ THIS!
Two Minute Review for ¿Angels¿ Blood¿ by Nalini SinghElena Deveraux is a Vampire Hunter. More accurately she hunts down vampires who escape their owners and returns them. Here vampires are contracted to the Angel that made them for 100 years. However Angels are not the wonderful "watch over you as you live keeping you safe" kind. These are dangerous, lethal and have motives that may not be quite human. The archangel Raphael has hired Elena for a special hunt. If she does find the killer, will she survive Raphael. I love the urban grit and feel of this book. It creates great visual pictures for me. It is not just a romance, there is also action and adventure. I will search for more of this author.
I loved this book so much, I went out for the sequel immediately after finishing the last page. This is exactly the kind of book I've been craving -- and, for the most part, not finding. It's edgy, it's sexy, it's filled with nonstop action and extraordinary characters. I can't believe I've never tried this author before. Talk about wasted time. Fans of Lilith Saintcrow and Ilona Andrews -- do not miss this one.
This is has a promise exciting new series, im really looking forward to the next book
In Singh's alternate universe, Archangels rule the world and are the creatures who create vampires. In return, the vamps have to serve the angel for 100 years. Some vampires however, object and go on the run, killing and causing mayhem. Enter the Hunters, who go after these renagades. Elena is hunter born and is considered the best hunter in New York. When an archangel goes bad, she is called in by the Archangel of New York. Strong and fierce, Elena is no match for the sexy angel who has hired her.I really liked this book. It took a bit for me to get into it, but once I got the world she was building it was great. This is the first in a series.
The pecking order: Archangels, angels, vampires, humans. Ten archangels rule territories around the world keeping the vampires in line and think very little of humans. The vampires are made by the archangels and are contracted for their first 100 years to serve a master as they fully gain control.Elena, a human, is a born hunter working for the Guild. They are hired by the vampire masters to hunt down and return the vampires that have run away, and often destroy humans in their feeding frenzy.Archangel Raphael is in control of North America. He hires Elena, against her wishes, to track down the Archangel Uram, whose age and wish for more power has caused him to turn into a super vampire and a twisted killer. The archangels are for the most part beings to be feared but Elena doesn¿t like to stand down for anyone and draws more of Raphael¿s interest. She doesn¿t want to be his next sex pet, but is incredibly turned on by him. The story contains sexual tension and an element of romance, but the hunt for Uram is a much larger part of the book.I enjoyed the fact that the story is unique but had a difficult time relating to Elena and what she was experiencing. I normally feel a connection with the female lead, but not this time. The story was unique enough to hold my interest and I'd like to see what happens in the next one.The big bad in this story is taken care of, but a new one has emerged which will be tackled in the next book, Angel¿s Kiss, Apparently the series follows Elena and Raphael.