Archangel's Blade (Guild Hunter Series #4)

Archangel's Blade (Guild Hunter Series #4)

by Nalini Singh

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425243916
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/06/2011
Series: Guild Hunter Series , #4
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 83,442
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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.

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Archangel's Blade 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 291 reviews.
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
Another great read! Can't wait for future stories of the seven! I enjoyed the Rapheal and Elna make appearances and Ash as well!
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
DudeRanchWoman More than 1 year ago
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!
KristiBug More than 1 year ago
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!
romancemistress More than 1 year ago
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
TurningThePagesBlog More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't get enough of this author!
nclingan More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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arthistorychick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bloody Hell! Nalini Singh¿s Archangel series just keeps getting better and better with each addition. Archangel¿s Blade is the fourth full-length novel in this series and is the first that doesn¿t focus almost exclusively on Elena and Raphael. Archangel¿s Blade is the story of Dmitri, and man is it a good one.I feel pretty safe in saying that most readers have, to this point, likely found Dmitri to be totally creepy, seriously lethal, absolutely intriguing, and disturbingly sexy. None of these qualities change in this novel but we are given a glimpse into Dmitri¿s world and particularly his past that helps the reader better understand his personality. Dmitri¿s past spans a bit more than a thousand years and to say that that past is bloody is putting it mildly. We learn that Dmitri honed his skills as a warrior as a result of his abuse at the hands of Isis; he carries a torch for his long-dead wife, Ingrede; and his loyalty to Raphael runs deeper than anyone ever suspected.And then there is Honor St. Nicholas, the totally damaged Guild Hunter whose first mission following her abduction and abuse at the hands of a gang of demented vampires is with Dmitri. Man, did she draw the short straw, or what? The problem however is much more complicated than simply dealing with Dmitri¿s vampirism. The larger issues are: 1) Honor is still flashing back to her time in captivity which makes her a bit twitchy and somewhat lethal; 2) she and Dmitri are trying to track down a sadistic killer who is taunting Dmitri with memories from his past and; 3) that both Dmitri and Honor are ridiculously attracted to one another.Here¿s what I liked about this book: freakin¿ everything!! Once again, the plot not only unfolds but deepens leaving the reader with a ton of questions about what¿s going to come next. And we know there is going to be a next. The characters, all of them not just Dmitri and Honor, evolve as the story goes on but remain true to their basic natures ¿ an absolute strength for this series. As for the secondary characters, well, Singh once again manages to dangle just enough information to make the reader crave more. For example, there¿s Venom who is still remarkably creepy but evidently has a soft spot for Sorrow (nee Holly), Illium is still dangerously far too interested in humans, and Ashwini has become a more prominent player. With all this being said, Singh doesn¿t ignore the older more established characters like Elena and Raphael; they are still very much a part of this series even when they are not center stage. Singh¿s willingness to move established and beloved characters like Elena and Raphael to a secondary position is a risk but one that she makes work each and every time. As a dedicated reader of this series I find the risk to be worth it as it allows more time and pages for the development of other characters.Bottom line: Singh changed my mind about Dmitri; I always thought he was a dangerously sexy but didn¿t really care for his attitude. After this book, I¿m good with Dmitri and looking forward to seeing how his character will further evolve in future novels. As for Honor, she has nowhere to go but up and with Dmitri at her side, they may be damn near unstoppable as a team. The long-term plot line has far-reaching possibilities and has yet to become even remotely close to stale. I have yet to feel frustrated or cranky over an Archangel novel¿s ending because I know, without doubt, that Singh is going to trot out something equally as good within the next year.
Bendingthespine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I¿m a huge Nalini Singh fan and I love the Guild Hunter series. But to be honest I was worried when I found out the series was changing direction from being completely focused around Elena and Raphael. Then the cover was released and I didn¿t like it near as much as the past in the series. I was starting to get really scared that this was going to be the first Singh book I didn¿t like. Archangel¿s Blade Is all about Dmitri (Raphael¿s second) the first book that focuses on one of Raphael¿s seven. I am extremely happy to say I was wrong. I loved Archangel¿s Blade!With everything I knew about Dmitri from previous books in the series I knew the role of his love interest would not be an easy one to fill. Honor is a strong hunter who has been completely broken. Watching Honor put herself back together was beautiful. There is one part of herself that she had no idea she had (I¿m not going to give a big spoiler here) and it¿s what will keep Honor and Dmitri together. I can¿t say that before Archangel¿s Blade I really loved or hated Dmitri, but now¿oh Dmitri. I find myself again jealous of a woman in a book for having this fictional man that I know does not exist. I knew that he was one thousand years old and that he has been Raphael¿s friend all that time. I know that in all that time horrible things can happen to you, still I was amazed at the heart ache he had lived through. I enjoyed how Nalini Singh told Dmitri¿s back story just a little at a time throughout the book and not in big chunks I felt like it really set a great pace for the book. Throughout Archangel¿s Blade we got to see Illium (Bluebell) and Venom, who are two of my favorite out of the seven. I loved their supporting rolls in this story and can¿t wait to read each of theirs!Happy Reading,Rebecca
DarkFaerieTales on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales Quick and Dirty: Dark, sexy and one heck of a ride. Opening Sentence: Crouching on the concrete pier lit only by the dull yellow glow of a flickering streetlight several feet away, Dmitri tilted the severed head toward him with a grip in the dead male¿s damp hair, not bothering with gloves. The Review: The setting of this fourth installment of Nalini Singh¿s Guild Hunter series is ¿modern day¿ New York with an added twist. In Ms. Singh¿s world the angels and archangel¿s run the show and vampires are common place. In order to become a vampire, a mortal must submit to testing, and be physically compatible to the venom secreted by the angels that turns mortals into vampires. The vampires are then required to serve under those angels for a period of time before they are given their freedom. Then there are the Guild Hunters. These are mortals put in charge of policing the rogue vampires, ones who break their contracts with their angels, or break the rules of living within the mortal realm. It is these hunters that the series is based upon. Honor, this novel¿s heroine, is one of the Guild Hunters. Well, she used to be anyway. After being kidnapped and tortured for two months by a group of vampires, Honor finds herself unable to perform her duties, and hides out among the archives. But, when her expertise is needed, she faces her demons head on and teams up with a vampire *gasp*to solve a string of murders and find her kidnappers. I am a lover of Ms. Singh¿s writing in this and her other series. She has a knack for writing characters that are truly believable, and admirably strong and resilient. I am in awe of Honor¿s tenacity in the face of adversity (and I believe I¿ve heard that somewhere before). A quote from Dmitri says it best. ¿So soft,¿ he murmured. ¿Feminine, beautiful, and tough to break.¿ Dmitri is the baddest of the bad. As the archangel Raphael¿s second in command, he is the vampire that all others of his kind and everyone else fear. Dmitri was also kidnapped and tortured, long ago, but by an angel named Isis, who also murdered and tortured his wife and children. When this bit of bad news rises up from the past, Dmitri must bring in Honor to help him find out who and what is going on. Also, after meeting the lovely Honor, he makes it his personal mission to hunt down those vampires that tortured her, and make sure they pay in kind. In every book in this series, Dmitri comes off as one scary SOB, and I¿ll be damned if that isn¿t what makes him so sexy. Gifted with the ability to attract with his scent, and who wouldn¿t want a man who smelled of ¿a drugging whisper of champagne and desire molten as gold, orchids under moonlight, chocolate-dipped berries kissing a woman¿s skin.¿ I don¿t know where Ms. Singh gets her inspiration for her heroes, such as Dmitri, but I think we¿d all like a chunk of it. Add into the mix his tortured soul, and this vamp reaches heartthrob status. All in all, Archangel¿s Blade is a perfect follow up to Archangel¿s Consort, and Nalini Singh knows when to give her readers exactly what they want. So, this reader would like to put in a request for a book for the delectable Bluebell. Pretty please? Notable Scene: When Valeria bared her teeth at Honor, refusing to answer the question, he shot the other woman through the thigh, in almost precisely the spot where the female vampire liked to feed. Valeria screamed high and shrill. Honor understood that the punishments used for immortals, their bodies able to recover from brutal injuries, weren¿t the same as for mortals. But she¿d never been up close and personal with the merciless reality of it. ¿Does it bother you at all?¿ she asked Dmitri when Valeria¿s screams died out into sobs. He shrugged, shoulders moving with muscled grace beneath the thin cotton of his T-shirt. ¿No.¿ Putting his gun down beside the crystal bowl, he said ¿Valeria, be a good hostess and answer Honor¿s question,¿ before popping one of the chocola
TheRaunchDilettante on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Redonk Nutshell: An ancient and powerful vampire teams up with a damaged Guild Hunter to track down the culprit responsible for ritualistic murders of vampires around the cityHere it is, ya'll. The reason I got into The Guild Hunter series. Don't judge by the cover - look past the dude and his entrancing six -pack. Or as Spaz from WLP puts it the guy " that looks kind of like a buff Kevin Nealon." The rom bloggers I follow all had something to say about Dmitir, which more or less sums up to: Nasty byatch be hot. How could I not be intrigued? Having plowed through (and enjoyed) the first three books in The Guild Hunter Series, I was excited to finally get to Dmitri's story. I wasn't disappointed. Briefly here's what we got: Dmitri, the right hand to the epic Archangel of New York, is on the case of a murdered vampire bearing a strange archaic tattoo. The Guild has assigned one of their hunters specializing in languages to assist him. Honor accepts her task begrudgingly. She's only barely recovered from a vicious vampire assault, but she's determined to get herself back out there and conquer her fears. Who else to help her get over her fear than one of the scariest, most renowned vampire in the world? Ha effing ha. What makes Dmitri so intriguing is he has no qualms about being a dark and disturbing individual, and at times, jack ass. He purposely pushes people's buttons, constantly toeing a line between what's acceptable and what's not. He has no qualms about who he is and why he does what he does. The only other person to truly know him is Raphael, the Archangel. Dmitri has a horrific past, events that have carefully honed him into the beast of a man he is today. You can imagine his reaction when he meets the Guild Hunter he's been assigned, a woman battered and utterly terrified yet fiercely committed to meeting his unspoken challenge to control. Dmitri is not an easy man to face, yet Honor forces herself to do so, earning herself the spotlight of Dmitri's interest. They work together to solve the case of the strange tattoo and the dead vampires piling up around them. In the process, Dmitri helps Honor to overcome her fears, taking it upon himself to track down the vampires that had abducted, tortured and violated her. In the process these two form a unique bond, and Dmitri finds himself struggling to come to terms with his past and what's being offered to him presently. Without giving spoilers, Honor and Dmitri's story is resolved in a manner that may leave some with a flat taste in their mouths. I personally am not the biggest fan of...this sort of plot device...but in this case it worked. Dmitri and Honor are SO damaged that the manner in which they finally find peace seems appropriate. It's the only way for them to have their Happily Ever After. Overall, I enjoyed Archangel's Blade. It was worth delving into the series - I'm so glad I did! I can't wait to read more. And seriously, Ms. Singh? I need me some more Illium. Pronto. Archangel's Blade by Nalini Singh, 310 pgs, 9/6/11Rating: BRomance: 2/5 Raunch: 3.5/5
Lavinient on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about revenge. Ok, it is a romance, but both our hero and heroine must deal with others who have hurt them very badly. Vampire Dmitri's revenge happened in the past against the angel who ruined him deeply. He has been a hard, lethal vampire ever since. And now some local murders seem to have a connection to that past. Guild Hunter Honor has been hiding from others and herself ever since her brutal torture at the hands of some sadistic vampires. When she is assigned to a case with Dmitri, he ends up helping her hunt and bring vengeance against those who hurt her.Singh knows how to bring it. She is able to present a character as hard and lethal and unforgiving in one book and make you fall in love with him in the next. I liked Dmitri and Honor very much, and I liked them even more when they were together. They have an uneasy relationship at first, but they start to depend on and care for and, of course, lust after (almost immediately) the other. The twist at the end in regards to their relationship I completely saw coming - not a surprise at all. But it was still emotionally and brilliantly presented.I am giving this book 5 stars, though I do have one beef. I find the cover quite awful - really really awful. That absolutely is not Dmitri.
kmartin802 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Honor is a Hunter who is trying to recover from being kidnapped and held prisoner by some vampires for two months. She was hurt every way a person can be hurt but she survived. When the story begins she is being forced out of her new secure rut and sent to meet with Dmitri because she has a knowledge of ancient languages. A recent vampire corpse was found with a tattoo written in an unknown language.Honor begins by being very afraid of any vampire and especially afraid of Dmitri. After all, Dmitri has made himself the most feared vampire in New York. As a second to the Archangel Raphael, he has had to be this way to control the other vampires in the city. But, while Honor is afraid of Dmitri, she is also fascinated by him. Dmitri begins to admire her too but doesn't believe that he has a heart to give her. His heart still belongs to the wife and children that he lost 1000 years ago. This story tells a lot of Dmitri's backstory and helps us understand him and know how and why he is the way he is. Even though Honor is still traumatized by her captivity, she is still very strong and brave. This is what first intrigues Dmitri. Soon he begins to aid her in finding and punishing those who held her captive. Together, the two of them try to solve both crimes - her captivity and the deaths of newly-Made vampires.The book was filled with lush sensuality with a hefty dose of cruelty. The whole Angel-Vampire world seems to run on cruelty and harsh punishment. I liked that Honor was able to overcome the trauma that she suffered and I was glad that Dmitri was finally able to overcome some of the trauma that he had suffered too. I am already looking forward to the next book in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I realy like this series I'm reading all the books.
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tigerlilly_liz More than 1 year ago
~ 5 Archangel’s Blade Stars ~ Archangel’s Blade is book four in the Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh. Now you could read it as a stand-a-lone, but I think this series should be read in order. The first three books give us teasers of Raphael’s Seven and what they are like, leaving the reader wanting more on them. Lethal. Sensual. Ravishing. Archangel’s Blade steps out of Elena and Raphael’s story and into Dimtri’s world. I have been waiting since I read the first book Angels' Blood to see if the author would give us more on the Seven and here we are given the sensual, lethal, and ravishing Dimtri. Dimtri is Raphael’s right hand, his blade. He is menacing, lethal, and mesmerizing. His life and past, both human and vampire, was delivered in a splendid way. I like how the author portrayed him and his past. She stays true to his character throughout the book. I loved Honor. She is a survivor and a fighter. Watching her get better and stronger as the book progress was great. She has this quiet strength. I have adored the women in this series. They are all strong, despite the dangerous men surrounding them. Singh does an incredible job with the sexual tension. Just from page one you see the sexual pull between Dimitri and Honor. Throughout the book this playes out, but it never gets boring. We are teased just enough to keep us waiting and wanting more. Archangel’s Blade was a unbelievable read. I couldn’t get enough and savored each page. I now have a new favorite in this phenomenal series. I can’t wait to see who comes next. As always Singh delivers a monumental novel for her readers. Reviewed by Angela @ Angel's Guilty Pleasures
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my most favorite book series that i have ever read!! The main characters are well made too!!!
SelenityJade More than 1 year ago
I kind of have a love/hate relationship with Dmitri here. I really disliked him throughout most of the previous books because he disliked Elena so much and was so much in Raphael’s corner… Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing as I adore Raphael to pieces. However, I wasn’t looking forward to this book once I realized that Elena and Raphael were regulated to secondary characters in this one. However, every moment of this novel I adored. I actually found myself liking Dmitri during this novel and then rooting for Honor and Dmitri. The Good: The amazing writing one comes to expect from Nalini Singh is present during this book and as always more of the Guild Hunter world comes alive in new and expected ways. The Bad: The only bad - which made this book a 4.5 instead of 5 - is that I actually predicted what was going to happen regarding Honor and Dmitri and I found the concept… surprising and yet odd to add into this series. Maybe in later books it comes together more in a way that it explains it a bit better than ‘spirituality’. Because despite the fact this series is about angels there isn’t much on spirituality of any kind. Which is fine for me, don’t get me wrong. I could have loved the book with it too! I am just saying the way Dmitri’s love story comes together adds some to it I felt didn’t fit with the rest of the series. So far. We’ll see. I’m sorry I can’t explain more without spoilers! So 4.5 stars!