Archangel's Consort (Guild Hunter Series #3)

Archangel's Consort (Guild Hunter Series #3)

by Nalini Singh

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ISBN-13: 9780425240137
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/25/2011
Series: Guild Hunter Series , #3
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 73,247
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.20(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 Consort (Guild Hunter Series #3) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 512 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Following the harrowing battle with the ancient Archangel of China Lijuan, miraculously newly made Angel Elena Deveraux the Guild Hunter and the Archangel of New York Raphael are recovering from their devastating confrontation with the Archangel of China, Lijuan (see Archangel's Kiss). However, though they sort of won the battle, Lijuan remains dangerous as she has evolved into something beyond the ken of the archangels. Elena continues her training as an angel, but refuses to hand in her Guild Hunter membership. At the same time vampires are caught up in unheard of blood lust frenzies and too frequently natural disasters are everywhere. Raphael fears the rise of a long dormant insane ancient archangel he knows personally. The third Archangel Guild Hunter fantasy (see Angel's Blood) is a terrific entry as the lead couple continues to grow separately and as a loving team. The story line is fast-paced with a strong mystery and a great twist to what is the cause of the vampire enigma. The support cast is very strong with distinct personalities as this series remains one of the best with the current entry affirming that for delighted fans of Nalini Singh. Harriet Klausner
romancemistress More than 1 year ago
To build a fictional world with fully realized characters that seem to live and breathe beyond the pages of a book, that linger in the reader's mind longer after the book is closed (or the NOOK is put to sleep!) takes great talent. Nalini Singh deserves great praise for her Psy/Changeling series which has given and continues to give life to a sprawling cast of characters that includes the cold and emotionless Psy, the sexy and half wild everything-for-Pack Changelings, and, in this futuristic world, the lowest on the totem pole Humans. To have succeeded with the best world-building I've read in paranormal romance once is an accomplishment...but to have started another series of the same depth is extraordinary. With Angels' Blood, Singh introduced us to Elena Deveraux, a hunter-born who serves the Guild whose job is to hunt down rogue vampires and return them to their contract holders, the Angels who made them. She accepts a job for the Archangel of New York, Raphael who smashes any image the reader previously had of angels and introduces them to a world of beauty and danger beyond a mortal's imagination. With a little help from her friends, Elena barely survives the first book and Singh kicks it up a notch in bk. 2, Archangel's Kiss in which we see the relationship between Raphael and his hunter develop more despite the doubts of the entire population of the Sanctuary. Here we see how Angel society works,and we watch Raphael's Seven endeavor to train Elena in all the skills she'll need to survive if she remains at Raphael's side even though they believe that she weakens him. It has kick-ass action, emotional storms as we continue to see Elena's tragic backstory unfold, and a villainous Angel that causes even other Archangels to fear for the world. The third book, Archangel's Consort, continues with Nalini's standard of excellence and raises the bar for every other writer of paranormal romance. Raphael and Elena's romance really has no compare amongst the books I've read; Patricia Briggs' Adam and Mercy, and her Alpha and Omega couple Charles and Anna are the only ones that come close and as they're considered paranormal scifi, the emphasis is not on the romance even though these stories continue to enthrall. Both Raphael and Elena continue to struggle with their past mutual histories of abandonment (oh, the importance of Mother-love!) which makes their commitment that "if we fall, we fall together" the most romantic of vows. Elena returns to a very human New York and doesn't know if she can still fit in while also being tormented with the reminder that those mortals she loves will eventually age and die while she will go on. And, of course, the plot about the awakening of a sleeping Ancient who went to ground because she was mad (yeah, most definitely the "crazy" kind)and whose stirring from slumber affects world-wide weather and sends normally sane vampires into a killing blood-lust also adds to the overall excitement. Always welcome is the view of Elena's Guild friends, Sara & Deacon and their Zoe along with Ransom, Ash and the disabled guardian of the Guild's underground, Vivek (ooh, there's a fantastic story just waiting to be told!); and every detail about Raphael's dedicated, deliciously decadent, and always dangerous 7 is to be savored like chococlate brushed with Angel dust. Yummmmm!!! I've already read my advanced reading copy twice; on 01/25/11 you, too, can savor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was waiting for this book right after I finished the second one. It was mediocre for me. The descriptions just kept going on and on. Just things in the story were too repetitive for me. I'm kind of disappointed that it wasn't as good as the other two books in the series. =/
Nocturnal_Bites More than 1 year ago
What intrigued me most about Archangel's Consort, is the writing. Singh's writing style is Dark, Passionate, Sensual, Emotional, Highly Descriptive...and so much more. As a reader, I felt the emotions of the characters, even the minor ones, as though I was living in their shoes. Now that Elena is back in New York, she reluctantly realizes how much her life has changed in such a short time. Elena is not just an angel. She is the first ever "made" angel in history as well as the consort to her Archangel, Raphael. The passion between Elena and Raphael is on full blast, and the love Elena feels for her angel is both powerful and intense. Elena's emotions are laid bare in this book, revealing a damaged girl who continues to harbor feelings of fear, resentment, and hurt from her childhood. So many things come to light, especially when Elena's father reveals a family secret, one that Elena must face head on. Raphael, in my opinion, turns over a new leaf in Archangel's Consort. Raphael is an angel in love and has no qualms about hiding it, nor demolishing those that seek to destroy his relationship with Elena. A softer, more compassionate side to Raphael is revealed, much different from the overly intense Raphael in book #1, Angel's Blood. On more than one occasion, Raphael even jokes around with Elena. As their bond grows, however, Raphael finds it harder and harder to heal himself after injury. In addition, massive storms, crazy vampires, and murders are happening all over the world. Raphael knows immediately who the threat is, his own mother, the monster of all monsters. Raphael knows what must be done, but what alludes him is if he has the strength and heart to do it. Archangel's Consort confirmed how much I absolutely love this series and I cannot wait to read it again and again. I loved the intensity of the characters, the romance, the emotions, the lurking threat of doom, and so much more. Also, Illium gets some stage time, and as always, Bluebells shines. Dmitri, Jason, and Aodhan also pop in and out, along with Illium's mother, Hummingbird, which by the way, I'm dying to know her secrets, because apparently she's got alot of them. My only complaint with Archangel's Consort would have to be the pacing, which could have been a bit faster. Other than that, this was a wonderful read. Nalini Singh's Guild Hunter series is a "must" for all Paranormal Romance fans. Next up is Dmitri's story, Archangel's Blade scheduled to release September of 2011' and I cannot be more excited!! Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5
kitkat3ny More than 1 year ago
I suggest you read the previous books in the series (novella- Angel's Pawn, Angel's Blood and Angel's Kiss) prior to reading this installment. I procrastinated to read this series. I enjoy it but this series never really grabs me. While reading this installment, I kept wondering where the story was headed. It just seem to be a whole lot of nothing. Nothing really seemed to happen, there was hardly any action and it sucks when the heroine is as weak as a babe. A major negative about this series is it has too many flashbacks and internal dialog; and most of the times Raphael's mood swings so frequently, at times he's downright schizophrenic. The majority of the book was sex and pillow talk with a few sprinkles of random violence but not enough to keep me completely interested. I need to enjoy the books I read and not have them feel like a chore. I really wanted to continue to like this series, however, it's just not happening. Therefore, I regretfully banish this series from my reading list. I will miss Elena and her sleek black wings but the storyline just isn't strong enough to continually lure my attention, pique my interest and make me want to invest my time into the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the first two books in the series but this one was just ok. She is a great author and I just purchased the fourth book. This one can be skipped.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved every book by Nalini Singh that I have read and this one did not disappoint. The relationship between Raphael and Elena was so raw and honest that at times I felt like a peeping tom. The characters felt real and not just the main characters, but the supporting characters as well. I can not recommend this book highly enough! Hope this helps :)
Paranormal_Fan More than 1 year ago
Continuing the story of Guild Hunter Elena Deveraux and archangel Raphael, Ms. Singh delivers a fast paced, exciting trip into her realm of angels and vampires. This book is darker than her Psy/Changeling series but will not disappoint paranormal fans as she draws vibrant images of the world she has created. The continuing development of the relationship between Elena and Raphael is fun to read and allows the reader to feel more deeply connected with the characters first introduced in Archangel's Kiss and Angel's Blood. Readers who have not read the previous novels may find the list of characters a bit confusing and I highly recommend reading the previous two books to fully understand the progression of the story. As with her other novels I found myself reading late into the night to finish it. Overall a great addition to her collection of books. For Psy/Changeling fans there is an excerpt from Kiss of Snow and it makes the wait for that book even harder.
TheRaunchDilettante on LibraryThing 30 days ago
Redonk Nutshell: A powerful and threatening ancient Archangel is awakening, casting chaos and disarray across the world and testing the balance between an Archangel and his consortBook three in the Guild Hunters series picks up after the destruction of another Archangel's home in book two. Newly made angel, Elena, and her lover, Archangel Raphael, come back to Manhattan and begin to settle into their home. Elena is more adjusted to her physical form, and she and Raphael have begun to shift into more emotional territory. Like moving in together. And meeting each other's parents. Which brings us to the main conflict - Raphael's mother. The ancient and unfathomably powerful Archangel is showing signs of waking from her Sleep. The Cadre of Ten is nervous - Caliane was a NUTJOB before she disappeared, wrecking havoc amongst her people, including her son. Raphael is torn between his initial urge to welcome his mother and his more rational and detached duty to put her down before she becomes an unstoppable problem. Then, of course, there's Elena, whom most of Raphael's fellows view as a weakness. And Elena, in typical Elena-style, works her hardest to prove them otherwise. When vampires and angels across the globe being behaving erratically, The Guild calls in their hunter-turned-angel to figure out what's going on, and before long Elena and Raphael realize the bizarre occurrences happening around them are linked to his mother's likely revival. Book Three is probably one of the strongest in the series. We get a stronger Elena, a softer yet still terrifying Raphael, and, most importantly MORE ILLIUM. HA! I've tendered a soft spot for Blue Bell, the blue winged angel who views Elena's "mortal heart," as not a weakness but a strength. He's witty yet broody, and he and Elena hit it off well. We get to see another side of Raphael as well. If I'm being honest, Raphael is the kind of hero that initially didn't catch my interest but gradually grew on me. I'd say probably about halfway into book two it struck me how incredibly AWESOME he is, and not just in the slang type of way, but Biblical as well. It was almost like an epiphany - oh, damn, he's scary, really scary, yet sexy as hell. I get it now! Elena grew on me more as well. And the relationship between Elena and Raphael really blooms here in Archangel's Consort. The Guild Hunter series has become a favorite of mine. Great characters, both main and supporting, and a really intriguing world structure. Nalini Singh has proved herself to be a talented writer, able to carry a broad story line amid a complex and dark world. Archangel's Consort by Nalini Singh, 324 pgs, 2/10/11Rating: BRomance: 4/5 Raunch: 3.5/5
arthistorychick on LibraryThing 30 days ago
Nalini Singh¿s Guild Hunter series is one that I truly wish I had not discovered until the entire thing was complete and there was no hope of more new books being added, ever! I WANT MORE, NOW!!! Archangel¿s Consort is the third installment of this on-going series and after finishing it in record time, I have discovered that my natural lack of patience has become even more pronounced. The major plot line in Archangel¿s Consort is Singh¿s version of Mommy Dearest. Reports of foul weather and acts of extreme aggression among members of the Cadre lead Raphael and Elena to believe that an ancient is waking. Turns out, that ancient is Raphael¿s ridiculously old and viciously cruel mother, Caliane. Major plot line number two: Raphael and Elena have returned to New York from the Refuge and are immediately bombarded with reports of vampires breaking their contracts and committing heinous crimes. As archangel of New York, Raphael must contain and control this situation before it gets out of hand. With the help of his consort and the usual cast of minor characters, Raphael begins to restore order to his territory. Generally speaking a reader keeps returning to a series because of the main characters. That is not the case with this book or this series. Raphael and Elena are certainly intriguing figures and Singh has continued to develop those characters but the real beauty of the book lies in the cast of minor characters. There is not a single minor and/or supporting character in Archangel¿s Consort that I do not want to know more about, NOW!! Singh cleverly ensnares us (and ensures we will come back for more) by dumping chunks of information about these characters on us. Not tidbits, not small nuggets of information but huge honking chunks of information! However, and this is where Singh¿s evil genius comes into play, she never tells us the whole story about any of the supporting cast. Now my lack of patience makes more sense, right? Here¿s what I want to know: why is Illium (aka Bluebell) so nervous about the presence of his mother; will Elena¿s half-sister really be allowed to develop her burgeoning hunter skills; what happened to Dmitri to make him so fiercely loyal to Raphael; why doesn¿t Aodhan liked to be touched and why is his move to New York such a big deal; and finally, why is Venom so creepy yet disturbingly likeable? The way Singh presents information to the reader is remarkably clever and opens up so many possibilities for future novels. Archangel¿s Consort clearly establishes one thing: Singh is in no way close to being done with these characters. She has developed so many characters and potential plot lines that the Guild Hunter series could realistically continue for years and years to come. Thank goodness for that because I am apparently going to continue to be sweetly addicted to this series and this author.Side note: According to the author¿s home page, next up in the Guild Hunter series is Archangel¿s Blade.
thewalkinggirl on LibraryThing 30 days ago
Lots of sex, lots of repetitive flashbacks, very little plot, the pacing was erratic/sluggish and the wonderful emotional tension I expect in a Singh book was just lacking. I still love the characters and there are a few good scenes, but overall I was disappointed.
kmartin802 on LibraryThing 30 days ago
Elena and Raphael are back in New York. She is learning more about being and angel and also trying to reclaim her life as a Hunter. Trouble is brewing. It might be that Raphael's mother is waking again after her 1000 year sleep. But will she awaken sane or still as insane as she was when she went to sleep? The possible awakening is causing angels and vampires to behave in uncharacteristic ways and leaving an opening for Lijuan to try to grab more power.
karma212 on LibraryThing 30 days ago
I have fallen in love with Nalini Singh's Guild Hunter Series, so of course when the third book to the series came out I made sure to grab a copy. I had already heard some not so good reviews and also some excellent reviews.I figured people with the not so good reviews must be crazy how can you not give it a five my exact thoughts before reading it. At last I had the book in my hands and started reading it. For someone who can finish a book in a day it took me a week and half to finish. I was slightly disappointed with Archangel's Consort. The book picks up right where the last one left off.Lot's of blood spill,mystery,past demons and romance. The story continues with Elena and Raphael returning back to New York and Elena finally being able to see all her guild family and real family for the first time after being made into an angel. Book three definitely explores more of her relationship with her father and opens up some more dark family secrets. Elena still remains the weakest of all the angels and now also the target for many. Instead of gaining status in the immortal world she has now become a target, there is quite a few who would wish her dead.In Archangels Consort she is still learning the ways of the angels, learning the history and formalities while still trying to develop her flying and fighting skills. She has discovered fighting with wings is much harder than when she was just human. Meanwhile Elena has also gone back to the guild and is dealing with an attack at a school and the bloodlust that is occurring amongst the vampires. And all this while being a consort to an Archangel who likes to have everything and everyone in his control.Plain and simple Elena is badass! We also discover that an ancient is awakening. Raphael's mother Caliane. And there is chaos all over the world,earthquakes,tsunamis, archangels going into rages, and vampires in blood lust killing thousands. While Nalini Singh did do a good job of keeping the mystery and keep me guessing and wondering if Raphael's mother Caliane was going to be sane or insane, will she be malovelent and kill or will she be sane again when she awakens.Singh had me waiting too long. The build up was very slow but from my experience I've seen some slow build ups make it worth the readers time in the end due to the outcome, this one not so much. Caliane didn't awaken until more than half way through the book. I was really hoping there would be more of her awake but it seems everything that happened before happened while she was asleep. I'm still very much a fan of the relationship between Elena and Raphael. It's very interesting how Singh has created two dominant characters coming together, growing and learning how to compromise while dealing with their own demons.Yet I feel there was way more sex scenes than usual. There was actually one chapter dedicated to just sex.It's not like the scenes are not steamy or incredibly hot because they are thanks to Singh's knack for words and not to mention her writing style is just amazing, but I did find myself skimming through most of them. I felt like they were just fillers and I wanted to get to the meat of the plot. Another small thing that really irked me was "guild hunter" and "archangel". I got so fed up with Elena and Raphael referring to each other with just that. I understand that was supposed to be their cute nicknames for each other but it was less cute and more annoying. What I did love was she still brought around the seven quite a a lot. I can write a whole essay on why I am in love with Illium. He is the scene stealer, I just can't get enough of him.I feel he has more of stronger presence than Raphael maybe because I am infatuated with him and love his personality. There was also more of Dimitri, Venom, Jason and the surprise was Aodhan. Definitely got to learn alot more about him. We also got introduced to Illium's mother Hummingbird. Singh left a lot of mystery around her that I am eager to find out about not to men
allureofbooks on LibraryThing 30 days ago
I really liked this trilogy! I'm calling it a trilogy because, even though the series is going to continue, it will feature different MCs from this point on. So, as far as wrapping up Elana and Raphael's story goes...I enjoyed the book.Just like I said in my review of the first two books, the story focuses much more on the romance than the action/paranormal side of the plot. I don't say that in a critical way - I still enjoyed the plot. I just don't think it would satisfy on its own without the large dose of romance. Luckily, I'm a sucker for the romance!However, I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first two. There was quite a bit of build-up through the first parts of the book...then when it came time for the pay-off, everything seemed to just fizzle. Kinda disappointing.Bottom line: if you enjoyed the first two books of the series, you definitely need to pick up a copy of this as soon as you get a chance! It'll give you a little more resolution as far as the relationship story arc goes. I'm looking forward to the next book of the series now, which I believe is going to feature Dimitri.
LoveToReadForFun on LibraryThing 30 days ago
3.5Archangel's Consort is the eagerly anticipated third book of The Guild Hunter Series. Raphael and Elena are back in New York after defeating Archangel Lijuan and her legion of reborn (zombies). Elena is realizing that her life has changed. She hasn't had a chance to settle down into her new life when she is called to her half-sister's school to investigate a murder committed by a possible bloodlust vampire. And to make things even more chaotic, there have been rumblings, literally, around the world that hints that Raphael's mother, Caliane, is waking from her Sleep. In previous books, Elena was dealing with her daddy issues. This time the shoe is on the foot and Raphael is dealing with the atrocities of his mother. Raphael and Elena's relationship has faced adversity from the beginning. When they're not dealing with outside forces that are against them, they are trying to make their relationship work. Raphael is an Archangel and is used to being obeyed. Elena is fiercely independent and strong in her own right and doesn't take kindly to Raphael ordering her around like she's one of his Seven. Elena is getting stronger physically and is exerting her independence more. Besides the external happenings around them, the main conflict in Archangel's Consort is Elena's freedom versus Raphael's protection. The Archangel is not used to anyone defying him but realizes that he may push Elena away by trying to change her. She is a warrior. He made a warrior his consort. As they continually butt heads, they slowly concede and compromise. This leads to very hot and very steamy sex. Archangel's Consort is the steamiest of the Guild Hunter Series. Archangel's Consort is a great addition to the series. I love the progression of Raphael and Elena's relationship. Two fiercely powerful and independent people are trying to find equal footing in their relationship. Some light is shed more on Elena's family, especially her father. Elena's relationship with Illium (Bluebell) makes me smile. Illium is a great character and I hope he gets his own book. I'd love to know his story regarding his mother, Hummingbird, and his haunting past. When I started reading Consort, it took me a long time to get into it. I felt the pace was slow until the middle of the book when it started to pick up more. Singh's writing is descriptive beyond belief and it draws you in. She touches every detail with her words. Archangel's Consort may not be my favorite of the series, but I still enjoyed reading it. I'm looking forward to reading Dmitri's book in September. I'd love to see how much of a role Raphael and Elena play in the plot.
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I fully enjoyed this book. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.
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tigerlilly_liz More than 1 year ago
~ 3 Archangel’s Consort Stars ~ Archangel’s Consort is book three in the Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh. Archangel’s Consort was not as engaging as the previous two. It felt a little slow, not as action packed, and the build up for the ending turned out to be rather disappointing. Their where also a little to many sex scenes which lead to some boredom, not because they weren’t hot or written well, they where; just that their was too many of them. As for the Ancient who is awakening. I was expecting a little more on this front. We get a lot of build up along the way and a confrontation at the end, but it was acutely rather small and anticlimactic. I do like how the relationship between Elena and Raphael is developing. It’s not an easy perfect relationship, they argue and have disagreements, but they always find a way to resolve or make a compromise. I like this, how it shows that although they love each other it doesn’t automatically make it perfect and easy. Elena is also learning to navigate the world of angels and vampires. She is doing her best to get up to speed and become stronger. Raphael’s character is becoming more “mortal” rather then an arrogant archangel. I like how the author is giving us more on both Elena and Raphael showing the changes they are going threw as they evolve/develop. The world building is spectacular and I am in LOVE with the Seven. We get more of the Seven. They are mysterious, sexy, and lethal. Their are so many questions about them and hopeful we will get their stories one day. The character development is amazing with the district personalities and realistic dialogue. We also explore the immortality, though it’s highly sought after, it’s not always everything. Archangel’s Consort wasn’t what I have come to expect and love from Singh, but it was still worth reading. This is still one of my favorite series and I can’t wait to pick up the next book. Reviewed by Angela @ Angel's Guilty Pleasures
SelenityJade More than 1 year ago
I was again thrilled beyond measure that the series continues with Raphael and Elena. I won’t repeat the happiness I felt at it. The Good: As before the love and passion between Raphael and Elena keep me going in this book, but I’ve already gone on and on about that during book two’s review. So I’m going to point out the fact that Nalini Singh also kept me guessing throughout this one as to whether or not it WAS Raphael’s mother rising or what was going on. They hinted it, then they hinted it wasn’t, then again it was, and so on. So by the time everything came together you had no idea what was going on. Made finishing this novel a must! The Bad: As always, not much other than I really, really wanted more! 5 stars once again!
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I love Raphael and Elena. They make an amazing team and I like how solid they are together. All the drama is external and they pull through it together, stronger than ever.
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