Review: Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh

Review: Angels’ Blood by Nalini SinghAngels' Blood by Nalini Singh

Series: Guild Hunter,
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Berkley, Sensation on March 3, 209
Pages: 339
Format: eBook
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four-half-stars  

I was truly amazed that I liked this book as I was reading. It isn’t my usual kind of book. I don’t mean paranormal, but mostly a series about one character set. At least it looks like the first three books are about Elena Deveraux and Raphael. The fourth is about a character within this book that I love. That in mind, I will be reading this entire series because Nalini Singh has captured me in her web of books!

Elena Deveraux is a vampire hunter, but not just any vampire hunter, she is a hunter-born meaning she has a special talent when hunting. She is at the top of her field hunting wayward vampires who have broken their contracts with their Sire. After bagging a vampire, she is assigned to help an archangel on her next mission. But this time she won’t be hunting vampires, but an archangel who has gone bad.

Archangel Raphael contracts Elena to find the rogue archangel and expect  total obedience. So what happens when Elena pushes those boundaries and defies him at every turn? Sparks! Raphael is no longer bored, but finds himself intrigued with a human who could defy him. A mortal with a very short life span compared to his immortality. While he is intrigued and attracted, he makes very sure she knows the consequences if she should fail to do the job he has hired her for.

Weaved deeply into this story, I could not put it down. Elena is such a strong character and you adore her for standing up to an immortal who could end her life so easily. Raphael didn’t fare so well in my opinion. I understood his concern if the rogue archangel was not found that the world would become a chaotic mess. But he has lived so long, he has lost his humanity, if he ever had any. That is what I loved so much about the book, was the characters changing, coming to an understanding, then falling in love.

The secondary characters were awesome! I loved getting to know the seven who protect Raphael, but also the non-blood family who love Elena. Both sides would do anything to save and protect their own. Often this made for some funny scenes, but at other times it made for some really emotional scenes.

Nalini Singh has an incredible writing style that I find so appealing. There are never in really long drawn out love scenes in her books, but they are good solid love scenes. The emotions the characters feel often touch my heart.  I have cried several times while reading her books and this one was no different. An author who can make me cry while reading is an awesome one in my book!

About Nalini Singh

I’ve been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There’s no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.

I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated every month).

So far, I’ve worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer’s mill.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!
  • Oh my goodness, you said it perfectly. I am so with you, Singh writing style is just incredible. Nothing gets drawn out and you get love scenes, but they don’t last long in this. This is such an amazing UF book. I agree, the secondary characters were just as interesting as the main characters. I love Illum and just got Dmitri’s book who I also love. I am with you, the ending was so touching. I love that Raphael went from being so cold and standoffish, to breaking out of that because of Elena. Man I love this book, talking about it makes me want to pick it out again from my nest of books and read it again. Great review, thank you so much hon 🙂

  • I can’t wait to read Illum an Dmitri’s story. I have heard nothing but good things about Dmitri’s books so I need to get the next two books read before I tackle his story. Thanks for the great comments!