Tuesday, 4 October 2011
Review: Archangel's Blade by Nalini Singh
Guild Hunter #4
Publication date: 6th Sept 2011
My rating: 4 out of 5
Nalini Singh = auto buy for me, I am however more a fan of her psy/changeling series than this Guild Hunter series as the Archangel Raphael has always left he a bit cold he's just too detached and non-human for me. I was definitely looking forward to reading Dimitri's story- he's Raphael's right hand man and very scary enforcer. A vampire who is a thousand years old Dimitri is lethal, beautiful and seductive, he has an air of violent ruthlessness about him so I was fairly intrigued about the woman who was going to have to search pretty deep to find his softer side.
I ended up loving Dimitri, his alpha maleness and ruthless violent streak was not watered down in any way what so ever. He remained deadly throughout however through flashbacks we learn more about his human life and the story of how he became a vampire was heartbreaking and explained a lot about his personality. Equally, I loved the heroine Honor who was a real survivor. Honor works for the Guild but was captured and tortured by a group of vampires in a sinister planned vampire game. She's damaged, is terrified of vampires but in trying to rebuild her life has to face her demons by working with the most lethal vampire out there -Dimitri to solve a murder. Intregued by Honor Dimitri leads the hunt to track and kill the vampires who tortured her and they end up bonding and healing over their joint revenge mission.
At the outset it seemed impossible that the "frightened little rabbit" Honor with her caring human soul could fall for a lethal killer vampire like Dimitri, but Nalini Singh weaved her magic throughout and produced a dark, intense and completely absorbing romance for the two tortured broken souls. My only issue was with the twist about Honor which I saw a mile off, it just seemed a bit too OTT and just didn't quite feel right and is the reason I rated Archangel's Blade a 4 instead of a 5 out of 5.