Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Review: Archangel's Blade by Nalini Singh

Archangel's Blade
Guild Hunter #4
Nalini Singh
Berkley Sensation
Publication date: 6th Sept 2011
My rating: 4 out of 5

The severed head marked by a distinctive tattoo on its cheek should have been a Guild case, but dark instincts honed over hundreds of years of life compel the vampire Dmitri to take control. There is something twisted about this death, something that whispers of centuries long past...but Dmitri's need to discover the truth is nothing to the vicious strength of his response to the hunter assigned to decipher the tattoo.

Savaged in a brutal attack that almost killed her, Honor is nowhere near ready to come face to face with the seductive vampire who is an archangel's right hand, and who wears his cruelty as boldly as his lethal sensuality...the same vampire who has been her secret obsession since the day she was old enough to understand the inexplicable, violent emotions he aroused in her.

As desire turns into a dangerous compulsion that might destroy them both, it becomes clear the past will not stay buried. Something is hunting...and it will not stop until it brings a blood-soaked nightmare to life once more...

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.


  1. I haven't read any Nalini Singh books but I keep thinking I will have to try one soon! :)

  2. I've just read the first one of the series but I really like it. I'm glad you like this one, I really need to take the second ! Thanks for this great review


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