Angels’ Blood (Guild Hunter #1) by Nalini Singh
Gollancz (Feb 2010 | Paperback, 339 pages
Paranormal Romance

Wow! This book is amazing. Angels’ Blood had me enthralled from the first page – I loved it! It fits into the paranormal romance genre as well as the urban fantasy genre very well, as there are strong elements of both. It’s dark and edgy, and so atmospheric.

The main character is Elena, a Vampire Hunter for the Guild. Her ability is to track vampires by their scent. Angel’s Make vampires and the contract states they cannot go their own way until a year is up, but some don’t want to stick around, Elena is hired to track them down and send them back to their owners.

Elena is very much an urban fantasy heroine, she a fighter, strong and brave. She’s also intelligent and stands up for herself even when she’s terrified. She has a dark and painful past which gives her the depth I love in my characters. However, we don’t get to know everything and are just given snippets of information and glimpses of her past through her memories which she pushes away as they are too painful to remember. I’m looking forward to finding out out what they are, very intriguing.

Elena is also stubborn, even when her life could be at risk. I loved this about her, it gave her a strength I love to see in my heroines.

“You shouldn’t look at me in that fashion, Elena.”

“Why?” she asked, prodded by some heretofore unknown suicidal streak. “Scared?”

He leaned a fraction closer. “My lovers have always been warrior women. Strength intrigues me.”

She refused to let him play with her like this, even if her body disagreed. Vehemently. “Do knives intrigue you too? Because touch me and I will cut you up. I don’t care if you throw me off the nearest balcony.”

He seemed to pause, as if thinking. “That is not how I would choose to punish you. It’d end far too quickly.”

And she remembered that this was no human male she was parrying with. This was Raphael, the archangel who’d broken every single bone in a vampire’s body to prove a point… And while she knew her worth, she also knew that to an archangel, she was, in the end, expendable.

There’s a rogue Archangel on the lose and he’s causing bloody destruction wherever he goes. The powerful Archangel of New York, Raphael, wishes to hire Elena to track him. She doesn’t know if she can as she’s only ever tracked vampires and isn’t sure if her ability goes as far as detecting the scent of an Archangel, but she takes the job as Raphael doesn’t understand the word no.

Raphael is dark and dangerous, mysterious and so sexy you can’t help but fall in love with him, even with his terrifyingly brutal traits. When Elena first meets him she feels his strength and overwhelming dominance, but his beauty isn’t lost on her either..

She took a deep breath and a step back before turning to face him. The impact hit her like a physical blow. He was… “Beautiful.” Eyes of such pure undiluted blue it was as if some heavenly artist had crushed sapphires into his paints and then coloured in the irises with the finest of brushes.

Yes, he was beautiful, but it was the beauty of a warrior or a conqueror. This man had power stamped on every inch of his skin, every piece of his flesh. And that was before she took in the exquisite perfection of his wings. The feathers were a soft white and appeared dusted with gold. But when she concentrated, she saw the truth – each individual filament of each individual feather bore a golden tip.

The plot is action-packed and fast-paced. The mix of action and romance is very well balanced. The romance which blossoms between Elena and Raphael is just wonderful and will satisfy any romance fan. It’s intense and beautiful, and I can’t wait to see what book two holds for these two.

As well as Elena and Raphael, the other cast of characters are just as brilliantly written. The devastatingly handsome but deadly vampire, Dmitri; the sweet and sexy angel Illium, who Elena has affectionally named “bluebell” due to the colour of his wings; Michaela, a strikingly beautiful Archangel who has a cold and murderous nature and has taken an instant dislike to Elena, which causes a few problems – all are vividly written and are fabulous to read.

VERDICT:

This is an amazing book – I loved the characters, the story, the writing – basically everything. I’m so glad it’s part of a series, and I already have books two and three in my possession – Yay! If you haven’t started this series yet, don’t wait as long as I did, go read it now!

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BOOKS IN SERIES ORDER

  1. Angels’ Blood
  2. Archangel’s Kiss
  3. Archangel’s Consort
  4. Archangel’s Blade
  5. Archangel’s Storm

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Carolyn created Book Chick City in July 2009 due to her love of books. A Brit chick obsessed with zombies, kick-arse chicks and sexy heroes. She's also seriously addicted to chocolate, shopping, and speciality teas (Teapigs anyone?). Her favourite genres are Urban Fantasy, Romance and Zombie Lit... Brrraaaaiiinnnnsss!

9 Comments


Mysteriousrose February 11, 2011 at 10:17 am

This is a really great review! I love this series, I have read the first two and I cannot wait to read Archangel's Consort.
After reading your review I just need to reread the series:-)

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Jennifer (An Abundance of Books) February 11, 2011 at 11:10 am

So glad you liked this one! I love this series. Singh has created such an interesting world. At first it was hard to stop seeing the angels in the traditional way (that they should be nice), they're just another species and pretty scary to boot.

I look forward to your reviews on the rest of the series.

Jennifer (An Abundance of Books)

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Laura Summers (BCC) February 11, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Yay! I love books like this that you just don't want to put down :)
This has been on my reading list for a while so I think I need to bump it up!

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Elwen February 11, 2011 at 3:29 pm

We will have this one in Spain next month and I'm REALLY waiting for it :D

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Sam February 11, 2011 at 8:01 pm

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Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal February 12, 2011 at 5:14 am

I read this last week and was blown away by it. Gorgeous, gorgeous worldbuilding and I absolutely loved the secondary characters.

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Tasha February 12, 2011 at 4:31 pm

I'm adding this to my wishlist as it sounds fab. Thanks for sharing a great review.

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Rebecca @ DSB February 13, 2011 at 3:04 am

Hi Carolyn – I really admire Nalini Singh's writing. I don't think I've ever been disappointed by one of her books, and I've read quite a few. Have you tried her Psy-Changeling romances? They're hot, intricate, and hard to put down. I recommend them all.

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Book Chick City March 9, 2011 at 8:18 am

Mysteriousrose – Thanks! I'm glad you loved the books too. Such a great series and I love Elena and Rachael :)

Jennifer – I know what you mean about the angels, but I really liked the fact they weren't the traditional or stereotypical kind. I like that they are dark and dangerous, makes them more interesting :)

Laura – Definitely bump it up, I'm sure you won't be disappointed :)

Elwen – I hope you get it soon! :)

Sam – Thanks for the award, so nice of you! :)

Kelly – Me too – I loved all the characters, they are all so well defined. The worldbuilding is great and I love Singh's writing style.

Tasha – You're welcome and I hope you enjoy it too when you get round to reading it :)

Rebecca – I do have the first couple in the Psy-Changeling series so I'm sure I will get around to them soon :)

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