Archangel’s Blade by Nalini Singh
(Guild Hunter #4)
Gollancz (Sept 2011)
Paperback, 310 pages
I adore Singh’s Guild Hunter series and I was really looking forward to reading Archangel’s Blade. When I first heard that it wouldn’t feature Raphael and Elena as the main characters but focus instead on Raphael’s second in command, I will admit I was a little worried.
Unfortunately, although I enjoyed the book, I did miss Raphael and Elena. I missed them a lot. I liked Dmitri but he didn’t make me swoon or capture my heart. I liked Honor but she didn’t rock my world. Whereas Raphael and Elena made each previous book in this series heart crushingly fabulous. Dmitri and Honor I found slightly luke warm rather than scorchingly hot as a couple.
As usual Singh gives her characters some amazing back stories. And usually this is enough to pull me into the story and invest in the characters. It did but only to a point. I found that it became a little repetitive and I wanted the relationship to move on a lot quicker than it did. Although, I also appreciated that because of their issues they waited and didn’t just jump into bed with one another.
As with the previous books there are murders occurring which Dmitri and Honor band together to solve. They both have lots of issues. But as I read through each chapter, small details were given that helped me understand why they were the way they were.
We get to see what made Dmitri the cold-blooded killer he is by given glimpses into his past, it helps give us an understanding of who he was and more of an appreciated of who he is now. With Honor, the outcome to her journey with Dmitri revealed a twist, one I didn’t like.
Some of the scenes in the book are pretty brutal and Singh does an amazing job with her descriptions, but then she always does. This is her gift. Every scene is crafted with luscious detail that brings her stories to life. My imagination revels in her words and I love her writing style. This is no different with Archangel’s Blade I just think my problem was that it wasn’t about my favourite couple.
In Archangel’s Consort, the third book in the series, I got the feeling that Singh was getting a little bit tired of Raphael and Alena as it did feel as though it was just a rinse and repeat of book two, as the relationship between Elena and Raphael didn’t really move on, so I was looking forward to being lifted once again with this series. Although I wasn’t as enamoured with Archangel’s Blade as I would have hoped, this is purely down to the fact I actually missed Raphael and Elena and thought Dmitri and Honor a weak substitute. As well as the fact that I wasn’t smitten with Dmitri to begin with.
Dark, tortured Jason is the hero in the next instalment, Archangel’s Storm and he is one of my favourite angels – I can’t wait to read his story.
As expected, a wonderfully written novel from an amazing author, but sadly it lacked the emotion and passion I felt when reading Raphael and Elena’s story, but this is only my personal reaction to the story. Archangel’s Blade is still worth a read and one I would definitely recommend. I’m hoping “Bluebell” gets his book soon as he’s my favourite angel 😉
BOOKS IN SERIES ORDER
BUY YOUR COPY