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Angels' Blood (Berkley Sensation)


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ISBN13: 9780425226926
ISBN10: 0425226921
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Lieder Madchen, September 21, 2013 (view all comments by Lieder Madchen)
I checked this book out from my local e-library on a whim, having seen many positive reviews on blogs, and was surprised by how much I loved it. The unique world and brilliantly written characters grabbed me by the throat and refused to let go. Not that I fought very hard.

Elena is a very strong, inflexible human. Raphael is a very strong, inflexible immortal. Theirs is a romance destined to be difficult from the word go. The two of them circle warily; Raphael pushing, Elena refusing to bend. Watching the two of them get to know each other is comparable to watching a knife fight between the most skilled of opponents; strike and counterstrike delivered one after another with blinding speed.

There are layers upon layers of sensuality and seduction woven throughout the novel, yet there is less sex compared to other books in the paranormal romance genre. I really like that; it meant the focus was more on the emotional and verbal interactions between Raphael and Elena, both of which were frankly fascinating.

The storyline for Angels' Blood is fairly simple; a very powerful, utterly insane archangel is murdering people and the main characters must stop him. However, the nuances of the world and characters who make up the story are endlessly intricate. Every angel, vampire and human has a full-fledged, believable personality, even the minor ones. Ilium, the bright, laughing butterfly with very sharp teeth when he chooses to show them. Dmitri, the ever-loyal, ever-watching vampire with a dark past. Michaela; bright and brittle and capricious as the wind. I could go on, but you should really read the book and meet them all for yourselves.

The mythology of the world is beautifully developed, from the unique set up of a world ruled by angels who have the power to create vampires to the tiny details that make Ms. Singh's angels and vampires different from other authors' angels and vampires. The Guild Hunters' New York is completely familiar yet utterly foreign at the same time.

I highly recommend this book to all lovers of urban fantasy and dangerous romance.
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emmejo, January 22, 2011 (view all comments by emmejo)
Elena is a vampire hunter and one of the best, due to her ability to sense vampires when they are nearby, a trick which makes finding them a lot easier. When the archangel Raphael contacts her he's not looking for someone to track down a lost vampire servant, instead he wants her to help kill a fallen angel. He believes she can learn to use her vampire-tracking power on an angel too, but Elena isn't at all sure this is a job she can handle. She takes the job; after all, who would refuse one of the most powerful and dangerous angels alive? However after a while Elena is wondering if Raphael might be more of a danger to her life (and/or sanity) than their target. He keeps pressuring her to join his bed, and she's not sure if she can say no. She's not even sure she wants to or how to tell, considering how entertaining he seems to find messing with her head and making her do things she doesn't want to do.

The "power =magic =control =sex =power" concept is very common in paranormal romance, but rarely is it done well and in a believable manner. Here it is. Raphael is shown as inhuman at the beginning, his main interest in Elena seems just to be about getting his power-trip from forcing a powerful hunter to do his bidding, slowly and surprisingly believably, becoming a relationship about something other than wrestling over who's tougher. I think the key thing that makes it seem possible is respect. Both characters learn to respect each other's abilities, weaknesses and pasts, in doing so they both learn to start letting go of the urge to try and run the whole world, which lets them realize that their relationship doesn't have to be about control and power. It's very rare for a paranormal romance to use character development so effectively, which makes this one a breath of fresh air into an often stagnant genre.

I wish the writing had been as good as the characters. It wasn't dreadful, but it felt sloppy and rushed in a number of spots. It was generally rather bland, I got the sense the author was trying not to make her writing a distraction or stand out, but instead it meant that when exciting stuff wasn't happening to keep the reader interested via the plot and/or characters, the writing had a tendency to drag and get rather dull.

Another problematic thing is that both main characters were so unlikable at the beginning and it was very difficult to empathize, like or be interesting in learning more about them until more than a third of the way through. I only stuck with it that far because of the interesting setting, a couple background characters and the fact that I had received it through Bookcrossing and wanted to write a proper review. Had it been a library book I would have put it down unfinished, which would have been unfortunate since it improved so much later on.

This is an interesting read, but one has to slog through a tough beginning to get to the "good stuff".
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kehills, November 26, 2010 (view all comments by kehills)
Elena Deveraux is a Guild Hunter (the name, also, of the series itself). The Guild is a worldwide organization that employees hunters that will track down errand vampires. Vampires, you see, owe 100 years of service to their makers - the angels. But, people - and vampires - being what they are, some try to break free of their service before their contract is up. That's where the Hunters come in.

But Elena's not an ordinary hunter. She's hunter-borne, meaning that for her, each vampire has a specific - and traceable - smell. And this specials kill is what Cadre of Ten - the Archangels who've divided the world into the territories they rule - need. Of course, although they need her, Raphael, the Archangel of New York, will be damned if he'll tell her why.

Although Elena's an experienced hunter, she has little experience with older vampires or Archangels. Raphael's one of the oldest Archangels, and his staff is full of higher ranking angels and older vampires. Elena has to overcome some of her biases, and her suicidal tendency to mouth off before thinking, in order to work with these powerful creatures who need her - and only her - for her extremely rare tracking skills.

Singh quickly throws Elena into the story; there's almost no set-up, and this works well. And of course, since this is a paranormal romance series, there's attraction, romance, and eventually sex - Raphael's drawn to the feisty disregard Elena has for her personal safety, and Elena can't keep her eyes off one of the most beautiful being she's ever seen. But the story itself isn't designed to throw the two characters together; the plot is Elena's hunt, and the slow reveal as she figures out just who - what - it is she's hunting.
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Sarah Sieker, May 29, 2009 (view all comments by Sarah Sieker)
I absolutely loved this book and look forward to more in the series. It was an intense and emotional ride all the way through. I highly recommend it.
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Product Details

Singh, Nalini
Berkley Books
Romance - Paranormal
Fantasy fiction
Edition Description:
MM Picture Book
Guild Hunter
Series Volume:
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 12
6.78x4.15x.98 in. .38 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 352 pages Berkley - English 9780425226926 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Hailed by Christine Feehan as a major new talent, Singh introduces readers to a world where angels hold sway over vampires. Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux is hired by the dangerously beautiful Archangel Raphael to track an archangel gone bad. Original.
"Synopsis" by ,
Enter New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s darkly beautiful world of archangels and immortal power, as a pact is sealed between two souls bound by blood, stirred by desire, and driven by vengeance…

With wings of midnight and an affinity for shadows, Jason courts darkness. But now, with the Archangel Neha’s consort lying murdered in the jewel-studded palace that was his prison and her rage threatening cataclysmic devastation, Jason steps into the light, knowing he must unearth the murderer before it is too late.

Earning Neha’s trust comes at a price—Jason must tie himself to her bloodline through the Princess Mahiya, a woman with secrets so dangerous, she trusts no one. Least of all an enemy spymaster.

With only their relentless hunt for a violent, intelligent killer to unite them, Jason and Mahiya embark on a quest that leads to a centuries-old nightmare… and to the dark storm of an unexpected passion that threatens to drench them both in blood.

"Synopsis" by ,

View our feature on Nalini Singh’s Angels' Blood.Nalini Singh introduces readers to a world of beauty and bloodlust, where angels hold sway over vampires.

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux is hired by the dangerously beautiful Archangel Raphael. But this time, it’s not a wayward vamp she has to track. It’s an archangel gone bad.

The job will put Elena in the midst of a killing spree like no other—and pull her to the razor’s edge of passion. Even if the hunt doesn’t destroy her, succumbing to Raphael’s seductive touch just may. For when archangels play, mortals break.

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