ANGELS’ BLOOD by Nalini Singh-a review
The Reading Cafe begins our salute to paranormal author Nalini Singh. Over the next several days, we will offer several reviews from her Psy-Changeling series as well as her Guild Hunters series.
ANGELS’ BLOOD by Nalini Singh
ANGELS’ BLOOD is the first book in Nalini Singh’s The Guild Hunter series. Written in the Urban Fantasy genre, Angel’s Blood introduces an exciting cast of characters including hunters, archangels, angels and vampires. A little darker and more violent then some paranormal, fantasy or urban fantasy storylines, Angel’s Blood is a great premiere for The Guild Hunter series.
Elena Devereaux is one of the best rogue ‘vampire’ hunters that the guild employs, but when the Archangel Raphael petitions specifically for Elena, she knows this is one job she cannot refuse. Raphael’s authority and power is never questioned. But when a series of grizzly murders points to the Archangel Uram, Elena’s abilities to hunt and track vampires, tops the list of hunters required to bring the ‘bloodborn’ Archangel to justice. With the ability to ‘sense and scent’ her prey, Raphael demands that Elena use her powers to track his one-time friend.
Throughout the storyline we meet the Cadre of 10 – the most powerful Archangels and the group of 7 (angels and vampires), who answer to and work for Raphael. Vampires are made, when an Archangel chooses to save a human life, or someone requests immortality, but payment is steep. Newly made vampires must serve their sire and when a vampire goes ‘rogue’, one of the Guild Hunters is called in to retrieve and return to their maker.
As the story progresses Nalini offers up a rather dark side of the paranormal, urban fantasy genre. Her description of the gruesome scenes, following Uram’s attacks, is unsettling, but a necessary part of the story. As humans, we have become isolated and distanced from violence and death by the media, but to bring forth a ‘serial’ murderer in the form of a rogue archangel is something only an author can put onto the pages.
Raphael’s need for Elena grows personal when he realizes that he is more than attracted to the vampire hunter. He uses every opportunity to seduce the huntress including his voice, his telepathic abilities to weave sexual scenarios as well as the taste of ‘ambrosia-like’ angel dust. Elena is not immune to the sexual seductions of both the Archangel Raphael as well as his ‘number one’ Dmitri, but she realizes that to remain strong, she must also, play along with their games. But in the end, the attraction between Elena and Raphael sets the stage for a personal confrontation that could lead to death for one or both. Raphael’s ‘little bit of humanity’ and Elena’s lack of immortality will result in a frightening final battle with Uram, leaving more than one Archangel bloody and dead, and a new angel re-born to a life with another.
Angels’ Blood is an interesting story. Archangels sire vampires, who in turn manifest some of the inherent anomalies likened to their sires. The struggle for power between the different Archangels as well as the hierarchy of vampire guardians and warriors, results in a different kind of storyline that will leave you wanting more.
reviewed by Sandy