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.
It’s hard to imagine Nalini Singh being able to trump her fantastic Psy/Changeling series, but with such a strong beginning to her new Guild Hunter series she may have done just that.
The foundation of the Guild Hunter world is that angels are able to create vampires. There’s no need for the two seemingly disparate races to be at odds, not when the angels are able to leash the vamps, so to speak, with loyalty or fear. And when that doesn’t work, Guild Hunters such as Elena Deveraux get called in. The concept is executed very well, and while the setting is grounded in the gritty reality of New York streets, the presence of angels and vampires lends a heady sort of magic that I found intriguing and fresh.
In terms of character, one of the many things I appreciated about this one was that we weren’t just told that Archangels were lethal. Raphael’s actions spoke volumes. His character, his nature, was meant to be dynamic, and Singh built it beautifully. Elena was a standout because the reader gets hints of a tragic event in her past, and it’s evident how those moments of her life forever affected her drive, her relationships, her sense of self. And that’s just with hints! Singh is adept at creating layered characters, and there were several secondary characters that further proved it. I can’t wait to see more of them in future books.
So what did I love most about this book? Well, I loved that I’d read a sentence, a description, or a bit of dialogue, and I’d immediately need to read it over again. And in some cases, again. There was much to savor, and I found that I wanted to make it last. By the time I finished it I knew it was going to be next to impossible to wait for more of the Guild Hunters’ world. The set-up for book two was wonderful; so many questions, so many possibilities. I need to know what’s going to happen next. And that’s why I’ll be first in line to buy all future books in this series. I hope you’ll give this one a shot when it’s released in March – it’s well worth it!