Sunday, December 19, 2010
Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux and her lover, the lethally beautiful archangel Raphael, have returned home to New York only to face an uncompromising new evil…
A vampire has attacked a girls’ school—the assault one of sheer, vicious madness—and it is only the first act. Rampant bloodlust takes vampire after vampire, threatening to make the streets run with blood. Then Raphael himself begins to show signs of an uncontrolled rage, as inexplicable storms darken the city skyline and the earth itself shudders.
The omens are suddenly terrifyingly clear.
An ancient and malevolent immortal is rising. The violent winds whisper her name: Caliane. She has returned to reclaim her son, Raphael. Only one thing stands in her way: Elena, the consort who must be destroyed… (Summary from Goodreads.com)
Archangel’s Consort is book 3 in Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter Series. Terrible events begin to rock the world – unexplained earthquakes, tsunami’s and thunderstorms. Vampires are also running rampant with violent and unexplained attacks against humans. After an attack occurs close to home for Elena, Raphael determines that the unexplained events evidence of a Sleeper awakening and all clues point to his mother... Caliane.
When I first started Archangel’s Consort I was surprised. Nearly every other chapter had a sex scene between Raphael and Elena. I immediately thought “overkill” and I even tweeted about it a couple of times. There wasn’t nearly enough sex between them in books one and two (IMO) and Singh was merely trying to compensate with that lack in Book 3. But as the story of unfolds you begin to see where these are not merely sex scenes. The encounters that they share are part of the keystone of their relationship. After a thousand years of existence, Raphael has fallen in love with a human. After years of suppressing her childhood horrors, Elena has found love, trust and safety in the truest form. They turn to each other as safe havens, building a stronger foundation between them. So on the surface, it may seem purely sexual but as the story unfolds you begin to see the deep connection that they share and how intertwined it has become with their lives.
Singh continues to spin a marvelous story pulling in Raphael’s past, his insane mother, Caliane. She also gives more details about Elena and her father that will leave your head spinning. There are new characters introduced as well as visits from old favorites – Dmitri and Illium aka Blue Bell.
Archangel’s Consort is definitely focused on family and how it impacts Raphael and Elena. When all is said and done – Singh knocks it out the park yet again with a home run hit!
Release Date: Jan. 25, 2011
Paperback: 352 pages
Review: ARC provided to me as part of Rex Robot Reviews ARC Tour
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