Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Archangel’s Consort
Author: Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunter #3
Hero/Heroine: Elena & Raphael
Genre: M/F Urban Fantasy
Length: 337 pages
Release Date: January 25, 2011
Available at: Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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…
I started reading this story years ago, when the first book in the series came out (Angel’s Blood) and I loved it and the sequel (Archeangel’s Kiss). Unfortunately, by the time this one came out, I was already into the M/M genre and girly bits were not my thing. By the time I went back to m/f, the series was already on book 7 and I was thinking there’s no way I’d have the time to read such a long series (because of course I’d have to reread books 1 & 2 to remind myself what happened). But then the last book in the Guild Hunter series came out, which made me WANT to read it again and I finally took the plunge and decided to catch up with this series.
I’m so glad I did because I forgot how much I adored this world. Elena and Raphael aren’t exactly my favorite m/f couple but they’re definitely hot and I love the dynamics between them. Aside from the fact that Raphael is a scary-ass archangel who has no issues dishing out brutal punishment, I liked that Elena was a warrior and so independent. She’s not the traditional heroine so it was interesting to see her get accustomed to her role as an archangel’s consort on top of being a newly made angel AND being the only Guild Hunter who WAS an angel. It was refreshing to see her struggle so much but also to see how much Raphael adores Elena.
I was a little nervous with the plot of the story because bitchy mothers aren’t exactly something I’m excited about but I liked that this one led so much into how powerful Raphael’s mother was and the destruction her waking was causing. It was interesting to see how the world was affected by it and starting to see the affects of how much Elena is changing Raphael, their journey to realizing that and using it when the time came (you’ll understand when you read it).
I enjoyed this story but I had two big issues. Mainly there was too much sex for me but also, I felt like the story dragged sometime in the middle. I was expecting things to progress faster but for a little bit, nothing really happened.
All in all, this was still a great story. I’m glad I went back to the series because it’s pushed me to want to continue reading the others and finally get to the other Seven! If you like books with angels, passion and suspense, definitely give this one a go!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*