Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Archangel’s Blade
Author: Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunter #4
Genre: M/F Urban Fantasy
Length: 321 pages
Release Date: September 6, 2011
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: The severed head marked by a distinctive tattoo on its cheek should have been a Guild case, but dark instincts honed over hundreds of years of life compel the vampire Dmitri to take control. There is something twisted about this death, something that whispers of centuries long past…but Dmitri’s need to discover the truth is nothing to the vicious strength of his response to the hunter assigned to decipher the tattoo.
Savaged in a brutal attack that almost killed her, Honor is nowhere near ready to come face to face with the seductive vampire who is an archangel’s right hand, and who wears his cruelty as boldly as his lethal sensuality…the same vampire who has been her secret obsession since the day she was old enough to understand the inexplicable, violent emotions he aroused in her.
As desire turns into a dangerous compulsion that might destroy them both, it becomes clear the past will not stay buried. Something is hunting…and it will not stop until it brings a blood-soaked nightmare to life once more…
When a severed head with a tattoo on its face is found, Dmitri, Raphael’s second in command, is thrust back into his past he wishes he could forget. A few months ago, Honor was kidnapped and used as a demented vampire’s entertainment. She’s broken and unable to get back into life as she knew it. As a Guild Hunter, though, she’s forced back into the field when Dmitri requests their help. Unfortunately, Honor’s not at all excited to be working with a vampire but that doesn’t stop either of them from feeling the attraction. But with the issues they both have, will they be able to get passed them to what they could potentially have?
I have a love/hate relationship with Dmitri. I love how scary and sexy he is but at the same time, I didn’t really like him as a person in previous books. In this book, though, I absolutely adored him. I found him alluring and I really liked his reaction towards Honor. As for Honor, I thought she was an amazing heroine. I liked that she was so broken but then became this strong person who could handle someone like Dmitri.
What I liked about this story is that there were two mysteries – one that related to Honor and one that related to Dmitri. While Dmitri’s wasn’t as fleshed out as I would have liked, I did enjoy Honor’s and how much Dmitri put into avenging her. It was interesting to see how much Dmitri was invested in her without wanting to really get close to her. I also liked how Honor tied into Dmitri’s past, it definitely made things intriguing!!
I really loved finally getting Dmitri’s story but my biggest issue is that I found Honor’s change from not trusting Dmitri to letting him do whatever was too fast. I loved that she grew passed her issues but I found her sudden desire to let Dmitri have his way with her didn’t fit with her healing. I expected it to take a little more time for her to be comfortable enough with Dmitri for some things.
In the end, this was a good addition to the series. I’m glad the Seven are finally getting their stories and I’m excited to continue reading. Dmitri and Honor together were definitely a great couple and I loved seeing their developments. Definitely give this a go if you’ve enjoyed the first three stories in the series!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*