Warning: Issues of Consent.
USA Today bestselling author Nalini Singh introduces a world of beauty and bloodlust, where angels hold sway over vampires…
Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux knows she’s the best—but she doesn’t know if she’s good enough for this job. Hired by the dangerously beautiful Archangel Raphael, a being so lethal that no mortal wants his attention, only one thing is clear—failure is not an option…even if the task is impossible.
Because 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…
“Option 1: Attempt to back out.
Probable result: Death after painful torture.
Option 2: Do the job and hope.
Probable result: Death but probably no torture (good)”
Angels’ Blood, and Guild Hunter itself, is one of those books and series that I love without solid reasoning other than “I love it okay, leave me alone!” I love the characters, to a point. I love the story, to a point. I love the world, to a point. I’m enthralled with it. I love it. But man, does it have some issues.
Yet, despite all the issues I do have with it, I love it anyway. I think this is the third time I have read this book. I’ll probably read it again in the future. It is pure popcorn fuel.
The story of Angels’ Blood is pretty basic. Elena is tasked to go after a bad guy. She is woefully underpowered. She does have some backup in the form of Angel assistance, however she doesn’t have her normal sources of backup. She cannot tell anyone what she is doing. And really, all she has to find someone that has gone completely insane.
Yet despite the fact that the story is so basic, the book is not. And that is all down to the worldbuilding. The way this world is set up is what has always captivated me. Angels rule over the vampires and the humans. Archangels rule over the Angels. Vampires are created by Angels. Guild Hunters go after Vampires who try and skip out on their contracts they made with an Angel. And the entire world is shaped by these facts. Everything comes down to this. It is more complicated than this, of course, and it is a delight to read about. But the way it is built and the way it unfolds is classically good and I cannot help but love it.
Elena Deveraux is awesome. Broken, too. But awesome. She is strong and capable. And DAMN does she know what she wants and what she doesn’t want. Namely she wants Raphael, but she doesn’t want him to control her. She doesn’t want to take this case, either, but she knows she has to. Because if she doesn’t, it would be bad. Not for her, but for everyone. Taking the case, it is just bad for her.
And she knows it. She knows that this case will kill her. She also knows she has to do it.
Raphael is an Archangel. He is used to being the most powerful person around. He is arrogant. He doesn’t like the word no. And he has no regard for humans or their silly little emotions or morals. Which gets really fucked up when you consider that he really, really wants Elena. Not exactly to sex, but to own. LET US TALK ABOUT CONSENT, BECAUSE HOOOOO BOY. Raphael does not really understand consent. Everything ends up mostly okay in the end, but boy was it a battle to keep it there.
Which in a way I feel is realistic because Raphael is an Archangel and doesn’t give a fuck. I just also sort of wish it didn’t go there.
Overall, though, there is something about Angels’ Kiss that captivates me. It isn’t without flaws, but for me it is still magical. And because I have read this series before, I can definitely say that the series does get better. Raphael himself gets better. His relationship with Elena gets better. This is a rocky start to a relationship that I truly love once it gets to where it is going.
To read more reviews for this series, check out the Guild Hunter series page!