New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh returns to her world of angelic rulers, vampiric servants, and the woman thrust into their darkly seductive world…
Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux wakes from a year-long coma to find herself changed—an angel with wings the colors of midnight and dawn—but her fragile body needs time to heal before she can take flight. Her lover, the stunningly dangerous archangel Raphael, is used to being in control—even when it comes to the woman he considers his own. But Elena has never done well with authority…
They’ve barely begun to understand each other when Raphael receives an invitation to a ball from the archangel Lijuan. To refuse would be a sign of fatal weakness, so Raphael must ready Elena for the flight to Beijing—and to the nightmare that awaits them there. Ancient and without conscience, Lijuan holds a power that lies with the dead. And she has organized the most perfect and most vicious of welcomes for Elena…
“They didn’t understand that she held his heart, held it so utterly that there was nothing he wouldn’t do, no line he wouldn’t cross to keep her safe.”
Archangel’s Kiss is kind of a middle book. I consider the first three books in the Guild Hunter series to part of a trilogy, or at least the first part of an arc that gets interrupted and continues throughout the series. So this book sort of feels like a middle child.
Because Archangel’s Kiss is all about Elena learning how to be an Angel. Not just physically. That will take time, she is basically a baby. Learning to fly is tricky! No, Elena also has to learn what it means to be an Angel. Especially an Angel tied to one of the most powerful Angels on the planet. It is a very political place to be in. And no one looks at Elena as if she matters. She is a child in their eyes. She has to learn how to make them think of her as a person, as if she matters. Especially to Raphael.
I love this book.
In addition to that, there is a lot of worldbuilding that goes on in Archangel’s Kiss. It is necessary with the way the series has slid political. But it is more, too. We have an entire new world for Elena to learn about, that humans will never know of. This book takes place in Sanctuary, where Angels raise their young. And someone has been murdered, and a child has been kidnapped. And Elena is the only Guild Hunter who can track down who the killer is – especially since she now has some limited ability to smell out Angels as well as Vampires.
There is also the fact that Elena is a broken person to deal with. She is working through the memories of the death of her mother and sisters. She is working through her past. And it is painful for her. And it breaks my heart. Because I’m a sucker for broken characters. A complete sucker.
There is also the hilarious subplot of Raphael refusing to have sex with Elena, because he doesn’t want to break her. Even though she really wants it. Their relationship is very complex.
Even though this feels like a middle book, I love it. I love the people, and I love the world. The story is just a reason for the characters and world to exist. It isn’t as important for me, so I don’t weigh it as heavily when I look at how much I love this. Because if you think about this at all it falls apart.
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