Nalini Singh steps back into the shadows of her “heartbreakingly original” world where angels rule, vampires serve, and the innocent can pay the greatest price of all…
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…
“A lot of women have trouble with their mothers-in-law.”
Raphael’s look was priceless. “My mother is an insane archangel.”
Holy gods. Archangel’s Consort had a lot of sex.
Once again, Archangel’s Consort is just one of those things that I love, despite it having some flaws. I can tear it to pieces if I wanted to, I could rate this way lower by doing so. I just don’t want to. Because I love it.
Archangel’s Consort shows that Elena is Raphael’s heart. And this is absolutely adorable. Raphael has come a long way since book one. He is learning boundaries. He is learning to respect Elena. And Elena is just as good because she is learning how to set these the boundaries. But she also respects his need to take care of her, too. There is a great give and take in their relationship that respects both who they are as people, what they are to each other, and what their very natures are. Because they love each other. And this is the way things are meant to be, damn it!
Storywise, there is a lot to keep readers entertained. There are three plots that weave in and out of the book. It isn’t always my favourite thing, to have that many things going on all at once. But somehow Singh pulls it off. It doesn’t feel convoluted or confusing to be confusing. It isn’t completely chaotic. It just is the way the cards fall. It feels natural.
But, there is something mysterious going on. It is causing chaos worldwide. And they think one of the previous Cadre who Sleep are waking up. They do not know if it is Raphael’s mother or not. Which is scary, because Caliane was about five minutes from going full on crazy before she Slept.
Also Lijuan is fucking insane. Nothing new. Just horrifying.
This is the last book in what I consider the first part of the story. After this, we follow Dimitri for a book. We’ll come back to Elena and Raphael later. I just find that I love this series, and these books. These people, too. I love Elena. I love Raphael. I love their relationship.
I’m a sucker.
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