Warning: Nonconsensual sex
New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh is back in the shadows of a deadly, beautiful world where angels rule, vampires serve, and one female hunter must crawl out of the darkness to survive…
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…
“Ever had a woman say no to you, Dmitri?”
“Once.” He turned the corner with a smile that made her want to cup his face, trace those beautiful lips with her own. “I married her.”
Archangel’s Blade is the first book in the Guild Hunter series that doesn’t feature Raphael and Elena as the lead characters. As Elena and Raphael are my favourite characters in the entire series, so you can tell how distressing this fact may be for me. Especially since this book features Dmitri, who is actually my least favourite character in the series.
It just doesn’t feel as great to read without Raphael and Elena around all the time. I’m sure they’re still fucking like bunnies, though.
Dmitri is Raphael’s second, and he has been alone a long, long, long time. He is still suffering inside with the loss of his wife and children during his mortal life, 900 years ago. He is always alone by choice, because he doesn’t really want to be with anyone but his wife. Dmitri is also an insufferable, high-handed jackass. There is more inside than meets the eyes, sure, but I still don’t really like him.
Honor is a Guild Hunter who was kidnapped by vampires, locked up, fed upon, abused and raped. For months. She was broken by the experience, and is only now showing signs of recovering from the experience. It has been a long, slow recovery. She is still broken inside. So of course she is tasked with working with Dmitri, the most powerful vampire in North America. A vampire who likes pain in bed (his or theirs) and hunting people sexually for fun. Great idea.
Too bad it works and Honor is starting to show signs of life again. She becomes determined to make a new start out of life after everything that happened to her.
Yet there is more to this relationship than attraction between the two. There is more than just chemistry. Something is bothering Honor. She has always been unusually drawn to Dmitri. She has always had her eyes on him. In fact, she moved to New York just to be closer to him. And that connection is growing the longer they spend together.
The book is technically about how Dmitri and Honor are trying to track down her kidnappers and torturers. Dmitri does it because those vampires had the gall to do that in their territory. Honor does it because she wants to see justice. Yet this is such a small part of what I remember about the book, even moments after I finished reading it. Mostly Archangel’s Blade is about the romance and connecting it to the past.
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