Enter New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s breathtakingly passionate Guild Hunter world with the story of a woman who isn’t a vampire or an angel…or human…
Once a broken girl known as Sorrow, Holly Chang now prowls the shadowy gray underground of the city for the angels. But it’s not her winged allies who make her a wanted woman—it’s the unknown power coursing through her veins. Brutalized by an insane archangel, she was left with the bloodlust of a vampire, the ability to mesmerize her prey, and a poisonous bite.
Now, someone has put a bounty on her head…
Venom is one of the Seven, Archangel Raphael’s private guard, and he’s as infuriating as he is seductive. A centuries-old vampire, his fangs dispense a poison deadlier than Holly’s. But even if Venom can protect Holly from those hunting her, he might not be able to save himself—because the strange, violent power inside Holly is awakening…
No one is safe.
“Does it hurt to bite your tongue so hard?” he asked with faux concern.
Holly didn’t miss a beat. “I’m in a car with you–I clearly have a high pain threshold.”
This reread of Guild Hunter sure has been a journey. This is the last book I have to review before the new book, Archangel’s War, on Tuesday. I have already reviewed Archangel’s Prophecy here.
Through this journey, I keep finding Guild Hunter books that are my “least favourite.” For now I’m sticking with Archangel’s Viper to be my least favourite. I just didn’t feel like any of the elements of the book that typically work for me in a Nalini Singh novel actually worked for me.
First there was the story. Which basically split the book into two halves that didn’t really feel like they were the same book. The first half was them looking for a killer. That gets interrupted midway through by a bigger problem of Holly’s connection to Urian becoming a thing again. Now this connection formed in BOOK ONE of Guild Hunter. And it…wasn’t even particularly introduced prior to this book. I just did not like the way this was handled.
Then there was the relationship between Holly and Venom. All throughout Archangel’s Viper, they felt like siblings. They both understood what the other was going through. Venom felt like a caring older brother. And then when they finally had sex (way, way deep into the book, even. Nalini Singh are you feeling alright?) I was very turned off. I was like “Oh god, why are you doing that?!”. It just felt wrong. They felt like siblings, not lovers-to-be. It was weird.
Holly herself doesn’t feel like that broken Sorrow we have been seeing for the previous nine books. She has grown up, and grown into herself a bit. But not too much, because otherwise there wouldn’t be much for her in this book. It felt odd to not be able to see all of it in this one book. I think if a reader was new to this series and picked up this book to try it out, they would be completely and totally lost just based off Holly’s progression through the book itself. It is just so discordantly put together.
Then there was Venom who was completely forgettable. He is one of Raphael’s Seven. He is supposed to be one of the most powerful people on the planet. And he just faded into the background. I honestly cannot say anything about him even after reading this book other than that he is the one with the weird snake-like tendencies. The only thing new we learned about him, other than a tiny bit of his history, was…he likes to cook. He doesn’t even feel like his own person. He just feels like he is there to complement Holly. I don’t like it.
This was the biggest dud in the series for me. Which is disappointing. But, having read the next book in the series already, I have to say you’re definitely in for some incredible storytelling in the next book!
To read more reviews for this series, check out the Guild Hunter series page!