Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Archangel's Consort by Nalini Singh

Eleana & Raphael's 3rd book

Archangel's Consort (Guild Hunters book 3)

By Nalini Singh

Book Blurb:
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…

As I progress through each book does it get predictable that I say, "Oh this one was my favourite."??? Because I think that Archangel's Consort may be my favourite yet.  

I love that although Raphael and Elena have been together since the first book, Angel's Blood, this third book is when I truly see them as married. Well, as married as angels get. I do like the spin on the word "Consort" and how it all just wraps up in a nice perfect package. Elena and Raphael are very much in love and I'm loving how much they are in love! 

The entire book, Archangel's Consort, is a story where Raphael's very ancient and powerful mother, Caliane is waking up from a "sleep".  It appears that due to how old and ancient Caliane was she started to go insane when Raphael was just a young angel. As a result, she put herself to sleep secretly hidden away. This self induced "sleep" is a gamble on whether she'll wake even more mad or cured of her madness. Regardless when Caliane does fully wake, she will be the most powerful archangel that ever was. As the reader, you are never quite sure how this state is going to turn out. Are all the catastrophic world events that are occurring on each of the continents leading up to her wakening? Is that an indication of how crazy Caliane is going to be?  Nothing was ever written the ancient texts to base this event on. 

Elena is still quite weak in terms of how an immortal angel gauges strength. She can't fly for long distances yet but she is a fighter and she is giving it everything she has to be 100% healthy and independent. She is frustrated with herself because as a Guild Hunter, she was one of the strongest. It is a complete table turn for her to have to rely on being saved or watched over. I could feel her frustration. I absolutely loved that even though she hated being so dependent, she was still wise enough to realize she needed assistance and didn't do stupid things. Oh how I hate when authors make their heroine do stupid things. I could hug Nalini Singh for making Elena so brilliant in that respect. 

The readers have now all been introduced to Raphael's "SEVEN". These brave warriors are a combination of vampires or angels. They are Venom, Jason, Galen, Nassir, Aodhan, Dmitri and of course my favourite (as well as everyone else's) Illium. Wonderful secondary characters that I am sure we will get treated to each and every one of their books. I'll bet you a nickel that Illium's book will be last because he is the fan favourite. I love how each of these characters are loyal to Raphael (and even Elena through Raphael). Excellent set up for more books!

I look forward to more and more of these wonderful adventures. I am starting Archangel's Blade next. 

Teasers: An Angel "dance" over the ocean, sister Eve surprise, "I live Elena. Because of you."


Julie said...

I am giggling right now because you claim this to be your favorite. I had trouble with this one. If I remember correctly, I rated it 3 stars and that's only because the series is so strong. I found it slow and all the 'consort' and 'archangel' just bugged me. I mean, these people have names! lol And I found the plot with Elena's sister a little out of nowhere and for no reason. But I adore the Seven and the world is amazing. Dmitri's book is solid. And make sure you check out the anthology - especially the last story. Can't wait for Jason's book and I hope 'Bluebell's' book comes soon because I ADORE him! Maybe even more than Raphael...but don't tell anyone. ;)

Unknown said...

Hi! You make good references about "Angel" and "Consort". I found myself saying it out loud in different tones to see how it felt sarcastic or sweet. I was experimenting. I even wondered how it would sound on an audio book.
Other than that, I did really love it.