In 2009 author Anne Rice was quoted in The Guardian as saying, “Angels are the new vampires of the literary world.” Maybe author Nalini Singh thought so as well, because that’s when she wrote the first of the Guild Hunter series, Angels’ Blood.
In Elena Deveraux’s world, humans can petition Angels to turn them into Vampires. In accepting the deal, the human becomes semi-immortal and agrees to serve the angel for a hundred years. Sometimes the vampires want out of their contract and try to escape. That’s where Elena comes in. She’s a vampire hunter. She’s good at her job. In fact, she may be the best.
When the archangel Raphael needs someone to track a renegade, he requests Elena’s help. It’s an offer she can’t refuse, even when it becomes obvious that she’s tracking a renegade angel. And not just any angel, one of the most powerful Archangels.
In addition to the engaging personality conflicts of the two, strong-willed main characters, the story has a page-turning, fast-paced chase through Manhattan to stop the insane angel from killing humans in a blood-thirsty frenzy.
This book has lots of action and plenty of vampires. Powerful, sexy, dangerous vampires—but the baddest of the bad are the Angels.
It took me a while to warm up to Raphael. But like Elena, I did eventually find qualities to admire. There are some fresh ideas here that raised this novel above the “same old, same old,” and it has me hooked. The characters are well-developed and the backstory of the Angels, their powers, and the hierarchy was interesting. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the Guild Hunter series.
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