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Angels' Blood: Book 1 (Guild Hunter Series) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B003774XME
- Publisher : Gollancz (5 February 2010)
- Language : English
- File size : 1166 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 372 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 34,325 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Also this version of the ebook was formatted very poorly. I had chapters with different sized fonts and a lack of indentations and random spaces in the middle of words. No idea what was going on with that...
The premise of the story is a great one to start of a series, and Raphael as the Archangel of NY is just a swoonworthy Book Boyfriend.
Although Ilium is a close second for me, and of course Dimitri and Venom - I so want to know more about these boys...
Elena is awesome, I loved her snarky guns/knives blazing attitude, shes not taking any crap from anyone - even an Archangel.
With an action packed chase for the worst case Elena has had to track there is never a dull moment, but at the same time Ms Singh builds up the foundations for the world in which the Guild Hunters live.
This is a second read for me, having first bought it in 2014 I took a break from Reviewing for the blog to just have some "ME" time and re read it this week. IF I am ever in a book funk I can count on Nalini Singh to pick me back up... thats why she is my favourite author.
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I loved this just as much the second time around the genre is urban fantasy combined with romance and it’s fast-paced and action-packed throughout.
The story is so imaginative it’s set in an alternate earth universe where angels rule at the top and the highest of them all are archangels.
Raphael is the Archangel of New York and he has a problem. One of the other Archangels has gone rogue killing innocents across the city he needs a hunter to scent him out so he can contain and destroy the threat.
Elena is a born hunter employed by the Guild an organisation that bags vampires and returns them to their masters the angels.
Vampires are made and part of the price of this is the service of time owed to their overlords.
When Elena is summoned to Angel Tower by Raphael himself she knows that to refuse is not an option.
This is a graphic one in terms of gory descriptions Raphael and Elena are basically on the tail of a serial killer psychotic angel.
This balanced the plot with the romance very nicely but this story is essentially more plot-driven than romance-driven.
I liked where we eventually ended up here and that ending was fabulous and definitely makes you want to continue on with Elena and Raphael’s story.
The world-building is good and even though certain things weren’t explained fully here I know having read this series before that these explanations do come and the more this series progresses the more we do learn.
I can’t wait to dive fully into the next book which again focuses on this particular couple.
A well written and imaginative series with Angel's vampires and humans.
Badass female MC – ✔
Annoying Love Interest – ✔. Admittedly, why they’re annoying varies. This one is a won’t take no for an answer sort, but there’s a weird reason for that I won’t spoil.
The third male, who isn’t a love interest at all, but wants in the MC’s pants too – ✔
However, some were flipped on their head, and for that, I’m super happy. It’s what redeemed it for me. I definitely can’t go into detail without major spoilers, but let’s just say, something I’ve wanted to happen in all these paranormal romance books, finally happened!
I enjoyed the world that has been built here too. Angels, archangels and vampires are all common knowledge. The unique thing, or at least new to me, is that only angels turn vampires.
The thing is, whilst I do want to read on, I also don’t. The book had a happy ending, where I can make up some, they lived happily ever after bs. I really liked the ending, but it’s not encouraging me to read on, so I also don’t know how to feel about it.
Overall, I’m giving this a 4.5/5. I think my issues with it are because I’ve read about 10 books along the same lines recently. This might’ve been the best of the lot of them.
Well......i thoroughly enjoyed this book and could not put it down. Angels are a little new to me but there are also vampires.....with a different spin on them, which was surprising.
The characters were great to read about and the world Nalini has created was wonderful.
There is lots of action, drama, humorous banter between the characters, excellent side characters which i can't wait to get stuck into their stories. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good para-romance with a strong female character who remains true to her personality throughout the story......and of course a handsome archangel.
Now to get the next!
Hooks you immediately - and yes, I have now bought all the existing 9 books despite my internal war against the expense when I get so many free books - and have a library waiting for reading!
Where to start?
The main area of action is New York (and its surroundings. In this multiverse, Angels and Archangels are real beings. Possibly an alien race but even they are not sure. A race that is effectively immortal, although after many thousands of years they tend to get tired of existence and go to Sleep.
No-one knows how many Angels and Archangels Sleep, nor where or even how this Sleep is maintained. It is possible, their history says, for an Angel who is asleep to wake and Sleep again many times but...
Archangels, by virtue of their long life, effective immortality (immune to disease, can regenerate limb and wings etc) rule the world in 10 different sectors, divided roughly equally.
There are also Vampires ‘Made’ by the Angels mostly as servants. Vampires are also effectively immortal - unless you cut their heads off and incinerate them. But yes, they can walk in the sunlight and perform normal tasks, they just live a long time as long as they drink a little blood.
From time to time, vampires get blood lust and start to kill instead of just drinking, and then they are Hunted. Which is where our heroine Elena comes in. She is our Wonder Woman archetype. She is strong, fast, exceptional at her job of tracking, and lovely too. And the Archangel ruling New York becomes rather a fan... even if he is rather a frightening character.
This is a series that really grips. I didn’t believe the reviews but now I do!
I enjoyed the world that the author created fro her characters to inhabit. She sketches it in quickly and everything that then happens is consistent. Elena is a compelling character. She is strong and independent but not stupid and thankfully not one of those female urban fantasy heroines who sounds off at everyone all the time. He growing attachment to Raphael is well done and as we see part of the story from his point of view we begin to understand that what Elena thinks she knows about angels may not be entirely true.
This is a story in itself but it is very obviously the start of a series and there are some exciting developments at the end of the book which mean that I have already obtained the next in the series to see what happens !