Review: Angels' Blood by Nalini Singh

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux is hired by the dangerously beautiful Archangel Raphael. But this time, it’s not a wayward vamp she has to track. It’s an archangel gone bad.

The job will put Elena in the midst of a killing spree like no other—and pull her to the razor’s edge of passion. Even if the hunt doesn’t destroy her, succumbing to Raphael’s seductive touch just may. For when archangels play, mortals break.

This is a world where Angel, Vampire & Human coexist. Not necessarily under friendly terms but they exist. The Angels are in control and for the most part vampires follow their “sires” - the angels who Made them.

Then there’s the Guild - the group of hunters that are hired to bring the vamps to heel for their angels. Elena is located in NY and she’s the best of the best when it comes to hunters. Raphael, Archangel and ruler of NY, has hired Elena to find another Archangel. She’s not given much info and is pretty much kept in the dark but is expected to do her job.

In the meantime though she’s making some pretty serious enemies among the vamps and the angels; when her job of tracking is done she’s pretty sure her life will end. So as long as she’s going to die she decides that giving in to her lust for Raphael. But is it just lust? And how exactly is Raphael feeling about all of this?

Once again Nalini Singh has brought us a truly magnificent world. As in her Psy/Changeling series it’s a world that is very similar to ours yet just different enough. It seems that angels are pretty commonplace, yet there are rare enough sightings that humans are clicking away on their camera phones when they are seen. It all seems so normal for 2009 but these are angels! Not something we catch a gander at on a regular basis.

The story, as well as the wonderful world-building, had me entranced with this book.It was great to read about Elena’s kick-ass character go head to head with Raphael in all his long-lived cruelty. The emotional & sexual tension that was crackling off the pages was truly mesmerizing.

There were a few questions that I still had at the end of the book that weren’t cleared up but I know that they will be answered in future books so I’m not too worried about that. I’m very much looking forward to the next book in this series. Of course that seems like forever away but I’ll think about that another day.

Rating: 5 out of 5


Marg said...

Every review I have seen of this has been really positive! I wish I had spare cash to be able to buy a copy now. I will just have to wait another couple of weeks I guess!

Amy C said...

Ohhh, I gotta get to this one soon! Everybody loves it!

Jenre said...

This is another author I have yet to try, but keep seeing really good reviews of her books.

This is a terrific review, Tracy. You've really captured what it is about the book that made you like it.

Tracy said...

Marg - I'm sorry you'll have to wait but it will be worth all of the anticipation. :)

Amy - It's pretty damned good. I just love Singh.

Jenre - Thank you! Singh is wonderful. I really enjoy her books and highly recommend them.

Rosie said...

I just barely started this last night so I skimmed to your grade! *shivers* I'm so excited!

Tracy said...

Rosie - I hope you like it as well. And the review is spoiler free so feel free to read! :)

Renee said...

Just finished it this evening. Awesome book! Now the hard part will be to wait for the next in the series!

nath said...

Finished this week last book.

Euh, it was supposed to read: Finished this book last week ^_^; Great, I'm now even mixing words while writing!

anyway, I liked it, but not as much as everyone... didn't really like Elena :( World building is super though!

Tracy said...

Renee - so glad you liked it!! :)

Nath - that's too bad. What was it about Elena that you didn't care for? And yes, her world-building is always amazing.

Christine said...

LOVE this book. I think the world building and characterizations were brilliant. I can't wait for more from Singh in this world!