Monday, November 19, 2012

Archangel's Consort by Nalini Singh

Archangel's Consort  (Guild Hunter, #3)

Archangel's Consort by Nalini Singh

Third in the Guild Hunter series

5 stars

Vampire hunter and Made-angel, Elena Deveraux, and her archangel lover, Raphael, are back to in the city they call their home, New York. After battling Lijuan, Neha, and Neha’s daughter in the Refuge and China in the previous book they know trouble awaits. After a vampire viciously attack an all girls’ school- the school Elena’s half-sisters attend- it starts to be the domino effect of other horrific acts that vampires are starting to do. There’s only one person or reason these acts are happening. An archangel is rising from their Sleep. The archangel, Caliane, is finally rising after years of speculation from Raphael that his mother may still be alive. Caliane awaking is only the begging to a whole new battle that awaits both Elena and Raphael. There will be spoilers from the previous books. I loved Archangel’s Consort. I will admit I had a few bumps in the road the first 100+ pages, but it all started to fit together eventually. This is such a thrilling ride. It’s somewhat of an ominous telling of what could have been an apocalypse. Caliane awakening is a scary thing and even when she isn’t awake she’s causing destruction, more on that later.

The main female character is Elena. Elena is still being her kick-ass self, but she didn’t have the vulnerability like in Archangel’s Kiss. Elena still battles with (look away if you don’t want to see a spoiler) her mother’s suicide after the attack that destroyed her family. SPOILER END Elena and Raphael’s relationship was very different from the previous books. They were more relaxed and open towards each other. I liked seeing that. Elena is probably one of my favorite heroines in paranormal romance. She’s strong-willed and caring. Seeing her interact with her half-sister was touching, but I wish there would’ve been more.

Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 10

The main male character is Raphael. A lot of people hated Raphael in Angels’ Blood. Not me, I loved him from the start. Raphael is complex and he has faced pain, but it’s to be expected from a man as old as him. He’s seen as ruthless by humans and vampires, but Elena’s love has turned him mortal everyday and it shows in this book. I feel for Raphael and his reuniting with his mother was bittersweet for him. He also holds a special place in my heart. I’m sure he will always be one of my favorite archangels.

Swoon Worthy Scale: 10

The Villain- I want to say Caliane is the villain, but it isn’t that simple because there’s also Lijuan. Caliane is old, very old; older than Lijuan who was the oldest archangel of the Cadre. I have a feeling that if Caliane was in the Dark-Hunter world she would be Acheron’s aunt or cousin. She’s older than him and has been around for millennia. The thing about Caliane is I wanted to hate for what she did to Raphael, but when she woke she seemed sane not insane like before she Slept. Lijuan, though is the one that scares me. Even though Caliane could be a problem in the future, Lijuan will always be there to try to take power. Lijuan has evolved into something untouchable on Earth, but the fact she’s evolved has also made her unable to harm humanity, which is a good thing in some ways. I honestly have no idea what to expect from these villains because they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. P.S. The battle scene was EPIC!

Villain Scale: 9.5

I wanted more of Elena’s half-sister Evelyn. I felt like she should’ve been mentioned more and it didn’t seem like her interaction with Elena was fully touched upon. There weren’t enough scenes with Elena’s old friends. I wanted more Sara and Ransom. I love Illium, I want a book about Illium. Dmitri, he intrigues me and I wonder about him. Venom is freaking awesome and I want more about him. Really I just want more of these characters.

Character Scale: 9

This is the last book with Elena and Raphael for a while. Not the official last, but the last until one is written and published. Next up is Dmitri, which I’m sure, will be fascinating and a wild ride. I highly recommend reading this series if you haven’t. I love every minute of my ride with these characters and I can’t wait for more.

Cover Thoughts: I love the cover. It’s my favorite of the first three books. Elena looks so awesome, KA, and lethal. I want her wings. I also like how the bow that Sara’s husband made for her is on the cover. It fits the story, which is nice and I love when covers do that.

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