Review of Archangel’s Consort by Nalini Singh

Posted October 10th, 2011 in book review / Leave a comment

Archangel’s Consort

Book #3 of the Guild Hunter Series

by Nalini Singh

Published: Berkley Sensation – January 2011
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 324 (paperback)

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Rating: ★★★½☆ (3.5 stars)

Summary
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…   

The Good
The building romance between Elena and Raphael is lovely. With each book, the couple are starting to fit better and are actively trying to make it work. They are learning what neither can live without and what leniencies they can allow to satisfy each other’s needs.

We get to learn more about Raphael in this book. His past and history with his mother is quite enthralling. Besides the romance, this is the best part of the book. Raphael also opens up more, which is a nice change of pace.

The character development with the Seven makes me went to beg Singh to write books on these people very soon. I want to know what their stories are because I know each one will be fascinating.

I noticed that the characters is what keeps bringing me back the Guild Hunter Series. Singh has done a great job at catching my curiosity and solidifying my invested interest in the future of each person.

The Bad
Elena’s continued issue with her father is kind of exhausting. She’s an adult, she needs to move on.

Archangel’s Consort was very repetitive when it came to Elena’s past. Not sure what Singh was doing there.

The depth and complexity of plot we saw in Angel’s Blood and Archangel’s Kiss was not present in this book. The pacing was slow, and we get another anticlimactic ending.

The Snuggly
LOTS of sex. Many, many sex scenes, so be forewarned. I did enjoyed the playful aspect in their sex lives.

Overall
Though I found some faults in this book, I did still enjoy reading it. I might have put it down a few times, but it wasn’t bad by any means. It just missed the mark in comparison of its predecessors. If you liked the first two books, I would suggest reading this one, too. Elena and Raphael’s continued relationship is worth reading. Just know it’s not the best book you will ever read.

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