Review: Archangel’s Blade by Nalini Singh



[box] The severed head marked by a distinctive tattoo on its cheek should have been a Guild case, but dark instincts honed over hundreds of years of life compel the vampire Dmitri to take control. There is something twisted about this death, something that whispers of centuries long past…but Dmitri’s need to discover the truth is nothing to the vicious strength of his response to the hunter assigned to decipher the tattoo. Savaged in a brutal attack that almost killed her, Honor is nowhere near ready to come face to face with the seductive vampire who is an archangel’s right hand, and who wears his cruelty as boldly as his lethal sensuality…the same vampire who has been her secret obsession since the day she was old enough to understand the inexplicable, violent emotions he aroused in her. As desire turns into a dangerous compulsion that might destroy them both, it becomes clear the past will not stay buried. Something is hunting…and it will not stop until it brings a blood-soaked nightmare to life once more[/box]


So, I finished reading Archangel’s Blade, which is Dmitri and Honor’s book. It’s going to be tough writing a review that is spoiler free as the premise of their love is rooted in the old.

So, let’s start by talking about Nalini. She has such a seductive style. Her words are lyrical and poetic, descriptive without being too wordy. It’s tough to explain unless you have read any of her previous novels. I, personally, have only read her Guild Hunter series, though I do own the first three Psy-Changeling.  I tried reading those, but I just wasn’t in the right zone for them. Does that ever happen to you? Even though you know you will like something, you just can’t get interested in it? Sigh. I hope it’s not just me. Usually this happens to me if I read the same genre for a while. The cure is generally simple–switch genre’s. This is about when I read some Romantic Suspense, or Contemporary Romance, or if I am really in a funk, I’ll bust out Eve and Roarke favorites–I own them all (Yes, seriously, in multiple formats–crazy? nah)

I was talking about Nalini though. In the Guild Hunter novels, Dmitri is the leader of Raphael’s Seven, and second in command to Raphael. He is a 1000 years old vampire.  His talents vary and are many, but one of the ones he uses the most is his scent lure. He torments Elena with this, as she was hunter-born and is more susceptible to it. He wraps his women in dark chocolate, champagne and lust. ::pants:: He is lethal with a blade.  It was certainly interesting being inside Dmitri :snickers: In his head, it was cool to be in his mind :gutters: One of the things I wanted to see more of, was Dmitri’s dominating ways, we get a little bit via past exploits, but nothing really with honor, though I can understand why, in a way. Still, one of the more dark aspects of Dmitri is his cloak of alpha male with the whips and chocolate, with women begging him to have his wicked way with them. I wanted more wickedness…

One of the most fascinating aspects of the Guild Hunter Series is that it is so bloody violent. Nalini doesn’t pull any punches and she stays true to the characters inner demons, be them Angel or Vampire.

I look forward to reading more about the Seven. I wonder who will be next :rubs hands: will it be bluebell? aka Illium the Blue Angel. Will it be Venom, who is intriguing and scary. Or will it be Aodhan, whom we met very briefly, but obviously has major issues. My vote is for Venom, and possibly have his heroine as Sorrow, but only Nalini knows for sure 😛

I will say that I’m surprised with how far, and how honest Illium us about his feelings for Elena, and I wonder how Raphael allows it to continue.

Back to Dmitri’s book. I really felt pain for Dmitri’s past. You get a sense in the other Guild books, but knowing what he endured, and what he lost, it just broke my heart. It made me love Dmitri.

I really liked Honor, and again, tormented past. She has never had it easy, bouncing from foster families, and then tortured for 2 months at the hands of vampires. I’m happy that Dmitri was able to help her live again, and find vengeance against those who hurt her.

It is a solid addition to the Guild Hunter series, and it helps give Dmitri another dimension.

Grade: B+ for the way the book is written, though I am not the biggest fan of the plot device used for the romance.

I’m leaving you with a song that reminds me of Honor and Dmitri

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  • I loved, loved the book, but the ending didn't work for me, It wasn't bad, I just thought that it wasn't as good as the rest of the book, but wow! id did grab me, Nalini is awesome !
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  • Good review! I expected Dmitri to be so much darker. In the past, he seemed to enjoy knives and pain but he seemed mellowed out. At the end of the book, I wanted to know what happened the next day. I guess we'll find out in Jessamy and Galen's novella. Maybe.

    By the way, I'm thinking Sorrow will get paired with Aodhan. They can work through their issues together. I wasn't picking the Venom vibe but I could be wrong.

  • I'm just starting this one and I can't wait to read Dmitri's story!

    I read the 1st two Psy-Changeling books and then stopped for a few months, at the time I wasn't feeling it either. However, when I picked them back up, something clicked and then I devoured the rest.
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  • Great review. I am excited about starting this series. I picked up a few of her books at the Borders sale.

  • Great review! I read the book, but haven't yet written a review. (Soon to come) I find it to be a solid addition, but definitely not her best work. I, too, wan't to keep my comment spoiler free and will just say that I did NOT like the conclusion.
    As for you not being in the right zone to read her other work: I HEAR YOU. Yes, it happened to me and also with Psy-Changeling. I just KNOW I'll love the books, but couldn't make myself pick the first up (yet).
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