Review ~ Archangel’s Consort by Nalini Singh @NaliniSingh

Posted June 30, 2016 by Tanya in Paranormal Romance, Reviews / 4 Comments

Review ~ Archangel’s Consort by Nalini Singh @NaliniSinghArchangel's Consort by Nalini Singh
Narrator: Justine Eyre
Length: 10 hrs 21 mins
Series: Guild Hunter #3
Published by Berkley on January 1, 2011
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 352
4 Stars
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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…

All the signs are there. An ancient is awakening. The changes that Raphael experience give strong hints that it is his mother. Raphael has a lot of mixed feelings for his mother considering the last time he saw her he was broken and bloody while she laughed and sang and walked away from him.

Elena also deals with family issues. Her father has shunned her since her mother’s death. He blamed her being hunter-born which brought the massacre that took the life of her mother and sisters. Elena discovers that one of her sisters is also hunter-born. This makes her wonder what daddy dearest will do to her. In the ensuing conflict, Elena finds out some information that leaves her more confused than ever about her father.

Now that Caliane is waking, Elena can help soothe the worries that Raphael has about confronting his mother again. That it is possible to love that parent, but also hate their actions at the same time. I think that this helps strengthen their own growing relationship. There is still a part that will haunt Raphael if Caliane wakes up and she is still crazy.

I can see even more of what each Elena and Raphael bring to the relationship for each other. They are stronger together. We see changes in Raphael, but those changes don’t seem to affect him as bad when he can draw on his relationship with Elena.

The hunt for Caliane’s sleeping place was fun and exciting. I love how the ancient tricks and traps are played to keep Elena, Raphael & Illium on their toes as they search for Caliane’s hiding place. She definitely has it out for Elena. Caliane cannot have too strong a resentment after Elena’s part in the final conflict. Of course Lijuan has to show up to try and create havoc. The fight left me listening with heart pounding.

The more I dig into this series the more excited I get. They have such exciting adventures while at the same time showing the growth between Raphael and Elena. The Seven are so fascinating and I can’t wait to get to know them better. I want to know more about Illium and his love affair with the human and see him somehow have an HEA. I will take any of the others too though.

I definitely recommend this series, and on audio as well. They will make you want to permanently attach your headphones!

About Nalini Singh

I’ve been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There’s no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.

I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated every month).

So far, I’ve worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer’s mill.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2016 Audiobook Challenge
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  • You’re plowing through these 😀 Glad you enjoyed!! Reminds me I need to catch up with this series. I think this one was the last one I read.

  • I think you will get a different couple in the next book, but this is not the last book to feature Raphael and Elena, there is another later in the series. As for Bluebell, we are all still waiting on his story. *waiting, waiting, waiting* I do love this series too. Thanks for letting me revisit through your reviews. I can’t wait for the next book to be available. I want to be re-immersed in this world. 🙂

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

    • These are a lot of fun. The adventures take you through so many situations. I love the hunt and surprises. This one reminded me a bit of Indiana Jones too.