Review ~ Archangel’s Blade by Nalini Singh @nalinisingh

Posted July 7, 2016 by Tanya in Paranormal Romance, Reviews / 2 Comments

Review ~ Archangel’s Blade by Nalini Singh @nalinisinghArchangel's Blade by Nalini Singh
Narrator: Justine Eyre
Length: 11 hrs 32 mins
Series: Guild Hunter #4
Published by Berkley on September 6, 2011
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 310
4.5 Stars
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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...

I did not expect Dmitri to be the first of the Seven to get his own book. He just seemed the hardest of them all and I couldn’t imagine him falling love.

This book was full of flash backs to before Dmitri was turned. The conflict in the story is meant to remind Dmitri of what he had, and what he lost. These memories bring out the humanity in him that he has blocked for so many years. After all this time, how and why is this happening now?

I think that the memories that seem to haunt Dmitri is what makes him more open to Honor. Honor has been through so much with vampires that letting herself feel anything for Dmitri is crazy. Instead, he brings out her strength and ability to get over what has happened to her. Then Honor begins to have the dreams.

As always, I loved the conflict surrounding the search for the meaning of the tattoos. Those parts of the stories are always so well written and suspenseful. Seeing this other side to Dmitri was definitely interesting. Knowing that it is possible for him to set aside the hard shell he has. That shell is what has made him the perfect second for Raphael. This just goes to show that even the toughest of the tough can have an itsy bitsy crack in them that the right person can squeeze themselves into. Watching that crack open for Dmitri, after all he’s been through just pulled at the old heart strings and all you want is for him to be able to put the past behind him and find the good in the present world.

I loved Dmitri’s book. The romance and the mystery. I did not really enjoy what is the final thing that brings Honor and Dmitri together. I wanted Dmitri to completely break from the past and not have any link to it. Honor’s interesting dreams and how they actually play a part in bringing them together didn’t completely bring him into the present. He loves Honor, and will always love his past family. But the way it came together at the end, I feel like he is bringing past and present together.

The point is that Dmitri is happy. Honor has beaten her fears thanks to Dmitri and they are free to be together without any remaining tangles. I am so glad that we are starting to see books for the characters in the Seven. I can’t stop myself from listening to one after another without a break. I’ve been checking how far along I get when I get into the higher chapters and get the next book downloaded and prepped. This world is addicting!

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