Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux knows she is the best - but she does not know if even she is good enough for this job. Hired by the dangerously beautiful archangel Raphael, a being so lethal that no mortal wants his attention, Elena knows failure is not an option - even if the task is impossible. Because this time, it's not a wayward vamp she has to track. It's an archangel gone bad.
The job will put Elena in the midst of a killing spree like no other - and pull her to the razor's edge of passion. Even if the hunt does not destroy her, succumbing to Raphael's seductive touch just might. For when archangels play, mortals break.
©2009 Nalini Singh (P)2010 Tantor
I love books! Audiobooks take stories to the next level. I'm obsessed with Audible and will try to rate all of my books. Happy Listening! ;)
I love Nalini Singh's style and I have all the audiobooks available of her PsyChangelling series. I tried this one hoping to see a similar style but I was disappointed. This is a very dark series. Very explicit murder scenes are detailed and it was gross. And let me tell you I'm not easily grossed out (I'm a True Blood fan). The romantic parts although few, were very good but they got lost in torn bodies and lots of blood. And then hearing about evil angels is kind of strange. To top it of the reader's voice can be a little annoying after a while. She screeches! I don't think I'll get the other books of this series. But I do recommend Ms. Singh's Psy Changelling series which is just perfect!
This is the first book in Nalini Singh's Guild Hunters series.
Singh's main charater is a kick-butt, kinda girl. She is a "Born" Vampire Hunter. And she is the best there is. Her life is going fine, until she is hired by the very sexy, Archangel, Raphael. (who knew wings could be hot?)
I can't wait for the next Guild Hunter book called "Archangel's Kiss" to come out.
Singh is also the author of the Psy-Changeling Series. But, I don't think any books in that series are offered as audiobooks.
Not having read anything but this Author, the reviews are what tempted me to give it a try. I am not a fan of cheesy romances or books of this genre that can be just one sexual escape after another. I mean, come on, how bout a page turning plot that happens to have a hot romantic story to it too. And this is what Singh delivers. This book is sexy and riviting with an interesting original take on the angel/vampire story. I found this writer much better than others like Christine Feehan or Karen Moning who i found utterly predictable and boring. Loved it. So much so that i went out and bought the second of the series (which was equally well written!) Shame on Audible for not carring more books from this series. i have every intention of looking into the psy/changling series by Singh through other vendors. You wont regret dropping a credit on this one.
Singh is incredible. This book is so well written, the characters so real, that it will blow you away. Justine Eyre's contribution cannot be understated. The timber of her voice is spot on, and so perfectly realizes the horror and attraction Elena feels. What amazes me most is how chilling and alien Raphael is, even during the steamier scenes. You feel his otherness, his lack of humanity, and it's beautifully horrifying. Nalini Singh has a new devoted fan. Brilliant.
I was so pleased to see Angels Blood come out as an audio book at Audible.com! Then even more than pleased to have the book narrated so well.
I admit I was nervous that the narrator wouldn't do the book justice as Angels Blood is an all time favorite read for me. But Justine Eyre does a fabulous job! Her interpretation of each character's personality and tone was perfect to my ears.
The narration started out at a faster pace than what I'm used to but I quickly became accustomed to it, then I was totally lost in the story and loved every minute of it.
I've read Angels Blood twice and now listened to it as an audio book, and I still want to do it all over again! I pick up something new about the "world" Nalini Singh has built, or one of the characters each time. Now I can't wait for the audio of Archangels Kiss coming out at the end of next month, June 2010.
Like the romance, but love the action involved to get there!
I admit, I have had this whole series in my library for a LONG time....I just couldn't bring myself to start it. I was a bit concerned with a female lead...ONE female for the series. I am use to books like the Black Dagger Brotherhood series where all the players are the same but each book focuses on a different pairing, or even the the Psy/Changeling series also written by N.S. that displays a similar theme....all the same players but the focus is switched to certain characters in each new book.
It's at this point that I would like to say....I am an IDIOT! If I had just listened to the first book I would have gotten over my prejudices and had some really awesome books to read! These books aren't like BDB or the Psy series....they are like Dune in that they have an intricate world of fantasy, myth, legend....some people are a bit insane....other's are just unlikable and evil. However, the banter is funny as heck!
Elionorra is a Hunter Born....this means that since birth she has an advantage over the average human, her senses are more advances and this helps her to track vampires. In this world of myth there are 4 types of people...The Archangel's, the Angels, the Vampires that they create and the humans. When a human petitions to be made into a vampire they sign a contract for 100 years of servitude to the angel that makes them....if they runaway the Guild Hunter's are called in to retrieve them. Ellie is such a hunter, but when the Archangel of New York commands her to a meeting on top of Angel tower she is pretty sure it isn't to help get an escaped vampire.
Raphael is one of 10 Archangels in the world, they are the oldest and most powerful angels in existence...and one of the 10 has gone rogue in HIS territory. Only another Archangel can kill an Archangel...killing him isn't the problem though, it's finding him! He must have the Guild Hunter's help in tracking the rogue before thousands die...he just wished he didn't WANT her so bad!
What can I say, great start to the series, great chemistry, great action, wonderful plot twists, wonderful book! Highly recommend you get at least book one and judge for yourself if you want to read more.
I just loved it. Probably isn't for everyone but it's definitely my cup of tea.Or angels. There are angels, vampires, hunters and everybody is very pretty and sexy although psychologically messed up but who isn't,right? The story is set on Earth where Angels evolved together with humans and to survive they have to make vampires who ,to survive drink human blood who are last on the food chain. Sucks but it makes story unique and fun.Worth a credit.
I am so happy that we finally get Nalini Singh on Audible. I have asked on several occasions and I guess the rights were finally bought by Tantor Media. I know that her next in this series, ARCHANGEL'S KISS is supposed to be released on June 28Th. I hope that the PSY/CHANGELING series is bought and available to us as well. Nalini is an AWESOME writer in the Paranormal Romance genre. I have read Angel's Blood several times and love it and now listening, the narrator, Justine Eyre is doing a very good job. I read at Tantor Media that Justine is also narrating Archangel's Kiss. Thank you Audible for bringing us Nalini Singh.YIPPIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!
Fantasy and Romance Author
Finally finished listening to the story this morning. Ugh. I think this was supposed to be a romantic adventure, but it felt like a horror novel through and through. I didn't like any of the characters, and I had serious issues with the ethics and morals of pretty much everyone in this story. They were either actively evil, amoral, or supporting the activities of said evil and amoral characters.
I should have stopped when I hit the end of part one, and Elena, our supposedly-intrepid vampire hunter chick, still hadn't actually started the job she'd been hired to do in chapter two...hunt down a serial-killer angel. Instead, Elena spent most of Part 1 trying to fend off Raphael, the creepy, possessive, sexual-predator "hero," who spends the first half of the book mind-raping her, stalking her, and sexually harassing her. He's the one who hires her for her unique talent in hunting down runaway slave vampires, but then he keeps her from doing her job because he really wants to have sex with her and make her "his toy." (That's actually how he refers to her.)
So many things wrong with this book. A "hero" who implausibly (as in, we're told this but don't see any actual evidence of his character change) falls in love with our supposedly-spunky (read, rude and mouthy for no good reason) heroine after she repeatedly tells him "no" to his various attempts to seduce her.
In the course of the story, Raphael takes advantage of his position as the ruler of New York to do various creepy things like taking control of Elena's mind, feeding her aphrodisiacs, repeatedly groping her, kidnapping her, and oh, yeah, turning her into a supernatural being at the end of the book quite against her stated will (in fact, she pleads with him not to do it). And all of this is presented as somehow okay and romantic because the author tells us it's True Love. I dunno--on *my* planet, if someone has power over another person, and keeps making unwelcome sexual advances despite being told "no," that's harassment and sexual assault.
And Raphael is supposed to be the romantic lead, the "good guy." The "bad guy" angel is a predictably over-the-top serial killer, but we don't spend much of the book focusing on him, so his characterization and motivations are sketchy at best. Honestly, this would have been a more satisfying story if Raphael had been the bad guy, and Elena finally managed to get rid of her stalker and overthrow the angels. Instead, she eventually decides that his pretty blue eyes and bulging biceps excuse the mind-rape and other indignities, and falls in love with him.
And the world-building, which had a lot of potential for conflict--despotic, frequently-cruel angels who are the absolute rulers over mankind, with vampires as the angels' slaves and bond-servants--is used by the author merely to create a circumstance under which our spunky heroine finds it impossible to refuse the hero's job offer or to slap him with a restraining order. Otherwise, there's really no exploration of a fundamentally unjust society ruled by an oligarchy of supernatural tyrants who can murder, rape, and otherwise do whatever they want to mere humans without consequence. A vampire slave who tries to break free of their angelic masters is recaptured or killed by vampire hunters, like our heroine, humans who are actively supporting the angelic tyranny. And the angels have no oversight and very little compassion for their subjects. Might makes right in this universe, and the angels are the mightiest so if they say something's okay, it's okay. For example, when the serial-killer angel goes off the rails, there's a concerted effort to cover up the true extent of his crimes, and keep the oppressed masses in ignorance. And this is presently as a perfectly okay thing by all the characters.
In short, this was a novel filled with unsympathetic characters, sexual assaults disguised as romance, and poorly-thought-out moral conflicts. Add to this mess a narrator with a flat, nasal voice, and I'm really glad I picked this up during one of the $4.95 sales and didn't pay full price for it.
I love books, it's my great escape.
A previous reviewer stated “Singh is better than KMM” well that was like throwing down the gauntlet; I had to get this book to see if that could possibly be true. Let me save you the experience, it’s not true. However, I am not going to slam this author’s work. I judged this book on its own merit. I was entertained for the moment; I was not on the edge of my seat wondering who or what the main male character really was from 10/31/06 to 1/18/11 and wishing he could jump off the pages of the book, “LOL”. This authors’ take on Angels and Vampires was intriguing. This book was well thought out and well written. It’s a great book in its own right. “This book is no fairy tale, pun intended”, but it’s really good paranormal romance fiction. I did enjoy this book and will purchase more from this author and to mention...J. Eyre did an excellent job with the narration of this book.
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