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.
©2011 Nalini Singh (P)2011 Tantor
Bought this in paperback as soon as it came out and now listening to it. Nalini Singh could have written another 300 pages and I would have read it with just as much anticipation. The ending came way too soon. Good twists but there was much more steaminess on this one than the previous two novels. I am not complaining...
I would really like to have seen more of the last 1/3 of the book develop but oh well. Guess I am a slave to buy the 4th for that.
I can't compare audio to print. It's like apples and oranges to me as long as the Voice talent is a good one like this series has.
When her mortality in his blood saved him.
No book is one I can listen to in one sitting....
This is an interesting take on good and evil and its relationship to each other as well as to what it's true nature is. This is not run of the mill formula romance or even paranormal fantasy. It is a new rich world where the rules are different than what you are used to and challenges your preconceived notions of many theological ideas and legends.
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
I love this series and this is another great book from the series. Loved the story line and the relationship between Elena and Raphael. Can't wait for more of their story!!!
Romance Addict. Blogger. Sometimes Librarian.
For me, this series is fantastic in audio. Justine Eyre does an excellent job of portraying the different nationalities and male voices, bringing the book to life in a way the print version cannot. I can feel the emotions that Elena is trying to deny--the love/hate she feels for her father, the love and joy being with her friends brings, and the hesitation when it comes to Raphael. The narrator brings to life all the nuances of each character that makes them so real, it's as if you are actually there.
[The audio also helps with the pronunciation of names, which can be very difficult since there are such a range of cultures represented. I would have had no idea how to say Charisemnon if not for the audio. And I don't know about you, but when a name is difficult to pronounce, it kicks me out of the story fast.]
This is a must listen to narrator and a must read story!
Everyone love a good "love story" right? How these two main characters interact with love and desire will sick you into the story fast.
Ms. Eyre's narration is always flawless.
Disciple of the written word and Audible fanatic. I am an Urban and Epic Fantasy Fan. I also enjoy some Paranormal Romance.
I am pleased to say this book holds its own in comparison to the first two and maybe tops them in depth and character development.
Some loose ends are picked up and explained.
Ever wonder what happened to the surviving victim from the first book?
She is back in this book and hints are made that she may be playing a larger part in the future.
Raphael and Elena are in serious trouble in this book and there may be no right answer to the problems thrown their way. (you will see what I mean. I finished it Still wondering)
I can see so many more books springing from this plot line that I can't help but to be excited.
Nalini Singh shows her talent and artistry in this third book in the Archangel series. Doing this while writing other series is a compliment to her ability to keep her focus and her characters true to prior books. In this book Ellie evolves in a believable way and pace, facing conceivable challenges along the path, and her relationship with Raphael continues to mature. I recommend the book to all who have read the first two in the series, and to new readers...buy all three and start with the first one to experience the richness of the entire tale.
I enjoy mysteries, wrapped with violence and sprinkled with romance.
I might recommend the series but not the book. When a book has a weak storyline just repeat platitudes and add more sex scenes.
No. I love this genre.
I have no problem with the performance.
I really enjoy Elena and Raphael. Really, a lot. I was very interested in the beginning of the story, but the ending felt rushed, and even though I rewound and listened to it twice, there were still a few things I was confused about in the big climax scene ( that didn't feel all that climactic anyway).
Never fear though, I will continue with the series. I'm very interested to see where some of Elena's family developments lead.
It's rare that I put a fictional book down. Even if the story or character development aren't great, I usually still want to see how the story ends.
The author is repetitive, the story is not flushed out, you jump from scene to scene without enough context. It's just poorly written.
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