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How steamy is it? Simmering

Publisher's Summary

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

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Great story...too repetitive

I think the plot line and characters for this are great, it well well told and preformed. However the constant reselling of the heroines childhood trauma got exhausting. After three books of this it's too much, felt like 40% of the book. Every event is interrupted by it. It's becoming hard to believe that someone so "strong for the archangel of New York" can't go to any crime scene without shriveling up into s weak child. Time for her to move on.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Selin
  • Greenwood, MO, United States
  • 03-10-11

Ended way too soon

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Disappointed. Not as good as earlier books

I really liked the first two books in this series. The heroine was strong and made up her own mind. In this book she falls apart. When the alpha male tried to control her previously, she came up with intelligent ways to deal with him. Here they have the same boring argument over and over. The heroine seems to devolve into an insecure toddler who is constantly saying "no" for no reason. She has to do everything herself and cannot take help from anyone. This book has more minutes taken over by sex scenes than the first two, but that is instead of interesting plot or character development. If you liked the first two books, you'll probably listen to this one, Justine Eyre does an excellent reading. Just have low expectations. I was very excited but this book doesn't meet the series' standards.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Amazing Narration and Fabulous PNR

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!

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  • Mardy
  • San Diego, CA, United States
  • 10-27-12

This series keeps getting better

Would you consider the audio edition of Archangel's Consort to be better than the print version?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Archangel's Consort?

When her mortality in his blood saved him.

Which character – as performed by Justine Eyre – was your favorite?

Bluebell (grins)

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No book is one I can listen to in one sitting....

Any additional comments?

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Another great one..

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!!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Pauline
  • Colorado Springs, CO, United States
  • 03-20-11

Gripping Story Excellently Read

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Not enough actual story

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I thought by the third book, more of the story line would unfold, but the heroin continues to have daddy issues, and every time the actual story starts to be told, the main characters devolve into sex for the remainder of the chapter. It's exhausting! This book was so predictable, and unsatisfying that I won't continue with the rest in the series.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Anything Else!

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Justine Eyre?

Someone who could give more voice to the characters. This narrator is too monotone. She has no humor when the characters call for humor, and no real pause when shifting from one subject to the next.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Annoyed and disappointed.

Any additional comments?

The author must have gotten better as a writer, I see lots of her books offered on Audible. Perhaps this was her first character and she got better with practice.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Amanda
  • Greeley Colorado
  • 10-15-12

Elena has not lost her drive.

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.

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Love this series!

I loved this entire series and am eagerly awaiting the next installment in October. I would say this is probably the best Urban Fantasy series I have ever read and I have read most of them. The "angels" in this story are not the biblical ones at all and they are sometimes good and sometimes very evil, as are the vampires. The ongoing love story between the two main characters (even when they are secondary to the main story) really makes the entire series. The only complaint I had - and this is easily overlooked/tolerated - is that some of the sex scenes seemed gratuitous to the stories, and I am not faint of heart when it comes to torrid sex scenes. In other words, it seemed like her publishers said "add more sex because sex sells" and she did it. Other than that, I would say this is the perfect Urban Fantasy series.