Archangel's Consort by Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunter #3
Also in this series: Archangel's Kiss, Archangel's Storm, Archangel's Legion, Archangel's Legion, Archangel's Shadows, Archangel's Shadows, Angels' Blood, Archangel's Heart, Archangel's Heart, Archangel's Heart (Guild Hunter, #9), Archangel's Kiss, Angels' Blood
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: January 25th 2011
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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…
Another excellent entry in Singh’s Guild Hunter series. I wonder if she plans to expand the series to include some of the other angels? I would love to read about Raphael’s Seven.
Elena and Raphael are back in New York. Elena is stronger and starting to do some light work with the Guild again. She is also still tracking for Raphael. She isn’t up to full strength and she’s still doing quite a bit of training. When a vampire strikes at the school Elena’s younger sisters attend, both Elena and Raphael realize someone is striking out at her. It soon becomes apparent that someone is Caliane, Raphael’s mother. She’s been “asleep” for centuries, but it seems she’s finally awaking. And she wants her son.
When she disappeared, Caliane was completely mad. Based on the things that are happening as she wakes up, Raphael and Elena fear she’s still a major threat – only this time there isn’t a being strong enough to stop her.The threat becomes even more real when they realize she wants Elena dead…
I love the evolution of Raphael and Elena’s relationship. I think Raphael becomes just a shade more human with each book, which makes him easier to relate to. He’s still the same cold being he was in the first book, but he’s softened where Elena is concerned. Elena is a strong woman. I love that she’s the perfect match for Raphael in every way. She stands up to him, but also comforts him and supports him. The balance of the relationship is perfect.
With each release, the series becomes more emotionally satisfying. As the connection between Raphael and Elena grows, the stories become more intense. This is an action-packed novel full of suspense, intrigue and love. The perfect combination.
If only NS wrote these faster. I hate having to wait so long between books.
4.75 out of 5