Angel’s Blood is the first book in the Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh. Singh takes you to an alternate world where archangels, angels, vampires and humans co-exist. Archangel’s are at the top of the food chain followed by angels, vampires and finally the ever-mortal humans. The angels and archangels are strict capitalists and the archangels rule the world with a closed fist. It is a completely novel and interesting take on angels and archangels.
Elena Deveraux is a hunter and the best one of her kind. She is also a hunter-born, which means she can scent vampires and thus easily catch the rogues. But the job she has been contracted for by the archangel of New York, Raphael, is not her usual job. Catching a rogue archangel in the throes of blood-lust will be the most difficult hunt of her career and one that could get her killed. Failing is not an option, or else what the archangel might do to her would probably be worse than death.
Elena is also sucked into the deep blue eyes of one of the most dangerous archangels, that remind her of the sea and who smells like rain. Those eyes promise a passion, which unleashed, could be more than she could take. While Elena is quite prudent, Raphael is very blatant in his desire for the hunter, the one warrior woman he wants to possess. Raphael is your typical alpha male, whose arrogance knows no bounds, but his love and passion is also equally fierce.
There is more romance in the book than action, but when the action takes place it blows your mind. The constant hunt for the rogue archangel does not bore you. The chemistry between Elena and Raphael is burning hot and makes you want more. Elena intrigues Raphael like no one ever has. And this is the only woman who makes him a little human in all ways that count.
The final fight sequence will chill you to your bones and will keep you on your toes. You are constantly on the look out for what is going to happen next. The world building throughout the book was awesome. The descriptions of the angels’ wings were so brilliant, you’d wish you had a pair. This book also gives a whole new meaning to the concept of true love’s kiss.
Angel’s Blood made me laugh and cry. It made me want more. And it made me ridiculously happy. One of the best works of Nalini Singh. This was the third time I had read this book and still it had a tight grip on me. Anyone who hasn’t read this series, or this author for that matter is missing out. Nalini Singh is well in league with Ilona Andrews and Jeaniene Frost if you ask me.