Archangel’s Kiss is the second book in the Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh. It picks off right where Angel’s Blood finished. After the fight in Manhattan that almost killed Raphael and Elena, Elena has been in a coma for a year and now she has woken up. Almost died a human and woke up an angel, with wings of midnight and dawn. She is as unique an angel as she was a human.
Elena is still weak and needs ample rest. With the wings, she’ll have to learn muscle control all over again. She’ll have to learn how to fight and take care of herself all over again. Raphael has gone all protective and caring. Though the archangel’s arrogance knows no bounds, he is still accommodating when it comes to Elena. Like he says, “She makes me a little more human.” The archangel who is a little more human, is the archangel I love.
Raphael has taken Elena to the Refuge, a place where the angelic kids are brought up. The Refuge is a neutral territory, where there is no greed for power. Or so everyone thought. Somebody is hurting angels and vampires alike in their quest for power, and also stalking Elena, the mate of one of the most feared archangel’s and also an Angel-Made; a one of a kind being. One law that is not broken by any angel or archangel is never to hurt the children, as they are a gift. But this law is also being broken by the perpetrator. Now Elena has to find the person responsible for turning the Refuge into a war zone.
On the personal front, Elena is battling her past and the nightmares that have come back and are attacking her with a vengeance . Her past threatens to consume her, but with the help of the archangel she comes out of it every time. We also find out a little about Raphael’s past: who his parents were and what happened to them.
Though she is walking and talking, Elena is still weak, and it’ll take her quite some time to heal and take flight. With her relationship with Raphael being very new, she has to figure out a way to retain her individuality, hold her own and keep her archangel. Along with all this, comes an invitation to a ball from Lijuan’s court. Refusing would be a sign of fatal weakness, so Raphael must ready Elena for the flight to Beijing – and to the nightmare that awaits them there. Oldest living creature with an army of the dead, Lijuan is devolving at a rapid rate, not to mention that she is a catastrophe waiting to happen. Ancient and without conscience, Lijuan has organised the most vicious welcome for Elena.
In a world completely new to her, Elena has to navigate through it with the help of Raphael and his trusted band of Seven. In a world where she has no friends, Elena has to hold her own, and prove that she is not weak, and is worthy of being an archangel’s consort.
Another great book by Nalini Singh. This was my third read of the book and it still felt like I read it for the very first time.