Title: Angels’ Flight
Author: Nalini Singh
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Guild Hunter
Publication Date: February 28, 2012
Format: Paperback, 368 Pages
Reviewed by: Kiwi
In Angel’s Wolf a vampire becomes fascinated with the seductive angel who rules Louisiana. But all is not what it appears to be in her court.
In Angels’ Judgment a hunter must track one of her own gone bad, while surviving the deadly tests placed in her way by the archangels themselves. Unexpected backup comes from a stranger who might just be the most lethal threat of all…
Plus FIRST TIME IN PRINT
In Angels’ Pawn a vampire hunter faces off against two rival factions and the angel manipulating them both, and a vampire whose help is not entirely selfless…
And NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED
In Angels’ Dance an angel trapped in the mountain stronghold of the Refuge finds herself under siege by a warrior angel from a martial court.
Quick & Dirty: Four great stories of love and angels.
Opening Sentence: From Angel’s Dance “She had seen empires rise and kingdoms fall, queens come and go, archangels clash in battle and drown the world in rivers of blood.”
I. Love. My. Job. Or, my “job” as it were. I get to read then review books by some of my favorite authors. Let that be a disclaimer…I am a bit prejudiced, I live for the day the next book by Nalini Singh comes out. I love her books and this one was no exception. This volume contains four novellas about the characters from her Guild Hunter series, two of which are making their first appearance in print. I was so excited when I got this one in the mail; I just had to read it right away.
Angel’s Pawn brings us to the deep south of Atlanta, Georgia where a newly formed vampire gang, or “kiss” as the book calls it, has kidnapped the descendant of one of the more powerful vampire families of the region. Their angel in charge brings in the vampire hunting guild, and more specifically, Ashwini, hunter extraordinaire, to retrieve her. With the help of her vampire “friend,” the rather tasty, Janvier, she is able to gain entrée into the group’s headquarters and retrieve the kidnapped vampire.
You might notice I had a bit of trouble defining the relationship between Ash and Janvier. As a vampire hunter, Ashwini has been previously hired to track down Janvier and bring him in, only to be denied the pleasure at the very last second. As a result from their combined time together, it appears that Janvier has developed certain feelings for Ash. However, Ashwini has a personal rule: no dating the enemy, namely those vamps she makes a living hunting. Though, had I been in her shoes, I would have given in to temptation a LONG time ago. And I can’t for the life of me figure out what she’s waiting for. I mean, there is a man that rules were made to be broken for.
Angel’s Judgment was a reread for me. It gives us a look back into the past of the Guild’s Director, Sara, before she held the position, and how her relationship with the very impressive Deacon began. When the two met, Deacon held the role of The Slayer, the specter who hunted the hunters gone bad. Deacon is also the man behind all the very best tools used by the Guild hunters. The two are thrown together to find a hunter who has been indiscriminately killing innocent vampires, and to make sure Sara survives the test phase that comes with being picked as the future Guild Director.
Suffice to say her becoming director was no easy task, but it did come with a bit of yummy Deacon frosting.
Angel’s Wolf is nothing short of a love story. The kind of love story that makes you sigh, then roll over and cuddle with the man you love. Noel is a vampire broken, a victim of torture healed only by the fact that he is an almost immortal. Noel is seemingly exiled to Louisiana to serve the angel Nimra. What he doesn’t realize is that all is not right in the bayou. Nimra is an angel, who is also tortured by her past, in this case a relationship gone bad, and a very devastating loss. She has called to Raphael for help in dealing with a threat and very personal betrayal. You see, someone she considers almost family is apparently trying to harm her using a poison that is paralytic for angels, which then allows them to be murdered.
What neither of them was expecting was the feelings they would develop for each other, species lines be damned.
Angel’s Dance brings us four centuries into the past, when Raphael was still a newbie archangel without his seven, when the city of New York was still wilderness, when Jessamy met Galen. As some of you may know, and some of you won’t, Jessamy is a teacher of young angels, at Refuge, the place where most angels go when they are born, where they go to heal. Galen is to be Raphael’s weapons-master, given command of his angel troops, and told to prepare them for battle, under any circumstance. Jessamy was born an angel without flight, having one wing deformed. After trying many times to fix this malady, she is resigned to a life alone, using her teaching to fulfill her life. Galen was an angel born to two warriors, trained in the arts of weaponry and warfare. Perfectly formed in every way *wink, wink* When Jessamy comes under attack, Galen puts himself in charge of guarding her body, and also her heart.
Galen and Jessamy prove together, that true opposites do often attract, that physical characteristics do not always matter, that love may last forever.
The Guild Hunter Series:
FTC Advisory: Berkley Sensation provided me with a copy of Angels’ Flight. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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