Redonk Nutshell: A powerful and  threatening ancient Archangel is awakening, casting chaos and disarray across the world and testing the balance between an Archangel and his consort

Book three in the Guild Hunters series picks up after the destruction of another Archangel’s home in book two.  Newly made angel, Elena, and her lover, Archangel Raphael, come back to Manhattan and begin to settle into their home.  Elena is more adjusted to her physical form, and she and Raphael have begun to shift into more emotional territory.  Like moving in together.  And meeting each other’s parents.

Which brings us to the main conflict – Raphael’s mother.  The ancient and unfathomably powerful Archangel is showing signs of waking from her Sleep.  The Cadre of Ten is nervous – Caliane was a NUTJOB before she disappeared, wrecking havoc amongst her people, including her son.  Raphael is torn between his initial urge to welcome his mother and his more rational and detached duty to put her down before she becomes an unstoppable problem.  Then, of course, there’s Elena, whom most of Raphael’s fellows view as a weakness.  And Elena, in typical Elena-style, works her hardest to prove them otherwise.

When vampires and angels across the globe being behaving erratically, The Guild calls in their hunter-turned-angel to figure out what’s going on, and before long Elena and Raphael realize the bizarre occurrences happening around them are linked to his mother’s likely revival.

Book Three is probably one of the strongest in the series.  We get a stronger Elena, a softer yet still terrifying Raphael, and, most importantly MORE ILLIUM.  HA!  I’ve tendered a soft spot for Blue Bell, the blue winged angel who views Elena’s “mortal heart,” as not a weakness but a strength.  He’s witty yet broody, and he and Elena hit it off well.  We get to see another side of Raphael as well.

If I’m being honest, Raphael is the kind of hero that initially didn’t catch my interest but gradually grew on me.  I’d say probably about halfway into book two it struck me how incredibly AWESOME he is, and not just in the slang type of way, but Biblical as well.  It was almost like an epiphany – oh, damn, he’s scary, really scary, yet sexy as hell.  I get it now!  Elena grew on me more as well.  And the relationship between Elena and Raphael really blooms here in Archangel’s Consort.

The Guild Hunter series has become a favorite of mine.  Great characters, both main and supporting, and a really intriguing world structure.  Nalini Singh has proved herself to be a talented writer, able to carry a broad story line amid a complex and dark world.

Archangel’s Consort by Nalini Singh, 324 pgs, 2/10/11

Rating: B

Romance: 4/5   Raunch: 3.5/5

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