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Angels' Blood

by Nalini Singh

Penguin Publishing Group | March 3, 2009 | Mass Market Paperbound

Angels' Blood is rated 4.1667 out of 5 by 12.
FIRST IN THE GUILD HUNTER SERIES from “a major new talent” (CHRISTINE FEEHAN).

View our feature on Nalini Singh’s Angels'' Blood.

Nalini Singh introduces readers to a world of beauty and bloodlust, where angels hold sway over vampires.


Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux is hired by the dangerously beautiful Archangel Raphael. But this time, it’s not a wayward vamp she has to track. It’s an archangel gone bad.

The job will put Elena in the midst of a killing spree like no other—and pull her to the razor’s edge of passion. Even if the hunt doesn’t destroy her, succumbing to Raphael’s seductive touch just may. For when archangels play, mortals break.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 368 pages, 6.75 × 4.2 × 0.87 in

Published: March 3, 2009

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0425226921

ISBN - 13: 9780425226926

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Special Blend of Addictive Now I can say right off the mark that there was nothing I didn't like about the Guild Hunter series. It was interesting from start to finish. I found it so good that when I was done reading it, I re-read it again. I have to say tend to get all fangirly for a bad boy alpha and Raphael has all of this in spades. Not to mention I love a heroine who can take care of herself and kick some serious a$$, and if Elena can't do that then I don't know who can. I am writing this after reading the entire series to date. I love the whole series, but Elena and Raphael hold a special place in my heart. Their books are my fav in the series so far, though I am really looking forward to reading about Illium, Aodhan and of course Jason. Nalini just has a way with her writing that sweeps you away and puts your right beside the characters. You can see what is going on as clear as if it were really happening. I love how she presented Raphael at the beginning of the book. You could tell he was a very commanding Archangel. He is used to getting his way, and people doing what he has told them to do. It makes it all the better when Elena throws him off balance. She really does make him more human. It was interesting to watch him go from being the angel to being something more. I loved seeing the transition from one to another. It didn't happen instantly, and even with him changing he still keeps the parts that make me love him so much. I was swooning over his possessiveness with Elena, made it feel more real that she was more to him than some casual fling. Elena is a torture hunter. She had some serious bad crap happen to her during her childhood that would break many people. Though what happened was bad I did like that Nalini kept adding those moments where the past would collide with the present. It added more flavour to Elena, that she was not just some super guild hunter doing her everyday thing. I felt sympathy for her and was obsessed with finding out what had happened to her to cause such emotional and mental anguish. If your looking for tortured characters this series is your taste of angel dust. Very addictive, with its own special blend. I enjoyed reading about the other characters, such as Dmitri. Now here is a man that if sex on a stick existed he would be it. I loved the havoc he created, even when he was punished for it. The man could make any woman crawl to him. He just oozes sex, of course his scent would make him even more of a treat. But deep down there is more to him than what he shows on the surface. Nalini's characters have a common bond and yet they are all very different. I do see similarities but I think that is a glue that holds them all together. I was impressed with the loyalty of the Seven to Raphael, even if it meant getting rid of Elena because she makes him weak. Though they were loyal to him, they would protect him from even himself. Even if it cost them their lives. Here is true loyalty. They all seem to have their own code of honor, and are dangerous when crossed. They make a dark seductive crew of alpha males that will have women swooning at their feet. But to me, they are a Family. They look after one another and are willing to do anything for each other. As I said I really enjoyed reading this series and I am more than looking forward to reading the next book. Now if I could just push the next 3 months into moving faster, I would. Nalini is such an amazing writer and I have not read a book by her I did not like. She has a way about story telling that entraps the reader and has them begging for more. She is a true asset to her profession and I hope for many more books written by her. In other words (and as corny as this sounds) Nalini Singh described in one word. Pro!
Date published: 2012-06-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from What'd I miss?? I have been looking forward to beginning this series for quite some time, and when I finally picked it up, I hunkered in, turned off my phone, made a cuppa, and prepared myself to fall head over heels... So, what happened?? I did not enjoy this novel at all, I found the characters to be two dimensional, and not at all even likable. I quickly tired of the female leads constant repeating of how she wanted to kill him, but how hot she was for him, which made her want to kill him more, which of course just made her hotter...yawn Although I did finish it, I have to say, by about the mid-way point I was beginning to skim the pages, hoping something would take a turn and I would become engaged...it didn't, and I wasn't. Sadly, I will not be continuing with this series, and although it has gotten consistently good reviews, I won't be recommending it.
Date published: 2012-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good fun!! (In the event the Chapters/Indigo website deletes my rating, I mention here that I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars/leaves.) I really enjoyed this one. The world building was well done, the characters were generally enjoyable, and the plot moved along quite well. In general, taken for what it is (i.e. a relatively 'fluffy' read within the urban fantasy genre) this one is definitely among the top few of the pack. I particularly enjoyed the fact that the angels were not angelic in the traditional sense (i.e. icons of good). In fact, they turned out to be quite scary/creepy, which was one original element within this universe. The actual world building in general was very well done and, while it did use themes which have been used before (e.g. vampires and vampire 'hunters'), these were worked into a highly original universe. The main character was likeable. I liked the fact that, unlike some other romance and urban fantasy novels, she was able to be friends with other women. In other words, other women were not just 'competition' for all the male attention in the world, which is a common (and highly annoying) theme and flaw in various novels of this genre. The romantic interest of the main character (i.e. the archangel Raphael) took me a lot longer to warm up to, I will admit. Also, the main character did act rather impulsively on several occasions, which was a teensy bit jarring. The elements I mention did not, however, prevent this from being a very fun read overall, which I would situate in the top 10% of the urban fantasy genre. Definitely recommended. Other novels I recommend: -Dragon Bound, by Thea Harrison -Stormwalker, by Allyson James -Daughter of the Blood, by Anne Bishop -Grimspace, by Ann Aguirre -On Basilisk Station, by David Weber -The Demon In Me, by Michelle Rowen -The Shadow Reader, by Sandy Williams -Cry Wolf, by Patricia Briggs (see also the prequel story in the short story collection titled, 'On the Prowl')
Date published: 2012-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This has gotten me into Angels... This book was quite entertaining, and I have to say, Raphael is now on my list of "fictional men I wish I could date". I loved the way the author described the angels. It was in such beautiful detail that I could easily visualize all these beautiful scenes with them. Also, any time there was an injury to a wing, it literally pained me. So... PROS: beautiful imagery with angels, entertaining plot, very sexy main characters, sexual tension to die for. CONS: No character development -if you are looking for a book with some substance, this one probably isn't it. OVERALL: Perfect for a fun and sexy read!
Date published: 2011-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from call up to the heavens I already know that was a cheezy title but come on this book was great so it deserves the flamboyant title. So anyway this was the first book I ever read by this author and I thought it was great, I loved the story and the characters, Elena and Raphael were really great together and I'm happy I found this book. All I have to say is if your into the hole angel thing definitley check this book out, it was great it's in my tops. :0)
Date published: 2010-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! WOW! Awesome story! At first I really hated the archangel but then he started to warm up to me. This novel I find is a difference kind of romance, a little darker then her changeling series. Elena is cast out from her family at an early age and becomes a vampire hunter. She has an advantage that no other hunter has; she can scent the vampire presence and how long they have been turned. In this novel vampires are created by angels and are employed by them. Archangel Raphael calls on Elena for a job. He wants her to track down a archangel gone bad. At the end the story leaves of making you want more, fortunately Archangels Kiss starts right where Angels Blood leaves off.
Date published: 2010-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining and Speedy The action in this story moves fast, and I mean fast. From what I could gather it takes place over 3-4 days. The author (thankfully) does not go with the biblical angels. In fact I was very happy at the no-religion tone. Here is what else I liked about this one: the pace, writing, the characters and the chemistry. Elena took a bit to get into and the whole poor, unloved rich girl thing could have been a bit cartoonish. It wasn’t. Raphael is perfect. Their scenes were done well; the dark brooding sensuality was well done. Now what I didn’t like: the-formulaic-easy-way-out ending (NO SPOILERS). As I was reading the book, I kept hoping the author wouldn’t do that, at least not in the first novel. She did. Despite that, I will read the next one in the series.
Date published: 2010-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A welcome change from the norm Nalini Singh’s world was unlike anything I’ve ever visited before, filled with such fantasy and creatures unlike what I’d ever read of before that it left my head spinning. I loved every single aspect of this novel, it was electrifying, dazzling, unforgettable. Her concept of angels, archangels, vampires and bloodborns was richly new and enticing. Despite his drawback from humanity, Raphael was not a hard character to love, he had more human traits and tendencies then any of the other archangels and it was refreshing in a world where they had little care for the human lives surrounding them. Elena was the perfect leading woman, a back bone of pure steel, but a heart that melted for those she loved. I absolutely loved this novel, Urban Fantasy at its best with a promise for more action, passion, death and mayhem in the next. This novel spins a web around the readers, sucking them in and thrusting them into a world totally unexpected. Ms. Singh creates that which others could only wish to.
Date published: 2009-07-04
Rated out of 5 by from Excellent Start to a New Series This is the first book I've read by Nalini Singh and I enjoyed it thoroughly, although I have to admit it took me a few chapters to warm up to the story. The main character is Elena. Elena is a vampire hunter, but there's a twist. In this 'reality' vampires are made by Angels and in return must consign themselves to servitude to their makers. Sometimes though, the vamps decide to renege on the deal and that is when the Guild Hunters come in. They hunt down the awol vamps and return them to their masters. As hunters go, Elena is one of the best. This is because she is a natural born hunter - she posseses an inborn talent for sniffing out vamps and following their scent. Unfortunately it is because of this talent that she is chosen by the Archangel Raphael to take on a deadly task - to hunt down a rogue Archangel. One of the things I had trouble with at the beginning of the book is wrapping my head around the fact that Angels seem to be less than Angelic. Archangel Raphael appears to be closer to a demon than an angel. As well, at the beginning of the book, I found Elena to be a bit too abrasive. She obviously must have grown on me though because by the end of the book I loved her. I also really liked the interaction between Raphael and Elena. There are a few loose ends in the book that didn't get explained to my liking, but since there is a sequel planned, I guess I might get my answers then.
Date published: 2009-05-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read I enjoyed this book, however it's too much of the Twilight Series. Vampires / Angels / Forbidden love.
Date published: 2009-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVED IT!!! Nalini Singh has more creativity in her pinkie finger than most people have in their whole bodies! Leave it to her to create a series where angles are the creators and rulers of vampires. At first I thought, Nah that can’t be, but oh yes it can, and she totally rocked it! I loved the main characters, the story line, the ending, everything! I can’t wait to see where she takes us with this series, if it’s any thing like her other one, even though their nothing alike, its going to be awesome.
Date published: 2009-03-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OH MY GOD - VERY HOT - GREAT STORY !!!!!! Fantastic, this is a new series with Angels being the dominant race over vampires, humans, etc... I have read all of the Psy series, love Ms. Singh's writing style and cannot wait for the next book - it doesn't matter what she writes , I will buy it.......... Renata from Montreal
Date published: 2009-03-17
Rated out of 5 by from Absolute Must Read Nalini Singh has come out with a great new series. Angels - what an interesting take on the paranormal. In this series the Angels rule and the Vampires are their servants. This book grabs hold of you and you can't put it down. I read a sneek preview in her last psy book and wasn't sure what to make of it, but am I glad I bought it this weekend. The main character Elena is a strong "kick butt" vampire hunter and is hired by the Head Angel of New York to help with situation that is about to come to ahead. If you enjoy reading Patricia Briggs or Laurell Hamilton you have to get this book!
Date published: 2009-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful story in a new series This is the first book in a wonderful new series by bestselling author Nalini Singh. She has developed an interesting new world in the paranormal genre with some very intriguing concepts. It is unlike any other book on the market. In this world, angels are the bosses and vampires are the minions. I can't say too much without giving too many details on this new world, but I can definitely recommend reading this story. I'm already looking forward to the next book in this world. I would also recommend any of Nalini Singh's stories in her Psy world.
Date published: 2009-02-12

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Angels' Blood

by Nalini Singh

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 368 pages, 6.75 × 4.2 × 0.87 in

Published: March 3, 2009

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0425226921

ISBN - 13: 9780425226926

About the Book

Hailed by Christine Feehan as a major new talent, Singh introduces readers to a world where angels hold sway over vampires. Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux is hired by the dangerously beautiful Archangel Raphael to track an archangel gone bad. Original.

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Elena’s instincts were screaming at her to grab the knife in her boot, do some damage and get the hell out, but she forced herself to stay in place. The truth was, she wouldn’t make it more than two feet before Raphael broke every single bone in her body.          It was exactly what he’d done to a vampire who’d thought to betray him. That  vampire had been found in the centre of Times Square. He’d still been alive. And he’d still been trying to scream—“No! Raphael, no!” But his voice had been a rasp by then, his jaw hanging on by stringlike tendons, his flesh missing in places. Elena—out of the country on a hunt—had seen the news footage after the event. She knew the vamp had lain there in agony for three hours before being picked up by a pair of angels. Everyone in New York, hell, everyone in the country, had known he was there, but no one had dared help him, not with Raphael’s mark blazing on his forehead. The archangel had wanted the punishment witnessed, wanted to remind people of who and what he was. It had worked. Now the mere mention of his name evoked visceral fear. But Elena wouldn’t crawl, not for anyone. It was a choice she’d made the night her father had told her to get on her knees and beg, and maybe, maybe, he’d accept her back into the family. Elena hadn’t spoken to her father in a decade. “You should have a ca
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FIRST IN THE GUILD HUNTER SERIES from “a major new talent” (CHRISTINE FEEHAN).

View our feature on Nalini Singh’s Angels'' Blood.

Nalini Singh introduces readers to a world of beauty and bloodlust, where angels hold sway over vampires.


Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux is hired by the dangerously beautiful Archangel Raphael. But this time, it’s not a wayward vamp she has to track. It’s an archangel gone bad.

The job will put Elena in the midst of a killing spree like no other—and pull her to the razor’s edge of passion. Even if the hunt doesn’t destroy her, succumbing to Raphael’s seductive touch just may. For when archangels play, mortals break.

About the Author

Nalini Singh is passionate about writing. Though she’s traveled as far afield as the deserts of China and the temples of Japan, it is the journey of the imagination that fascinates her the most. She’s beyond delighted to be able to follow her dream as a writer.

Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand. For contact details and to find out more about the Psy-Changeling series, please visit her website.