Archangel's Blade

Mass Market Paperback | September 6, 2011

byNalini Singh

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Trying to discover the identity of a murder victim brings together the vampire Dmitri and a hunter for the Guild, Honor. And as the gruesome murders continue, a lethal sensuality explodes between them.

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Trying to discover the identity of a murder victim brings together the vampire Dmitri and a hunter for the Guild, Honor. And as the gruesome murders continue, a lethal sensuality explodes between them.

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.

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 6.75 × 4.25 × 0.75 inPublished:September 6, 2011Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0425243915

ISBN - 13:9780425243916

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Archangel's Blade I have loved the character of Dimitri right from the start and to learn how he became who he is in the present stories is a fantastic tale of evil, strength and an eternal love. Not to be missed!
Date published: 2013-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Continuation I've been a fan of the Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh for a long time now and since the books are released with quite a bit of time between them I've been reading the series slowly to lessen the waiting time between books for me. While I was away on vacation with Mr. Turning the Pages I finally had enough time to give Dimitri's book a try. I was a little unsure of what to expect from this novel in the series since it veers away from the main characters of Elena and Raphael and instead focuses on Raphael's vampire second who is pretty much like his vice president when it comes to running Manhattan. I didn't really like Dimitri in the previous books so I was surprised to find how much I liked him in this installment in the series. Dimitri is one thousand years old, and has turned cold and rather heartless, on top of having had more bed partners than you or I could imagine. However, when a bunch of grisly murders land on the Guild's doorstep it is recently reinstated hunter, Honor who heads the investigation with Dimitri, a vampire just months after she endured torture at the hands of other vampires. What begins as nothing but cold detachment on both sides soon leads to chemistry between the two and some rather passionate encounters leaving both breathless and confused. The pace of Archangel's Blade was bang on. I've never had a problem with Nalini Singh's pacing in her writing but this one flowed so well, and so effortlessly, that I really was impressed. As always, there was tons of action. There was murder, sex and some graphic scenes where Honor and Dimitri both recount some horrific scenes from their pasts that truly bind them together. Singh created yet another perfect novel in the series and she really does the urban fantasy genre justice with this one. While I was unsure of how I would feel about this in the beginning her ability to create characters that I can like, and respect won out and her writing style really stood out. The way that Nalini Singh weaves together stories of those who have had trauma in their lives, action, adventure, fantasy and lots of hot romance together is fantastic and I always enjoy the books in this series. I loved that while Dimitri and Honor were the main characters in this novel I was able to see how the overall story line of the series was progressing as well. Overall, Archangel's Blade was a perfect novel for me that had me on the edge of my seat laughing, cringing and rooting for Dimitri and Honor the whole time. I'm very glad that the author decided to write a story featuring the two of them because Dimitri has always seemed so dark and mysterious that even though I didn't care for him much when he was a side character I now know why he is the way he is and understand him and his position in Raphael's team. I am very much looking forward to reading the fifth book in the series as soon as I can. I would recommend this to fans who have already started the Guild Hunter series but like I was, nervous about reading a story that drifts away from Elena and Raphael to try this one out. Perhaps it will surprise you like it did me. If you haven't started this series yet, than what are you doing? Get your rear in gear and get the first book!
Date published: 2013-09-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Only Read This Review if You've Read the Series To Date Reviewed at Another Look Book Reviews This review is written with the assumption that you are all caught up in the series. Archangel's Blade could be a stand alone read but I would not recommend it. Talk about two tortured characters! Most times when I read a story and there is a heavy back story, it is usually one character battling personal demons and the other character is trying to help with the healing process. Not the case with Archangel's Blade. Both of the protagonists, Dmitri and Honor are fractured and reeling from deep wounds. Quite honestly, I wasn't sure how they were going to heal each other. There are some wicked scenarios in Archangel's Blade that are pretty gruesome. I'm glad I'm done with the series for now. I need a break. Archangel's Blade was very well written and the intense story line kept my eyes glued to the pages. It was a page turner for sure. The only information that the readers know about Dmitri going into Archangel's Blade is the few tidbits that have been shared in the previous books. Dmitri is a vampire now and you just know that there is a wicked back story. To bring the readers up to date on his previous life, there are a series of flashbacks that Dmitri experiences. I'm not a fan of flashbacks (in any story). The reader is fed bits and pieces and you need to use these snippets to puzzle together his mortal conclusion. It takes the entire book to do so. Heartbreaking best describes Dmitri's previous life as a human. That is all I can say about that. Even though Honor is a Hunter from the Guild Hunter organization, she is a new character that was not introduced in any of the previous books. Right away you understand that she has suffered a recent personal atrocity and she is still in the clutches of healing. She is a strong woman and it is easy to admire how hard she is trying to heal herself. As Dmitri and Honor team up there are two mysteries woven into Archangel's Blade. One is about a mysterious decapitated head with an unknown but distinctive tattoo and the other is trying to solve who and why Honor was brutalized. Both of those stories run parallel to each other. Additionally mixed in to the book are Dmitri's flashbacks coupled with strange dreams that Honor is experiencing. There is an awful lot going on in Archangel's Blade. Although Elena and Raphael (from the first 3 books) are present as secondary characters in Archangel's Blade, I really missed them. I do love them. I'm pretty sure that if this book 4 was another story about Elena and Raphael, I would have been just as happy to continue reading about them. You would not think that Dmitri and Honor would have been such a great pair together. With his dark side and her trying heal from the dark forced upon her, they seemed to be a mismatched pair on paper. However, it worked. I enjoyed them testing each other's limits and I enjoyed reading about Honor earning her life back. Dmitri didn't turn out to be a crutch as I expected but rather Honor was just brave enough to do it on her own. The ending is where I decided to downgrade Archangel's Blade from a 5 down to a 4. This explanation is going to be bit hard without spoilers but lets just say, I didn't like the ultimate "fix" for Honor. This whole story I was routing for her and I was disappointed. The finale with the accumulation of his flashbacks and her dreams certainly left me scratching my head and feeling a bit let down. That is not what I personally wanted for Honor. I am pretty sure fans of the Guild Hunter series will strongly go against me on my disappointment but it was how I felt at the end. Teasers: great use of honey, Holly turned to Sorrow, a mother's love gone really really bad, wild flower memorial
Date published: 2012-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cuts Deep Archangels Blade is a lateral step in Singh's terrific Guild Hunter series. While set in the same universe and utilizing the same characters, the focus isn't Elena and Raphael, nor does it advance their particular story arc, but rather it focuses on Dmitri. This book also falls more on the paranormal romance side of the spectrum as opposed to urban fantasy. That's not to say it wasn't a terrific story, just a departure from the formula we have grown used to in the previous Guild Hunter novels. Dmitri is the Archangel Raphael's right-hand man, er, vampire. Fiercely loyal to Raphael, Dmitri is a ruthless, cold, s.o.b. A vampire so old and powerful, his name strikes fear in the other vampires of Raphael's domain. In the main books in this series, Dmitri has been a strong secondary character acting as a bit of a thorn in Elena's side because he sees Elena as being weak and therefore a vulnerability to Raphael. In this outing, Dmitri is in charge while Raphael and Elena are out of town. When a severed head with a distinctive tattoo is discovered, he calls in a Guild expert on ancient languages for assistance. Having survived weeks of captivity and torture at the hands of rogue vampires, Honor St.Nicholas has been wounded but not completely broken. Struggling to take back her life, she is nevertheless a little intimidated to have to leave the safety of the Guild complex. Making it even more difficult is the fact that she has had a sexual attraction, bordering on obsession to Dmitri for years and now she will be working with him. The attraction between the two main characters is evident from their first meeting and the interplay between Dmitri and Honor is wonderful. At first Dmitri sees Honor as merely a challenge. Having only a trace of Hunter blood, Honor is not susceptible to Dmitri's trademark scent lure. Intrigued by a feeling of familiarity with Honor, it isn't long though, before Dmitri finds himself vowing to find the vampires that tortured her in order to help her hunt them down and see that justice is done. As the story unfolds, Dmitri's history is unveiled and we learn what makes him who he is and it is an interesting tale to say the least. While I thought that the ultimate connection between Dmitri and Honor was a little bit trite, I enjoyed this story completely. If Singh plans on more of these sideways forays into the universe of the Guild Hunters, I say bring 'em on. This one was a great read and I'd be curious to see how she handles the rest of the seven. 2011-048
Date published: 2011-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Singh Strikes Gold! Wow! What an incredible story, I didn't want it to end. This is by far my favourite book in this Guild Series. I was a little surprised that it was Dmitri to get his story first out of the other cast of characters. This is a beautiful love story told over the passage of time set in the often brutal and cruel world of angels and vampires. Dmitri and Honor both have terrible pasts. They meet when Honor is called in to assist on what should be a Guild case, but turns out to be more sinister and is directly aimed at Dmitri. Dmitri is drawn to Honor and when he finds out about the brutal attack that almost killed her, he vows to find those responsible. Not only does their desire for one another grow stronger but the their personal past history comes to a head as they work both cases. Singh does such an incredible job with their story, that in many ways its almost magical. Dmitri is cruel and lethal, he has to be as he is the archangels second in command. I love how Singh doesn't stray away from this and lets Honor see all that he is through the two cases they are working on. The most amazing part for me in reading their story was Singh didn't let them get together right away, not till the end which made total sense, and teased us with Dmitri's one liners and promises of what was to come and really that was off the charts on the "pants scale" for me. I was actually re-reading a sentence or two throughout the book. His lethal sensuality and protective instincts towards Honor again magical. The only thing I wish was that the ending was not so "tied up in a bow" happy. Would have been interesting to have drawn out the case aimed at Dmitri a little longer - into the next book. The other great addition to this book, was how well Singh writes in the other characters without taking away from the main story line of Dmitri and Honor. Can't wait to see where this is all headed, next book please...next year you say...let the wait begin!! If you just starting, begin with book one, this isn't a series you can just jump into, you'll miss way too much.
Date published: 2011-09-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Now THAT's More Like It! When I first read Angel’s Blood, the first book in Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series, I fell in love. I fell for the world she created, the story lines she weaved and the characters she introduced – especially the characters, so complex yet not overly so. I couldn’t wait to jump into the next book. Book two was very good for me. Book three was…*sigh*. But Archangel’s Blade, book four in this series, brought my fondness for this series to its original level. And with an interesting sort of, for lack of a better word, twist, Nalini managed to make me feel even stronger towards a character that always picked my interest. The first three books in the Guild Hunter series revolve around Elena and the Archangel Raphael. Their relationship and their learning to be together, as a team, as one. The little twist I speak of is that this fourth book focuses mainly on one of Raphael’s Seven and not the main couple at all. We do see them of course, but they truly are supporting characters. I found their role in this book was written perfectly, never once taking attention away from the main action and the main two characters. And who are the hero and heroine of Archangel’s Blade? Dmitri, Raphael’s second in command, and Honor, a Guild Hunter who is sent to the Tower to assist in solving a strange string of events that is happening in New York City. One that, after a little investigating, seems to be aimed at Dmitri. *da da dum* Dmitri has grabbed me from book one, but he is much different than I expected. There is so much depth and heartache to his character. His memories, how he is with Sorrow, how he is with the other angels and vampires and just everyone really surprised me – in a very good way. I loved him and now that I know more about him, I can’t wait to see how what I’ve learned about him translates into in the next books. Honor wasn’t what I was expecting for Dmitri, but once I saw what he did for her and how he helped her, I found they were a perfect match. Honor was kidnapped, held and tortured by vampires for two months. She is having a really had time being back to the ‘real world’ and to her job as a Guild Hunter. And who can blame her? Her back-story is heart-wrenching! Dmitri helps her find closure and helps her come out of her shell. I love how that part of the story went. It wasn’t too rushed or too much. Of course, we can’t expect Honor to just jump into bed with Dmitri as soon as she meets him with what she’s been through, even with this being a paranormal romance book. The pace of their relationship is very fitting. I was very happy to see that a character from the first book, who was taken and tortured and finally rescued, made an appearance in Archangel’s Blade. It was great to see what happened to her and to see that she has a good support system in Dmitri and his crew. The only thing I’m wasn’t totally feeling was the ending. It makes sense as there were hints throughout the entire book and it’s really the only way that one could fall madly in love with the other, but it still left me feeling odd. I don’t know why really because I know it’s the best ending and the most suitable one. I guess I just wish there had been a slight alteration that would have made it different from what it had to be. Man, did that even make any sense? lol What I truly love about this book, and this series, is the writing voice Nalini uses. It’s dark but not dire. It’s gritty but not overly so. It’s smooth and mellow. Even the action scenes, while very exciting, keep that smooth feel. Again, difficult to describe. I guess you’ll just have to read the series to know what I mean. But I just find it very different, unique to this series, and very fitting for the tone of these books. This book should come with a “this is a deep and emotional read and you’ll probably need to take a breather once in a while to give your heart a break” warning label. Archangel’s Blade is a wonderful addition to the Guild Hunter series. It teases at possible plot lines for future installments, makes you crave books for some of the other members of the Seven and reminds you that Nalini has one amazing writing voice and amazing character developing skills. Archangel’s Blade did not disappoint. 4.5 stars
Date published: 2011-09-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ultimate Bad Boy Gets A Book The fourth book in the Guild Hunter series takes a bit of a different turn this time we have Dimitri as the main character looking for his love interest. So I have to say that this book was a bit slow at times and there were things that I didn't think really fit with the book but I LOVED the fact that Dimitri got a book. His character was great as usual and it was nice to find out why he is the way he is, Honor his love interest was a pretty good character as well she was a bit annoying at times but I didn't mind. Overall this book was really good it could have been a bit better and I'm not 100% happy with the ending but it turned out great. :0)
Date published: 2011-09-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Just OK. I LOVED the first book in the series and have eagerly awaited the new arrivals. However, I have found that since the first book they have seemed to go downhill in quality. What started out as a fresh new look, new take on vampire.angel type novel is becoming more of a generic romance novel. The female character in this book is boring and slightly insipid. Found myself skimming over the words as I rolled my eyes. Kind of wish that I had not wasted my money on this one!
Date published: 2011-09-10