Archangel's Consort

by Nalini Singh

Penguin Publishing Group | January 25, 2011 | Mass Market Paperbound

Archangel's Consort is rated 4.28571428571429 out of 5 by 7.
An ancient and malevolent female immortal is rising in Manhattan to reclaim her son, the archangel Raphael. Only one thing stands in her way: Elena Deveraux, a vampire-hunter-and Raphael's lover.

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Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 352 pages, 6.75 × 4.2 × 0.9 in

Published: January 25, 2011

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0425240134

ISBN - 13: 9780425240137

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Consort Hopefully this is not the end of the series. Love the passion hope and family dynamics that each of us can relate to
Date published: 2013-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Archangel's Consort The third part of a beautiful lovestory - fun, exiting, captivating! Love the verbal banter! Look foeward to follow the development of Elena and Raphael's story. Cannot come too soon for me!!
Date published: 2013-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved Reviewed at Another Look Book Reviews As I progress through each book does it get predictable that I say, "Oh this one was my favourite."??? Because I think that Archangel's Consort may be my favourite yet. I love that although Raphael and Elena have been together since the first book, Angel's Blood, this third book is when I truly see them as married. Well, as married as angels get. I do like the spin on the word "Consort" and how it all just wraps up in a nice perfect package. Elena and Raphael are very much in love and I'm loving how much they are in love! The entire book, Archangel's Consort, is a story where Raphael's very ancient and powerful mother, Caliane is waking up from a "sleep". It appears that due to how old and ancient Caliane was she started to go insane when Raphael was just a young angel. As a result, she put herself to sleep secretly hidden away. This self induced "sleep" is a gamble on whether she'll wake even more mad or cured of her madness. Regardless when Caliane does fully wake, she will be the most powerful archangel that ever was. As the reader, you are never quite sure how this state is going to turn out. Are all the catastrophic world events that are occurring on each of the continents leading up to her wakening? Is that an indication of how crazy Caliane is going to be? Nothing was ever written the ancient texts to base this event on. Elena is still quite weak in terms of how an immortal angel gauges strength. She can't fly for long distances yet but she is a fighter and she is giving it everything she has to be 100% healthy and independent. She is frustrated with herself because as a Guild Hunter, she was one of the strongest. It is a complete table turn for her to have to rely on being saved or watched over. I could feel her frustration. I absolutely loved that even though she hated being so dependent, she was still wise enough to realize she needed assistance and didn't do stupid things. Oh how I hate when authors make their heroine do stupid things. I could hug Nalini Singh for making Elena so brilliant in that respect. The readers have now all been introduced to Raphael's "SEVEN". These brave warriors are a combination of vampires or angels. They are Venom, Jason, Galen, Nassir, Aodhan, Dmitri and of course my favourite (as well as everyone else's) Illium. Wonderful secondary characters that I am sure we will get treated to each and every one of their books. I'll bet you a nickel that Illium's book will be last because he is the fan favourite. I love how each of these characters are loyal to Raphael (and even Elena through Raphael). Excellent set up for more books! I look forward to more and more of these wonderful adventures. I am starting Archangel's Blade next. Teasers: An Angel "dance" over the ocean, sister Eve surprise, "I live Elena. Because of you."
Date published: 2012-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very enjoyable... (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 enjoyed this, the third installment in Nalini Singh's Guild Hunter series. I personally found it an improvement over the last novel in the series which had some seriously irritating elements. Bad points: To some, this novel would feel slow. This wasn't a problem for me, as I personally like having character development and other aspects of the story taken care of. There were still aspects of the novel which felt 'romance novelish' (pardon the expression :) in that there were still some familiar cliches. These took much less space than in the previous novel however and in general did not detract from my enjoyment of the novel. (JMHO of course.) Good points: Elena and Raphael's relationship was actually pretty well done. I could personally understand *why* Raphael felt the way he felt about her and I could say the same thing with regards to her feelings for him. I thought the development of this relationship, as well as the way in which this novel furthered the history of Elena and her family as well as that of Raphael's to be well done. I also enjoyed the way in which Raphael has become a more *likeable* individual as the series has progressed -it was believable to have this be a consequence of Elena's influence in his life. The action when it did come, contained a sufficient amount of new revelations about the characters as to keep me interested. All in all, I enjoyed this one and recommend it!! Other novels I recommend: -Daughter of the Blood, by Anne Bishop -The Shadow Reader, by Sandy Williams -The Demon In Me, by Michelle Rowen -Santa Olivia, by Jacqueline Carey -Stormwalker, by Allyson James -Dragon Bound, by Thea Harrison -Cry Wolf, by Patricia Briggs (also see the prequel story in 'On the Prowl')
Date published: 2012-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read Archangel's Consort is book three in this terrific series. Singh has really done a great job of creating a world of angels and vampires. What makes this series stand out from all the other 'angel' series is Singh's take on the angel mythos. Her angels aren't fallen, they are beautiful, powerful and cruel supernatural creatures without the religious overtones. After gaining her angel’s wings and battling Lijuan, the ancient death-obsessed Archangel of China, Archangel’s Consort sees Elena return to New York at Raphael’s side. Upon her return she gets back into her Guild Hunter duties, and is soon tracking a vicious vampire who has murdered two girls, one of which was probably killed in a case of mistaken identity in the place of Elena’s young sister, Evelyn. From there she is soon investigating a number of cruel attacks involving vampires. I thoroughly enjoyed this installment, although it is probably the weakest of the three. It seemed to be lacking any real sense of danger or suspense. The interaction between Raphael and Elena however is top-notch and getting to see their relationship continue to develop made it a great read. 2011-018
Date published: 2011-04-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good...but Slow Angels are sensual yet dangerous beings – especially those who have been around for quite some time. There is no mistaking that fact while you’re reading Archangel’s Consort by Nalini Singh, the third book in her ‘Guild Hunter’ series. This series tells the story of Elena, a Hunter who tracks down rogue vampires for their angel masters, and how she meets and falls in love with the archangel Raphael (yum!). But Elena is not only a Hunter; she is also a newly-Made angel. In book two, Archangel’s Kiss, we witness Elena adapting to her new immortal life as an angel at the Refuge. In Archangel’s Consort, we follow her as she deals with returning to New York. She still thinks like a human since she has only been an immortal being for a handful of months. She has trouble with the idea of being ruthless and cold – as angels are known to be. Something else she is not used to is being weak or being dependent on others to help her. Elena is a pretty complex character. She’s dealing with everything that I’ve mentioned and on top of that, she has an estranged family and a pretty messed up past. Nalini writes complex characters well. You easily feel for them and feel as though you’ve been with them through everything, including the parts of their lives we as a reader don’t actually witness but learn about through the character’s memories. The range of emotion is spectacular and the characters true. From book one to book three and beyond, you know these people and you feel like you will always know them. Raphael is another character with a complex background. He is feared and revered as an archangel. Yet by meeting and falling in love with Elena, he is becoming a little softer. Almost more human. Almost. Part of what makes Raphael’s past difficult is his relationship with his mother, Caliane. Caliane is an Ancient – an archangel is who beyond old. Sometimes, angels who have lived a very long life grow tired and even a little mad. These angels often Sleep. A long slumber that can both regenerate them and heal their madness…or not. Caliane went to Sleep over one thousand years ago, and when she did, she was pretty bonkers. And since she was nuts when she went to Sleep, the members of the Cadre (ruling archangels from around the world) are afraid she still will be once she Wakes, putting everyone on the planet at risk. I really felt as though the concept of an ancient going to Sleep and the effects on the Earth as they Wake was really cool. I just found it took a long time to get to the actual Waking. In fact, it only happens in the last few pages! The build up is well done…but a little too long. In fact, that’s how I felt about most of this book. I found it to be slow with not much going on. Even Elena and Raphael’s relationship was a little stale for me this time around. And that kills me to say because I love this couple! Their dialogue, their banter, even their connection was a little lacking for me. And there was one part of the story that flat out confused me! In book two, an archangel’s daughter was very naughty and had to be ‘taken care of’. There is a revenge side plot that pops up in Archangel’s Consort that you think is actually part of the main story, then you find out it’s not, then it fizzles and goes away. Huh? That threw me off a little bit. But there are three parts of this story that stood out for me in a positive way. I love how you get a tiny glimpse into the stories of some of the members of Raphael’s Seven (seven immortals, a mix of vampires and angels, who have taken a vow to serve and protect him). I adore Illium, the pretty angel with blue wings and a soft heart. And Jason is so dark and mysterious and…secretive. Even Venom tweaks my interest. We got just enough from them to make us look forward to more. I also loved the ‘dancing’ scene. The wording was so lovely, the writing exquisite. I easily pictured that scene in my head and I could finally feel the love and passion Elena and Raphael felt for each other. My other favorite Elena and Raphael moment in this book was in the epilogue. Just the two of them, facing a personal demon side by side. That was a very tender moment in a story that otherwise didn’t hold much ardor for me. This series is on my Favorites page for a reason. It is unique, interesting and well thought out. The writing is impeccable and the characters are remarkable. I just felt that this was the weakest of the three books. I am in no way planning on not continuing on with this series though. No way. Next up, Nalini is placing Elena and Raphael on a little shelf and we are going to find out more about Dmitri, a vampire and member of the Seven. His story, Archangel’s Blade (perfect title for his book), is slated for release September of this year. Actually, Nalini says that if the story is right, she would like to write a book for each of the members of the Seven. Yay! I would love that.
Date published: 2011-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Was really good but could have been better So this is book three in the Guild Hunter series and it was really good but I found that it had it's ups and downs throughout the book and that kind of dissapointed me. I found that the storyline at times were slow and I found the beginning of the book really jumpy and a tad bit confusing, but even with that I still really enjoyed the book and I thought it had alot of interesting aspects and I LOVE the characters to this series and am looking forward to the next. :0)
Date published: 2011-01-27

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Archangel's Consort

Archangel's Consort

by Nalini Singh

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 352 pages, 6.75 × 4.2 × 0.9 in

Published: January 25, 2011

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0425240134

ISBN - 13: 9780425240137

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The third book in the bestselling Guild Hunter series. An ancient and malevolent female immortal is rising in Manhattan to reclaim her son, the archangel Rafael. Only one thing stands in her way: Elena Devereaux, a vampire-hunter--and Raphael's lover. Original.

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An ancient and malevolent female immortal is rising in Manhattan to reclaim her son, the archangel Raphael. Only one thing stands in her way: Elena Deveraux, a vampire-hunter-and Raphael's lover.

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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.