Book Review-Archangel’s Consort

Posted July 29, 2015 by Loverofromance in Book Reviews / 7 Comments

Book Review-Archangel’s Consort

Book Review-Archangel’s ConsortArchangel's Consort by Nalini Singh
Also in this series: Angels' Blood, Archangel's Kiss
Series: Guild Hunter #3
Published by Berkley Sensation on February 10th 2011
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Archangels, Vampires
Pages: 324
Format: eBook
Source: Self Purchased
ISBN: 0575095776
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Nalini Singh steps back into the shadows of her heartbreakingly original world where angels rule, vampires serve, and the innocent can pay the greatest price of all ...Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux and her lover, the lethally beautiful archangel Raphael, have returned home to New York only to face an uncompromising new evil ...A vampire has attacked a girls' school - the assault one of sheer, vicious madness - and it is only the first act. Rampant bloodlust takes vampire after vampire, threatening to make the streets run with blood. Then Raphael himself begins to show signs of an uncontrolled rage, as inexplicable storms darken the city skyline and the earth itself shudders. The omens are suddenly terrifyingly clear. An ancient and malevolent immortal is rising. The violent winds whisper her name: Caliane. She has returned to reclaim her son, Raphael. Only one thing stands in her way: Elena, the consort who must be destroyed ...

My Review

 

Archangel’s Consort is the third installment, in this series. This book continues with Raphael and Elena’s story. It continues off shortly after the second book. Both Raphael and Elena are having to deal with quite a bit all at once. Raphael’s mother, the oldest and one of the most dangerous of their kind is starting to wake up with dangerous consequences. Elena is still dealing with nightmares of her childhood and having to face her past, and still training and making an effort to gain as much strength and agility as she can before they face Raphael’s mother, because they both realize she will wake up and when she does who knows what her plans will be for them.

A lot of women have trouble with their mothers-in-law.”
Raphael’s look was priceless. “My mother is an insane archangel.

What was quite interesting about this one, was how we see more elements of this world come into play, a bit of focus on their relationship but not as strongly as the second book. We see both Raphael and Elena individually battle their own demons. What was most vital about this book was how at the end of the day, for Raphael and Elena all that mattered was that they stood together. This has been their moto ever since they fell in love with each other. They both know they with Elena still weak and considered a “babe” of their kind, their chances of survival isn’t super high. But we learn some remarkable insights into their bond to each other, insights neither of them or the readers realize until the end when their relationship is tested in a very brutal way, but at the same time we see how powerful and healing their love can be for each other.

“For the first time in forever, he was stunned to silence. Not by her words, but by the tenderness in her hands, the worry in her eyes. He was an archangel. He’d been wounded far, far worse and shrugged it off. But then, there had been no woman with sun kissed by the sunset and eyes of storm gray to tear into him for daring to get himself hurt.”

Not just physically, but emotionally and mentally as well. What has been remarkable about this series, was seeing how Raphael and Elena have been dealing with conflicts and challenges both separately and collectively.

Even as she spoke, silver blue flashed on her other side and then Illium was standing beside her, his wing touching Elena’s in an intimacy that made Raphael raise an eyebrow. Illium’s lips curved in a wicked smile that did little to hide the intensity of his emotions. I would not watch you die again, Sire. His veins stood out against his skin as he gripped the wrist of one hand with the other.

Raphael met those eyes of gold that had stood beside him for centuries. If I had done so, I would have gone knowing you would keep my heart safe.

Illium’s gaze went to Elena. Always

We see more of the supporting characters and a reunion of Elena and her best friend Sara with her husband and their little girl—it almost made me cry. Because even though they have been in contact, they haven’t physically seen each other and you see how much Elena cares for this family when her own have practically abandoned her, but this family is the one that she created and built and you see how much it matters to her. Loved every moment and delicious detail of this book. I am curious to see where the series goes from here.

Series Order

Angel’s Blood (1) 

Archangel’s Kiss (2) 

Archangel’s Consorts (3) 

Archangel’s Blade (4) 

Archangel’s Storm (5) 

Archangel’s Legion (6) 

Archangel’s Shadow (7) 

Archangel’s Enigma (8)

About Nalini Singh

I've been writing as long as I can remember and all of my stories always held a thread of romance (even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes). I love creating unique characters, love giving them happy endings and I even love the voices in my head. There's no other job I would rather be doing. In September 2002, when I got the call that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.

I was born in Fiji and raised in New Zealand. I also spent three years living and working in Japan, during which time I took the chance to travel around Asia. I’m back in New Zealand now, but I’m always plotting new trips. If you’d like to see some of my travel snapshots, have a look at the Travel Diary page (updated every month).

So far, I've worked as a lawyer, a librarian, a candy factory general hand, a bank temp and an English teacher and not necessarily in that order. Some might call that inconsistency but I call it grist for the writer's mill.

 

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  • I love this series so much, Renee! And I think that the fact that Elena and Raphael are at the core of most of the stories, and that they keep everything together is a big part of that. I love that Elena can bring something important to Raphael’s life, too, because as you said, he is old and has seen so much. But true love and tenderness is not something he is used to.
    Great review! I hope you’ll continue to enjoy this universe as you continue reading 🙂

  • I read Rock Hard this year and it was total love for me. I’ve never read any of her paranormal books though. adult paranormal isn’t a favorite, but I loved Rock Hard so much I feel like i should give them a try.

  • I love this author! I’ve read most of her books though I haven’t really gone through all the books in her series especially her Psy Changeling one since there’s just a lot of books in it, omg. My favorite of this series would have to be Dmitri’s book! 🙂 Great review! Oh, and I’m a new follower! I found your blog through my Bloglovin suggestions! Great blog! 😀

  • Lindy Gomez

    I have been wanting to read the Guild Hunter Series really badly! My co-blogger is addicted to these books. Raphael and Elena sound like a strong couple. I love how they stand together. I love when a world comes more in to play, and we can see how things begin to take shape within it. Excellent Review 🙂

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  • Yes, I was always struck by the depth of their relationship when I read this series. Eventually I want to re-read.

  • Bea @ Bea’s Book Nook

    I think I read this when it came out. I know I read several in the series, out of order. Cuz I’m a rock star at reading out of order. 😀 Your review makes me want to go back, pick these up in order and read/re-read them.

  • Janhvi @ The Readdicts

    Oh I love this series! I am so eagerly waiting for Naasir’s book to come out in Sept. Hope you enjoy the rest of the series as much as I did 🙂