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"Nalini Singh's new series--in a word, excellent!!!"

Elena Deveraux is not just any vampire hunter, she's one of the best. In Elena's world, archangels rule the world and just let humans think they do. Home to Elena is New York, in archangel Raphael's territory. The archangels and angels make vampires, who are then contracted to serve their maker. However, once they have immortality, not all vampires wish to serve their makers, which is where the Hunters Guild comes into play. The vampire hunters receive their "assignments" from angels and it is their duty to capture the vampires and deliver them to a specified location. Elena has been hunting this particular vampire for a while now and when she finally captures and delivers him, she's ready for some downtime. Unfortunately, that's not going to happen. Instead, she's got another assignment, and even more unfortunate, it's for the archangel of New York himself, Raphael. The Guild Director and Elena's best friend, Sara had no choice but to accept the assignment but promises to do whatever she can to help. Because Elena knows this assignment can have only one outcome—her death. In the grand scheme of things, humans are unimportant to archangels and Elena knows—as does Sara—when the assignment is completed and her usefulness is over, so will her life be.

Before the meeting, Elena dresses carefully and takes some weapons with her. No shock there, Elena never goes anywhere without a weapon or two. When she gets to Archangel Tower, she's taken up to the roof, where a table is set for two. When Elena finally sees Raphael, she is in shock for he is her vision of drop-dead gorgeous man personified. He's a warrior, exactly what Elena desires. His wings are pure white edged in gold. The sparks between them would provide enough power to light up the whole city, but Elena refuses to give in to it. She knows, to an archangel, humans are mere toys. Turns out, Raphael needs Elena's help in tracking down an archangel. Since he won't give her any more details than absolutely necessary, she's going into this assignment blind. Even though she's hunter born, she can't track an archangel, not that she's ever tried. See, Elena has a very special sense of smell—she can track vampires by their scent. So how is she supposed to track someone who can fly, even if she could smell him?

Why does the archangel of New York need a human hunter's skills? Why is an archangel being hunted? What will happen if they do catch him? Will Elena eventually give in to Raphael and become his toy? What will happen when the assignment ends?

The only thing I can say about ANGEL'S BLOOD: GUILD HUNTER SERIES BOOK 1 is wow! Nalini Singh has another hit series on her hands with this one. As with all of Nalini Singh's books, the world building is top-notch and we're plunged into non-stop action from the very first page. The characters, including the secondary, are all very well fleshed out, from the good to the truly evil. Love Ransom. We have two very different, wounded in their own way, characters and get to watch as they come together. I absolutely love this story and can't wait to see where Nalini Singh takes the series from here! Have to say, she's going to have a very tough time topping this one.

Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted February 16, 2009

SUMMARY

**A PNR Staff Top Pick**

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

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux knows she's the best—but she doesn't know if she's good enough for this job. Hired by the dangerously beautiful Archangel Raphael, a being so lethal that no mortal wants his attention, only one thing is clear—failure is not an option...even if the task is impossible.

Because 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…

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, Contemporary, Vampires, Angels, Shapeshifters

Guild Hunter reading order per author's website:

  1. Angels' Pawn (e-release, early 2009; this novella is written to stand alone, so it can be read at any stage in the series. Angels' Blood is the first book in the series.)
  2. Angels' Blood (March 2009)
  3. "Angels' Judgment" in Must Love Hell Hounds anthology (September 2009)
  4. Archangel's Kiss (February 2010)
  5. Archangel's Consort (January 2011)

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Angels' Blood
(Guild Hunter: Book 1)
by Nalini Singh

Berkley Pub Group
March 1, 2009
Available: March 3, 2009
ISBN #0425226921
EAN #9780425226926
368 pages
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Other Books by
Nalini Singh

Tangle of Need
Angels' Flight
Lord of the Abyss and Desert Warrior
Lord of the Abyss
Angels of Darkness
Archangel's Blade
Kiss of Snow
Archangel's Consort
Play of Passion
Burning Up
Bonds of Justice
Archangel's Kiss
Blaze of Memory
Must Love Hellhounds
Branded by Fire
Angels' Pawn
The Magical Christmas Cat
Hostage to Pleasure
Mine to Possess
An Enchanted Season
Caressed By Ice
Visions of Heat
Slave to Sensation
Desert Warrior


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