Friday, August 21, 2015

Reviews: The Guild Hunter Series by Nalini Singh (Part 3)

The last part in my three-part Guild Hunter Series reviews!

Knives and Sheaths (Guild Hunter #5.5)

Free short story in Nalini Singh's Newsletter.

"The original version of this short story was meant to be a scene in ARCHANGEL’S STORM, but I deleted it in an earlier draft and the information shared here about Lijuan eventually became part of chapter 8 in the book.

However, I thought the scene offered a nice glimpse of Elena and Raphael’s relationship, so I decided to edit and extend it into a short story. I hope you enjoy!"

Find it on the author’s website here!

Review - 4 stars!

Super short, super sweet insight into Elena and Raphael’s relationship.  Nothing earth-shattering but a sweet read nonetheless.  Not much to it though, so not much to criticize.  I’ll just leave it at that!

Archangel’s Legion (Guild Hunter #6)

Nalini Singh, the New York Times bestselling “alpha author of paranormal romance” (Booklist) returns to an immortal world of violent passion and lethal power…on the brink of a deadly archangelic war.

Angels are falling from the sky in New York, struck down by a vicious, unknown force.

Vampires are dying impossibly of disease.

Guild hunter Elena Deveraux and the Archangel Raphael must discover the source of the wave of death before it engulfs their city and their people, leaving New York a ruin and Raphael’s Tower under siege by enemy archangels.

Yet even as they fight desperately to save the city, an even darker force is stirring, its chill eyes trained on New York…and on Raphael. Rivers of crimson and nightmares given flesh, the world will never again be the same…

Buy:  Amazon

Review - 5 stars!

Woo hoo!  Another book that brings us back to Raphael and Elena.  I was seriously stoked about this installment and I am pretty sure I devoured it in two sittings.  

The Good:

It’s about Raphael and Elena!  More emotional scenes about their devotion to each other as well as their people and more upon more about the world of the Cadre, angels, vampires and Guild Hunters.  

Every single book so far has enhanced this amazing world and it’s a testament to Nalini Singh’s talent that I keep craving more!

Of course, the very best part was the growth and flaws in the relationship with Raphael and Elena that make it much more real to the reader.

The Bad:

Honestly, I want more.  I want to know more about Raphael and Elena.  The fact that he is so old and powerful and the world is on the eve of destruction half the time leads one to want more, demand more, and I don’t know a single reader who wants to wait for the next book!

5 stars!

Zoe’s Workshop (Guild Hunter #6.5)

Short Story released by the author in the February Newsletter.

Find it on the author’s website here!

Review - 5 stars!

For such a short read, I fell in love with this one.  You see the beginning of Deacon and Sara’s relationship in Angels’ Judgment, and glimpses during the main series, but these scene had me making awwwww sounds aloud.  I got weird looks.  It’s even harder for me to find a short story worth 5 stars, let alone a free read the author flits together.  It is amazing and nicely done!

A Sip of Eternity (Guild Hunter #6.9)

This short story began life as a scene in an early draft of Archangel’s Shadows. It focuses on Dmitri & Honor, so there are no spoilers for the Archangel’s Shadows storyline (however, if you haven’t yet read Archangel’s Blade (Honor and Dmitri’s story), then save this to read later). I hope you enjoy!

Find it on the author’s website here!

Review - 4 stars!

So sweet you might get a toothache!  Also one of the rare times you glimpse Honor and Dmitri together after their novel.  I loved it!  So, so sweet our Dmitri is when he’s not being a butt to Elena.

Archangel’s Shadows (Guild Hunter #7)

Return to New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s sensual and painfully beautiful Guild Hunter world in her new novel of sacrifice, loyalty, and the choices of love that can shatter the heart.

In the wake of a brutal war, the archangel Raphael and his hunter consort, Elena, are dealing with the treacherously shifting tides of archangelic politics and the people of a battered but not broken city. The last thing their city needs is more death, especially a death that bears the eerie signature of an insane enemy archangel who cannot— should not—be walking the streets.

This hunt must be undertaken with stealth and without alerting their people. It must be handled by those who can become shadows themselves…

Ash is a gifted tracker and a woman cursed with the ability to sense the secrets of anyone she touches. But there’s one man she knows all too well without a single instant of skin contact: Janvier, the dangerously sexy Cajun vampire who has fascinated and infuriated her for years. Now, as they track down a merciless killer, their cat-and-mouse game of flirtation and provocation has turned into a profound one of the heart. And this time, it is Ash’s secret, dark and terrible, that threatens to destroy them both.

Buy:  Amazon

Review - 4.5 Stars!

I didn’t know much about Ash or Janvier except that they were chasing each other.  A lot.  Which was humorous and the few scenes with either one of them were funny or made me like them as one set of my favorite secondary characters.

The Good:

The sweetness and the sadness!  The romance!!  Lastly, the mystery of what was going on!  Lots of story in this with romance of the two longest running courting couple in the series!  As always, well-written and entertaining!

The Bad:

The only downside was that this seemed more of an aside from the main storyline.  Though not too far as it was more like a break from war-mongering angels; after all, the main one needs to gather her strength again!  Or a bit of picking up the pieces after the major battle. Plus not as much Raphael and Elena as I want in the story.

What makes me really sad is no more main books to read and the next one, which is partly why I started this series finally, isn’t about Raphael and Elena either!  However, I’ve been dying to know about Naasir anyway….

So, 4.5 stars!
A Walk on the Cliffs (Guild Hunter #7.1)

This vignette stands alone, so you can read even if you’ve never read the Guild Hunter series.

For series readers, A Walk on the Cliffs fits into chapter 6 of Archangel’s Shadows. It shows a hidden moment between two characters who help run the household of the Archangel Raphael: Sivya, the angelic chef who runs the kitchen, and Montgomery, the vampire who is Raphael’s butler and who ensures the rest of the staff work together as a seamless unit.

Find it on the author’s website here!

Review - 4.5 stars!

Two minor characters and the servants of Raphael’s home get together and I couldn’t see it at first, to be honest.  I mean, mentioned in passing in book seven, sure.  But reading a snippet about it?  I was a little doubtful.  However, this was oddly perfect!  So composed and yet so sweet.  Wow!  Nice little scene!

Archangel’s Enigma (Guild Hunter #8)

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh returns to her world of dark passion and immortal power - and to one of the most seductive and impenetrable heroes ever to stalk the Guild Hunter landscape...

"Oh, Naasir. So weird, so bloodthirsty, so unique and wonderful...I have fallen for him..." - Fiction Vixen

Naasir is the most feral of the powerful group of vampires and angels known as the Seven, his loyalty pledged to the Archangel Raphael. When rumors surface of a plot to murder the former Archangel of Persia, now lost in the Sleep of the Ancients, Naasir is dispatched to find him. For only he possesses the tracking skills required - those more common to predatory animals than to man.

Enlisted to accompany Naasir, Andromeda, a young angelic scholar with dangerous secrets is fascinated by his nature - at once playful and brilliant, sensual and brutal. As they race to find the Sleeping archangel before it's too late, Naasir will force her to question all she knows...and tempt her to walk into the magnificent, feral darkness of his world. But first they must survive an enemy vicious enough to shatter the greatest taboo of the angelic race and plunge the world into a screaming nightmare…

Coming September 1, 2015!!

Pre-order:  Amazon

About the Author (via website)

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 frequently).

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.

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.

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