RITA Reader Challenge Review

RITA Reader Challenge: Archangel’s Blade by Nalini Singh

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Title: Archangel's Blade
Author: Nalini Singh
Publication Info: Berkley 2011
ISBN: 978-0425243916
Genre: Paranormal

Archangel's Blade This review was written by Phyllis. This story was nominated in the Best Paranormal Romance category.

The summary:     

The severed head marked by a distinctive tattoo on its cheek should have been a Guild case, but dark instincts honed over hundreds of years of life compel the vampire Dmitri to take control. There is something twisted about this death, something that whispers of centuries long past…but Dmitri's need to discover the truth is nothing to the vicious strength of his response to the hunter assigned to decipher the tattoo.

Savaged in a brutal attack that almost killed her, Honor is nowhere near ready to come face to face with the seductive vampire who is an archangel's right hand, and who wears his cruelty as boldly as his lethal sensuality…the same vampire who has been her secret obsession since the day she was old enough to understand the inexplicable, violent emotions he aroused in her.

As desire turns into a dangerous compulsion that might destroy them both, it becomes clear the past will not stay buried. Something is hunting…and it will not stop until it brings a blood-soaked nightmare to life once more…

And here is Phyllis' review:

So many aspects of this novel did work for me that it's a pity that it was so over-the-top violent that it turned my stomach. I am a wimp; I can't even watch ads for horror movies, much less horror movies themselves. So I skimmed a lot.

Singh's writing is evocative and heart-wrenching. The scenes flow, the emotions leap out of the pages, the settings are clear in my mind. The hero and heroine have both endured a lot: Dmitri over a thousand years and Honor over her short lifetime.

The mystery aspect of the book was excellent: there are so many evil, warped vampires and angels and it's a lot of work to find the one responsible for her abduction. There's also a plot with poorly “Made” vampires turning up dead with symbols tattooed on them that relate to Dmitri's past.

And yet there were far too many subplots and pieces of the overarching series plot that showed up. Dmitri and the most beautiful archangel evah would stand around and chat for a few pages about some archangel who has come back to life somewhere or other who has absolutely no bearing on this book. My mind was busily trying to solve the mystery and there were so many dangerous characters who were ostensibly Good Guys that I was sure it was one of them, betraying the Guild Hunters (That's one aspect I didn't quite get: who are they hunting?) and betraying Dmitri.

For a reader of the whole series, I am sure this was a great addition. For someone hopping into it at this point, it's baffling. Yet I did learn the “rules” of Singh's world. And the emotions were powerful. But, as I said before, the violence turned my stomach. Do we really need to torture someone with knives or tear their head off every other page?


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