1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I'll be following this series now.,
This review is from: Angels' Blood: The Guild Hunter Series (Paperback)
Although this book had a solid start--and definitely had an interesting premise: angel-centric novels are rare, and I've never before seen the likes of the specifics of this series (wherein angels are the creators and masters of vampires)--at around page 65, it took a sharp turn toward the realm of soft-core porn. I was uncertain about continuing, not wanting to read simple porn when I'd been promised urban fantasy, but I kept with it, and was rewarded for such.
The storyline ebbed and flowed, occasionally buried under sex (and tension around it), but that was made up for enough by the strong mythologies created within the novel. The concept of angel dust--no, not the drug--was highly interesting, and executed well, as was the majority of the novel.
Of the broad range of characters, I felt only one of the archangels (Michaela) and the protagonist's (Elena's) human friends to be flat and awkward. Elena spends barely any time with her friends, and the time she does spend with them is generally overshadowed by her (rightful) fears and desires in regards to the supernatural world around them. Michaela, on the other hand, is presented as just another petty, shallow and vindictive woman, adhering to the apparent general trend. Michaela's actions, though, can be somewhat excused: she is not human, and therefore not bound by human social customs and conventions.
One thing that struck me especially was the presentation of the supernatural-imbued world as fact. Although Singh did spend some time going over the details of the world, this could be forgiven due to the need for back-story, and for the fact that the novel is not written in direct first-person, but in the more removed third-person. The mythologies of this series, as previously stated, were strong, and quite gripping; now that I've finished the novel, I look eagerly forward to the next in the series, to sate my desire to know what happens next.