- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Gollancz (11 Feb. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0575095725
- ISBN-13: 978-0575095724
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.2 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Angels' Blood: Book 1 (The Guild Hunter Series) Paperback – 11 Feb 2010
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''Angels' Blood' had me enthralled from the first page - I loved it!' 9/10 rating (BOOK CHICK CITY)
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When I learnt that she was going to write a new urban fantasy series, I couldn't help but think "Oh, no, Nalini will have less time to write the books I like!". All the same, I'm very curious, so I couldn't help buying and reading "Angels'Blood", the first novel in the Guild Hunter series.
Now, I have a problem: a new addiction that joins my previously existing ones to chocolate and Nalini's Psy-Changeling series. I simply loved "Angels'Blood", its characters, and the new world it introduces. The main character is Elena Deveraux, a plucky guild hunter that tracks down vampires that break their contracts with angels, the immortal beings that create them in exchange for a period of servitude. Elena is the best at her job, and due to that she attracts what might end up being the mortal attention of Raphael, probably the most dangerous and beautiful archangel in existence. Raphael demands Elena to do the unthinkable: track a rogue archangel. Elena cannot say no to that request (or rather order), that will involve working closely with Raphael, and bring unexpected developments.
On the whole, I can say that "Angels' Blood" is the beginning of a series totally different from the Psy-Changeling series, but, strangely enough, just as good. Highly recommended :)
This is the first book in the Guild Hunter series and, as a big fan of the author's Psy-Changeling series, a book I expected great things from. I definitely wasn't disappointed as the world building is just as unique and complex as that of her other books, taking vampires and angels in innovative new directions. Angels are the creators of vampires and as such own them for the first hundred years of their existence. Elena's job is to retrieve those who attempt to break that contract.
The storyline is cleverly plotted and well paced, although at times the density of the world building made it difficult for me to stay caught in the storyline. Unlike the Psy-Changeling books, this series stays with Elena and Raphael for more than a single book so their backstory isn't covered fully leaving lots undiscovered. I was a little annoyed that only snippets of Elena's history are revealed which means that the storyline will continue in the future books, but ends up being frustratingly incomplete in this installment.
Elena is an interesting lead character. As I mentioned before her traumatic past isn't fully revealed which leaves the reader only able to partly understand her, although her relationships with her friends (good) and family (bad) do explain a lot about her motivations.Read more ›
I enjoyed the world that the author created fro her characters to inhabit. She sketches it in quickly and everything that then happens is consistent. Elena is a compelling character. She is strong and independent but not stupid and thankfully not one of those female urban fantasy heroines who sounds off at everyone all the time. He growing attachment to Raphael is well done and as we see part of the story from his point of view we begin to understand that what Elena thinks she knows about angels may not be entirely true.
This is a story in itself but it is very obviously the start of a series and there are some exciting developments at the end of the book which mean that I have already obtained the next in the series to see what happens !
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great and engaging read. Nalini Singh has brought a new urban fantasy world to life, with great chemistry between not only the lead characters in this book but other characters as... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Karen Beresford
Why have I never read this before? I loved it!
Raphael - that man will haunt my dreams but in a totally good way!
On to book 2!
Loved this book and characters. Very gripping how it all unfolds. Well written and looking forward to the next bookPublished 5 months ago by pat
loved it the story of how a mortal won an archangel keep me enthralled all day so much so i forgot to eat or drink till finished it great sofa day never moved off it till book was... Read morePublished 9 months ago by oz & karen bailey
I had gotten a bit bored with a lot of the vampire books, they all seemed to be the same. This book however I just loved, was a breath of fresh air. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Bex
I'm not going to do a great big review on this, because there's already so many out there.
All I'm going to say is that I LOVED this! Read more