Archangel’s Consort (Guild Hunter #3) by Nalini Singh
An ancient and malevolent female immortal is rising in Manhattan to reclaim her son, the archangel Raphael. Only one thing stands in her way: Elena Deveraux, a vampire-hunter-and Raphael’s lover.
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Nalini Singh is another one of my favourite authors. She writes fantastic paranormal romance with great characters and unpredictable plots. Though I’ve never written about them, I’ve read every book in her Psy~Changeling series and I’m very excited about the next instalment of the series. But I’m writing about her other series now so it’s time for me to get back on topic.
Archangel’s Consort is the third book in the love story between Elena, a vampire hunter recently Made an angel by her lover, Raphael, the archangel of New York City. Picking up shortly after the events of Archangels’ Kiss, Elena is still adjusting to being an angel, preparing to come out to her family and the world with her wings. Plus she’s still learning how to fight as an angel so she can stay a hunter for the Guild. It’s fun to see Elena trying to master new skills and find her place in Raphael’s world. Raphael’s Seven are still trying to decide whether Elena is a good or bad thing in their leader’s world, so there’s a lot of room for conflict. In addition, Elena and Raphael continue to navigate their personal relationship, with Elena wanting the freedom to live her life and Raphael fighting his impulses to protect her from the world. I love watching these two strong personalities interact since they both have so much to lose, and so much to gain, in this relationship.
We also learn more about Elena’s family. She’s been estranged from her father since her two sisters were murdered and her mother committed suicide but he’s back in play in this novel. It’s interesting to see Elena struggle with these relationships as well, since it humanizes her even more, and makes you really feel for her. She’s got all these great abilities and resources but she remains haunted by her past. In Archangel’s Consort, she has to deal with her memories and her father’s new family, and it makes for some of the more powerful sections of the story.
At the same time, Raphael’s confronting his own personal demons, in the shape of his insane mother, an archangel who went to Sleep after murdering her husband and nearly killing her own son. Raphael’s struggle about his mother and the need to kill her if she wakes insane is a key component of the novel and it’s refreshing to see Raphael have problems since he’s previously come off so stoic and removed.
From what I gather, the next book in the series will focus on Dmitri, one of Raphael’s Seven. The Seven are all interesting characters and I look forward to seeing Dmitri’s story play out, though I will miss having Elena being front and centre.