Saturday, May 10, 2014

Review: Archangel's Blade (Guild Hunter #4)

As desire turns into a dangerous compulsion that might destroy both Dmitri and Honor, 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.

Archangel's Blade, by Nalini Singh, is the fourth novel in the Guild Hunter series. Dmitri, vampire and leader of Raphael's Seven (a group of warriors who swore their oath and loyalty to serve the archangel), comes across a case that stirs hidden memories from a life centuries ago. The severed head marks a distinctive tattoo stirs up anger from the Maker who tormented and turned him. Thus, his desire to discover the truth is nothing compared to the hunter assigned to decipher the tattoo. Her presence alone blindsided him for once -- feelings of love he buried and never thought were possible to awaken.

Savaged in a brutal attack by vampires that almost killed her, Honor St. John was rescued by the Guild. In return, she joined the Guild as a hunter and expert on ancient languages. She has been assigned to the Dmitri's case, but she is nowhere near ready to come face-to-face with the seductive and lethally dangerous vampire. Dmitri can't get enough of Honor's mysterious hold on her and vows to punish and eradicate those who abused her. Furthermore, Dmitri is determined to end the darkness that lurks in his soul, even if it means facing a nemesis much older and powerful than his nearly 1000 year as a vampire.

I really enjoyed this book because it focused on Dmitri, Raphael's righthand man. It's nice to read about other characters in the main cast from their perspective. This plot device reminds me of the Night Huntress World series by Jeaniene Frost, focusing on other characters' backgrounds. The female protagonist, Honor, was a breath of fresh air for Dmitri, finally bringing him out of the darkness and painful past. The mystery and action was also very good. I highly recommend the book.

Stay tuned for the fifth novel in the Guild Hunter series, Archangel's Storm (Guild Hunter). (Finally, a book about Jason!)

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