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Archangel's Blade by Nalini Singh REVIEW

Archangel's Blade by Nalini Singh ( Guild Hunter #4)


Synopsis from Goodreads
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...

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I've enjoyed this book immensely because Nalini has a certain way with words. Her descriptions and worlds are wonderful, rich and compelling. Saying all that, however, I didn't like how the dangerous edge we've all been secretly enjoying in Dmitri seemed to have disappeared as soon as he met Honor.


Another cliche of paranormal romance or any romance is that the bad boy we all like magically turns into all that kind and good as soon as he meets the right woman. I think the only exception I ever saw was Barrons and Mac which what made Fever series so spectacular.

Dmitri meets poor, abused Honor during the case he is investigating, and straight away takes it upon himself to protect and avenge her. He keeps saying the right, edgy and seductive things, but our boy is all bark and no bite.

Honor is pretty standard and I didn't really see her personality develop to make her real to me, so I wouldn't view the relationship here as equal as Elena's and Raphael's.

However, what totally made that book were Dmitri's memories of his past and the man he had been before he was Made a vampire. That was genuine. That rang true. 

The other aspect of the plot that I loved were his interactions with other vampires, how he played them and how much they were terrified of him. You could see that old Dmitri who amused us to no end pushing Elena's boundaries in previous books.

So yeah, leave it or take it. It would be worth reading for any Guild Hunter fan, and God knows, Book #4 was way better than book #2 and #3, but it still doesn't compare to the intensity of the first Guild Hunter.

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Что я могу сказать? Прочитала с огромным удовольствием, потому как Налини пишет красиво и вкусно.

Однако, хотелось большего, хотелось той бури эмоций, что во мне вызвала первая книга - Кровь Ангела. Дмитрий - роскошный характер, плохиш чистейшей воды, дьявольски опасный и в то же время очаровательный.

Что с ним делает Налини? Превращает его в характерного героя любовных романов, который встретив единственную и неповторимую моментально исправляется. *вздох*
По-моему, единственная пара, что избежала этого клише - это Мак и Бэрронс.

Дмитрий встречает Хонор - одну из Охотниц Гильдии, когда они вместе расследуют убийства вампиров. Хонор только начала вылечиваться от физических и душевных проблем после того, как оказалась жертвой похищения, насилия и пыток со стороны вампиров, у которых она находилась несколько месяцев.

Мгновенно заинтересованный, Дмитрий ставит своей целью найти и расплатиться с обидчиками Хонор. Он  предлагает ей сооблазнительную возможность отомщения и правосудия. Чем они и занимаются помимо основного расследования.

Моя проблема в том, что в отношениях с Хонор Дмитрий теряет свою опасную сексуальность. То есть угрожать-то он нашей девушке угрожает, но дальше слов ничего никуда не идёт. Сама Хонор тоже по мне была плоским персонажем и до конца не развилась. Я не почувствовала того равества, что присутствовало в отношениях Елены и Рафаэля.

Однако, что мне действительно понравилось в этой книге - это возможность увидеть прошлое Дмитрия, его жизнь до того, как его превратили в вампира. Плюс, наблюдая как его игры и манипуляции с другими вампирами заставляли тех трястись от ужаса, я всё-таки увидела старого Дмитрия.

Так что вот так. Рекомендую поклонникам серии, ведь всё-таки  четвёртая книга получше второй и третьей, даже если она и не сравнится с первой.



Melliane said...

I've just read the first book I really need to read the sequel which is in my TBR pile. This one sounds interesting too.

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