Return to the epic and dangerous world of the Guild Hunters in this new adventure from New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh, as immortal angels, vampires, and mortals struggle to build a new world order…
Venom has always been one of the most mysterious and seductive members of the Seven–Archangel Raphael’s personal guard. But even this powerful vampire has no idea what awaits when he returns to New York…and to a woman who might be the greatest threat of all…
Pages – 361
Published – 28/09/17
Setting- New York
Goodreads – over 3,019 reviews with an overall 4 1/2 star rating.
I am back and out of my reading funk/slump. And what better way to come back with a review than with my FAVOURITE book series! And yes I am super excited. If you have followed me for a while I have pretty much reviewed this series every time a new book is released, my first couple reviews I used YouTube so won’t be able to share them. This is #10 in the Guild Hunter series. If you love fantasy, paranormal, romance then get into this series. If you haven’t then you need to, TRUST ME. Nalini Singh never fails to impress me with this series.
I would say you need to read the series to truly understand the story. All the characters are the same throughout, but each book focuses on a specific character/characters. There is a story that runs alongside all of the books, that’s why I said you need to read them all.
I was intrigued in Holly and Venom’s story. These two have been featured since the beginning Angel’s Blood #1. This book is set 4 years after Holly’s dreaded attack and Uram’s takedown.
I was surprised to see that Archangel’s Viper does not follow on from the previous book but it explained what happened in New York while Raphael (Arcahngel of NewYork) and Elena (His consort) were out of the city. Not going to lie I really really wanted to read about Raphael and Elena again even if it was a small chapter but Venom and Holly did not disappoint. Maybe we will see Raphael and Elena next.
Holly Chang AKA Sorrow was tainted by Archangel Uram four years ago, when being forced to feed from him. She is a new unknown vampire whom Venom, Dmitri and the tower are trying to train and learn from.
Holly used to call herself Sorrow after her change, she was damaged, destructive and terrified, haunted with the past and the devastation Uram left behind. Making her an unknown threat. But her family and the Tower have brought her out of her depression.
Holly is vampire with deadly Venom, but small “Baby fangs”, with part archangel hidden within, who else was going to teach her new skills other than Venom himself.
I enjoyed learning about her growth and the relationships she developed within the Tower, especially when it comes to Dmitri. He came across as a father figure. Holly is a strong woman trying to adjust to having to be under control by the tower, however when it comes to Dmitri he is the only person who can get through to her, exactly like a dad would. Everyone else she just likes to test their patience.
My favourite quote between Holly and Dmitri:
“You’re asking me to execute you. A father should never have to execute a child under his care.” – Dmitri
Venom another unique vampire changed hundreds of years ago. He gets the nickname Viper due to the look of his eyes, always covered in dark sunglasses( I wish there was a photo). He is intimidating just to look at, however Holly just finds him annoying, they have a funny hate/tolerate relationship where Venom loves to wind up Holly with cute nicknames “Hollyberry”, “Kitty”. And Holly calls him “Viper face”.
On Venom’s return he is collected by Holly, on their ride back to the tower they are ambushed by an SUV with a bounty to retrieve Holly for £5 million.
Nalini is a fantastic author who can really express her characters and their feelings.
I really got that Venom was annoyed, in the 2 years he was gone he expected his team to train Holly, he only had contact with her once a week to see how she was progressing mentally. Even though the tower continued her physical training and testing they held her back. They both produce deadly Venom which when combined together cancel each other out. Who else is better than Venom to get her to release her inner snake like abilities.
With the effects of the Cascade Holly begins to develop new skills which she refuses to tell to Venom, inner voices and the glowing acid green wings growing inside, waiting to be released, her fear is being killed. As Venom spends more time with Holly protecting her from the bounty, he notices her secrets, and tries to unravel his Kitty. Is she a potential threat?, what is really happening inside her head?
“What I don’t understand is why anyone would want to kidnap a kitty with baby vampire teeth”. -Venom
The relationship between these two was the best. Some reviews online have shown other readers were disappointed that when Venom and Holly did get together it was fast and rushed…. I felt the opposite, the book focused on Holly, the depth in their relationship, Holly learning who/what she is and Uram.
I liked that Nalini Singh referred back to the previous books briefly as a refresh, but it helped follow the story.
My only point was that I wish there was more for these two. I was left on such a high. I cannot wait to see what is next.
A new book will be released in 2018. There appear to be 2 planned books coming in the Guild Hunter series.
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. All of my stories held a thread of romance, even when I was writing about a prince who could shoot lasers out of his eyes. Creating unique characters and giving them happy endings is my favorite thing. I even love the voices in my head, so there’s no other job I’d rather be doing. When I got the call in September 2002 that Silhouette Desire wanted to buy my first book, Desert Warrior, it was a dream come true. I hope to continue living the dream until I keel over of old age on my keyboard.