Archangel's Blade (The Guild Hunter, #4)

by Nalini Singh

4 of 5 stars 10 ratings • 6 reviews • 15 shelved
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Archangel's Blade (The Guild Hunter, #4)

by Nalini Singh

4 of 5 stars 10 ratings • 6 reviews • 15 shelved
Trying to discover the identity of a murder victim brings together the vampire Dmitri and a hunter for the Guild, Honor. And as the gruesome murders continue, a lethal sensuality explodes between them.
  • ISBN10 0425243915
  • ISBN13 9780425243916
  • Publish Date 6 September 2011 (first published 1 September 2011)
  • Publish Status Active
  • Publish Country US
  • Publisher Penguin Putnam Inc
  • Imprint Penguin USA
  • Format Paperback (US Mass Market)
  • Pages 336
  • Language English


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I read Archangel’s Blade originally back in 2015 but never reviewed it. Now that I’ve read it a second time, I love this story even more, especially since it involves the lethal but sexy Dmitri. This would be the first full-length novel in the series that doesn’t have Elena and Raphael as the main characters, but they do appear in this book.

Dmitri has been an interesting character in the Guild Hunter series since he was introduced in the first book. He’s Raphael’s right-hand man (vampire), and let’s say this vampire is deadly and seductive. He also has the most alluring scent (according to Elena). The Guild Hunter that Dmitri ends up teaming up within Archangel’s Blade doesn’t have the hunter scents that Elena has, but instead, she can decipher tattoos and markings. She’s been recovering from being brutally attacked for two months by vampires that kept her captive. She does not want to work with Dmitri or with any vampires since the attack. Unfortunately, Sara, the Guild Director, wants Honor to assist with a case that involves a severed head with a distinctive tattoo.

If there is one thing I enjoyed about Dmitri’s story was getting to learn about his past and how he has never really fallen in love since his wife was killed. He’s had lovers, but not someone that was permanent until he can’t seem to get Honor out of his mind. I loved getting to know Dmitri before he became a vampire and also finding out what happened to make him a vampire. He was a loving father too. Nalini Singh did a fantastic job with the backstory of Dmitri and making me fall for him even more. I also loved the moment he met Raphael and how he ended up being his right-hand man/vampire. Raphael has been there for Dmitri through everything and knows that Dmitri is falling for an individual hunter.

Dmitri’s determined to find the vampires that harmed Honor so that he can punish them. Honor is not a timid, scared hunter thought that Dmitri thinks she is after the attack. She’ll fight back, and she does several times when Dmitri gets too close to her. I was proud of how strong Honor was after what she went through. Nalini knows how to write kick-butt heroines. She also knows how to write villains, which make the book hard to put down. 

There is quite a bit of tension between Dmitri and Honor in this book. Be prepared for it. I thought Raphael and Elena’s tension was hot, but Dmitri and Honor beat them with the sexual tension.

I loved how the ending of this book went to and had a feeling it was going to end that way. I’m glad to say that Dmitri does get a HEA, and it’s well-deserved. Both Dmitri and Honor were meant to work together and also be with each other in the end. 

Story Rating: 5 stars
Steaminess Rating: 3 stars
Standalone or part of series: Part of series.
Do I recommend this book? Yes.
Will I read other books from the author? Yes.
Tropes/Elements: Fated Mates; Enemies-to-Lovers
Hero: Vampire; Alpha; Protective; Sexy; Seductive; Lethal; Deadly
Heroine: Guild Hunter; Survivor; Tortured; Kick-butt

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Rowena 3 of 5 stars
So Dimitri's story was a reincarnated love story and I...well, I wasn't as invested in that part of their romance as much as I was in the other stuff going on. I did like that Dimitri helped Honor get the revenge Honor needed to move on with her life after her vampire attack and I liked seeing everyone in the background again so that was good...and I am interested in Jason's book, which is next so all in all, this was good but not my favorite.

3.25 out of 5

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wyvernfriend 4 of 5 stars
While Elena and Gabriel feature in this one they are not the focus of the story. This story features Honor and Dmitri. Honor is a hunter, savaged in a sustained attack that saw her used by several vampires she's helping Dmitri research the source of a head with a distinctive tattoo. This case is going to bring them closer together and is going to change their lives. Dmitri is determined to bring her attackers to justice and this will have lasting results.

I liked it, the relationship between Honor and Dmitri had to be fought for, it wasn't easy and her reflexes came close to killing him a few times before he managed to convince her that he meant no ill. She was proud, broken in parts but determined to get her revenge and live well as part of that.

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littleread1 4 of 5 stars
Ok, at the beginning I didn't think I was going to like it, I didn't realize it was Dimitri's story, however, by the end I was enthralled, hook, line and sinker. It was so cute, which is not a word I would normally think to associate with him.

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Linda 5 of 5 stars
"I know", she said, determined not to let this drive her back into the dark, "but since you have a reputation of enjoying pain, I'm sure they won't be surprised if I give in to the need to stab you"

Honor and Dmitri were so broken it was amazing they could even try to find pieces of themselves to fit back together again!

The searching for vengeance - for both of them, was excrutiating, but filled with so much beauty and wonder anyway. Their romance was far from easy, as they both had so many trust-issues, but when they made progress, the reward was so incredibly hot and spicy, but still sweet and tentative I was thorn between wanting to read faster, and only wanting to savour the hotness that jumped on me from the pages.

The final resolution was perfect, it almost brought tears to my eyes that Dmitri and Honor could still try to be happy, and that they were capable of still believing in Love with a capital L.

A wonderful book, as always, beuatifully written, Ms. Singh is a master with words, and her senusal play spills over from the pages into my mind... making me want to see if I have a squeeze-bottle of honey on hand!