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16 March 2011

Archangel’s Consort by Nalini Singh

Archangel’s Consort is Book Three in this very popular series by Nalini Singh. And as much as I love this series, Book Two is still waiting in my TBR to be read. So I had to make a decision as to whether or not I would read Book Two first or just plough into the third book. Then I decided that I would read the latest book to see if it would work as a standalone book. And for the most part, it stood the test.

Elena Deveraux is still learning to use her wings and she is still required by the Guild to assist them. She has much to learn about her new life but she has the loving support of Raphael. Elena also learns more about her family, especially her father and half-sisters, and this is a real eye opener. She has always felt rejected by her father and visiting him is also difficult for her. The scene is set as a series of natural disasters begin and Elena is about to meet her mother-in-law-to-be and finds out that she might be a monster who is waking to destroy the world. How is she to temper the other archangels who want to kill Caliane and her Raphael?

Raphael has not changed much since the first story but others see his love and, some would say, jealous possession of Elena as a weakness in him and are willing to challenge him. I did like that we were able to see some of the softer side to Raphael. His tenderness towards her is the opposite to the violence of his daily life.

The one thing that did really strike me as I was reading was that the story begins with natural disasters around the world as a Sleeper is about to rise. Given that Mother Nature has been showing her power over the last few months, I was tempted to look over my shoulder to see if that being was indeed arising to inflict damage around the world.

This story can be mostly read as a standalone. In the beginning, I was a little lost as the previous book obviously had Elena in danger, again, and there was also an issue with Elena’s father. Once the story moved on to the latest attacks against Manhattan and the world the story flowed much better and I was really able to get into this instalment of the series.

Naturally, if you are an avid reader of Ms Singh then this story will have been read, devoured and absorbed and it is a definite winner. I really enjoy the world building in these stories and the development of the characters. While Raphael has to be all powerful, he allows Elena to see the tender sides of him and acknowledges his weaknesses to her. It is the secret they share and will continue to do so over time despite the obstacles.

reviewed by Heather K

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The competition has now closed. The winner of the book giveaway was Barbara.

6 Comments
  1. Aimee permalink
    18 March 2011 8:35 am

    That’s alright I forgive you ; )

  2. Heather permalink
    17 March 2011 2:28 pm

    Aimee, it is not a matter of missing it. It is in my TBR and I started to read it but then realised I’d run out of time to get this one reviewed before the conference! I wish I had more time to read all of the books I have in my TBR and catch on several series I’ve only read one or two books from but alas……

  3. Helen permalink
    16 March 2011 8:56 pm

    I have this one on the TBR pile and I am thinking it might be the next one I pick up I have loved the other 2 in the series

    Have Fun
    Helen

  4. Barbara permalink
    16 March 2011 8:01 pm

    I have read the other 2 and I am looking forward to this one
    Barbara

  5. Aimee permalink
    16 March 2011 6:51 pm

    I love this series. Heather can’t believe you missed the second book, I enjoyed that one more than this honestly, loved the third one still though!

  6. Christine permalink
    16 March 2011 1:29 pm

    Heather, I’ve read all of these books in sequence. In fact as soon as they arrive from Lucy they are devoured. I love the world that has been created and I must say, I am starting to wonder about all the natural disasters…..
    Cheers
    Chris….counting down the sleeps….

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