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Angels of Darkness Paperback – October 4, 2011
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Ilona Andrews is the New York Times bestselling author of Bayou Moon (10/10). Ilona Andrews lives in Oregon.
Nalini Singh is the New York Times bestselling author of the Guild Hunter novels, most recently Kiss of Snow (6/11). She lives in New Zealand.
Meljean Brook is the author of The Iron Duke (10/10) and Demon Marked (8/11). She lives in Oregon.
Sharon Shinn is the author of the Samaria novels, most recently Angel-Seeker (3/05). She lives in St. Louis, Missouri.
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Here's just a quick bit about the stories in the order I read them....
Singh's Angel's Wolf - Noel, the vampire who was brutalized in an earlier Guild Hunter book and who is healed in body but still not recovered emotionally from his ordeal, is sent away from Raphael's Tower to guard the deceptively fragile looking Nimra whose territory is New Orleans - but Noel knows that no angel rises to power by being weak. - Singh does a really good job of developing the characters and the relationship in this short - though the romance aspect of the relationship doesn't have the tension filled build up of some of Singh's other stories. I really liked both of the leads and it was nice for a change that the power imbalance between angel and vampire isn't so great as the immortal/human pairings in the other Guild Hunter books. My only nit, and it didn't stop me from enjoying the story - and probably wouldn't have struck me the same way if I hadn't recently read Archangel's Blade - was that I am now really ready for another Guild Hunter story where one (or both) of the leads hasn't been savaged to the extreme in the past. 4 stars)
Sharon Shin's Nocturne - A despondent blind angel is brought back to life by a woman who is no fan of angels. - This story ended up being really sweet, and the relationship is really well built as both of the leads come to trust each other and learn to move beyond the past that has limited their lives. The love scenes are left mostly to the readers imagination but the thought of the heroine being enveloped in the angel's wings adds fuel to fire that imagination. I haven't read anything by Shinn before, but recognized that this story is set in the world of her angel series, but this actually turned out to be my favorite story. (4.5 stars)
MelJean Brook's Ascension - Concerned for her former friend, Radha drops in on fellow Guardian Marc who is on the hunt for what Marc suspects is a Demon 'poisoning' the minds of humans in his territory and though Radha is the mistress of illusion, after 140 years, it may be time clear up the misunderstanding that ended their friendship - I am a huge fan of the Guardians, which is up to book seven and only one more story away from being complete. For newbies Brook has tried really hard in this story to catch new readers up on the whole Guardian mythos, fans who have just finished up Demon Marked - which had also had a pretty thorough recap and a lot more space to weave it in - probably won't appreciate this as much as fans who need to come back up to speed in preparation for Michael's book. (3 stars)
Ilona Andrews' Alphas: Origins - An ill fated pit stop, changes a field trip mom's life forever. Now her survival and that of her daughter depends on her bond to the frightening, Lucas, who is part man and part beast. I think that this is a prequel for a new series from the Andrews, and the world is a fusion of paranormal and sci-fi. I always enjoy stories like this in which a 'weak' heroine discovers her strength and also finds the hidden vulnerability in the man who is nearly a beast, and I am sucker for a hero who appealingly leashes his primal nature in order to give his heroine a choice. I would have like this one better without the conversation that did an info dump to explain the series mythos.(3 stars)
Second - alpha origins book by Ilona Andrews. I really enjoyed this one. So unusual. The heroine was really impressive. 5 stars.
Third - okay story, maybe 3 stars.
Fourth - story about two guardians. The heroine being a blue skinned woman with wings. Hmm. 3.5 to 4 stars.
Note: I am not a romance reader. I read these stories strictly as fantasies and that is how I review them.
After his recovery from a horrendous beating in ARCHANGEL'S KISS, the vampire Noel is sent to the court of the Angel of Louisiana, Nimra. He thinks he is being put out to pasture, because he is no longer good enough to serve in the Archangel Raphael's tower. Nimra soon disabuses him of that idea. Someone has tried to kill her, and Noel was detailed to prevent her death and catch the murder. As time passes, Noel and Nimra become a couple. The main thrust of the story is the interplay of the inhabitants of Nimra's court. The murder mystery and love story are secondary to it.
Finding herself and the children under her care in a desperate situation, Karina makes an agreement to she knows not what. She blacks out. She wakes in an alternate world and learns she has agreed to let a man named Lucas feed on her. All the children except her daughter have been returned to their original world. The world Karina finds herself in is next door to Lovecraft's universe. This is a horror-love story. I had a hard time reading it. Finally, in the last three chapters, Andrews begins to explain what was going on. I began to enjoy the story. If this is the beginning of a new storyline, it will be a good one, but Andrews should drop the romance theme. If the romance angle were dropped, this story could easily be printed in the MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION.
This is the story of Moriah, a mortal woman and a blind angel, Coban. Moriah, obviously the daughter of an angel herself, comes to jeer at the angel. In time, she begins to help Coban regain his independence. They fall in love. I haven't read any of Shin's other books in the Samaria series, but I did enjoy it.
I am not familiar with the Guardians series, but the story of Rekha and Marc is definitely a love story. The framing story of chasing down a demon exists mainly to hang the re-uniting of Marc and Rekha as lovers. They found and defeated the demon.
Ranking the stories in order of which I liked them:
ANGEL'S WOLF - the reason I bought the book- I follow the Guild Hunter series.