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Archangel's Viper (A Guild Hunter Novel Book 10) Kindle Edition
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Praise for Archangel’s Heart
“Simply. Magnificent…Guild Hunter is an epic saga, ever twisting, ever twining all the while leading you on one of the most unique literary journeys in the genre.”—Smexy Books
“Singh has created a masterful symphony of angelic war and immortal love in Archangel’s Heart.”—Fresh Fiction
“Singh's Guild Hunter novels are known for their darkly intense worldbuilding and for their exquisite romanticism…This eighth novel highlights the author’s ability to weave threads of devastation and hopefulness together; it is emotionally jarring and at times grim yet ultimately fulfilling, resonating with the conviction that love is the strongest force in the universe. Singh explores power, love, and redemption with her typical consummate skill.”—Kirkus Reviews
“This latest entry continues to set the bar high with romance, intrigue, and stellar worldbuilding.”—Library Journal
“Of course, I loved the same wonderful lighthearted periods along with the deep suspense and even danger that I have come to love with the Guild Hunter books…Archangel’s Heart has leaped to the top of my favorites by this author, and I love all of her books for different reasons.”—Joyfully Reviewed
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- Print Length : 367 pages
- Publisher : Berkley (September 26, 2017)
- Publication Date : September 26, 2017
- Language: : English
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- ASIN : B01NBXYWVS
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Of course, there's always the trepidation of whether or not it will live up to expectations and I have to say, for me, YES it absolutely does.
The pairing of Holly (aka Sorrow) and Venom seems like such a natural choice honestly, although it wasn't one that I immediately figured on. Not until maybe a few books ago in the series where we learned that Venom had been working with Sorrow to hone the skills she developed since being attacked and changed by the archangel Uram.
In Archangel's Viper we see Holly still dealing with the aftermath of her attack and what it did to her mentally / emotionally, but moreso here in what it's doing to her physically. She's recently made the decision that she wants to live. That no matter what life has thrown at her at this point, she wants to try to move forward. This is a far cry from what we previously glimpsed of Holly the last time she popped up in the series (I wish I knew which book that was off the top of my head, alas, I don't). Now, however, we see that, besides changing Holly into a vampire, she's now starting to exhibit strange qualities which are most akin to Venom's abilities (although still unique unto Holly). When it seems like someone has put a bounty on Holly's head in order to acquire her uniqueness, she and Venom start a search for the mysterious person. This search, however, only leads us into an even bigger mystery that stems from that fateful day four years ago when an archangel went mad.
For his part, Venom has always been the cool and collected member of the Seven. He's at ease with the group that he has chosen to call his family, but that doesn't mean he's always felt like part of the group. His Making certainly set him apart from the vampire community, and he sees a lot of what he went through in his younger years when he sees what Holly is going through now. He sees someone who might be able to understand him. I loved the "new" we got to see in Venom's character. I loved that we get to delve into his past. I feel like there's always been this cloaking of mysteriousness around him (and around all the Seven honestly until they get their own books), and learning about his past was interesting and did a lot to make me love his character even more.
I loved Venom and Holly together from the first page to the last. Their relationship didn't start out as this hidden lust. It starts out kind of antagonistic (although I wouldn't really classify this as an enemies to lovers story). They love to push each other's buttons. The repartee they exchange throughout is fantastic. Holly definitely doesn't let Venom get the better of her often. I loved seeing how their feelings for each other slowly developed throughout the story. I didn't feel theirs was a scorching hot romance, instead it builds upon this base understanding of each other. I thought it was great, seeing the realization as each of them - at separate times - figures out that they care more for the other than simple friendship.
I really enjoyed that Archangel's Viper dealt with quite a few topics that have been kind of hanging out unanswered in this series since the first book. I feel like this story was a long time coming with all the pieces falling into place. The mystery of what is happening to Holly is intriguing and I thought satisfying in its conclusion.
I don't think I've ever been disappointed in anything that Nalini Singh has written and we can now add Archangel's Viper this list as well. A fitting story for my favorite of the Seven.
In the first half of the book, Holly annoyed me everytime I was reading in her point of view. She annoyed me until after Daisy went to push up daisies. After that less so
Venom as a character I liked. In the earlier books I enjoyed it whenever Elena interacted with him. Wanted to know more abt him. Though some of his past was revealed, we still didn't get the full story.
I enjoyed the second half of the book more. Though I don't know if I'm the only person who feels like their relationship transitioning into love came out of nowhere. I mean knowing that's where it's going, then not feeling how it got there.
Their interactions can be described as kids picking on the one they like. But even that felt flat. Reading it, I didnt feel the love happening.
That being said, their intimate times together (not just physical) in the 2nd half was kinda ok.
P.S. Ilium and Aodhan....who is shipping those 2 like I am? I know Illium loved a woman b4 but the way he acts when he and Aodhan disagrees is like when lovers quarrel. Plus, I think it was Venom who thought this...something like-living so long an immortal's preferences doesn't always go one way. If that's the next book. I'd be very happy. Even if it's just Illium with a female. He's my favorite character after Elena and Raphael.
Nalini Singh is absolutely, without a doubt, one of my favorite authors. I've always been able to count on her to give me a good book to read. And that is the case with Archangel's Viper, it was a good read, even though it did take me a few weeks to actually finish this book. I adored the characters (especially Holly's family), the writing is amazing, the story was interesting...however I felt totally screwed on the romance.
Holly/Sorrow is an amazing character. I love her so much and I was ready and eager for her story. Then to pair her with Venom another character I adore...perfection!
Unfortunately the "romance" we got was more two frenemies that magically fall in love in the last 70 pages. There was some attraction between them before that but so much of the story was focused on what was going on with Holly that maybe 5% of the story, before those last 70 pages, was an erotic moment (usually Holly feeding from Venom) or a kiss or a thought, romantically, about the other person. So when the kissing, sex, and feelings started being done and mentioned it felt completely out of left field. And for the first 60% of the story Venom would mention how young she was to him, and that she was a baby compared to him (which most women, at his age, would be anyway). Sure they needled each other but it didn't seem like 'oh we have so much chemistry but I can only express that through sarcasm and barbs to each other', instead it felt more like friends who had no romantic interest in the other.
And Holly and Venom were together a lot of this book. A lot, a lot! They were searching and investigating and traveling...together...a lot...and next to nothing romantic went on, in thought or deed.
I mentioned this in one of my updates that I wondered if Holly/Venom would get the Elena/Raphael treatment of multiple books with them as the main couple. I don't see that happening just from the end and how fast everything happened and wrapped up with them. Which makes it really hard to forgive, for lack of a better word, the lack of romance here.
So overall this was a good story, the writing is great, and the characters are wonderful BUT I also can't ignore the glaring issue of a romance with hardly any romance at all.
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The initial plot was sidelined until the end of the book and was resolved with a couple of sentences only. The secondary plot was far too fetched even for a fantasy book. It somehow did not quite reflect the knowledge of that world built by the previous books. There was no build up of the feelings between the main protagonists even though they have been mentioned in passing in previous books.
It pains me to say it but this book is way bellow Nalini Singh's standards.
Now I am almost afraid to buy the next book in case it manages to ruin the whole series for me.
So to finally get his story and some background on him made me all kinds of excited.
I wasn't disappointed with the book I read it feeling thoroughly absorbed in the story. Venom was still everything I loved the Dry humour and sarcasm I associate with him.
I adored getting to know him more, and I love him deeper because of it.
Holly has always intrigued me. The poor girl who survived a horror that would of destroyed some. Showed us just what a courageous little fighter she really is. I think she's the perfect mate for Venom.
I loved the book but not as much as some of the others in the series but still well worth a read.... Come on it's Venom that alone is enough to entrance anyone.
Holly has been through so much since she was attacked by Uram in the first book, she survived something horrific but it has changed her in ways that have never been seen before so nobody is able to tell her what to expect or help guide her through the process. She has started to come to terms with what has happened though and is working hard to rebuild her life, even if it's not the life she originally intended. It was so great to see how far Holly has come since the beginning, she still lives in fear that Uram's madness might have tainted her, especially since she is hiding some disturbing symptoms, but she is determined to make the best of things and she refuses to quit.
I've always been intrigued by Venom, he's quite a mystery man but I wanted to know how he came by his snake like eyes and his poisonous fangs! He's been out of the city for a couple of years but he's called back to help keep things under control while Raphael is out of the territory and he finds that the baby vampire who refused to answer to anything but Sorrow who he left behind is now all grown up and changing into the woman he always thought she could be. When someone puts a price on her head it's obvious she needs back up and Venom can't resist being the one to watch out for her.
Theirs was a quieter more slow burn romance than some of the others in the series, there has always been a low key level of respect between them that felt like it could become friendship but as they also have a lot in common that connects them in a unique way. They are both unusual, even for vampires, and their abilities are enough to scare others but their similarities mean they understand each other in a way nobody else manages to. I really enjoyed spending time with them both and seeing Holly grow into her own strength and them grow closer as a couple.
I don't want to talk about details from the plot but there are a lot of really interesting revelations in Archangel's Viper that kind of tie back into some of the things Elena and Raphael found out in the previous book. Things are definitely getting interesting and I can't wait to see how it plays out over the next few books. Add in that we get to spend time with the Legion, and with one of my favourite angels Bluebell and I enjoyed every minute of this book. Nalini Singh has created such a fabulous world here and I love spending time in it!
This book in particular was a great read we get to learn more about holly and venom. Especially holly she's had such a traumatic horrible time but she's strong, brave and determined and that really shines through in this book. Venom is as cool calm and collected as always but we get to see a different side to him as he slowly gets closer and closer to holly.
also loved the storyline it had me glued to the pages right up until the end as always.