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Elena Devereaux has spent the last year in a coma, her body healing after the
fight that nearly took her life and transformed her into an angel. She awakens
changed, but weakened and with much to learn. Elena is forced to learn quickly
though as an invitation arrives to a ball at the ancient and deadly archangel
Lijuan's home. But even as Elena and Raphael prepare, someone is determined to
remove Raphael from power and strikes at the heart of the angelic sanctuary they
are calling home.
This is the second book in the Guild Hunter series
(after Angels' Blood) and picks up a year after Elena's transformation. I would recommend
that new readers start at the beginning, and also don't read further as this
review is likely to contain spoilers for the first book.
This book has a
slightly slower pace than the last installment as a large amount of time is
spent with Elena learning how to be an angel. She needs to learn the history of
the angelic race and even simple things, like being able to walk with her wings
folded, are a struggle. That said there is a layer of tension as someone is
targeting Raphael and attacking people at the sanctuary, and there is the
lingering threat of Lijuan's ball.
Elena develops a lot in this book as
she is trying to find a balance between her new existence as an angel and her
old life as a hunter. Her hunter born skills haven't deserted her and if
anything are beginning to develop into something more complex, meaning Elena is
able to gain some independence from her relationship with Raphael. Slightly more
of Elena's past with the rogue vampire Slater Patalis is revealed, alongside the
revelation that Elena herself doesn't fully remember the incident. The story is
not complete though so I'm assuming it will continue on in the next
It isn't just Elena's past that is revealed though as Raphael
begins to reveal more about his past and the nature of angels. Raphael is
determined to protect Elena, and this means that Dmitri and Illium play key
roles along with the newly introduced Jason and Galen. This book also reveals
more about Raphael's Seven and their roles.
Elena's relationship with
Raphael develops more, although this is much to the disappointment of jealous
Michaela and Dmitri who thinks Elena is a threat to Raphael's safety. The
romance itself is well developed as Elena and Raphael gradually let down their
guards and begin to reveal their pasts whilst learning to deal with the fact
that Elena craves independence as Raphael needs her presence.
All in all
this was another great read and I'm looking forward to Archangel's Consort.
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