This is the second book by Nalini Singh that I’ve had the pleasure of reading. The first was a novella from her Psy/Changeling series called A Whisper of Sin.
Angel’s Blood is the first in Singh’s Guild Hunter series. I’m relatively new to reading paranormal; my previous experience consisting mostly of the Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse series. This first book does an excellent job of creating a foundation for the rest of the series. It explains the roles that angels, vampires and humans (some special: hunters) play. I really enjoyed Singh’s adaptation and (small spoiler alert) how she made it that the angels create vampires in order to release toxins that their bodies develop (so that they themselves don’t get ill or turn into blood angels).
The heroine (Elena) is a hunter and she’s not like a normal human (i.e. strength, can sense vampires, etc.). I like how she’s a strong lead without all the vanity and extra fluff. Kind of reminds me of Rodriquez in Avatar. Elena is nothing like Buffy The Vampire Slayer (ack … never cared much for that show — although I did like Angel) and seems more like the heroine in Underworld. A strong female who is focused and not easily deterred from initiative at hand, a professional.
The plot of the story was well written and there is a surprise at the end (won’t say if it’s good or bad!). I really enjoyed how Singh was descriptive about the angel’s wings. Really painted a nice picture and the dust element was a nice touch. I will be reading the rest of the series (7 books and 4 novellas total).
Next on the list to read from the Guild Hunter series:
Must Love Hellhounds (Sounds like a dating ad! Co-authored by Charlaine Harris too?!)
Angels of Darkness
If you like paranormal than this is a good read. If you don’t like alternate interpretations of what angels are than don’t read this series; you probably won’t like it.