Angels' Flight by Nalini Singh (Berkley)
Yet another author I've recently had the pleasure of discovering. I'm not quite
sure why I was never interested in reading any of Nalini Singh's books before,
but whatever the reason for that was, it's certainly gone now.
I think the great thing about this collection of shorts is that, even without
having read any of the books in the Guild Hunter's series (which, by the way, I
really, really want to read next), I could actually get the gist of how the
Hunter's universe functions.
Nalini takes the vampire and angel fiction genre, turns it completely upside
down and brings about a new and fascinating book world which basically
functions like this:
1. Angels rule over vampires. There are different ranks of Angels, with the
Archangels being ranked as the highest. Each Archangel has a designated area
which they rule over.
2. Angel's have the power to make vampires, but in return, the made vampires
have to serve angels for a century.
Sounds interesting no?
Basically this anthology, which is comprised of 4 stories (Angel's Wolf,
Angels' Judgment, Angels' Pawn and Angels' Dance), explore the various set ups
and ways of life in the court of the Angels. And I for one enjoyed reading
every minute of it.
In Angels' Judgment a vampire hunter is ordered to track down a fellow
hunter gone rogue, while at the same time, trying to prove her worth to the
archangels who set out a series of tests for her. Of course, it always helps
when backup comes in the form of a delicious but unavailable slayer.
this short story. Sara, the vampire hunter we meet is one bold, brave and gutsy
heroine who isn't afraid of taking down whoever stands in her way to get the
job done. Fiercely independent, this badass heroine takes no prisoners. The
relationship between her and the slayer, Deacon, is absolutely sizzling with
sparks and chemistry. Keen on reading this book? Buy your copy now.
Even though the actual event ended up being rather anti-climatic, the build-up
and tension leading up to it made for a thrilling read.
In Angel's Pawn, a vampire hunter is forced to deal with two rival
factions with the help of a vampire whose motives aren't very clear.
As far as these novella's go, this one was probably the one I didn't enjoy as
much as I did the others, but that's only because I would have liked to have
seen more of a fully fleshed out romantic element in this one (Yes, I do
think it's possible to achieve this in a short story).
Still, Ashwini, the vampire hunter is one kick-ass female character and will
definitely give the boys a run for their money.
Angel's Wolf sees a dark and tormented vampire acting as a guardian to
the beautiful Angel who resides over the Louisiana court. Another one of
my favourites, in this novella, we're introduced to Noel, a vampire who was
previously tortured and scarred by attackers.
The broody male resonates with a certain power, one which the surprisingly
sensitive Nimra (The angels in Nalini's books are known to be calculating, cold
and at times, vicious), picks up on. The court intrigue and politics are
subtle, seductive and dangerous and paying witness to how Noel navigates his
way through the dangerous maze is absolutely fascinating.
Finally we have the never-before published Angels' Dance, which I adored
most. In this short story, an angel with a broken wing finds herself being
courted by a warrior angel from a different court. Having spent most of her
life being grounded, Jessamy has never allowed herself to get romantically
involved with anyone.
Fear of being pitied for her deformed wing, Jessamy is suddenly surprised
when she meets Galen, who looks beyond her wing and demands for more. In
Angels' Dance, Nalini Singh proves how versatile she is in terms of character
type and development.
While I loved the bold, sassy and fearless heroines mentioned previously, there
is something about a warm, brokend and tender-hearted character that gets to me
every time. Jessamy's story had me rooting for her from the start, and watching
her come into her own was definitely a huge highlight for me.
Galen, the barbarian warrior, definitely scores major brownie points for always
encouraging her and looking beyond the broken wing to see the woman that is so
desperate to come out of hiding. Made me swoon alright.
What can I say? I'm a sucker for these kind of stories. You should definitely
make a point of reading this. It's fun, sexy and very entertaining. It will
also make you want to read the rest of her books.
Speaking of which, does anyone have a copy of Angel's Blood they could lend me?
I totally want to read that next.
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