Archangel's Viper by Nalini Singh
I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Guild Hunter #10
Published by Berkley on September 26, 2017
Pages: 400 pages
Once a broken girl known as Sorrow, Holly Chang now prowls the shadowy gray underground of the city for the angels. But it’s not her winged allies who make her a wanted woman—it’s the unknown power coursing through her veins. Brutalized by an insane archangel, she was left with the bloodlust of a vampire, the ability to mesmerize her prey, and a poisonous bite.
Now, someone has put a bounty on her head…
Venom is one of the Seven, Archangel Raphael’s private guard, and he’s as infuriating as he is seductive. A centuries-old vampire, his fangs dispense a poison deadlier than Holly’s. But even if Venom can protect Holly from those hunting her, he might not be able to save himself—because the strange, violent power inside Holly is awakening…
No one is safe.
It seriously took me a minute to remember if Viper was Venom’s name, but I think my confusion came from the rarity of characters and book titles that start with the letter ‘V.’ Anyway, Archangel’s Viper was somewhat different than the other secondary character stories within the Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh. I wanted to chalk up how I felt about this difference as a bad thing because I am sometimes a stickler for things staying the same even though I love change, but when I tapped to the last page I couldn’t help but totally dig the overall story of Archangel’s Viper.
Out of all Raphael’s Seven, Venom, Demetrius, Jason, Adohan have been the ones I’ve been most fascinated by. With Jason and Demetrius already having their stories told I am glad that Venom was next up. While his background story wasn’t as elaborate as Demetrius and Jason’s, it definitely explained the ins and outs of everything Viper, especially his character from the current books. For some odd reason I was expecting his background to harbor more dangers and conflicts than the angst that was revealed. Again, I’m all for change but my default response is always expecting things to turn out or work out the way previous situations/character stories have worked; I’m usually proven right but I relish those moments when things work out differently as it did with Archangel’s Viper.
As much as I love Venom’s character, Holly made Archangel’s Viper that book for me. I’ve been curious about the evolution of her character ever since her debut in Angel’s Blood. I absolutely loved how spectacularly Archangel’s Viper tied up the story arc from Angel’s Blood, my mind was even blown with how everything transpired.
I will say that every heroine we’ve had in the Guild Hunter series by Singh hasn’t been able to match my likability level for Elena, and that’s perfectly okay that they don’t, but if I was to do a rating I would say that after Elena it would definitely be Holly and then Demetrius’ wife. The mystery that surrounded her character, as well as how she just went about living her life even with her future being a huge question mark made her an instant favorite. From her style, to her personality it was super easy to want for her to have a HEA towards the end of Archangel’s Viper.
I don’t know why I was skeptical about reading Archangel’s Viper, especially since I just finished, or caught up on Singh’s Psy-Changeling series, but I really had to push myself to dive into this story. The leap of faith seriously paid off, from the drama from the events in Angel’s Blood to learning about the intricate details of Venom’s background and making, to Holly’s present and possible future, and to the set up of the next installment of Singh’s Guild Hunter series, I was content. I sincerely hope that Adohan’s story is next but I have a feeling with some of the hints dropped and things hinted to that Illuim’s story might be next. No complaints here but I think that he’s such a favorite and he’s gets enough page time that one of the less mentioned and more mysterious characters should be next lol. I don’t know, as always the decision of the next installment is as always up to the author and creator, Nalini Singh.