Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Archangel's Viper by Nalini Singh


Enter New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh's breathtakingly passionate Guild Hunter world with the story of a woman who isn't a vampire or an angel... or human...

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.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Erica☆☆☆☆☆
Venom and Holly’s (Sorrow) story has been much anticipated for many, many books… and it was well worth the wait.

Venom is one of the Archangel Rafael’s Seven, but he’s also one-of-a-kind. The vampire has attributes more closely related to a viper than the rest of his brethren. Quick as a snake, with sinuous movements, and a venomous bite, Venom has always emotionally kept himself apart from others.

Years ago, Holly was just a college student, dreaming of growing up to become a clothing designer while hanging out with her girlfriends. During Uram’s rampage, Holly and her friends were snatched from the street and tortured, leaving something behind with Holly. Life freezing before her last growth spurt, suffering for years to come to terms with the ‘monster’ she feels Uram created, Holly was Sorrow.

In Archangel’s Viper, Sorrow is in a better place, reclaiming not only her name, but her heritage and family. Holly is more even-keeled, living and working for the Tower, trying to carve out a semblance of a life while she deals with being ‘not’ truly human, but not truly a vampire, while also holding angelic DNA.

For books (years), Holly and Venom have had a mentor/student, antagonizers relationship. Readers anticipated their story, watching the interplay during previous books. Baiting. Push/pull. Silly nicknames. Sparring. Bloodshed. This is only ramped up during Archangel’s Viper.

Venom hasn’t been stationed at the Tower for a long time, engaging in only weekly calls with Holly. At the start of the novel, Venom comes home and the attraction and antagonism ratchets up many degrees.

There’s a price on Holly’s head, and she and Venom work together to not only figure out who is trying to kidnap her, but also for Holly to embrace who she truly is.

For the two venomous, one-of-a-kind creatures, the sexual tension is heavy, emotions run high, but the story still takes the forefront. Who is trying to kidnap Holly and why? What is Holly? Will Dimitri have to put Holly down like a rabid dog?

Archangel’s Viper was a page-turner, where I read it in a single sitting, refusing to be torn from the story. Singh did an amazing job delivering on a story readers have been much anticipating, all the while seeding for future books.

Show of hands, who else is ravenous for Illium and Aodhan’s story? Please, please, please, please, Ms. Singh, give us the BFFs story next. Please?! Please go there. Bluebell deserves to be with his best friend. Please?!

I highly recommend for Urban Fantasy fans (make sure to start at the beginning of the series with Angels’ Blood).


Sarah☆☆☆☆☆
This story is a wonderful treat for the senses – I’d almost forgotten how much I love Nalini Singh’s writing in this series. There is a beautiful, lyrical quality to some passages in this story and I found myself falling in love with Singh’s slightly dystopian New York all over again.

Venom has been an intriguing character since the first book and I really loved him here, in his own story. His snake eyes and his venom have made him a beautiful and dangerous enigma – but the fear his powers instill has also isolated him from all but the most powerful of Raphael’s people. I loved the glimpses we get of his vulnerability and I loved the heartbreaking story of his making.

Holly is a complete surprise. We saw her first as the broken, nearly dead victim of a deranged archangel. When her story starts, she is coming to grips with a non-human future and growing abilities that set her apart from humans, vampires, and angels. We watch as Holly gains power, confidence, and an unsettling sense of otherness. In many ways, this book is as much about Holly finding her place in the world as it is about the beautiful relationship that builds between her and Venom.

The romantic connection between Holly and Venom is slow and sensual. But their relationship isn’t just about romance. I love them as playful friends, as mentor and mentee, and I love them as partners confronting danger together.

All the best Urban Fantasy stories use an altered reality to explore the big ideas. Here, Holly wrestles with issues of immortality and humanity. She is an outsider searching for an identity and a sense of belonging. I’ve loved this series from the beginning and I continue to love the way it forces me to consider life and love from a unique perspective.



Nalini Singh is passionate about writing. Though she’s traveled as far afield as the deserts of China and the temples of Japan, it is the journey of the imagination that fascinates her the most. She’s beyond delighted to be able to follow her dream as a writer.

Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Archangel's Viper (Guild Hunter #10) by Nalini Singh to read and review.

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