A gentleman snake

Archangel’s Viper Nalini Singh (Guildhunter #10)

Ooh an old fashioned gent who cooks – did I mention I was in love?!

In the past 18 months some of my fave PNR series have gone off the boil. With Nalini Singh being my fave, I admit I started this with a little trepidation. Motto to self – have more faith.  It is Nalini Singh after all!

Raphael’s mother talks about his closest friends (his seven) as being like a menagerie or zoo. I’m not sure Caliane even knows how right she is.  In that vein Venom is a bit like that the cherry on the cake!  He’s not just different, but snake different and sexy with it.

Venom rivals Dmitri for sexiness, and post Harry Potter only a truly talented author can make an actual snake sexy.  I’m not talking Shakira and boa constrictors here.  I loved his sexy side of course, but more so the way he melded his traditional side as a Raj peasant with a twenty first century lethal operative.

Talking of Dmitri, what insights we get into the vampire extraordinaire!  With Holly he’s a father dealing with a petulant but adored daughter, but with Venom he races the streets of New York like a naughty teenage gang leader. As a series fan you want – maybe need – these moments into the other characters.  As always Ms Singh delivers.

I loved Holly’s strength. I’m not sure why or how but Holly seemed so unique in her strength and this in a series jam packed with strong heroines.

Beautifully written, with a complex story, fun dialogue and a simmering romance this latest Guildhunter episode is fabulous.

ooh what a cover….

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Archangel’s Heart Nalini Singh out November 3rd

I don’t usually preview covers, it kind of seems like an odd thing to do.  A book needs a cover right?!  So, no big deal.

But sometimes a cover is just too beautiful to ignore – this is one of those.  Artistic, interesting and emotive.  And the fact that the UK one is loads better than the US cover?  Well, that’s just a bonus.

So, fair warning if you aren’t upto date on Nalini Singh’s Guildhunter series you’ve got some reading to.  Go!

Here’s the blurb which will no doubt be another favourite – this woman cannot write a bad book!

One of the most vicious archangels in the world has disappeared. No one knows if Lijuan is dead or has chosen to Sleep the long sleep of an immortal. But with her lands falling into chaos under a rising tide of vampiric bloodlust, a mysterious and ancient order of angels known as the Luminata calls the entire Cadre together to discuss the fate of her territory.
 
Accompanying her archangel lover Raphael to the Luminata compound, Guild Hunter-turned-angel Elena senses that all is not as it seems. Secrets echo from within the stone walls of the compound, and the deeper Elena goes, the uglier the darkness. But neither Raphael nor Elena is ready for the brutal truths hidden within – truths that will change everything Elena thinks she knows about who she is . . .

What is Naasir?

Archangel’s Enigma by Nalini Singh (release date 3rd September)

My current fixation is “what is Naasir?”.  Now, if you don’t know who Naasir I am so envious.  It means you’ve not read Nalini Singh’s amazing Guild Hunter series – what a lucky lucky person you are.  So, stop reading this and go get clued up.  Seriously!

Back to my obsession…

Did Ms Singh give a big clue in the cover (check out that gorgeousness below!).  I want to say yes as we seem to have claw marks on it, but as fans of Shards of Hope (her latest psy changeling book) know the pic of Aden did not portray a gorgeous Asiatic man but a European one (still gorg tho’!).  Clearly we can’t trust a cover.

So, is he the tiger creature Elena speculates?  And if so how? Raphael commented that Angels may have experimented using animals to release toxins.  We all know that Neha made Venom something very other.  Is Naasir the big cat version of Venom?  And would it make him a changeling?  I’m not convinced he’s a changeling, afterall there’s no evidence that Venom is.  I can’t see Nalini going the changeling route.

Now we know that Honor is the reincarnation of Dmitri’s first wife – could Naasir be Dmitri’s son Micha?  Given the way the two are drawn to each other this is a possibility.  But for me its like the changeling idea, too convenient for Nalini, this is one author who never takes the obvious or easy route!

Could he be vampire born?  Or a mix of vampire and angel DNA?  We know vampires and angels can have children but not with each other.  What if there was an exception in some way?  Naasir is unique that’s for sure!

I wonder if Naasir is the vampire equivalent of Mowgli.  Against the very laws of Angeldom someone made a vampire child who grew up amongst animals notably tigers.  India features heavily in this series, so it would make sense to me that he’d be amongst tigers rather than lions (Titus might disagree).   So, why the stripes on his skin?  Was he forced to feed from his tiger “mum”?

I loved Mowgli as a kid and as a grown up I love Naasir, so the thought of my two book crushes coming together all these years later seems perfect to me.

Why am I fixated on Naasir?  I love the combo of childlike wonder and a deviousness that had an angel at his erotic mercy.  Not forgetting that he can buy a gift and play a prank.  He’s my kind of unknown.

What is going on with the release date?   Nalini is a Kiwi, yet her book is released in the US on the 1st and the rest of us have to wait until the 3rd.  Seriously?!  Oh well, gives me another 48 hours to fine tune my Naasir obsession.  Bring it on!

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