Elena Deveraux is adjusting to life as an angel, having learned to fly and fight with wings in Archangel’s Kiss. In Archangel’s Consort, she is honing those skills, eager to resume her hunting job and no longer be a liability to her lover Raphael. Raphael in turn, is adjusting to life with Elena, wanting to protect her and at the same time admiring her strength and her warrior skills. Then Elena is called by the Guild to the private school where her half sisters are students to hunt a vampire. He has succumbed to bloodlust and killed a student with another missing. Both students are a little too close to Elena’s sisters with one even looking like the youngest. When Raphael arrives to assist, he starts to behave in a very cold, violent fashion. When Elena breaks him out of this, he is quiet about what he thinks the cause is. Not long after, violent storms start to appear all over the world with reports of other archangels behaving erratically. More vampires start to attack humans under bloodlust all over. It becomes clear that both are connected with an emphasis on Elena. Raphael is convinced that his mother, an Ancient archangel who went crazy centuries ago and tried to kill him, is waking from her Sleep. Will she awaken cured from her madness or want to kill Raphael once and for all?
Well, I have good news and not so good news. The good news is that I liked the book quite a bit. The not so good news is that I didn’t love it like I expected I would. Nalini Singh is one of my favorite authors and that hasn’t changed. She has an amazing talent that I admire very much. Anything she writes, I want to read it. That said, Archangel’s Consort tended to meander. Elena is a great character that has some major issues to tackle. Her father is a piece of work and I hope that we get some insight into that soon. Otherwise, Elena should just beat the tar out of him for his behavior towards her. I very much appreciate how she deals with her past and her present in a very realistic fashion. She doesn’t cry and then move on, business as usual. Raphael, as well, for all his power has his wounds to deal with too. They are slowly coming to rely on each other and this really makes you feel that they are a genuine couple. The world building is still solid and the expansion of what we know about the angels is as compelling as ever. Her writing is top notch in terms of description and sheer emotion. But I must confess that, at this point, I am distracted by the other angels and vampires that serve Raphael. Some are obviously going to have their own books in the series but it is hard to not be impatient to learn more when they are dangled before you as they are, especially Dmitri and Illium. That said, I eagerly anticipate the next book which focuses on Dmitri.
An ancient and malevolent female immortal is rising in Manhattan to reclaim her son, the archangel Raphael. Only one thing stands in her way: Elena Deveraux, a vampire-hunter-and Raphael's lover.