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Angels' Blood by Nalini Singh

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"Il profumo del sangue" è il primo urban fantasy sugli angeli recensito da Sognando Leggendo in questo nuovo 2011. E anche il primo libro che, onestamente, sia stato in grado di rispecchiare fedelmente la figura degli angeli, almeno "una" delle versioni.

Dimenticate gli angioletti buoni, dall'anima candida e pura. No, cancellate ogni riferimento e interpretazione che la religione cattolica dà di queste creature. L'autrice, Nalini Singh, è riuscita a creare degli esseri potenti, spietati, immortali e così superiori a tutto ciò che li circonda che li avvicina incredibilmente a delle figure divine. Gli Angeli, governano, più o meno velatamente, il mondo e sono gli unici a poter creare un Vampiro, in cambio dell'immortalità questi esseri vogliono 100 anni della loro nuova esistenza, 100 anni di schiavitù.

A quanto pare, non tutti i nuovi Vampiri sono intenzionati a rispettare i termini degli accordi e quindi entrano in scena i Cacciatori di Vampiri. In questa nuova visione del mondo vampiresco, Nalini Singh, attribuisce un ruolo tendenzialmente meno sanguinario del solito ai Cacciatori. Nel suo mondo, questi cacciatori, devono limitarsi ad andare a recuperare i fuggitivi, se poi a volte ci esce un Vampiro definitivamente morto...

In questo contesto si introduce Elena, la migliore cacciatrice di New York, che improvvisamente si ritrova un giorno a dover fare i conti con uno degli esseri più pontenti e terrificanti che lei abbia mai incontrato: Raphael, l'Arcangelo che governa con pugno di ferro tutta New York e l'America del nord.

Ovviamente deve ancora nascere un essere vivente che possa rifiutare un'offerta di Raphael senza finire dritto dritto all'altro mondo, quindi Elena si ritrova a dover prendere in considerazione la missione suicida (in ogni caso, anche se risolvesse il caso, sa di essere morta) che le viene affidata. Il suo essere "nata" Cacciatrice le permetterà di dare la caccia ad un'essere in grado di distruggere la vita di centinaia e centiana di persone in pochissimo tempo; Elena dovrà trovarlo, contribuire alla sua soppressione e, possibilmente, uscirne viva. Come dicevamo, una missione apparentemente impossibile, se non fosse che Raphael, il suo datore di lavoro, finirà per provare una strana curiosità nei confronti della solitaria e indipendente Elena. E cosa fare quando un angelo spietato e abituato a farsi obbedire ad ogni costo mette gli occhi su di te?

"Vieni a prendermi angioletto..."

Il romanzo si snoda tranquillamente attraverso più fasi che portano il lettore ad immergersi nella lettura senza dover apprendere in maniera forzata o improvvisa l'universo dell'autrice. La gerarchia degli angeli, arcangeli e vampiri viene spiegata con calma e la stessa introduzione dei vari personaggi è graduale e molto "verosimile". Nessun amore a prima vista o colpi di fulmine circondati da tanti cuoricini per Nalini Singh, fortunatamente.

I personaggi sono tutti assolutamente ben delineati, dai principali ai secondari com Dmitri e Veleno. Elena (che per una volta non si tramuta in una Mary Sue*1 dopo 50 pagine) è una protagonista degna di questo nome che affiancata da un personaggio della levatura di Raphael finisce per incantare e catturare immediatamente l'attenzione del lettore. Le battutine, i giochi di potere e i "colpi bassi" che si scambiano all'inizio della loro conoscienza sono qualcosa di veramente inaspettato e fantastico.

Un urban fantasy con qualche tocco di romance che non trascende mai nell'harmony puro. Uno stile, quello della Singh, piuttosto forte, deciso, spigliato e ironico. Non mancano mai i punti di alta tensione, le scene erotiche e perfino qualche scena dai toni romantici che rendono felici lettori di ogni tipo ed età. Ottimo romanzo e ottimo inizio di questa saga angelica. ( )
  Nasreen44 | Jun 8, 2017 |
Angels' Blood
by Nalini Singh
#1 Guild Hunters
Audio narrated by Justine Eyre
4-1/2*

Vampire hunter, Elena Deveraux, is hired by a cadre of seven ruling archangels to help track down an ancient one who has become blood borne, gone rogue, and has fallen into the depths of insanity, murdering countless innocents. Standing her ground because of her inimitable pride and facing off with those more powerful than her has caught the attention of the archangel, Raphael. Something about the two of them together seems fated as she makes him more mortal and as they face an ultimate battle with their enemy, Raphael may be the only one able to save her in the end.

This is reminiscent of the Anita Blake, vampire hunter, series as well as Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress novels as far as having courageous, kick-butt heroines who have something special that draws the unconquerable males to them without fail. This was a quick read, and a great start to this series. ( )
  AddictedToMorphemes | Apr 29, 2017 |
3.75 stars ( )
  veredi | Mar 25, 2017 |
Loved it. ( )
  mhelissa26 | Mar 8, 2017 |
Angels' Blood
5 Stars

Elena Deveraux is a vampire hunter with a reputation for always finding her prey. Hired by the lethal archangel of New York, Raphael, to locate one of his ilk who has gone rogue, Elena soon realizes that the greatest threat to her life and her sanity may just be the very archangel with the key to her heart and her soul.

World building is one of Singh’s greatest skills and the world of the Guild Hunters is no exception. Her angels and vampires are original and compelling with angels that are anything but angelic and vampires that are so much more than simply vampiric.

Raphael’s arrogance, imperiousness and domineering attitude do not make for positive first impressions. Nevertheless, as the story progresses and his backstory emerges, it becomes clear that there is more to him than meets the eye and he slowly succeeds in winning you over with his mix of intense power, romantic gestures and pure sexiness.

Elena is a wonderful mix of strength and vulnerability that one cannot help but admire and empathize with. She also has a serious problem with her mouth getting ahead of her brain, which gets her into some rather sticky situations with Raphael and his men.

The secondary cast comprised of Raphael’s fellow archangels with their own personal agendas, the men who are loyal to him unto death as well as Elena’s self-absorbed family and her steadfast colleagues at the Guild are all fleshed out just enough to keep you guessing and whet your appetite for more.

In terms of the audiobook, Justine Eyre’s narration is captivating. While she may not be to everyone’s liking, her throaty voice resonates with me and she manages to capture the essence of all of the characters, male and female.

All in all, a fantastic introduction to the series with a straightforward plot, a psychotic villain and a final twist at the end, which ensures that I will be continuing with the series sooner rather than later. ( )
  Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
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When Elena told people she was a vampire hunter, their first reaction was an inevitable gasp, followed by, You go around sticking those sharp stakes in their evil purid hearts?
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Nalini Singh introduces readers to a world of beauty and bloodlust, where angels hold sway over vampires.

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux is hired by the dangerously beautiful Archangel Raphael. But this time, it's not a wayward vamp she has to track. It's an archangel gone bad.

The job will put Elena in the midst of a killing spree like no other - and pull her to the razor's edge of passion. Even if the hunt doesn't destroy her, succumbing to Raphael's seductive touch just may. For when archangels play, mortals break.
Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux knows she is the best - but she does not know if even she is good enough for this job. Hired by the dangerously beautiful archangel Raphael, a being so lethal that no mortal wants his attention, Elena knows failure is not an option - even if the task is impossible. Because this time, it's not a wayward vamp she has to track. It's an archangel gone bad.
The job will put Elena in the midst of a killing spree like no other - and pull her to the razor's edge of passion. Even if the hunt does not destroy her, succumbing to Raphael's seductive touch just might. For when archangels play, mortals break.
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"Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux knows she is the best--but she does not know if even she is good enough for this job. Hired by the dangerously beautiful archangel Raphael, a being so lethal that no mortal wants his attention. Elena knows failure is not an option--even if the task is impossible. Because this time, it's not a wayward vamp she has to trick. It's an archangel gone bad. The job will put Elena in the midst of a killing spree like no other--and pull her to the razor's edge of passion..."--p.[4] of cover.… (more)

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