Nalini Singh

Guild Hunter Series, Book 2

Gollancz (2010)

ISBN: 978 0 575 09574 8

Reviewed by Tehani Wessely, May 2010

WARNING: Possible spoilers for Angels’ Blood.

Elena Devereaux, the best Guild Hunter there is, has survived the biggest job of her life, but only just. She’s been irrevocably changed, and not only because she’s in love with an Archangel. Can Elena adjust to her new life, or even survive it?

This is quite a different book to Angels’ Blood – the first book focussed mainly on the Guild and the hunting aspect which made Elena come across as such a strong character. The second novel is less action-oriented, although the element of mystery is still present. Fortunately, Singh’s writing stands up to the challenge of a more relationship-driven story, and while the “adult” elements still feel less natural than the rest of the scenes, they are not as obtrusive in this book than in Angels’ Blood.

One thing I particularly like about the Guild Hunter books is the scope Singh has given herself to play with. There are some really “crunchy” background characters I want to know more about who I hope will feature in future novels. I’m also interested in reading Singh’s first books, the Psy-Changeling series, which will tide me over until the next Guild Hunter novel comes out. More please Ms Singh!