The angels-as-world-rulers concept is new and different, and the story lines have been interesting and satisfying so far. I have enjoyed the first three books, but I have to admit that my interest is beginning to wane. By now, I'm ready for some stories about the supporting characters, both angels and Hunters. There are only so many ways in which Elena and Raphael can banter, have sex, and battle an enemy or two before things start getting repetitive.
BOOK 4: Archangel's Blade
It's like the author read my mind! In book 4, Singh moves away from Elena and Raphael's story and focuses on Dmitri, leader of the Seven, Raphael's elite guard unit. Dmitri has always been an enigma—a complex and brooding character, seemingly addicted to the dark world of pleasure/pain sex with a never-ending series of beautiful women. Dmitri has never understood how Raphael could fall in love with Elena, a weak human who has become a weak angel, and he has always made Elena's life as miserable as possible. Now, however, Dmitri meets Honor, an emotionally and physically damaged Guild Hunter who was recently kidnapped and held captive by a small group of blood-lusting vampires who raped and tortured her over a period of several months. Honor has been cowering in the Guild House, still too traumatized to face the outside world.
When Sara, the Guild leader, sends Honor to the Tower to meet with Dmitri about a recent murder, Honor is terrified, as well she should be, because Dmitri is known to take whatever he wants from any woman to whom he is attracted. When Dmitri meets Honor, he is drawn to her, and when he learns the details of her attack, he focuses all of his energies on tracking down the guilty vampires and encouraging Honor to assist in their punishment. The main plot line follows the couple's rocky road to their eventual HEA as they track down the kidnappers and work out the kinks in their relationship (and there are many). Additionally, Dmitri must solve the mystery of the disappearance of a young angel from the Reserve and the appearance of corpses with tattooed messages about an enemy from his past whom he thought was dead and long forgotten. This is a great story, primarily because we've watched Dmitri slink erotically through all of the previous books, but never knew his back story, which is just as tragic as you always knew it would be. Honor is a strong woman, trying to fight her way back to a normal life and coping with her terrible thirst for revenge. Together, they make a terrific couple.