Archangel's Viper (Guild Hunter Series #10)

Archangel's Viper (Guild Hunter Series #10)

by Nalini Singh
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Anonymous 6 months ago
I read this over the span of 8 hours, nonstop. 325 pages. And I tried to space it out, knowing that it will be 8 months to a year before a new book in the series comes out. It grabs you & doesn't let you go. Nalini Singh's Guild Hunter series will be forever on my Must Buy List!
Anonymous 6 months ago
Had to read it in one day. Couldn't wait to finish it.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I'm so happy Venom got his own story. Holly Chang and Venom were a delight to experience. Thoroughly enjoyed this book and cannot wait for the next installment.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Her stories just keep getting better and better
Anonymous 6 months ago
Great story!
Anonymous 5 months ago
I love this series!
Anonymous 5 months ago
Wonderful read, as always-. I eagerly await the next book I'm this series !
Anonymous 5 months ago
Great characters and story it's always fun to visit these interesting people and get to know each one.
LynnLTX 7 months ago
In the Guild Hunter series, readers have gotten to know Holly since Elena first rescued her from a brutal attack by the insane archangel Uram. Holly barely survived, and the attack changed her irrevocably not only in an emotional sense, but physically as well. Those changes have not stopped, Holly lives in constant fear of becoming a monster with no hope of redemption. Venom, the youngest in the Archangel Raphael’s private guard known as the Seven, survived his own monstrous transformation centuries ago. With his snakey eyes and poisonous fangs, Venom has always been one of a kind—as is Holly, for no one knows exactly what she is. Not entirely human, not exactly vampire, Holly, once known as Sorrow, is certainly very deadly. Venom and Holly have an adversarial relationship, though neither of them would admit it, they enjoy the physical and verbal sparring. Holly’s job for the Tower, under the direction of Ashwini, Janvier and, of course, Dmitri, involves working in the shadows and underbelly of the city where the higher-ups would not be welcome. When someone decides Holly is a prize to be had, she and Venom are forced to work as a team in the seamy places of New York to track down the ones who are foolish or arrogant enough to hunt anyone under the Tower’s protection. Holly fights with every fiber of her colorful and eclectic being to hold back the dark and terrifying remnant of Uram, which somehow wants to take her over; and now, something or someone powerful is calling her to another archangel’s territory in a way that’s much too intense to be ignored. Possibly adding to the upsurge in Holly’s own abilities is the catastrophic effect known as the Cascade which has been amping up some angelic powers. This unpredictable force may not only apply to the top tier angels and archangels. Even though she’s a strange hybrid with an unknown future, the most important thing to Holly is her humanity. Venom, with his cold reptilian inner being and poisonous abilities, thought he lost his ability to feel compassion or love centuries ago. But when this small spitfire of a girl refuses to give in to the horrors that nearly destroyed her, it awakens something inside him that he thought impossible and forever lost. Fans of Ms. Singh will be well pleased with this fine addition to the series. It has everything wonderful we have come to expect: action, adventure, humor, and romance as well as being a very clever tale that will keep you guessing about exactly what is going on and how it will all play out until the very end. This story has just the right balance between the difficult and often dangerous world Holly and Venom inhabit and a love story that alleviates the violence and aggression. Their story has been building for quite some time so having it come to fruition is very satisfying. I absolutely, totally enjoyed all aspects of this book and while that may sound like hyperbole, the praise is much deserved.
Barb-TRC 7 months ago
Archangel’s Viper by Nalini Singh is the 10th book in her wonderful Guild Hunter series. I say this quite often; Nalini Singh is one of the best authors around, and the fact I love both her Psy/Changeling and Guild Hunter series proves how good she is. Nalini writes fantastic stories in different worlds that flow so seamlessly, and each book just grabs hold of you at the start and never lets go till the very end. I do feel bad for those of you who do not read Nalini Singh, as you are missing an amazing author. On to my review. We met both Venom and Holly, our heroes in this book, early in this series when he saved her from sure death. Holly had been tortured by an insane Archangel, Uram; and she had witness the horrifying deaths of her friends. Though she is considered human, Holly was left with abilities she gained from Uram’s vampire blood coursing in her body. Her acid green eyes; ability to mesmerize others; has a poisonous bite (which Venom also has, but he is immune to Holly’s bite); and does require blood, which she minimizes as much as she can. Venom, is one of Rapheal’s Seven, and very dangerous, but loyal to the Seven, as well as being different from the others. After being away for two years, he returns and Holly was sent to pick him up. Venom not only was the one who saved Holly, but he also is the one who tries to teach her to control the violent impulses she has. However, they have never gotten along, both always antagonizing each other. Venom enjoys pushing Holly’s buttons, and she just hates him. Holly has changed since she was first rescued, and Honor (Dimitri’s mate), has worked with her on her emotional stability, as well as Janvier and Ash training her how to fight as a warrior. She is tough, smart, and fights off an inner voice that wants to control her. When Venom and Holly drive to the tower, someone attacks them trying to kidnap Holly. It seems that someone has a bounty on her head. Dimitri and Venom begin to worry what is it about Holly’s blood that warrants a 5 million dollar bounty? When Venom and Holly start working closely together to find out who is trying to kidnap her, they begin to see each other in a different light. They were the same in many ways, allowing them to be their normal self in front of each other, and in a short time their relationship will escalate in an unexpected romance. Venom sees that Holly is fighting something deep inside her, and she will tell him the truth about an otherness she feels. Besides the mystery of who is trying to kidnap her, the main focus of this story is finding out what/who is trying to control Holly. What follows is an addictive and captivating story with Venom and Holly following the trail that is pulling her into the lands of another Archangel. Venom and Holly surprised me how much I fell in love with this fantastic couple, and they sizzled together. The last half of the book was such a thriller, with many twists and turns right to the very end. I can’t tell too much more, as I do not want to ruin this for you, but I loved Archangel’s Viper, as well as a couple that totally won me over. Nalini Singh once again gives us a wonderful addition to this fantastic series. She is an author whose flawless skilled writing simply has me in awe. I have never failed to love every single one of her books in both series. If you have not read the Guild Hunter series, what are you waiting for?
Anonymous 21 days ago
Fast read ......wanted more
Anonymous 3 months ago
Read in two days(made myself). Great story. Cannot wait for next. Hurry please.
Anonymous 3 months ago
As usual I enjoyed reading the. latest book in the series They can get redundant excellent book
Anonymous 4 months ago
I love these characters. They are all good at heart and so easy to like.
Anonymous 4 months ago
I love the Archangel series and always wait with abated breath for each new book. Please don't make me wait too long for the next!
Anonymous 4 months ago
This book kept me spellbound as usual. Couldn't put it down. Love this author!
Anonymous 4 months ago
The book was awesome
Anonymous 4 months ago
Absolutely fabulous & worthy story to fit Viper.
Anonymous 4 months ago
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Anonymous 4 months ago
I absolutely love this series. Singh has done it again .
Anonymous 5 months ago
Another awesome book in this Series can't wait for the next one.
SJCReviews 5 months ago
Review copy obtained via Netgalley I'm kind of torn on this book. I just want to say that I don't think that Nalini Singh can write a bad book. Her worlds are always places I like to visit and the Guild Hunter's series has so many unanswered questions that I eagerly pick up every title. And I have absolutely been waiting for Venom and Holly's story since the beginning. But once I finished it, I felt a little disappointed. Not in the usual way when a good book is over but in a "Is that it?" kind of way. Holly is a long running character in the Guild Hunters series. In the first book, Angel's Blood, she is viscously attacked and ultimately physiologically changed and you see her metamorphosis throughout the series. You also see her interactions with Venom, one the main Seven, an elite group of warriors that work for Raphael, the main Angel of New York. Those interactions are funny, a little spiteful but they always come across as people who both dislike and understand each other. As the book begins, Holly is picking up Venom after not having seen him for several years as he was away from New York where she is stationed. The first interactions are very much like previous one's, the only difference is the level of maturity that Holly demonstrates and the subsequent visible partnership that develops between the two of them. That partnership starts to turn romantic but Holly, who is still suffering the physical aftereffects of her attack begins to physically change into something else. I won't spoil the "something else" except to say that Singh is really good a tying up lose threads throughout a long running series. The book is a slow burn and while I am admittedly not a "slow burn" kind of person, this particular slow burn left me really dissatisfied. It just left the story feeling a little insubstantial and while I liked the book, it won't go into my re-read pile.
kahea46 5 months ago
Here are a couple of truth’s before starting this review. I’m a total fangirl of Nalini Singh’s. The Guild Hunter series is that series I listen too at least twice a year. I’ve listened to Archangel’s Viper three times in a row and will probably continue to listen to it a few more times before my mind decides to give it a rest. So with all of that stated it’s pretty obvious that I absolutely ADORED this book and all that happened in it, even crazy parts, but then again I knew I would. Ever since seeing Holly and Venom together in Archangel’s Blade I had that gut feeling that they would make the perfect, snarky, ‘other’ pair...as long as they didn’t kill each other in the process and when it was announced that there were going to be each other’s mates I swear I did a full on happy dance and I wasn’t disappointed in any way. It was all kinds of snarky and sassy fun with a huge dose of heart and drama that could only work in the intricate and deadly world of the Guild Hunter. I was pleasantly surprised by the Holly I got to know in this book because when we last spent any time with her she was still pushing boundaries and trying to come to terms with what Uram had done to her and what her future would hold. In AV, she is still working on coming to terms with it, but she is more focused and grounded and not lashing out like a hormonal teenager. The snark and sass are still presented, and I thank the powers that be that they were, but I loved seeing the compassionate and thoughtful side of the woman who had a purpose beyond simple survival. While I’ve always been intrigued with Venom, I will admit that it never got to the same level as that of Bluebell and Sparkle because while I loved his verbal barbs the emotional gut punch was never there to learn more about him but that all changed with this book. I was totally sucked into the vortex that is Venom. I loved how he never pulled his verbal punches and how much of the time they weren’t meant to wound, but to force their target to acknowledge the truths that he could see much more clearly than others expected and ones they were trying to avoid. But more than that it was the opportunity to finally get to see the heart that lay behind the sunglass and viper’s eyes, because that heart was much more compassionate and genuine than I ever thought possible. As for their journey to their HEA. I expected the snark and was very happy that even as their antagonistic relationship evolved it that aspect never went away, but changed with them. What I was surprised by, pleasantly so, was the mutual respect they gave each other and how much they simply enjoyed being in the others company. That made it so easy to see how well they fit together and really needed to spend eternity with one another because there really was no one else in the world that could put up with either one of them. Their romance is a slow build one, but absolutely satisfying in every way possible. I loved hanging out with the unique and crazy cast of characters that make up the Guild Hunter world whether they be members of the Seven, the Guild or those that are aligned with them in a mish mash of ways. It was fun to get a deeper understanding of the ties that bind them all together and getting updates on almost everyone. I’m quite interested to see where Ms. Singh will take the series with the way that both Archangel’s Heart and Archangel’s Viper ended since a couple of main storylines have been either ended or at least paused for
Anonymous 5 months ago
I thoroughly enjoyed the evolution of Venom and Holly ,it was a great story and,we got to learn so much more about both of them. Two broken people fine each other and become whole and love stories don't get any better than that.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Another winner from Nalini Singh.