Offical Sypnosis Edit
New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh returns to her world of angelic rulers, vampiric servants, and the woman thrust into their darkly seductive world…
Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux wakes from a year-long coma to find herself changed—an angel with wings the colors of midnight and dawn—but her fragile body needs time to heal before she can take flight. Her lover, the stunningly dangerous archangel Raphael, is used to being in control—even when it comes to the woman he considers his own. But Elena has never done well with authority…
They’ve barely begun to understand each other when Raphael receives an invitation to a ball from the archangel Lijuan. To refuse would be a sign of fatal weakness, so Raphael must ready Elena for the flight to Beijing—and to the nightmare that awaits them there. Ancient and without conscience, Lijuan holds a power that lies with the dead. And she has organized the most perfect and most vicious of welcomes for Elena…
First Sentence Edit
Elena gripped the balcony railing and stared down at the gorge that fell away with jagged promise beneath.
Full Plot SummaryEdit
- Elena: the first Made Angel in memory. Raphael's Consort; a former Guild Hunter who became an angel in Angels' Blood. Their apartment is in the Tower, their home is in the Enclave. Has wings the color of midnight-blue, fading to dawn-blue and finally tipped in white. Pale, near-white hair and gray eyes. She and Raphael are the series leads.
- Raphael: is the Archangel of New York, controls North America, along with his Consort, lover and mate Elena. He is one thousand, five hundred years old, has white-gold wings, ebony hair and blue eyes. He and Elena are the series leads.
- Angel Mastermind: the Angel behind the attacks on the Refuge and instigating political discord among Cadre members—all in attempt to become an archangel on the Cadre. He or she used a Vampire Accomplice to carry out many of the attacks until he was killed because the Hunter-born, Elena, had his scent.    
- Vampire Accomplice: the one doing all the dirty work for an angel wanting to make a place for him/herself on the Cadre; Scent: oranges dipped in chocolate—beating Noel, kidnapping Sam. Body found in fountain, head found on Anoushka's pillow with the Sekhem branded on it.
- Adrian: one of Lijuan’s reborn—kills a human/vampire couple at Lijuan’s party for Elena Deveraux; weakens Lijuan through his bite in the battle between the Archangels in China; lustrous dark skin, dark eyes
- Aloysius: Angel—murdered in the Refuge.
- Angel Girl with Tawny Pigtails: child angel—one of Jessamy's students. Her wings were of autumn and sunset at her back. 
- Anoushka: Angel; Neha's daughter—wants to be Cadre but can never become an Archangel—causing death and destruction.
- Antonicus: Archangel, Ancient—former Cadre; probably in the Sleep
- Aodhan: aka "Sparkle"; Angel, one of The Seven. Illium's close friend from angel childhood.
- Ariel Deveraux: Elena's deceased sister— second eldest.
- Ashwini Taj: Guild Hunter—refuses to ever go into Nazarach's territory.
- Astaad: Archangel of the Pacific Isle snd Cadre—dominates the sea. Reservedly friendly with Raphael; took down Lijuan's cargo planes with reborn as they flew over his territory during the war; secretive; believes in honor;
- Bill James: Hunter who lost his mind and went on a killing spree, killing children. 
- Beth Deveraux: Elena's sister—married to a vampire, Harrison Ling
- Boy Vampire: Dahariel keeps him in a cage and tortures him. Raphael promises Jason to buy the boy's contract for his peace of mind. 
- Caliane: an Ancient, she is thousands of years old and Raphael’s mother with power of the earth, went to Sleep under the sea long ago.
- Charisemnon: Archangel of North Africa—one of the Cadre; Lijuan's ally; a pedophile.
- Deacon: makes weapons for Hunters—Sara's husband, Zoe's father
- Dahariel: Angel—at the Refuge. 
- Deveraux Family: Elena's family
- Dmitri: Vampire. Leader of The Seven, Raphael's second-in-command.—Dmitri is nearly 1,000 years old—he is the most powerful vampire in the world and stronger than a large number of angels; Has dark honey skin, black hair and dark brown eyes. Made against his will.
- Elijah: Archangel of Persia and Cadre—is an ally to Raphael.
- Eris: Neha's angelic husband (not consort) 
- Favashi: Archangel of Persia; can control the winds. General Rohan, Alexander’s son, rules a section of her territory.
- Galen: Angel; one of the Seven—Raphael’s weaponsmaster and part of The Seven. Married to Jessamy; burly build, red hair. Head Raphael's part of the Refuge.
- Germaine: Vampire that was famously punished by Raphael, left in Times Square.
- Hannah: Elijah's consort—wise, gentle and powerful; removed from politics. 
- Harrison Ling: Beth Deveraux's vampire husband.
- Hbeebti: Raphael’s pet name for Elena; it means beloved in the language of Elena’s grandmother.
- Holly Chang: unknown change—one of Uram's victims, forced to drink his poisoned blood—may be some kind of vampire, but not really. She becomes hysterical at the sight of angel wings. She's under constant watch. 
- Illium: aka "Bluebell", one of The Seven. Very powerful angel, just over 500 years old. One of the most beautiful angels and renowned for his blue wings and his pranks; he's struggling with a sudden power increase caused by the Cascade, growing away from his friends. Has silver-edged blue wings, ebony hair dipped in crushed sapphires (black with blue tips) and gold eyes with black lashes tipped with blue.
- Jason: Angel, Spymaster, one of The Seven; The best spymaster in the Cadre—around 700 years old. Has black sooty wings that do not reflect light, long black hair and black eyes. Has a tribal tattoo on the left-hand side of his face.
- Jeffrey Deveraux: Elenas' Father—CEO and owner of Deveraux Enterprises; father of Beth Deveraux.
- Jessamy: angel Historian who lives and teaches at the Refuge and is married to Galen. About 2,000 years old; Andromeda's mentor;
- Ju: servant of Lijuan, made into one of Lijuan’s reborn; dull, black eyes, jerky movements of a puppet
- Keir: angelic healer;
- Lijuan: aka Zhou Lijuan; Archangel of China and surroundign areas; and Cadre; aka "Angel of Death" or "Goddess of Death"; creates the Reborn. Invites Raphael and Elena to a ball at her fortress of the Forbidden City in Elena's honor.
- Marguerite Deveraux: Elena's mother—killed herself when Elena was ten after the horrific murders of her two eldest daughters.
- Maya: spy for Jason—infiltrated Dahariel domain under Raphael's orders. 
- Michaela: Archangel of Central Europe and Cadre; is beyond arrogant and could be pregnant for reals although Raphael also thinks it could be something Uram did to her; think snotty top model.
- Mirabelle Deveraux: Elena's deceased sister—eldest.
- Montgomery: vampire butler—works for Elena & Raphael; Hundreds of years old;
- Nadiel: deceased Archangel—Raphael's father. 
- Nazarach: Angel—commander of a smaller territory within Raphael's territory.
- Neha: Archangel of India and Cadre; Queen of Poisons; Mahiya's aunt.
- Nimra: Angel; ran her own territory inside Raphael's territory.
- Noel: vampire — extremely injured in an attack on the Refuge. One of Raphael's people.
- Phillip: aka the Shade, Vampire—been with Lijuan longer than Raphael had been alive. The only one she hasn't forbidden into her sealed room.
- Ransom: Guild Hunter — Elena's friend
- Riker: vampire—Michaela's personal guard. 
- Sara Haziz: Guild Director—Elena's best friend. Daughter: Zoe Elena. Husband: Deacon
- Sam: aka Sameon, child Angel—young angel boy at the Refuge; student of Jessamy; befriends Elena.
- Slater Patalis: vampire; serial killer; went on a killing spree 20 years ago; among his final victims were Ariel and Mirabelle Deveraux; tormented a young Elena Deveraux.
- Sorrow: aka Holly Chang, part vampire—Uram's victim.
- Titus: Archangel of Southern Africa and Cadre—has gained power over the earth.
- Uram: Archangel, Bloodborn, Angel of Blood—deceased; antagonist of bk-1.
- Venom: Vampire, youngest of the Seven—a old vampire with deadly poison in his blood, and currently based in the Refuge. Has the ability to entrance humans; has snake-like, slitted, green eyes
- Vivek: aka Vivek Kapur and "V"; Guild Hunter, Hunter-born—Elena's friend; Handicapped; Guild’s resident computer genius;
- Xi: second-in-command to Lijuan—a trusted general who follows her blindly; his wings are gray and red.
- Zoe Elena Haziz: Baby — Parents: Sara Haziz, Deacon; named after Elena 
Groups and OrganizationsEdit
- Cadre of Ten: archangels in the world who rule territories
- Astaad: Archangel of the Pacific Isles
- Charisemnon: Archangel of North Africa—former lover of Michaela
- Elijah: Archangel of South America, Consort: Hannah
- Favashi: Archangel of Persia—former lover of Dmitri
- Zhou Lijuan: — Archangel of China
- Michaela: Archangel of Central Europe—former lover of both Charisemnon and Uram
- Neha: Archangel of India—Consort: Eris
- Titus: Archangel of South Africa
- Raphael Medrano: Archangel of North America—Consort: Elena Deveraux
- Former Cadre: Nadiel, Antonicus, Caliane
- Deveraux Enterprises: corporation owned by Jeffrey Deveraux and the blueblood Deveraux Family
- Deveraux Family: Elena's family led by Jeffrey Deveraux
- Guild: aka Hunters Guild—organization of Hunters that track down rogue vampires.
- The Seven: Three vampires and four angels that protect Raphael; are utterly loyal to him and each other.—
- SUSPECTS: Nazarach, Dahariel, Anoushka
- Vampire Protection Authority: aka "VPA": Ruling council for vampires to protect their interests
- Wing Brotherhood: A group of warrior types who hire out.
Titles and Positions Edit
- Guild Hunters: Hunters that work for the Guild and hunt vampires that have gone rogue from their angel owners by running out on their contracts—or those that have become law-breakers, or killers.
- Historian: The angel who keeps and records all the histories of angel-kind
- Guild Director: The person in charge of the Hunters Guild.
- Angels: andgelkind
- Archangel: Ruing angels and the most powerful of the angels.
- Ancients: Very, very old Archangels, most of whom are in the Sleep
- Angel of Blood: a Bloodborn Archangel—Raphael and Elena fought a battle with him, Uram, over New York City in the first book. 
- Bloodborn: When an archangel turn to Bloodlust like a vampire and becomes and an Angel of Blood. 
- Healers: Angels that can heal—some are trained, some have special abilities.
- Hunter-born: Hunters born with the ability to track by scent; stronger, faster, live longer; a kind of supernatural human.
- Made Angel: Elena is the only one.
- Reborn: shambling, living dead who hunger for flesh. Lijuan’s horrific zombies-like creations.
- Sleepers: Archangels who have gone to rest in a hidden location when they get too old and their power starts to overtake them.
- Vampires: Vampires are Made by Archangels. They must serve out a 100 year contract with an angel owner.
Things, Events, States of Being, Actions, Processes, Powers, etc.Edit
- Ambrosia: very rare substance that blooms on an archangel's tongue, to turn human to angel.
- Angel Dust: a powder that is shed from angel's wings, can have aphrodesiac properties
- Angel Gun: damages the wings of an angel long enough for escape.
- Angelfire: a power ability that a few rare Archangels possess.
- Angel Wars: (historic) textbook says they began because of a dispute over territory—Illium says they began with a woman. caused the last Dark Age.
- Anshara: healing sleep—may have helped increase Illium's powers.
- Bloodborn: A form of insanity that all angels have potential to fall victim to. Uram, an Archangel, suffered from this and was also known as an Angel of Blood. Thought to be caused by a surfeit of toxin in angel's blood used to Make vampires.
- Contract: Vampires sign a Contract for 100 years of servitude to an angel as the price of being Made.
- Dance of the Angels: making love in flight high in the sky.
- Dark Age: Millions upon millions of humans had fallen—collateral damage in the Angel Wars.
- Destiny's Rose: a carved rose made of diamond—invaluable; given to Elena by Raphael.
- Ennui: what happens to immortal after centuries of life. 
- Glamour: the ability archangels have to hide themselves from sight, not widely known to humans
- Lijuan's Ball: Lijuan plans a ball in Elena's honor—she plans to show off her reborn there.
- Lijuan's Symbol: kneeling angel with a deaths-head face—Seal o invitation  and medallion that the Vampire Accomplice had dropped 
- Made: After a vampire is turned by an angel he is called Made—the term is used synonymously with Vampire.
- The Quiet: when an Archangel is in a state of being where he or she is ruled by an area of the brain without mercy, becoming totally emotionally cold.
- Scent-Lure: the ability of a few vampires that can emit a scent so decadent and powerful that lures prey to them.
- Sekhem: "symbol of power from a time when archangels ruled as pharaohs and were called the scions of the gods." It was a mark found on Noel's body when they found him badly beaten in the Refuge. They think it means that someone wants to take Uram's place on the Cadre. 
- Sleep: When an Ancient Archangel puts himself to rest in a secret hidden location—he or she may awaken centuries later.
- Vampire Necklet: device for capturing, taming, and transporting vampires—used by Guild Hunters. 
- Big House: The home that Jeffrey Deveraux bought after his daughters were murdered by Slater Patalis—It was much bigger than the previous house.
- Enclave: a “suburb” just outside New York where many of Raphael’s angels have a home. Elena & Raphael’s home is there. Janvier has a small place there as well.
- Elena’s Apartment: badly damaged from a huge hole made by Raphael (in Bk-1).ory with Dmitri and others of the Seven. Elena & Raphael’s apartment is there;
- Erotique: exclusive vampire club—"Geishas of the West"
- Forbidden City: Lijuan's fortress—location of ball. 
- Lijuan's Citidel: Lijuan's palace, stronghold and home in China. Where Xi takes Andromeda; where Suyin has been imprisoned for centuries.
- New York City: Where Raphael runs his territory from—all of North America.
- The Refuge: neutral retreat, a home for angels to heal, teach, and work as well as a sanctuary for their young. Each archangel has a compound there for their people.
- Medica: the hospital at the Refuge. Led by Keir, the well-respected healer.
- Sam's House: Elena tracks Sam's kidnapper from there.
- Michaela's Refuge Residence: Elena tracks Sam's kidnapper to her place.
- Refuge School — Jesamy — for angel children  
- Secret Garden: Illium helped Elena find it—a place where she studied a history book that Jessamy gave her. 
- Weapons/Training Salle: training facility with both indoor and an outdoor arenas. 
- The Tower: tall building in NYC from which Raphael runs his territory with Dmitri and others of the Seven. Elena & Raphael’s apartment is there;
Book References Edit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Archangel's Kiss, Bk 2, ch. 4
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Archangel's Kiss, Bk 2, ch. 13–14
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Archangel's Kiss, Bk 2, ch. 10
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Archangel's Kiss, Bk 2, ch. 18
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Archangel's Kiss, Bk 2, ch. 25
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 Archangel's Kiss, Bk 2, ch. 13
- ↑ Archangel's Kiss, Bk 2, ch. 31
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Archangel's Kiss, Bk 2, ch. 9
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Archangel's Kiss, Bk 2, ch. 11
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 Archangel's Kiss, Bk 2, ch. 8
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 Archangel's Kiss, Bk 2, ch. 15
- ↑ Archangel's Kiss, Bk 2, ch. 27
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 Archangel's Kiss, Bk 2, ch. 2
- ↑ Archangel's Kiss, Bk 2, ch. 7
- ↑ Archangel's Kiss, Bk 2, ch. 19
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 Archangel's Kiss, Bk 2, ch. 1
- ↑ 17.0 17.1 Archangel's Kiss, Bk 2, ch. 14
- ↑ Archangel's Kiss, Bk 2, ch. 23
- ↑ Archangel's Kiss, Bk 2, ch. 17
- ↑ Angels' Blood, ch. 1
- ↑ Archangel's Kiss, Bk 2, ch. 30
- ↑ Archangel's Kiss, Bk 2, ch. 5
- ↑ Archangel's Enigma, ch. 9–14
- ↑ "Angels’ Dance", #0.4
- ↑ Archangel's Kiss, Bk 2, ch. 29
External Links Edit
- Archangel's Kiss (Guild Hunter, #2) by Nalini Singh ~ Goodreads
- Archangel's Kiss (Guild Hunter 2) by Nalini Singh
- Guild Hunter series - Urban Fantasy Wiki - Wikia
- Guild Hunter Character Guide |
- Goodreads | Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh
- Guild Hunter: reading order Series
- Guild Hunter Series | Nalini Singh
- Guild Hunter (Literature) - TV Tropes