Narrated by Justine Eyre
The fourth in the Guild Hunter series, Archangel’s Blade features Dmitri, the powerful head of the Seven. Their duty is to protect the archangel, Raphael, at all costs. A thousand-year-old vampire, Dmitri is a cold, beautiful, ruthless creature known for his intense sexuality and is, actually, quite a fascinating character. I’ve been looking forward to his book since he was introduced in Angel’s Blood, the first book of the series.
Honor is a Guild Hunter who recently endured two months of extreme torture by rogue vampires. When assigned to assist Dmitri in an investigation, Honor is forced out of her self-imposed isolation. Not only must she fight her intense, well-founded fear of vampires but also her long time attraction to Dmitri.
If you enjoyed Justine Eyre’s narration of the first three in this series, it’s likely you’ll enjoy it here as well. Eyre excels in differentiating her male voices and I continue to be impressed with that fact since there are numerous male characters in each of the Guild Hunter books. I’m not as impressed with her female characterizations – one Guild Hunter sounds like another. For the first half of the book, I had to mentally tear myself away from a character that sounded like Sara from the previous books and tell myself “It’s Honor.” Eventually I locked into the happy listening zone and was able to see Honor as her own person and concentrate even more on Dmitri. Eyre’s characterization of him was far superior to that which I could have imagined in print. And to hear him say “Honor” – whew!
I don’t listen to graphic violence easily and it says something for the excellence of this series in that I continue to listen despite its presence. However, it was particularly hard to take since some of that violence in Archangel’s Blade includes children. I had to stop twice and clean the images from my mind.
Dmitri and Honor’s romance was intense, believable, and completely satisfying. I had not a second thought about the ultimate identity of Honor. It all worked so perfectly – who else could penetrate this hard man’s heart? Apart from the violence, this is one outstanding romance.
Breakdown of Grade – Narration B and Book Content B+