Angels of Darkness
By: Nalini Singh
Publisher: Berkley Publishing
Publish Date: October 2011
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Romance
Recommendation: If you like a tale of finding love. This is the story for you as it happens to Angels and vampires.
Tales of alpha angels...from four alpha authors.
They soar through the night, unearthly creatures of legends and lore. Four masters of urban fantasy and paranormal romance explore the rapture of the heavens above, and the darkness below in four all-new stories of angels and guardians, and good and evil.
Nole had been given a promotion in being assigned to the lushgreen state of Louisiana, but the position was a double-edged sword.
My Thoughts and Summary:
This book is an anthology with 4 novellas. There are 4 of us reviewing each story separately. I have the first story. Please stop by the three fellow reviewers who are reviewing the other three stories. The stories are read by: (click to go to the other reviews)
Melissa (My World...in words and pages) - Angel's Wolf by Nalini Singh
Mihir (Fantasy Book Critic) - Alphas: Origins by Ilona Andrews
The Qwillery - Nocturne by Sharon Shinn
Bastard (Bastard Books and other crap) - Ascension by Meljean Brook
Angel's Wolf by Nalini Singh
Noel is a vampire who is "promoted" to the Louisiana section under a 600 year old goddess looking Angel known for her strength and power to hold such an area for so long, Nimra. Noel looks at the promotion as he is being tossed away no longer the man he once was not so long ago, taking him from the spot in line for Senior position to a little guard. But since the attack that broke his body, then was brutially repaired by his vampire ability, he hasn't been quite the same. As Noel works to find out who tried to kill Nimra, in her own court, he learns there is more to this position than he thought and just might start to feel more inside since that deadly attack.
This novella of about 90 pages is a telling from both views of Noel and Nimra. I liked that we got both views here, to see a little of what each character is thinking. But this story took a while to get going for me, about half of the pages felt like description trying to set up the characters and world. It felt like so much time was spent here rather than the story. I didn't feel the sudden attraction Noel and Nimra felt for each other.
But as the story got going and secondary characters where introduced it felt to pick up some for me. The second half of the story is where I started to care more for the characters and getting to see the story unfold more helped. I liked the little mystery we had of finding the would be murderer and the way the story ended with Noel.
This is a short story of two strong characters finding comfort in someone unexpected that helps them through. And even a new spot in the world they thought they didn't belong in. And there is a little mystery here of finding the guilty party. A short love story if you will.
I was hoping to get a good feel for Nalini's writing as I've wanted to pick up her full novels, but I'm not sure after reading this novella. I might want to read a few pages before I pick it up.
I read this short story for an honest review.