Published February 28th, 2012 by Berkley Sensation
Synopsis and cover from the Goodreads book page
In Angel’s Wolf a vampire becomes fascinated with the seductive angel who rules Louisiana. But all is not what it appears to be in her court.
In Angels’ Judgment a hunter must track one of her own gone bad, while surviving the deadly tests placed in her way by the archangels themselves. Unexpected backup comes from a stranger who might just be the most lethal threat of all…
Plus FIRST TIME IN PRINT
In Angels’ Pawn a vampire hunter faces off against two rival factions and the angel manipulating them both, and a vampire whose help is not entirely selfless…
And NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED
In Angels’ Dance an angel trapped in the mountain stronghold of the Refuge finds herself under siege by a warrior angel from a martial court.
Review: I loved this book almost more than Archangel’s Storm. Almost but not quite, Jason is still my book boyfriend and I love him the most out of all the characters presented so far. But that doesn’t diminish the fact that the characters presented in these stories are excellent, and these were stories that needed to be told even if I didn’t know it prior to reading it. The best way for me to review this is to address each story individually.
First was Angels’ Pawn, this is a story set prior to the first Guild Hunter book and follows Ashwini and her connection and relationship with Janvier. She is asked to help in the kidnapping of a vampire, she asks Janvier come along because he used to belong to the court of the angel she is visiting, Nazarach. I had a huge fangirl moment over this story. I have been hoping to hear more about Ashwini and this vampire she has a love/hate relationship with. But we have also heard a lot of rumor and interesting tidbits about Nazarach, so I wanted to see him first hand too. Not only was this story exciting because it introduced me to characters I have longed to meet more intimately but because the story surprised me as well. The case of the kidnapping isn’t at all what it seems and it gets Ashwini into some hot water. I was really happy with this story and it wet my appetite for more about Ashwini in the future, fingers crossed!
Next up was Angels’ Judgement, the story of Sara becoming the Guild Director so this was also set prior to the beginning of the Guild Hunter series. This story was an unexpected enjoyment for me. I never really thought that I wanted to know more about Sara and Deacon and how they met or how she became the Director. But I enjoyed it tremendously and it made me ask a lot of fascinating questions. It revealed how involved and concerned the Cadre of Ten is with the selection of the Guild Hunter. It also reveals that the Guild has a Slayer, one who’s job it is to hunt down hunters who go rogue. This is what brings Deacon and Sara together and it was fantastic to watch. But it also made me wonder…who did Sara choose as the new Slayer now that Deacon is retired to being a weapons maker and daddy and husband?
Third on the list was Angel’s Wolf where we get an introduction to two new characters Noel (one of Raphael’s vampires) and Nimra (the angel who rules over Louisiana). She is concerned that someone is trying to kill her and asks Raphael for assistance in trying to sort out who the traitor in her court is. Noel has been viciously attacked and seeks to escape so Raphael asks him to go help Nimra with her problem. Nimra is greatly feared about the other angels and vampires alike, so Noel is surprised and intrigued to discover that she has a softer side too. I wasn’t expecting this story but I did like it. If I was forced to choose a least favorite it would probably be this one, but that’s just in comparison to how passionately I loved the other three.
Last was Angels’ Dance, the story of Jessamy meeting the mysterious Galen and becoming intrigued with him despite her refusal to become romantically involved with anyone for centuries. I have liked Jessamy and Galen both from the limited time we have seen them. And I vaguely recalled mention (ok, someone reminded me of the mention) that Jessamy and Galen were romantically linked in one of the other Guild Hunter books. Another great point was their early relationship. They started out not really even liking each other that much, but then circumstances force them together and they discover that there is much more to the other’s character than they first thought. It was a touching, sweet, and romantic story that I thought was a perfect addition to this collection of short stories. Jessamy got her story and I loved it.