Book Review: “Knives and Sheaths” by Nalini Singh

Posted February 19, 2021 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews / 2 Comments

Book Review: “Knives and Sheaths” by Nalini Singh

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

"Knives and Sheaths" by Nalini Singh
Published by Author on 2012
Pages: 5
Format: PDF
Source: Author

Also by this author: Archangel's Legion, Archangel's Shadows, Archangel’s Enigma, Shards of Hope, “Fairy Balloons”, "An Unexpected Guest”, Allegiance of Honor, "The Song of the Wolf", Silver Silence, Archangel’s Heart, Archangel’s Viper, Ocean Light, "Elena's School of Horror", Cherish Hard, "Ain’t No Party Like A Bear Party", Archangel's Prophecy, "One Night At The Refuge", "Secret Things", Rebel Hard, Rock Hard, Wolf Rain, "Clean and Dirty", "Wolf School", "Naya’s Most Important Visitors", "Grocery Shopping", "A Gift for Kit", "Movie Night", "Kaleb and Sahara’s Meeting with Sascha and Lucas", "Housewarming at the Orchard", "Christmas in the Kitchen", "Stalking Hawke", "Romancing Drew", "Sunday Morning", "Rowan", "Baubles & Ben", Wild Embrace, Love Hard, Rock Addiction, "Music Awards", Rock Courtship , "Rock Courtship Memo"s, Rock Redemption, "Sunshine", Rock Wedding, "With This Memo", A Madness of Sunshine, "Beary Tiny Ghosts", Alpha Night, "A Wedding Breakfast", "Poker Night", "Seedlings", "Star Kissed", "A Walk on the Cliffs", "Wild Cat Blues", Slave to Sensation, Caressed by Ice, Visions of Heat

A free short story, 5.5 in the Guild Hunter paranormal romance series, revolving around an alternate history in which archangels rule the world. The couple focus is on Elena and Rafael. If you’re interested, there is a chronological listing of the Guild Hunter books on my website.

My Take

Singh notes that “the original version of this short story was meant to be a scene in Archangel’s Storm, 5, but” was deleted. Singh decided to extend this scene into a short story.

Singh is using third person point-of-view from Raphael’s perspective, as he appreciates his consort’s dilemma about those cheap sheaths…tsk, tsk, tsk, lol.

It’s not of the caliber of Singh’s other shorts, but it is a sweet scene that reveals the relationship between two warriors…a warrior kind of flirtation.

The Story

It’s a welcome respite from the news Raphael received, as his consort focuses on those shoddy forearm sheaths.

A secret pleasure as he watches and listens to his Elena before his gift.

The Characters

Raphael is the intimidating Archangel of New York, one of the Cadre of Ten. Elena is his consort, a former human who hunted vampires, and became an Angel Made.

The Seven are…
…those whom Raphael trusts the most and includes Dimitri, a vampire, who is his second-in-command and best friend. For the past 1,000 years. Jason, a black-winged angel, is his spymaster.

Janvier, a young vampire who is the dirtiest street-fighter, is not one of the Seven, but could be. Nazarach is one of the powerful angels in Rafael’s territory.

The Guild Hunters are…
…an organization of a type of bounty hunter, contracted to hunt down runaway vampires. Deacon is a highly respected weapons-maker sought out by immortals but whose first loyalty is to the guild.

Lijuan is the deadly Archangel of China who is bringing people back to “life” as the reborn.

The Title

The title is overtly about Elena’s “Knives and Sheaths”…with a subliminal reference to Raphael’s jealousy and preferences.

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