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Free short story in Nalini Singh's Newsletter. What she writes about this story: "The original version of this short story was meant to be a scene in ARCHANGEL’S STORM, but I deleted it in an earlier draft and the information shared here about Lijuan eventually became part of chapter 8 in the book. However, I thought the scene offered a nice glimpse of Elena and Raphael’s rel Free short story in Nalini Singh's Newsletter. What she writes about this story: "The original version of this short story was meant to be a scene in ARCHANGEL’S STORM, but I deleted it in an earlier draft and the information shared here about Lijuan eventually became part of chapter 8 in the book. However, I thought the scene offered a nice glimpse of Elena and Raphael’s relationship, so I decided to edit and extend it into a short story. I hope you enjoy!"


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Free short story in Nalini Singh's Newsletter. What she writes about this story: "The original version of this short story was meant to be a scene in ARCHANGEL’S STORM, but I deleted it in an earlier draft and the information shared here about Lijuan eventually became part of chapter 8 in the book. However, I thought the scene offered a nice glimpse of Elena and Raphael’s rel Free short story in Nalini Singh's Newsletter. What she writes about this story: "The original version of this short story was meant to be a scene in ARCHANGEL’S STORM, but I deleted it in an earlier draft and the information shared here about Lijuan eventually became part of chapter 8 in the book. However, I thought the scene offered a nice glimpse of Elena and Raphael’s relationship, so I decided to edit and extend it into a short story. I hope you enjoy!"

30 review for Knives and Sheaths

  1. 4 out of 5

    Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘

    Re-read: 12.09.2016 Adorable! I love Raphael and Elena's relationship! They have come so far! They are indeed one of my favorite couples out there. This short little Intel we get is a perfect way to show how great Raphael and Elena is for each other. I want my own Raphael! Re-read: 12.09.2016 Adorable! I love Raphael and Elena's relationship! They have come so far! They are indeed one of my favorite couples out there. This short little Intel we get is a perfect way to show how great Raphael and Elena is for each other. I want my own Raphael!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Maria Dimitrova

    Short and sweet, this is a "slice of life" type of story. It showcases the love and harmony between Raphael and Elena and plays with the common for them theme of knifes and sheaths ;) Nothing spectacular but still something worth reading in between the full length novels. Short and sweet, this is a "slice of life" type of story. It showcases the love and harmony between Raphael and Elena and plays with the common for them theme of knifes and sheaths ;) Nothing spectacular but still something worth reading in between the full length novels.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    1st read - February 2014 2nd read - October 2016 3rd read - September 2020 I just can't get enough of Raphael & Elena! I wanted it to be longer but you can't really complain about the length of a free short story :-) 1st read - February 2014 2nd read - October 2016 3rd read - September 2020 I just can't get enough of Raphael & Elena! I wanted it to be longer but you can't really complain about the length of a free short story :-)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Just Josie

    “You know me”. Her fingers brushing his cheek. “You see me. Thank you”. This couple😍 A delicious little deleted scene with the two best angels in New York. So sweet and enjoyable. Read: 22/04/2020 1st rating: 4 stars Genre/sub-genres: Paranormal/angels/romance Cover: 🤷🏻‍♀️ POV’s: Single- 3rd person- (Raphael) Will I recommend: Yes

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lover of Romance

    a great novella with the epic Raphael and Elena.....just love how well they see and understand each other in the little ways that mean the most. Left a smile on my face reading this.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Shannon (Savhage Temptrest)

    Oh Rapheal is one sexy angel and he knows just what "gifts" to give to his consort! Elena is truly a lucky girl to have found her archangel! I love their interactions and their emotional connection along with their physical chemistry! Fantastic! Oh Rapheal is one sexy angel and he knows just what "gifts" to give to his consort! Elena is truly a lucky girl to have found her archangel! I love their interactions and their emotional connection along with their physical chemistry! Fantastic!

  7. 4 out of 5

    iamGamz

    I will take every little bit of Raphael and Elena I can get. Though it was a verrry short short story I still loved it plus it was a freebie! Who doesn't love a freebie? I will take every little bit of Raphael and Elena I can get. Though it was a verrry short short story I still loved it plus it was a freebie! Who doesn't love a freebie?

  8. 4 out of 5

    Carolina

    Love seeing more of Raphael and Elena. <3

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Davie

    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 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.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    Cute but not something you have to read to continue the series. However it’s fun if you enjoy this couple. It was interesting to see a scene an author cut made into a snippet for readers to enjoy.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Darcy

    You gotta love a man who knows his woman and just the right gift to give her.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Melo

    KNIVES AND SHEATHS is one of the free short vignettes that Singh provides for fans of her Guild Hunter series. This one features Elena and Raphael having a private moment where he gives her new sheaths for her knives and the two discuss various things normal to their lives. I like this peaceful scene between the two. There are few such moments in the novels so it is nice having one here.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Malinda

    4-4.5 stars This is just a short story that shows interactions between Raphael & Elena when they're getting ready for the day. It's a sweet little interaction that's nice to read. :D 4-4.5 stars This is just a short story that shows interactions between Raphael & Elena when they're getting ready for the day. It's a sweet little interaction that's nice to read. :D

  14. 5 out of 5

    Louisa

    Great short story showing a bit of their relationship, of how well they know each other!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Guild Hunter #5.5 Knives and Sheaths by Nalini Singh A short in the Guild Hunter series featuring Elena and Rafael. Enjoy! Read: November 6, 2016 - Free Read May 8, 2017- FREE Read October 12, 2017 - FREE short story only available in the WELCOME letter you receive in your email after signing up for the author's newsletter October 20, 2019 – Audible Audiobook Just in case you want to know the timeline of the books/novellas/short stories set in Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter world, I have provided a comple Guild Hunter #5.5 Knives and Sheaths by Nalini Singh A short in the Guild Hunter series featuring Elena and Rafael. Enjoy! Read: November 6, 2016 - Free Read May 8, 2017- FREE Read October 12, 2017 - FREE short story only available in the WELCOME letter you receive in your email after signing up for the author's newsletter October 20, 2019 – Audible Audiobook Just in case you want to know the timeline of the books/novellas/short stories set in Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter world, I have provided a complete list below. And so you don’t get confused, you’ll notice that each entry on the list is numbered in two ways. The 1., 2., 3.… Etc. numbering at the beginning of each entry is mine and denotes the chronological reading order. The – Guild Hunter #?.? – numbering you see immediately following each title is the number they are on the series reading list provided by the goodreads website. Enjoy! Guild Hunter series chronological reading order: 1. One Night at the Refuge - Guild Hunter #0.2 (FREE in the April 2016 newsletter) - Illium (Angel and one of Rafael’s Seven) and Aodhan (Angel and one of Rafael’s Seven) 2. Angels' Dance - Guild Hunter #0.4 (found in the Angels Flight collection) - Jessamy (Angel, teacher of angelic young and historian of the angelic race) and Galen (Angel, Rafael’s Weapons Master and one of his Seven) 3. Angels' Judgment - Guild Hunter #0.6 (found in the Angels Flight collection) - Sara (human Guild Hunter) and Deacon (human Guild Hunter) 4. Angels' Pawn - Guild Hunter #0.8 (found in the Angels Flight collection) - Ashwini (human Guild Hunter) and the Janvier (Vampire) 5. Angels' Blood - Guild Hunter #1 - Elena Devereaux (Hunterborn human Guild Hunter) and Archangel Raphael 6. Archangel's Kiss - Guild Hunter #2 - Elena (new made Angel and Guild Hunter) and Archangel Rafael 7. Weapons Training - Guild Hunter #2.5 (FREE on the author’s website) - Jessamy and Galen - takes place during “Archangel’s Kiss” after Elena finishes training with Galen 8. Archangel's Consort - Guild Hunter #3 - Elena and Rafael 9. Angel's Wolf - Guild Hunter #3.5 (found in the Angel’s Flight collection) - Noel (vampire) and Nimra (Angel) 10. Archangel's Blade - Guild Hunter #4 - Dimitri (vampire, Rafael’s Second and one of his Seven) and Honor (human Guild Hunter) 11. Archangel's Storm - Guild Hunter #5 - Jason (Angel, Rafael’s Spymaster and one of his Seven) and Princess Mahiya (Angel, who is Archangel Neha’s niece) 12. A Wedding Breakfast – Guild Hunter #5.1 – EVERYONE 13. Knives and Sheaths - Guild Hunter #5.5 (FREE in the author’s WELCOME Letter for signing up for her newsletter) - Elena and Rafael 14. Archangel's Legion - Guild Hunter #6 - Elena and Rafael 15. Zoe's Workshop - Guild Hunter #6.5 (FREE on the author’s website) - Sara (human Guild Director), Deacon (human, former Guild Slayer, Sara’s husband and Master Weapons Maker for humans and immortals alike), Zoe (human daughter of Sara and Deacon) and Slayer (dog) 16. Archangel's Shadows - Guild Hunter #7 - Ashwini and Janvier, with side jaunts to Elena and Rafael 17. A Walk on the Cliffs - Guild Hunter #7.5 (FREE in the July 2015 newsletter) - Montgomery (vampire and Rafael’s butler) and Sivya (Angel and Rafael’s chef) 18. A Sip of Eternity - Guild Hunter #7.3 (FREE on the author’s website) - Dimitri and Honor 19. A Small Fairy Tale - Guild Hunter #7.7 (FREE on the author’s website) - Talu (a human girl living on the streets of NYC), Sina (one of the fairies carved by Aodhan), Elena and Honor 20. Archangel's Enigma - Guild Hunter #8 - Nassir and the Angel Andromeda 21. Secret Things – Guild Hunter #8.3 (FREE in the February 2018 newsletter) – Naasir and Andromeda 22. Fairy Balloons - Guild Hunter #8.7 (FREE on the author’s website) - Talu (a human girl rescued from the streets by Archangel Raphael’s Consort, Elena) and the Angel Izzy (the first member of Consort Elena’s Guard) 23. Archangel's Heart - Guild Hunter #9 - Elena and Rafael 24. An Unexpected Guest - Guild Hunter #9.3 - Elena and Rafael 25. Elena’s School of Horror – Guild Hunter #9.7 (FREE in July 2018 newsletter) – Elena & Aodhan 26. Archangel's Viper - Guild Hunter #10 - Venom (a vampire and one of Rafael’s Seven) and Holly Chang (the previously human girl who survived Uram’s rampage) 27. Archangel's Prophecy – Guild Hunter #11 – Elena and Rafael 28. Archangel's War – Guild Hunter #12 – Elena and Rafael

  16. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    3 Stars... Short stories are always challenging to rate simply because of their length... This story is between Elena and Raphael as they ready themselves for the days tasks and the presenting "situation" with Lijuan... The piece I enjoyed most is the depiction of their relationship based in the interactions; the connection and respect that they possess for one another is seen in glimpses throughout the dialogue... This story does not necessarily add to the series as a whole but I always enjoy o 3 Stars... Short stories are always challenging to rate simply because of their length... This story is between Elena and Raphael as they ready themselves for the days tasks and the presenting "situation" with Lijuan... The piece I enjoyed most is the depiction of their relationship based in the interactions; the connection and respect that they possess for one another is seen in glimpses throughout the dialogue... This story does not necessarily add to the series as a whole but I always enjoy observing Elena and Raphael in their quiet moments:)

  17. 5 out of 5

    TinaMarie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Per author this was meant to be a scene in Archangel's Storm. (newsletter short story) A nice little short with Raphael and Elena discussing Lijuan, Elena's work and her lament over her shoddy sheathes that had disintegrated and Raphael's solution. Neat peek into the everyday conversations Elena and Raphael have, and the love they have for each other showing in all the little things. Per author this was meant to be a scene in Archangel's Storm. (newsletter short story) A nice little short with Raphael and Elena discussing Lijuan, Elena's work and her lament over her shoddy sheathes that had disintegrated and Raphael's solution. Neat peek into the everyday conversations Elena and Raphael have, and the love they have for each other showing in all the little things.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    Elena and Raphael together, Elena's knives no good anymore. She is vampire hunting those who try to get out of their 100 years of servitude to angels in exchange for being Made. Raphael gifts Elena with new knives from Deacon the weapons master. Lijuan's is making rogue vampires, trying to move above the Cadre. Elena and Raphael together, Elena's knives no good anymore. She is vampire hunting those who try to get out of their 100 years of servitude to angels in exchange for being Made. Raphael gifts Elena with new knives from Deacon the weapons master. Lijuan's is making rogue vampires, trying to move above the Cadre.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Steven

    I really, really hate Singh's abuse of the word "sheath" in this series. Luckily, in this shorty, she didn't use it to mean lady parts. :P Decent little story, definitely just filler - it's a conversation! I really, really hate Singh's abuse of the word "sheath" in this series. Luckily, in this shorty, she didn't use it to mean lady parts. :P Decent little story, definitely just filler - it's a conversation!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Skladstaroci

    Only because it was published for free. Nothing new, nothing surprising

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Remer

    A nice moment between Raphael and Elena. Shows how well they understand each other.

  22. 5 out of 5

    M

    - Short and sweet - Lovely glimpse into Raphael and Elena's progressing relationship - It was all typical behaviour for the two of them, but it was adorable and cute - Short and sweet - Lovely glimpse into Raphael and Elena's progressing relationship - It was all typical behaviour for the two of them, but it was adorable and cute

  23. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    A sweet scene between Raphael and Elena. They are downright cute together in this one.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Hina Tabassum Khatri

    Some moments are sweet and mean so much. This short story is one such moment. :') Some moments are sweet and mean so much. This short story is one such moment. :')

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Cool. But still wetting our thirst for Ashwini and Janvier's story, which is not the next book! Cool. But still wetting our thirst for Ashwini and Janvier's story, which is not the next book!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mindy Lou's Book Review

    Meh. I didn’t really get anything out of this deleted scene.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    Not a lot to this very short story. All about knives sheaths being buttery soft.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Emily Ross

    This was interesting and it showed a nice relationship. I don't know if it makes me want to read the rest of the series though. This was interesting and it showed a nice relationship. I don't know if it makes me want to read the rest of the series though.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Silver

    Happier than a child in a candy store. He knows.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Shanea

    Cute short

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