I recommend that anyone who is interested in this book read the two previous books, "Angel's Blood" and "Archangel's Kiss" first since "Archangel's Consort" primarily is devoted to the deepening relationship between Elena and Raphael. There are frequent references to the tragedies both experienced when they were children. The contrasting ways both mother's abandoned them, one through suicide, the other by being left, torn,in agony and broken,is a recurring theme.
If you are already completely engaged by the storyline, witnessing Elena's work to improve her skills as an angel while demanding equality in her relationship with Raphael is a pleasure. The tension between them in the previous two books is not there in this one, they are very much a couple. They argue, laugh, hang out and have a lot of sex. After some confusion on both their parts Raphael defines Elena's role to both their satisfactions. She is Raphael's "Consort" and as such has an essential place in their home and among the other angels.
This book has an engaging story line and provides peeks into the background of some of the other characters such as Dimitri and others in the Seven we have previously encountered.
Elena's relationship with her mortal family becomes even more complicated once she learns her youngest half-sister is also hunter born. All in all, "Archangel's Consort" holds its own with the previous two, and while it might not stand up as well if read on its own, it definitely earned a place on my bookshelf and a second and likely third read. I only hope this is not the final book in this series. It is always a great thrill to fly with these angels.