Friday, 19 August 2011

Black Wings - Book Review

Black Wings (Madeline Black #1) by Christina Henry

What is it about:
As an Agent of Death, Madeline Black is responsible for escorting the souls of the dearly departed to the afterlife. It's a 24/7 job with a lousy benefits package.

Maddy's position may come with magical powers and an impressive wingspan, but it doesn't pay the bills. And then there are her infuriating boss, tenant woes, and a cranky, popcorn-loving gargoyle to contend with.

Things start looking up, though, when tall, dark, and handsome Gabriel Angeloscuro agrees to rent the empty apartment in Maddy's building. It's probably just a coincidence that as soon as he moves in demons appear on the front lawn. But when an unholy monster is unleashed upon the streets of Chicago, Maddy discovers powers she never knew she possessed. Powers linked to a family legacy of tarnished halos.

Powers that place her directly between the light of Heaven and the fires of Hell...


What did I think of it:
I'm in two minds about this book. It's nicely written, has cool characters (especially Beezle, the gargoyle), an interesting setting and an even more intriguing mythology attached to it. Still the story felt off to me. There were some incongruities that bugged me and besides that the whole set up felt too big. Too many things came popping up too close together. I'd have liked this story better if some things were left a mystery, only to be revealed in a future book. Still, I liked it enough to give this series another chance and read book two, if only to see where Henry will take the story next after the big things that happened in this book.

Why should you read it:
It's a nice UF read and it has a gargoyle.


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3 comments:

Alice Audrey said...

Popcorn loving gargoyles sounds good. Let us know if the rest of the series is good.

Kellie said...

"It has a gargoyle"
Well, that's good enough for me!

Sullivan McPig said...

@Alice: I will!