Black Heart (Black Wings, #6)
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Black Heart (Black Wings #6)

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As a former Agent of Death, Madeline Black is no stranger to witnessing violent ends. But being the one to cause them is an entirely different story…

Despite her having saved Chicago from a vampire invasion, the Agency wants to get Maddy off their payroll—permanently. With the deadly Retrievers hot on her trail, she has no choice but to trust Nathaniel to port her to safety...more
Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Ace
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Ang from OZ
I just adore this series, this book wasn't as action packed as the others, but it did tie up some loose ends from previous books. I hope there are more in the series.
Mara
I always like the latest novel in the Black Wings series. But I admit that, after reading the latest ones, I'm left unsatisfied and less than happy.
Maddy is always this uber powerful being, and at the same time she's always thwarted. Never clever enough to overturn the tables. It's all very logical in the over-arching plot, everything makes sense, but it's also dissatisfying. Why would I want to read about a woman without agency? Yes, she has power, but does she have a brain? What's the use of c...more
Julia
Christina Henry hit another bad ass home run in the sixth installment of her Black Wings series. Black Heart is dark, sexy and full of surprises- any Urban Fantasy lover's dream come true. I COULD NOT put this one down! Christina Henry always knows how to put a fresh spin on her next Maddy Black adventure.

Maddy never slows down in Black Heart, the plot just keeps getting juicier. New villains and old villains show their faces. I almost began to feel bad for Maddy as she never gets a break from t...more
Stacy
I gave it 3.5 stars

BLACK HEART was not my favorite Black Wings Series installment. I still love the characters, the story line still keeps me reading but there just felt like something was missing in BLACK HEART. Maybe it was the absence of Maddy's allies? The absence of Beezle's comic relief? The way that a big majority took place on an unknown planet with Maddy pretty much by herself? I don't know. It was just missing something and by the time I felt like I was finally getting into everything...more
Michelle Leah Olson
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*eARC received from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
--Actual rating 4.5 Skulls

Another absolutely intoxicating read by Ms. Henry!

Black Heart wasn't quite as action packed as the last 2 installments of the BLACK WINGS series in my opinion, but it was gripping, dark, sexy, and utterly intriguing, with lots of new and different stuff to love and enjoy.

I said it wasn't as action packed, but that doesn't mean it was slo...more
Karissa
This is the sixth book in the Madeline Black series by Henry. There will be a 7th book in this series, but as of right now it is untitled. This was an excellent continuation of the series and the best book of this series yet!

Maddie has saved Chicago from raging vampires but the Agency is still out to get her. In an attempt to deal with her once and for all, the Agency sends the Retrievers after Maddie. In a desperate attempt to help her escape, Nathaniel opens a portal to another realm. When Mad...more
Koeur
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Publisher Description: As a former Agent of Death, Madeline Black is no stranger to witnessing violent ends. But being the one to cause them is an entirely different story….

Review: This is #6 in the Black Wings series of novellas starring Maddy Black, a fallen angel of mixed decent. I am kinda bummed out that I never heard of this writer or her novellas in this series prior to reading #6. This had many good elements to make for a riveting read. Great magi...more
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5

*My Thoughts*

The sixth installment of the Black Wings series finds former Agent of Death, Madeline Black, trying to avoid being taken by the Agency's Retrievers after she broke the law while helping Lucifer. Just as they arrive at her home and destroy it, she is sent through a portal by Nathaniel to an unknown world light years away from Earth where she must fend for herself now that Beezle and the Scooby Gang have all but abandoned her.

While on the unknown plan...more
Franzola
I do like the series, even if it's getting darker and losing some ligthness, trading angst for fun.
I liked the new entry, uncle Dragon, and the addition of the scary Retrievers under cuddly mastiff shape. I accept the closure with Gabriel, sadly it fits, but I cannot see Nathaniel as a permanent love interest for Maddy... As the Gargoyle said, he loves power too much, and basically he's not changed.
I root for JB. He's the one who's always there, not pushing, not compelling, accepting Maddy in a...more
Ralph
This is book six of this series, and I received it free through Net Galley in exchange for feedback. In fact, this book is what started me reading the whole series, so I would not be reading out of order.

Madeline Black is back, and this continues from where book five ended. Each book so far in the series seems to almost always, start moments after the previous one. It's amazing how any one person could handle the situations presented in the story, in the time frame they occur, but then again, ou...more
Mirjam
Christina Henry’s Black Wings series continues to be a thrilling ride. Black Heart is dark, intense and captivating. The focus on personal growth means Black Heart is not quite as action-packed as Black City, but there is still enough action to keep it interesting.

Hunted down by the invincible Retrievers, Maddy is ported to safety by Nathaniel. However, the strange world she ends up in is not exactly harmless. Drawn into the turf war between a group of Fae and their enemy, Maddy needs to quickly...more
Librarian Lavender
I've been reading the Black Wings series right from the start. This is the latest and I enjoyed it a lot as usual. I love the snappy dialogue. It's funny and the things that are happening to Maddy are totally bizarre. There are angels, fairies, dragons and strange bug like creatures. Of course some famous characters like Lucifer, Oberon and Titania make their appearance, but the way they are presented and dealt with are quite unusual. The wit is what makes this one different from most other seri...more
Cindy Cunningham
Nice twists in this 6th book in the series. Definitely a series you want to read from the beginning. The main character is likable and strong (usually!) and manages to land herself in some wild situations.
Delia
This is one of those series that sneaks up on you. I picked up the first one as an audio book at the local library. It was one I almost didn't pick up but needed up being glad that I did. This book is the sixth in the series and a whole lot has happened to Maddy. For one Maddy is pregnant and her child's father, a favorite character from previous books, has died. Maddy has found herself thrown through a portal and into a new world, by Nathaniel. With the retrievers knocking down her door and Gab...more
Jessica
Christina Henry's Black Heart continues the saga of Madeline Black's life and the chaos within it. Maddy has been having it rough lately. Ever since she lost Gabriel really. The darkness inside of her that has been showing its face more and more continues to grow. Enough that it has pushed all her friends away from her. Other than Nathaniel that is.

When we last left Maddy the Retrievers were coming for her and she had very little time to escape. Nathaniel quickly created a portal for her to exi...more
Marsha
Nov 08, 2013 Marsha rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Adult Paranormal Mystery Lovers
(3.5 Stars)
"Black Heart" is another action packed read from Christina Henry. The book begins with the Retrievers coming after Maddy. Just as they destroy her home, Nathaniel sends Maddy through a portal into a strange land where she must fend for herself. She finds the unlikeliest ally in a dragon.

While in this new world, Maddy uncovers a plot by Queen Titiana that will put the city of Chicago at risk. The Cimice (bug like creatures) are breeding at an alarming rate and taking over the world. Ma...more
Pam Steinke
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Paris
I’ve always felt that this series was driven more by the ensemble cast then the kick butt heroine. While Maddy is pretty tough, she wouldn’t be as interesting without the people that surround her, both good and bad. This feeling was really proven in Black Heart. For the first half of the book Maddy is pretty much on her own on some far away planet. It reminded me a lot of when Mac was alone lost in the silvers in the Fever series. I didn’t really like it then and I didn’t really like it now. Mad...more
Cathy
I started off getting so annoyed again right from the start. I didn't want to, I always start a new book assuming it will be great, or at least pretty good. But Maddy tends to really just irritate me. This young woman was until recently totally isolated and naïve, living alone with her gargoyle and had been since her mom died when she was a teenager. Remember how isolated her job as an Agent kept her? But now she had, "honestly grown so accustomed to succeeding that I didn't know how to fail." H...more
Cindy
What do you do when you are and ex-agent of Death(we call them Reapers) and just happen to be the great+++++++++++++++ granddaughter of Lucifer and Grand daddy wants you to make him proud by being bad? Oh yeah, and you have uncles on that side of the family, one of whom is mischief maker number one: Puck! You try your best to stay out of their way. Madeline (Maddy) Black is just trying to stay under the radar and manage each day as it passes while she carries a fallen angels child, her beloved h...more
Kt
Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..


Even though Maddy is no longer an Agent of Death, her life hasn't gotten any less complicated. In fact, it's her old agency that is the current thorn in her side, and when they send the Retrievers after her, she's forced to escape via a portal Nathanial opens for her. Problem is that portal opens to a world and before long it's apparent she's jumped from the frying pan and into the fire. Everything from the vegetation to the fae inhabitants...more
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
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The end of Black City found Maddy in a bit of a conundrum. The Retrievers were surrounding her home and in order to keep her safe, Nathanial opened a portal and implored her to jump in, so she did. Now she’s found herself in another world of lush jungles, water sprites with very sharp teeth, and…dragons. She also discovers a group of fae living in isolation. By discover, I mean that they capture Maddie and drag her, bound, back to their camp. Eventually, s...more
Jeannie Zelos
Black Heart. Christina Henry.

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I loved this series to begin with, Maddy was a likeable person, Beezle made me laugh, Gabriel made me swoon....and there were other people that added to the mix, her friend Patrick , other agency staff and her cross to bear and boss JB!, her father, grandfather and Nathaniel. Things have changed though over the course of the books, Maddy has become harder, less prone to looking for a peaceful solution and using a “let them all...more
Marianne
Wow, a really intense book. Once again Maddy becomes a pawn in a much bigger game. As usual her lineage is to blame, and as if Lucifer's order to fetch Evangeline from death wasn't enough, two his brothers decide to interfer in her life as well, and one has been plotting for quite some time.

Brother #1: Sly, untrustworthy, and a bastard. But a charismatic bastard (to read about, at least.)

And then there is Daharan, seemingly so different, responsible, and a caring uncle. I can't wait to learn mor...more
ParaUrban Review
Black Heart - never a truer title written!

In an attempt to save herself (and her unborn son) from the Retrievers, Maddy escapes through a portal Nathaniel opened and finds herself in a unknown, seemingly uninhabited land, filled with strange and wonderful fauna and flora, hungry river sprites and fire-breathing dragons. Desperate to get back to Nathaniel in Chicago but magically blocked from opening her own portal, hungry and thirsty (drinking river water is a big NO-NO!) she sets out to find a...more
Jeff
Dec 10, 2013 Jeff added it
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Marta Cox
Well Madeline Black is back and back with a bang! A really Big Bang as the Retrievers are literally knocking her door down! Nathaniel uses a clear head and sends her to safety through a magical portal but is it really safety? From the minute she arrives it's clear that it's not exactly what she had hoped for and Maddy is in for a struggle not just to find food and water but to fend off the not too friendly natives. Left on a far away planet with just her sword and wits to protect her Maddy is ta...more
Sherry
Christina Henry picks right up where she left off in book #5, Black City. This was a bit of a change up in the back of the previous books. The story is - without giving away the story - a bit off kilter for a while, as we discover new depths to Maddie, see how she functions alone (separated from her gagoyle, friends and mentors). Lucifer may be her grandfather but he is not to blame for Maddie's troubles. Can't tell you who it is but the payoff is a big surprise!

Maddie survives her first adventu...more
Zeenat
Oct 29, 2013 Zeenat rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Summary: The Retrievers are coming to get Maddy, so Nathaniel sends her through a portal to... Well, Maddy has no idea where. She is lost in an unknown land, and there is not another human in sight. When water demons attack her, and she spies her first real life Dragon, Maddy realizes that she truly is all alone...

Review: The Black Wings novels are short, but the latest installment was an enjoyable start to my day.

The world buildings at times can be convoluted. I am...more
Jennifer
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Black Heart is a fast paced, roller-coaster ride of a book. The character development and story line are very well done. For most of the book it is jus Maddy on another world. She was sent there by Nathaniel when the retrievers were sent after her by the Agency. She realizes that she is truly alone, and tries to find her way back to her world. In trying to locate the portal she has to destroy a threat that she has encountered before, the Cimic. In doing so she comes across her U...more
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Christina Henry is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago and enjoys running long distances, reading anything she can get her hands on and watching movies with samurai, zombies and/or subtitles in her spare time. She lives in Chicago with her husband and son.
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