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His Black Wings

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  184 ratings  ·  63 reviews
Claren Maidstone has been forced to flee her childhood home after the death of her parents and a vicious assault from a sadistic young man who intends to marry her. Claren changes her identity and finds employment as an assistant to the handsome Fredrick Lowood, a generous yet mysterious benefactor. However, she soon finds out his generosity comes at a price. Fredrick wish ...more
Paperback, 342 pages
Published November 2012
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This book took me by surprise. I didn't really know what to expect but I found myself unable to put it down once I got started. I thought the steampunk-ish/dystopian take on a beauty and the beast retelling really added a unique twist to the story.

I loved the characters. I thought Claren was a very sweet and understanding girl and Etrigan was great main guy as the cold and aloof beast. He was a lot less "beastly" than the other main guys that I've read from other retellings who've played this ro
OMG! I'm totally mesmerized by this story!
Review coming soon!
BTW, don't read the blurb! it spoils half of the book!

And here it is!




Kandice Dover
Claren Maidstone flees from her childhood home after her parents' sudden death and an attack from the man she hates most. Even though she has never worked a day in her life, Claren jumps at the chance of employment when she sees an ad in the paper, leading her to the generous Frederick Lowood. When Frederick offers Claren safety and a place to call home, she agrees, but at a price. To befriend Frederic's disfigured son.

Etrigan Lowood stays hidden in the shadows, only coming out at night when he
I'm astonished! Totally surprised and impressed by this book, it was a revelation from the first pages until the very end: this book is one of the must-read of 2013!

The cover is the first thing that makes me want to read this book. I used to read Manga when I was younger and this cover reminded me one of those Japanese cover. The blurb is also pretty intriguing and interesting. It combines almost everything I'm looking for in a good PNR story (from my taste and POV).

After reading the blurb, I wa
I have finished reading this book last week and I couldn’t stop gushing over it. Let’s start with the beginning.
The cover for His Black Wings is appealing to me. At first, I thought it was a Japanese-inspired novel because of the cover art – it looks like a manga. Then when I started leafing through the book, I have read the About Me page of the author and found that she likes Japanese mangas and anime. Figures.

The first few pages were dull, but the story grew right before I started to get bore

"It seems like years ago, but it's only been a few weeks since I have gotten myself into this mess."

Claren Maidstone leaves her home after the death of her parents and being abused by the man that wants to marry her. While running she meets a man named Fredrick who obviously knows her and has a secret reason for taking her in. He takes her home to meet his son Etrigan. She believes she is safe from the ghost of her past at Westwind but those ghost will come to haunt her again.

Astrid Yrigollen di
Tabitha Vohn
Whew! Where to start...Ok, I was torn over the rating to give this book. If based on the plot alone, it would be a solid 4 stars, but...well, let's start with the things that were great about this novel:

*The plot was captivating. Yrigollen built this wonderful fantasy world with a great back-story that was fascinating. It was highly unique and I enjoyed it.

*I loved the Gothic/Steampunk elements of the novel; they were genius and they flowed beautifully with the plot and set a consistent mood for
Jill Marie Swanson
(I am currently doing the finishing edits and continual promotion for this novel.This in no way affects my review.)
His Black Wings has definitely become one of my favorite books of 2012. I adore the story of Beauty and the Beast and this unique re-telling is absolutely wonderful. Astrid has great talent when it comes to weaving a captivating story. His Black Wings brings together elements of steampunk and the paranormal, while maintaining a strong base in the Victorian Era. The speech and manner
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I loved this book!! I loved this book so much!!


But I must warn you, my review is not going to be so... 'professional'. I'm having a blogger's block, plus when I read the book I was so engrossed in it that I didn't take any notes. So this will just be me rambling about how much I loved this book.

I started this book at night and I spent my night and most of my morning finishing more than half of the book. And this is how I looked in the end:


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An expansion on Beauty and the Beast, the author adds many layers to the tale by mixing genres, changing motivations, and adding more perilous situations for the heroine. Claren is on the run from her unwanted suitor, Kurten (a much nastier, and less good-looking version of Gaston). Her mysterious benefactor, Mr. Lowood, comes off as both sinister and kind at times - he is keeping secrets, but he is helping Claren when she most needs it. The mystery deepens with the introduction of disfigured Et ...more
The first thing that caught my attention was of course the cover. I am a huge fan of the anime and manga genre so this was enough to make me want to read “His black wings”. Then of course was this mention: ‘"Beauty and The Beast" meets "Jane Eyre..."’. There is this trend lately, re-creations of classical stories or fairytales and I am always curious to see what an author could create. Unfortunately I haven’t got the chance to read “Jane Eyre”, but I could definitely see the influence of the “Be ...more
Kristine Maite Suarez
i absolutely love this book with every fiber of my being!haha..amazing plot.great characters.intriguing turn of's simply amazing.once i started reading this,i just can't stop.

i so love etrigan and claren.etrigan's possessiveness for claren is actually cute and romantic.and who wouldn't swoon over him?he's handsome and tall and has black wings!haha..i was really intrigued by how etrigan had wings while his father had not, and i didn't expect that it was the maidstone industries fault al
Cheer Papworth
4.5 stars! Gosh, I really liked this book! I'm not sure if I have ever really read a "steam punk" novel, but His Black Wings had all the feel of the Victorian times set in a futuristic era, so I guess that qualifies. Awesome characters both leading and supporting. Yes, this story is a retelling of Beauty and The Beast of a sort, but for me, Claren is to Etigan as Jane Eyre is to Mr. Rochester or even more so, as Mary Lennox is to Colin Craven in The Secret Garden. Since I love all of those stori ...more
As a fan (not die-hard, but I do love it) of anime and various manga, I absolutely fell in love with this story.
Set far in the future a love blossoms between a beauty and a beast, developing several characters really well along the way.
The plot and prose are very lovely, and I appreciate the chasteness of the love two main characters share (it seems to be so rare nowadays). I also love that it was not a cliffhanger ending, but rather a sweet promise of more adventures to come, and will gladly re
Paranormal books are my favorite. I found it very refreshing to read a story, unlike any I've read before. It really ends up being more science than anything mythical, but I really loved it. I thought it was a really great idea for a book, and I liked the Victorian feel to it all. I questioned the decision to let the villain live, since he seems relentless to have Claren or destroy her. He seems truly evil. I'd look forward to a sequel to see if he can be reformed somewhat, or if he'll be back o ...more
Alyssa Greatbanks
I wasn't sure at first (I'm really bad about judging books by their covers, lol), but after I started reading this book, I really got into it. I ended up really enjoying the book, the characters are well-rounded and it was easy to relate to them.

The world this story takes place in is a wonderful mix of future and past. I wouldn't really call it steampunk, but it does have a Victorian influence.

Besides a few typos, I found this book to be well written, and I would read more of this if there becam
YUCK! GAWD, why on earth did I bother to finish this one? Oh yeah, I got it for 99 cents on kindle...that's why.
Well let's see it started off...okay, I felt like the writing was amateurish and could have used A LOT of editing. I just can't deal with the mix up of "then" and "than" it drives me crazy, especially with something that is a published. The story line was also weak, it tended to over and under explain just the wrong things--either the stuff that we didn't need to know went into extrem
Ana Perkins
Of all the books I have read trying to tell a somewhat original retelling of the story of beauty and the beast this one is one of the rare few good ones I have read. It reminds me a lot of the Disney version but thankfully not so much that I am singing "Be Our Guest" and it has interesting conflict which leaves you to wonder who is the true villain and who will our beauty/Jane fall in love with if any one at all. Our beauty is facing tragedy and mystery like who is this mysterious son she was hi ...more
Deborah Sastroredjo
I did not like this book. It was hard for me to finish it, because it was so longwinded. I can read a thick fat book just fine. But I felt like the writer was giving too many details about unimportant stuff and threw in a few dashes in between. And at the end hurried to give us the back story. I would not recommend this book
His Black Wings is a great story; I love the whole Jane Eyre/Beauty and the Beast/steampunk combination. Most of the book really held my interest and I liked the way that the characters spoke in a more old-time way. The book felt though like it needed an editor. There is some typos and with the Kindle version the chapters sometimes "ran together". The story also got slow towards the end and the POVs switching around was a little confusing to me. A Table of Contents would be nice also. So, awesom ...more
I was enticed into reading this book because I heard good reviews and people mentioned it was a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. The cover threw me off, totally not my thing but I won't judge a book by it's cover,

I must have been reading a completely different book from everyone else because I didn't like it as much as half as much as they did. I had to force myself to finish this because I promised myself I would stop reading books halfway.
I was confused on what this book was supposed to be.
I am really giving this 4.5* because I wanted more kisses and steamy scenes between Etrigan and Claren. OWWWW I am so bummed by that. The three kisses don't count. However I did feel their love for each other so the book does deserve its compliments.
This was a lovely read, such a well written literary marvel. I loved how the characters were portrayed. I loved the plot (I always love the plot when it comes to Beauty and the Beast scenarios). I mean, who doesn't? Who could not love the Beast?
And O
I gave this book 3.5 stars
This dystopian story had mystery, excitement and lots of charm making it an enjoyable read with a lovely ending! However I did find it difficult at times to picture the scenes, the lady wears Victorian outfits and the characters mannerisms match the Victorian era but they live in a world surrounded by robots and advanced technology which I found a little confusing. I found the first half of this book to be a fantastic read but it lacked the same pace in the second half
Loved it! - the cover is terrible though!!
Dena (Batch of Books)
I wasn't sure what to expect out of this book. I was honestly a little hesitant about it because I thought the cover looked like something I wouldn't really enjoy. However, the story immediately drew me in and I was hooked right from the start. The writing was beautiful and addictive.

The characters were all well developed (except for Etrigan, I thought), and interesting. I found Fredrick Lowood to be the most interesting out of everyone. He was so mysterious, and I could never figure out if he h
The following is my review I drafted in my head when I was about 100 pages in;

"The biggest surprise of the year, His Black Wings is a 5-stars-worthy book with unique opening and admirable heroine. Add a dash of paranormal element, some steampunk techies, and don't forget gorgeous balls and dresses, this book has the complete recipe to be the next indie blockbuster."

Here's the catch;


Actual rating 3.75 stars.

The characters were crafted beau
This is a tough book to review. There were parts of it that I absolutely loved, and then there were things about it that made me want to chuck it out the window. I'm rating it right down the middle as a three but with some editing this could be rated much higher.

This is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. After an attempted rape at the hands of the mayor's son, Claren must flee her home and try to live on her own. She finds employment with a Mr. Brighton who eventually invites her to his home
His Black Wings is another Steampunk retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and I really enjoyed it at the beginning. The set up was definitely different with Claren being attacked by a delusional suitor and being taken in by Frederick Lowood who wants a companion for his "deformed" son, Etrigan. However, once Etrigan appears, things started to fall apart for me. I didn't like him at all, or his "you belong to me" attitude toward Claren.

I really liked the setting. It's a Steampunk, futuristic type s
Cierra (The Book Lover's Report)
**From The Book Lover's Report **
I was given this book by the author/touring site for an honest review

So... When I first saw the cover of this book, I was sort of apprehensive (yes, I know, judging books by covers = bad Cierra). My sister tends to read books with Anime/Manga characters on the covers, even if they aren't the comic-book type manga, and my sister and I have almost completely different tastes in books.

I can positively say that I was wrong about the whole judging a book buys it's cov
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Striving to create clean,but interesting stories for Young Adults and the young at heart, California native , Astrid Yrigollen was born in the Bay area.She began writing in elementary school. During high school, she transferred her love of writing to story boarding video games that she created on her Mac Classic.

Programming,creating graphics and audio files, she was a one girl video game company.
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