Black Wings by Christina Henry
Urban Fantasy -Nov. 30, 2010
4 ½ stars
Black Wings by Christina Henry is a fabulous start to a new urban fantasy series. The heroine is plucky, sardonic, and highly entertaining to read.
Maddy is stuck as an agent of death. And important and (unfortunately, terminally) inherited job to guide dead souls through the mysterious 'Door.' If Maddy and those like her fail to perform their task these souls are lost to haunt the earth restless. Sounds cool, but the problem? They don't get paid and the hours suck! There is no 'out clause' and her boss is a real hard ass, by the books type. And he always seems to know what Maddy is up to! But Maddy's woes at work are overpowered by the sudden appearance of a far too sexy new tenant named Gabriel. And since his arrival Maddy finds herself: near death, trying to rescue her best friend from an evil monster and gripping with the terrible revelation of dark powers she didn't know she had. What is going on and why does Gabriel seem to be at the heart of everything? Gabriel insists he is here to help her but he is frustratingly evasive. Maddy isn’t sure who to trust. But she wants answers and she isn't above threatening to find them.
This story was extremely enjoyable fantasy because: the author starts at a quick pace, it is easy to read and the main character is very engaging. The subject matter is imaginative and even sinister at times but the plucky heroine makes it fun to read. Maddy has a dark humor and her side-kick the grumpy Gargoyle Beezle made the story very entertaining. What I liked best about this exciting new series is that there is so much unexplored. Maddy's mother died when she was young and she inherited Beezle. (Who seems to know more than he lets on.) Also, Maddy’s mysterious paternal heritage is uncovered. As Maddy is brought into a new paranormal world and explores her deadly new powers I felt I was part of the wild ride with her.
Exhilarating, new and fresh. Don’t miss this urban fantasy series. Black Wings has it all: lost souls, angels, demons and plenty of intrigue to satisfy even the most jaded reader!
Reviewed by Steph from the Bookaholics Romance Book Club