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Black Howl

(Black Wings #3)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  4,077 ratings  ·  245 reviews
Madeline Black is an Agent of death, meaning she escorts the souls of people who have died to the afterlife. But lately, some spirits don't feel like crossing over...

Something is wrong with the souls of Chicago's dead. Ghosts are walking the streets, and Maddy's boss wants her to figure out why. At the same time, the pact that Maddy unwittingly made with the local werewolv
Mass Market Paperback, 274 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by Ace (first published February 1st 2012)
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Mar 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
Madeline Black is the most annoying, stubborn, and obnoxious character I've ever read about. For the series to be in her point of view was like pouring salt to a festering wound. I didn't love the first book but thought 'first of a series are always a bit raw' and I was right because the second book was much better. Madeline's whining and sheer stubbornness was tolerated due to the interesting world Ms. Henry built and the plot was pretty good. I finished book2 satisfied and eager to find out w ...more
There was a time when I believed I couldn't possible be torn into microscopic pieces by a book.

That I was immune to the death of well-loved characters.

Needless to say I was indescribably, horribly, wrong.

I have cried my eyes out so much (no joke!) that they are red-rimmed and puffy like Cocoa Puffs. I've got a case of the sniffles and a pile of discarded, scrunched up tissues beside me. Hell - I feel like I'm the one who lost someone they loved!! And maybe I did. The grief the characters experie
Mar 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Christina Henry - Black Howl (Madeline Black series #3) Review

As a fan of the series, I wa really looking forward to reading the latest instalment and seeing what fresh hell of unfulfilled lust the author had imagined for the reader. While the book was full of new developments and remained a quick read, I was, unfortunately, disappointed at the end. Why, you ask? For a few significant readings, not least of which was that TERRIBLE, OUT OF NOWHERE, and quite frankly RAGE-INDUCING ending.

First of
Ghadeer A
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
This series is truly a one woman show..usually that is something I like ..IF the heroine is lovable and smart which in this case she was most defenitly not..

She was like a kid who just keeps eating sweets and jumping into danger with only her stupidity and a team of men who are only there to look good and follow her with no good reason even though they are supposedly powerful and the youngest one is a few hundred years old!!..yeah that is SO believable and sweet...NOT

And Gabriel is d
I'm going to try not to go on and on about this one. It's just not as good as it should be, again. It has a lot of the right elements, but it's still not coming together. Maddy is still a big know-it-all for an extremely inexperienced woman. For men who are thousands of years old to look to her as a strategic leader, and a battle leader, is just silly. And she's bullheaded and stupidly impulsive. Plus she almost dies and get healed by one fallen angel or another over and over again, it could be ...more
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Jun 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 4.0


There’s never a dull moment when you’re Madeline Black, Agent of Death who escorts souls to the afterlife. Maddy just happens to be the daughter of a fallen angel named Azazel who still wants her to marry Nathaniel and is Lucifer’s second in command. Her mother was also an Agent of Death before she died; a position which Maddy now holds.

Maddy is also the granddaughter of the Morningstar himself Lucifer, and carries his sword as well as a henna tattoo of a
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Feb 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from the publisher, Ace Books, for review

I was so glad to return to Chicago! I have my vampires (Neill) and my angels (Henry), and Christina writes an amazing book this time around! Black Howl went far beyond any expectations that I had!

Maddy is just starting to think that things are going to be a little normal for awhile, despite having to have Gabriel as her thrall. She tries her best, tries to make him not feel like a slave, but his attitude is ever changing and it really
Sarah A.
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
"I shoved Beezle back inside my jacket. “Why can we not do anything without a running commentary?”"


I fuckin hate Beezle! I never hated a mythical creature or thought they were deadly annoying as much as I did this wretched Beezle!

I mean, I’m not sure if the author wanted us to hate her story or what, but if she was aware that she was creating a morbidly irritating character, why was she doing it? Did she honestly think he was cute, or even remotely funny?
I also got tired of
Apr 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Plot: 5 Stars
This series just keeps getting better and better. The storyline that involved the wandering ghosts was very unique, and of course, Maddy ended up in the middle of it without even trying. The plot was an emotional rollercoaster with all of its twists and turns, and was heartbreaking at times. I really enjoyed how the different plotlines twisted together more and more as the story progressed. I wouldn't describe the ending as a cliffhanger, but there was definitely a detail that has l
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Posted on Under the Covers

BLACK HOWL is the third book in the Madeline Black series by Christina Henry. Madeline is an Agent of death. This means that she gets a list of names, dates and times as foreseen by the Agency prophets. It’s her job to be there when the person dies to take their soul to the Door.

This book starts off with Madeline working out in the gym with her trainer. She plans on losing 30 lbs. So while she is complaining about the number of repetitions her trainer is making her do,
This book, like the two before it, proceeds at an insane pace. So insane in fact, that our main character has managed by book three to meet a man, fall in love of the first sight kind (gag), be engaged to another man, get married to Mr. Insta-Love and ok major spoilera here (view spoiler)

That's all a bit too much to have happened in 3 books. Because now i don't care about who dies and whether they can come back or if they do. I don't even think Ga
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's been a while since I read books 1 & 2, but Christina gives just enough comments throughout the storytelling to remind readers of past events.

In this installment, Maddy stumbles upon a ghost that is wandering and out of sorts. She finds out that there have been several unscheduled deaths. She is also enlisted to help the wolves when their alpha & cubs are taken by demons.

This is a solid story, the ending is a bit of a brutal tear jerker so be ready.
Apr 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
“Black Howl” by Christina Henry is a ‘Black Wings’ novel which continues the complicated tale of Madeline (Maddy) Black, as she continues to juggle her job as an Agent of Death and the complications of her heritage. An uncomfortable relationship with the Angel/Nephilim Gabriel, who, like his half-brother, is resented by the denizens of the various courts, awkwardness with her boss J.B., conflict with J.B.’s mother Amarantha (Queen of the Faerie court), an unwanted fiance who refuses to believe t ...more
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If I had to choose one word to describe this instalment, I think I'd choose, wow. I can't tell you how happy and sad I am after reading 'Black Howl.' Since I picked up 'Black Wings', I've been sucked into this world of Demons, Angels, Gargoyals, Fairies and everything else. I couldn't stop thinking of what was happening and what was going to happen next. It's safe to say this is a new favorite series of mine, but I did have a broken heart after reading this.

(view spoiler)
Mar 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
I think that I am done with this series. I thought that the first couple were just meh. At this point I am tired of Gabriel and his sulkiness, JB and his sulkiness, and Maddie being the center of everyone's desires, I don't see it. I love Beezle, but I can't justify to keep reading this series for one interesting secondary character.
Dark Faerie Tales
Mar 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A cautionary be-careful-what-you-wish-for tale. And undeniable proof that luck does eventually run out.

Opening Sentence: “Legs in the air, heels toward the ceiling. Crunch, quick!”

The Review:

The phrase “Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it” is good advice. This book, the third in the Madeline Black urban fantasy series, embodies this old adage well. It’s full of intentional and unintentional consequences for our heroine
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well, the romance didn't go my way in this one, but it was really good all the same. I'm enjoying this series a lot more than I thought I would based on the first book.
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read it in one day, I love this series
Marissa Teng
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Gabriel: "Why? I thought you, too, were bound by the laws of your own kingdom."
Lucifer: *Grins* "Nah, I can pretty much do whatever I want."

Pretty much when I SHOULD have realized Lucifer could never be trusted.
Pamela / SpazP
Feb 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Originally posted at WickedLilPixie Reviews
Madeline is an Agent of death. She gets a list of names, times and places and the names are souls whose deaths have been foreseen by Agency prophets. Her job is to be at the right place at the right time to take the soul to the Door. The soul has a choice of where they want to go beyond that Door.

Gabriel used to be Madeline’s bodyguard, at the behest of her father, but after having won him in a magical contest she was not supposed to survive, he is now
Jan 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: favorites
I wasn't as thrilled with this one as the first two in the series although it was still a decent book. I found that the Maddy was starting to get TSTL and was making decisions in anger and/or haste without any thought for hte consequences and wasn't listening to those around her who were trying to both protect and ehlp her. While I get the part of Maddy's character that feels like she is not only being underestimated by everyone and feels like the protectiveness of her friends (all male and all ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
In BLACK NIGHT Maddy’s band of stalwart hunks seemed like little more than a gloomy flock of crows, predicting doom and gloom while Maddy kicks butt. The chemistry in BLACK HOWL was infinitely more satisfying, as the machismo and banter added slap-stick spice to the action. And oh what action, as Maddy takes on the world of stuffy, entitled Grigori and continues to grow into her own.

Even better than chemistry on the battlefield, BLACK HOWL provided forward momentum for Maddy’s love life as well
Apr 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Best Book in the Series!

I strongly recommend you read this series in order (Black Wings and Black Night) prior to reading this installment.

What a spectacular read! The intensity of the storyline was so fierce, it kept me glued to every page. This fast paced story moved quickly from one tragedy to the next. Contrary to the tragedy, the story also had lots of humor and fun.

Lucifer is definitely my favorite character. His twisted grandfatherly interaction with Maddy was a welcomed treat. The more
Merve Özcan
Nov 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: mythology
Bu seriye ne oluyor bilmiyorum!

Konuya karakterlere bayılıyorum ama şöyle bir sorun var ki her kitap bir öncekiden daha zayıf, daha güçsüz bir kurgu ile karşıma çıkıyor. Genede okumaya devam edeceğim. Öncelikle sürekli bir aksiyon var, Melanie'nin aynı gücü defalarca kullanması sıkıcı hale geliyor, olayların aniden olup bitmesi kitabın değerini düşürüyor. Özellikle Gabriel ile Madeline'nin 5 dakika içinde evlenemsi ve kitabın sonunda, o büyük aşkın tadına varamadan Gabrielin ölmesi ile sonuçlanma
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon


First, this was a great installment. It had ups and downs and I was tearing up by the end. Speaking of, Ms. Henry, please don't let it be the end! you know of which I speak of. (view spoiler).

I can't wait for the next book. I have a feeling that Maddy is going to be harder.

(view spoiler
Stephanie  G
3.5 stars

Madeline black, daughter of Azazel, distant granddaughter to Lucifer and agent of death has chaos wherever she goes. It’s not that she asks for it, it just seems to find her.

With all the power she wields, and the allies she keeps, there are several forces that demand her death. So you can only imagine what hell comes knocking on her door.

Well this book is no different, Maddy and her team of friends and allies must find the local wolf pack and their alpha and find out who's behind the un
Mar 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The one thing that I've really come to love about this series is Maddy's unerring ability to be in the midst of all the action. And action there is. This was a very fast paced, edge of your seat book. I love this series especially because the more that Maddy learns about the world of Lucifer and her powers, the more is taken away.

Maddy has her Scooby Gang with Gabriel, Samiel, Beezle and J.B. They are trying to figure out the mechanizations of Lucifer and the mystery of what/who was creating st
Blodeuedd Finland
Dec 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
The best book in the series to far, and it was also completely evil! By Lucifer it was so evil.

In this one ghosts are behaving strange, Gabriel is Maddy's thrall and neither one is happy. Our favorite gargoyle wants donuts. Wolves are missing and as always the courts of the fallen are conspiring. And Maddy is in the middle of it all.

Maddy is somewhat of a klutz, she will fall into the worst situation and still mouth off. I have to love her. Yes she is stupid in a way, but I like her. The series
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-reads
Man, it was hard to read this book, knowing what was going to happen! And it was especially hard for me, given my own recent loss, of my dog Winky. It's hard to believe it was only 15 days ago.

*First read August 16th, 2016*
Oh, such an awesome book! So much happened, some good, and a lot of bad! That ending, oh! That hurt! But I need more!
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CHRISTINA HENRY is the author of the CHRONICLES OF ALICE duology, ALICE and RED QUEEN, a dark and twisted take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, as well as LOST BOY: THE TRUE STORY OF CAPTAIN HOOK, an origin story of Captain Hook from Peter Pan.

She is also the author of the national bestselling BLACK WINGS series (BLACK WINGS, BLACK NIGHT, BLACK HOWL, BLACK LAMENT, BLACK CITY, BLACK HEART and B

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“Well, that was a beautiful wedding," Beezle said. "The bride has spider goo in her hair and the groom smells like sulfur. the parking-lot-in-front-of-the-burning warehouse location leaves something to be desired, and there was a distinct lack of refreshments, but otherwise, just lovely.” 10 likes
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