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His Black Wings

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  252 ratings  ·  66 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
Nov 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!




Lara Mi

After her parents’ death, Claren is harassed by an ill-mannered suitor who would use force upon her. She flees her hometown in hopes of finding work and beginning a new life. Luckily, she finds work as Mr Brighton’s secretary and finds sanctuary in his home. Claren’s new employer seems to have more planned for her than he first lets on; he wishes for Claren to befriend his disfigured son who lives in isolation.

Oh my goodness, what was I thinking?
Let me say that I do not think this book was enti
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 bor
Dec 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Kandice Dover
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook
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
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-tour-review

"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 d
Carolyn F.
Okay, I'm still confused as to how Etrigan got his wings and how that's Claren's fault or rather her family's fault. It seemed like Claren was attracted to Etrigan because of his looks more than his personality or really anything else. He was almost childlike which to me is NOT a turn on. And Fredrick Lowood, it seemed as if he liked Claren, then he kind of didn't, then he did. I had no idea why there were all these changes of heart.

And as an aside, my book (from the library) didn't have page n
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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:


I'm no
Tabitha Vohn
Apr 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: goth-rocks
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 Swanson-Diaz
(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
Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, review-request
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
Oct 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Deborah Sastroredjo
Apr 24, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-2013
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
Katrina Welsh
Nov 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
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This is going to be hard for me to review. There were moments where I was enjoying it and moments where I just wanted to "Please. Stop. I don't want to, anymore." I had issues with the editing. They're not even big issues. Just tiny little details but those tiny little details just piled on top of each other and made for awkward reading.

I wasn't so keen on the writing style either. There were lots of info dumps. It was very contrite, very proper
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
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.
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
Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Cheer Papworth
Dec 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, ya, steam-punk
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
May 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Flavia Sugnu
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
I'm sorry if I sound like a wet blanket but I honestly don't see how this is scoring so many 4 stars. Claren didn't really grow as a character and Estrigan or whatever his name is really got on my nerves with his juvenile behaviour. I honestly do not appreciate the comparisons that have been made to Jane Eyre and Beauty and the Beast for something that lacks a mature tone and strong characters.
Loved it! - the cover is terrible though!!
Nov 22, 2016 rated it liked it
2.5 Stars
It was an interesting book, it really was. But as much as I want to convince myself that I liked it, the nagging part of my brain kept insisting that I didn't.
It focused more on Claren's and Fredrick's lives and problems and lacked the sugary taste of romance. Don't get me wrong, it was there but it was considered a secondary subject rather than the actual theme of the book.
I didn't love the book nor hate it. It was a passing book to me, not a one I find myself remembering after a
Jul 05, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Unexpectedly good.

I had no idea what to expect when I started reading this. It is an unexpectedly sweet romance with a hint of the gothic genre. This is what you'd get if you combined a Regency romance with a Gothic one.
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
The following review is my opinion and not a paid review. I was given a free copy of His black wings from the author for an honest review.

Claren Maidstone lost both of her parents on the same day at the same time in an accident. After the funeral a man Kurten Wandsworth who has been coming to her home every Sunday for months shows up at her home. Kurten wants Claren as his wife but Claren wants no part of him. She thinks that with her parents no longer around she won't have to put up with Kurten
Sadie Forsythe
Ok, so I'm a huge manga fan. Yes, I know I'm too old, but get over it. I have. Being that I love Japan's graphic exports as I do, this cover really appealed to me. I won't lie, it's the sole reason I downloaded the book. I'm kinda burnt on YA, so if it had had a standard YA cover, with some star-crossed waif in a flowing dress, I'd have written it off without another thought. But Ms. Yrigollen went with something a little different and it paid off here.

I will admit that I expected the story to b
Nov 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
His Black Wings is definitely one of the most creative retellings I've ever read. Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite fairy tales, and when I was offered the chance to read this book, I jumped at it!

Astrid Yrigollen has done a fantastic job weaving the elements of the classic fairy tale in a steampunk, futuristic Victorian setting. Sounds a bit strange, I know, but somehow Yrigollen makes it work. The actual story takes place in the future, but the mannerisms and dress of the characters a
Oct 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing

FIVE SOARING stars for a wonderful story!!! \(*o*)/


I don't think I could give a proper review for this one so I'll just say whatever comes to my mind.

A brief summary:

Claren has been devastated with the sudden death of her parents added by an uneventful encounter with Kurten, which forced her to flee her childhood home St.Marhen. Soon after, she finds an employment as an assistant to Fredrick Lowood who became her generous benefactor but it
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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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