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(Miriam Black #6)

4.52  ·  Rating details ·  267 ratings  ·  62 reviews
In the sixth and final thriller of the “wildly entertaining” (Kirkus Reviews) Miriam Black series, Miriam tries to break the curse of her powers, but first she must face The Trespasser a final time.

Still reeling from the events of The Raptor and the Wren, Miriam must confront two terrifying discoveries: the Trespasser now has the power to inhabit the living as well as the
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Published January 2019 by SAGA Press
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

And so, it’s over. After six books, Miriam Black has her conclusion, and I’m trying to deal with a lot of different thoughts and feelings all competing for my attention. Obviously, there’s elation, because all in all, it was a good finale. And of course, there’s pain and sadness too, knowing that a favorite series of mine for years has finally come to an end. However, there were also plenty of disappointments, and I find
Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sitting here in front of my laptop after just finishing the sixth and final book in the Miriam Black series and I'm experiencing a mixed bag of emotions.
First, I've said this countless times all over social media but I'd like it to be officially on the record:
The Miriam Black series is one of my top 3 book series.
In no particular order: The Dark Tower series by Stephen King, A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin and this series by Chuck Wendig.

And last books are so hard aren't they?
I got
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, ebook, fiction, favorites
With Vultures, Wendig takes the entirety of his six book saga and culminates it with a high-stakes chase against fate. We pick up with Miriam after the catastrophic events of The Raptor and The Wren. Newly pregnant and on the run, Miriam is getting ready for a final showdown with her tormentor, The Trespasser. However, it still has a few tricks up its sleeves, what with being able to possess people and making them do very bad things. Miriam needs a way to circumvent her destiny and she needs saf ...more
While the previous entry wasn't my favorite of the series, this entry stepped back up to being more along the same lines as the rest of the series... which is good, because this is the very last one!

Miriam Black's story has reached its conclusion, and honestly, I think Wendig did a great job tying up some loose ends. I'm still kind of bitter about a big loss from the last book, but at least this book provides some not-quite-as-good copy of what I wanted to happen with someone else. (Can't say mu
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-list-2019
A spectacular and perfect ending to one of my favorite series. Chuck Wendig saved the best for last. I was on the edge of my seat till the very end, and a tear or two may have been shed. :) loved it!
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the first book Blackbirds in the Miriam Black series in 2017. I was instantly in love with Miriam and hooked on her story. That book was originally published in 2012, so I was late to the party. My friend Sadie (@mother.horror) was absolutely raving about it, so I knew I needed to pick it up. Two years and six books later, Miriam's story has come to an end in Vultures. I was both sad and incredibly eager to read this book. And I'm so happy to say that Wendig gave Miriam the perfect ending ...more
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, horror
For anyone who has not read the Miriam Black series, it's pretty wacky and wonderful, but don't start with Vultures as there are too many backstories to understand context. Miraculously, Miriam is pregnant despite a womb that was wrecked in a teenage miscarriage. But, her lover Louis is dead, killed by Wren, a rescued victim of a serial killer from an earlier book, who was possessed by the evil tormentor, The Trespasser. At the heart of the book is Miriam's continued attempts to free herself of ...more
Sad to get to the end of this series!
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
"We're both as good as we can be, and as bad as we are."

The Miriam Black series has ended. If you haven't read these books yet, you are seriously missing out. This series is so damn entertaining, and Chuck Wendig wrapped it up well. I was anxious and excited to get into this book, and I'm happy that I enjoyed it.

Miriam is one of my favorite characters ever, I loved seeing her change and grow. I appreciate that Chuck was able to maintain her essence for 6 character-focused books, and write incre
Mar 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
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Lots of great stuff about pregnancy.
Lots of cool & bizarre events per normal.
Floppy Ta Da?

I'm not sure how I feel about the way it all comes down in the end. It's either a 3.5 or 4 star book.
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual Rating: 4.5
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you sir for the wild ride that is Miriam Black. I was so nervous and excited going into this one, as the series can be so unpredictable. I do believe he wrapped it up well enough to satisfy everyone. I wouldn't say this was my absolute favorite of the series but it does it all justice, answering the questions and tying everything up fairly easily. I don't even want to say much to give anything away but as I think about it I'm happy to see a few threads left open for future exploration.
Wow. I picked up and read the first in this series, Blackbirds, in 2014 and was immediately hooked. It had everything I liked in a book: horror, raunch, imaginatively profane language, blood, squick-inducing descriptions, a bad-ass, female anti-hero, and the promise of more to come.

And, now, it's over. I'm both disappointed to part company with Ms. Black and blown away by the way Wendig ended it and how he tied up all the little loose ends.

I got this copy from the library because there have been
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fate finds a way, as do so many of Miriam's last remaining enemies and allies. It's the endgame, the big showdown, the last hurrah, and it's a good one.
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an ending it is!

I'm not really sure how I stumbled across Miriam Black. A suggestion. An interesting cover on a book. Scrolling through Amazon. But I am a happy reader because of the discovery.

The end brings sadness because it is over. There won't be another book to anxiously await and I will miss this character. There hasn't been anyone like her and I doubt anyone could replicate her. One of a f$@king kind (wink wink).

The final book is a wild ride from beginning to end that never lets up
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's all over! 😭 Review to come!
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
An enjoyable ending to the Miriam Black series.
Beau North
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As good of an ending as I could have pictured for Miriam.
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, thriller
The perfect ending to a brilliant series. I've loved these books from Chapter 1 of Book 1 and not once in six books felt disappointed in the story or in my book BFF, Miriam Black.
Amy Braun
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the wildest chapters in Miriam Black's history, and that is saying something. There was no shortage of violence and bloodshed (seriously, there was one point that will stick with me for a loooooong time), and the emotional journey Miriam went on was ultimately the biggest highlight for me. While she was still crass, fierce, and more prone to snapping than soothing, it's clear that she really has matured.

The writing was quick, razor-sharp, and exciting. The action was visceral an
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I discovered the Miriam Black series in 2013. It was gritty and grungy, a quality I have come to enjoy in my fantasy fiction. It works in really fantastical work like that of Joe Abercrombie and Richard K Morgan, so it stands to reason that it might work in a setting closer to real life. This series proves that assumption in spades.
This book picks up a few short weeks after the events of the last book. Actually the timeline does jump around a bit. At the end of the last one, Miriam learned she w
Rachel Kunde
Miriam has come a long way and all the parts we love about her are here in this book, but at the same time it just didn’t have the pace of the previous books. There was a lot of dragging things out up until about three quarters of the way through and then things felt rushed from there. Chuck’s writing this time around just didn’t get me into it’s usual frenzy though in saying that I did take my time to savour the last we were going to see of Miriam (maybe?!).

I miss Louis...there I said it. That
Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it

The final book in the Miriam Black series doesn't quite hold together as well as the previous entries but it does manage to stick the landing fairly well.

The same basic pattern is here - Miriam is forced to chase a murderer and change the fate of the person she sees die - but it's really a side show. The heart of the book is Miriam's continued attempts to free herself of her curse and keep her soon-to-be-born baby alive. The Starfucker storyline gets short changed and all of the characters of t
Neil Bullock
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing

“I think I have a plan.”
“Is it a motherfucking plan?”
“I don’t . . . I don’t know what that means.”

I admit, I kind of lost my way with this series. I thought the first three books were really good, but I read them back to back. Then I had to start waiting for new books in the series to be written and published, and I started to lose the plot. I still enjoyed them, but not as much.

The final instalment, then. I was apprehensive.

But it turned out to be the best of the series. It wraps everything
Mimi Schweid
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Deb Martin
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Jeff Frane
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chuck Wendig is weird a.f. I know this because I have read all six of the Miriam Black books and only someone that weird could create such a masterpiece of non-stop violence, insanity, sex, more violence, and heart-stopping action. He's also a terrific writer who knows how to set the hook better than just about anyone. One cliff hanger after another, yanking the reader back and forth in time and never giving Miriam a break. I'm sad to see the series end but Wendig tied off all the threads. I'm r ...more
Zachary Sell
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
And so it ends. My favorite adult book series is over after 6 books. I loved every page of this final thrill ride with Miriam. I don't think I will ever find another character quite like her. Her mix of foul mouth, humor, and justice were a combination that drew me in and kept me coming back for each book. The supernatural elements were always interesting and the twists shocking. I'm sad to say goodbye to Miriam, but I'm anxious to try more of Chuck Wendig's works because this series has made hi ...more
Melanie Rose
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfect Ending to the Series

I can't say how much I have enjoyed this series and especially this last book. I am amazed at how insightful a male writer can write a female character so authentically. My own pregnancy went pretty much the same fucking way. Every woman feels like they have a parasite within them while pregnant, they just don't admit it. Miriam is a reflection of the deep thoughts that most women truly have but hold back because social mores preclude that kind of thing. Well, fuck th
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Here it is, the last Miriam Black book, and it's a good one. It ties the series together nicely without treating the reader like an idiot in either rehashing all the previous books or assuming that you've read them all recently enough to need a memory jog.

Also, some of the best chapter titles and lengths I have seen makes it very readable formatting-wise.

Finally, it describes someone as a 'human Applebees' which is still brilliant.
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Chuck Wendig is a novelist, a screenwriter, and a freelance penmonkey.
He has contributed over two million words to the roleplaying game industry, and was the developer of the popular Hunter: The Vigil game line (White Wolf Game Studios / CCP).

He, along with writing partner Lance Weiler, is a fellow of the Sundance Film Festival Screenwriter's Lab (2010). Their short film, Pandemic, will show at th

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