Thursday, January 27, 2011

Book Review: Black Wings

Black Wings (Madeline Black, book 1) by Christine Henry.

As an Agent of Death, Madeline Black is responsible for escorting the souls of the dearly departed to the afterlife. It's a 24/7 job with a lousy benefits package.  Maddy's position may come with magical powers and an impressive wingspan, but it doesn't pay the bills. And then there are her infuriating boss, tenant woes, and a cranky, popcorn-loving gargoyle to contend with.  Things start looking up, though, when tall, dark, and handsome Gabriel Angeloscuro agrees to rent the empty apartment in Maddy's building. It's probably just a coincidence that as soon as he moves in demons appear on the front lawn. But when an unholy monster is unleashed upon the streets of Chicago, Maddy discovers powers she never knew she possessed. Powers linked to a family legacy of tarnished halos.  Powers that place her directly between the light of Heaven and the fires of Hell...

What happens when a virginal agent of death and a smoking hot angel team up against a new deadly foe?  Black Wings is a wonderful mesh of paranormal romance and urban fantasy.  I have to admit that Madeline "Maddy" Black wasn't my favorite character, but the supporting characters really shine and I hope to read more of Beezle and Gabriel in the future.  Beezle, Maddy's gargoyle guardian, is adorable and adds comic relief to a story that is often dark and violent.  Black Wings is an action packed urban fantasy with a sizzle of paranormal romance that will appeal to both UF and PNR fans.  I'm curious to learn more about the Agents of Death, and how Madeline's responsibilities play out, in the second book in the Madeline Black series.

I recommend Black Wings (Madeline Black, book 1) to readers of paranormal romance, paranormal suspense, and especially to fans of urban fantasy.  Black Wings may appeal to fans of Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher, Rob Thurman, and Daniel Arenson.

Sensitive reader warning: contains violence and adult situations.

Source: Won in a giveaway.

Black Wings on Amazon.
Black Wings on Goodreads.