Black Wings, by Christina Henry

10 Mar

Format: Kindle Edition
Published: November 30, 2010
Publisher: Ace
Back cover blurb:
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…

My review:
There was a lot going on with this book, and I really wanted to like it more than I ultimately did. The first half was really good. Making Maddie an agent who escorts recently departed souls to The Door is an intriguing premise, although I was a bit disappointed that she didn’t seem to know what was on the other side. If I was an agent I’d want to know if I was leading people to Heaven or Hell… actually, I probably would try to stop the deaths happening in the first place, since I knew they’d happen so far in advance. But that’s probably not good for population control.

Anyway, the storyline started off well and Maddie was instantly likeable, but by about half way I realised there wasn’t going to be a happy ending for her and Gabriel, and that was all I really wanted. The big fight at the end was over quickly with several loose ends still untied, which makes me think it is the beginning of a series. I have so many unanswered questions: Why is Lucifer a good guy? Who is JB’s mother and what is he, angel or demon? Why hasn’t Maddie asked? And shouldn’t the wards around her house prevent Antares from getting so close to her?

By the time I finished reading I was unsatisfied, so my rating dropped from four cupcakes to three. I’m not sure I will bother buying the next in the series, especially if Maddie and Gabriel can’t get it on.

My rating: 3/5

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