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Black Wings (Black Wings, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – November 30, 2010
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"Henry shows that she is up to the challenge of debuting in a crowded genre. The extensive background of her imaginative world is well-integrated with the action-packed plot, and the satisfying conclusion leaves the reader primed for the next installment."
"Henry does an excellent job of unveiling the first layers of her unique world and it's fascinating inhabitants. There's plenty of kick-butt action and intriguing twists to ensure that this story grabs you from the very first page. One to watch!"
-Romantic Times (4 stars)
"A fast-paced first novel . . . Black Wings is a lot of fun."
"[A]mazing . . . Henry's pacing is incredible and keeps you absorbed, plus the characterization is fantastic . . . I strongly urge all you [urban fantasy] fans to get this book!"
"A fun, fast ride through the gritty streets of magical Chicago, Black Wings has it all: a gutsy heroine just coming into her power, bad-ass bad guys, a sexy supernatural love interest, and a scrappy gargoyle sidekick. Highly recommended."
-Nancy Holzner, Author of Deadtown
Top Customer Reviews
She's poorly constructed, too many contradictions that just don't add up. Going in the space of four days to no recognizable powers and magical talent to god-inspiring magical talent and almost the ability to control it was just to much to believe. Then there's the job - soul collector. I had no problem with that, and the "bureaucracy" of it all, that was actually humorous. But seriously, we have to believe there are far less agents to collect souls than there are people who die, so how could an agent have any real free time at all, much less days between assignments? It's simply not a mathematical probability. There would have to be non-stop soul collection. And supplements her income by food articles for magazines? That just stuck out, did not feel at all right nor add any value to the story at all.
The only thing I really enjoyed about this book was Beezle, the gargoyle. Other than that, it's a great premise, and I had high hopes, but this author is not there, and this series is not one I'll stick with.
1. very likable female protagonist who becomes an alpha female who is not above having the occasional cry fest when the situation is warrented.
2. lots of fallen angels... always a cool topic and she had a great take on it that still left a lot of unanswered mysteries about this world to look forward to in future books.
3. the pace of this novel was great... always much action and sluething.
4. romance was not what the plot was centered on ... but there is one that is set on slow boil which i love. i dont need everything to happen in 1 short book... it keeps me looking forward to the next.
5. i really enjoyed the secondary characters and look forward to learning more about them and their motives.
6. any book that ends with lucifer declaring that the main character will be paying back a debt in the future is always a good thing.
top four reasons not to love this book
1. it is obvious that this a first book in a series. it seemed to me that this was an exceptionally short full novel. many of the secondary characters were not fully developed and seemed 2 dimensional.
2. a 30 year old virgin... in chicago... in present day? really? even when i feel it didnt really make a difference in the plot. the main character even said it herself that she had the emotional development of a 3 year old. i hope i didnt just read a YA book. yikes!
3. maybe a few too many plot lines for the length of this novel... which lead to maybe a few too many coincidences. i feel like this book has been edited down to its bare bone essentials.
4. the romance sub plot: the male lead is a little too omega for my tastes. an alpha female needs an alpha male. i hope he will get more of a backbone in the next book.Read more ›
HIGH LEVEL: This is an excellent Book 1 of a new Urban Fantasy series. There are strong romance subplots and tensions, but no sex and it is far from the focus. The writing isn't the smoothest, but the mythos is rich and multilayered- angels, demons, gargoyles etc. Follows the fiercely independent female lead model and does it well. Atmosphere is light and urban (set in Chicago). Violence is mess and more about demon blood and guts than anything human, not terribly realistic or tangible. Suitable for a mature young adult audience- 13+.
I struggled with whether to give four or five stars. Other reviewers have some valid points of complaint, but for me the bottom line is that I had FUN reading this. The pacing was good once you got past the first couple chapters. In fact, it's safe to say the whole book got better as you went along. The writing in the beginning made it feel trite and painfully cute- perhaps another stale para-romance. NOTE: Be aware that if you read the Kindle sample, that the rest of the book is MUCH better than the sample. It took me a while to get around to it because I wasn't all that impressed.
PLOT & MYTHOS: The plot became more complex the further I read. Biblical legends were blended into an innovative interpretation and then layered into modern day Chicago. Pacing, after the beginning, was fast and consistent. I found the story totally engaging.
CHARACTERS: It is true that there wasn't a whole lot of development. I'll admit that I didn't mind because there was so much going on and I found the whole premise of the book wildly entertaining.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The dialogue and romance were a bit forced. It was interesting to see the different demon and fallen angel orders, but somewhat rushed in explanation.Published 10 days ago by C.web
Absolutely amazing book. Great storyline. High paces, humorous and well written!!Published 3 months ago by Mob
I have to be honest and say that I didn't like this book, at first. The plot seemed to be a bit all over the place and I found myself flipping back to keep track. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Biggles
As an Agent of Death, Maddy leads a very lonely life filled with only the constant companionship of her pet gargoyle, Beezle. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Nikyta
I have never read a book where I disagree with the over all ratings more than this one. The basic premise of the story was interesting enough. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Brooke
"Black Wings" captured and held my attention throughout its span. This supernatural fantasy saga about good, bad, and evil angels is often graphically violent in an... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Van T. Roberts
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. From the premise to Maddy's attitude about life, the complex hierarchy of this new world she's introduced to, the grotesque and entertaining demons,... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Victoria Cameron
This book is okay. I like the characters but the story seemed to be a bit much. The heroine goes from being just an Agent who collects souls upon their deaths to so much more. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Nanakitteh
I tried a sample of the book and was hooked. The characters are likable and interesting and the story moves along at a fast pace. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mary OKelly