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Black Wings (Black Wings, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – November 30, 2010

4.0 out of 5 stars 113 customer reviews
Book 1 of 7 in the A Black Wings Novel Series

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Madeline Black is getting fed up. Her job is to coax newly dead Chicagoans to the Door to the afterlife. But what if they don't want to go? Her supervisor, J.B., won't accept any excuses. Maddy also desperately needs a roommate to split the bills. When the beautiful Gabriel Angeloscuro (the name a rare clunker on Henry's part) comes to look at the apartment, Maddy invites him in--and thereby welcomes a host of disasters. Enigmatic Gabriel holds the key to the mysteries of Maddy's past, including the murder of her mother. Emotionally battered, confused, and scared, Maddy is above all determined to find the truth. 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. (Dec.)
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"[F]ast paced, action packed and hardcore--breathing new life into the vast genre of urban fantasy . . .Black Wings is intense, dark and full of surprises."
-RexRobotReviews.com

"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."
-Publishers Weekly

"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."
-FreshFiction.com

"[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!"
-ReadAllOverReviews.com

"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
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; Original edition (November 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441019633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441019632
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book has some fairly high starred reviews, don't fall for it. If you are a fan of really well written urban fantasy by authors such as Illona Andrews, Jim Butcher, Mike Carey, you are going to be greatly disappointed in this book. One reviewer said it better than I could "feels like it's been edited down to the bare bones". I agree wholeheartedly. There is an interesting story to be told here, and the size and scope of it should have taken at least 3 books to unfold in its entirety. Instead it's all packed down to one book, with so many characters coming and going that I can't keep track of them all; and not one, nor two, but three suitors for our kick-ass heroine's fair hand. Unfortunately, she's not all that kick-ass.

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.
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top six reasons to love this book
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.
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NO SPOILERS or plot summaries. Recommendations included.

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.
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