Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Review: Black Wings by Christina Henry

Black Wings
Black Wings #1
by: Christina Henry
$7.99 mass market paperback
Ace Books
Paranormal Fantasy
Released: November2010

Maddy is an agent of death, a position she inherited when her mom died.  It's something she can't get out of, but it wouldn't be bad if she actually got a paycheck from it.  To help make ends meet, she rents out an apartment in her building to a tall, dark and mysterious stranger, one who seems to have demons following him.  It has to be, because an influx of demons don't magically appear out of thin air on a whim, right? 

Wrong.  Turns out the demons are after her, mostly in part to a heritage Maddy wasn't aware of, one that involves somewhat holy powers.  Now she has to work with her new tenant Gabriel, who is more than he seems, because there are forces at work that will stop at nothing to get what they want, and that includes Maddy's life.

This was a fun read about a woman who escorts souls to the door after they die.  She gets wings and invisibility to do her job, but it's a lonely life.  When Gabriel rents the apartment downstairs, she's drawn to him but doesn't know why.  She only knows that no good can come of it.  When demons start coming after her with the intent to swallow her soul, she realizes she's in way over her head.  I loved the portrayal as the office of Death being nothing more than a bureaucracy, with all the drama and paperwork to go with it.  She's got to meet her quota of souls or her boss yells at her.  On the side, she makes recipes.  She also has a gargoyle who keeps watch over her and the building she lives in, and doesn't hesitate to tell her when she does something stupid.

It's a great first book by a new author, and I can't wait to read the next one when it comes out.

Carla gives this book a



  1. Sounds promising - I'd like to check out this book. I like the whole escorting souls part also.

  2. Sounds like the start of a great new series!