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Stepping out of Your Element (3)

Black Wings
By Christina Henry 

Source: Borrowed from my local library!

Published by: Published November 30th 2010 by Ace

Edition: Paperback
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Purchase: Amazon/Barnes & Noble

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Rating: 4/5

She’s an Agent of Death who really needs to get a life.

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…


Black Wings is a fresh take in the fantasy genre.  Madeline the main character is an agent of death whose job it is to escort souls into the afterlife. I have not decided if she should be considered a grim reaper or an angel of death.  It doesn’t really matter because I have not read much mythology/paranormal like this in the current YA fiction genre so I thought this would be a great Stepping out of Your Element book.  It is a quick read with some witty parts and does not contain a love triangle! Sometimes just one man is enough!

The setting of this novel is in Chicago!  It is so fun knowing the area where the book takes place. It provides a unique connection that I do not usually get with other books. There are so many times that I have wanted to visit Shreveport, Forks, or even Hogwarts! Well duh, who doesn’t want to visit Hogwarts.  

The main character Maddy is thirty-two years old but acts like a teenager.  While most might be unnerved with this, her character felt normal because I read so much YA.  She is impulsive and does not take herself seriously, sounds like a YA character to me! However, I am sure that she will mature in the next books!

My only negative with the book is the names of the bad guys.  The names are all really unique and I got confused each time a bad guy attacked someone. It took me to near the end to connect the bad guy dots.  I am not saying bad guys need to have easy names like BOB but the names definitely slowed me down a bit.

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3 responses »

  1. I haven't heard of this one but glad that it was a good fantasy and unique take

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  2. I don't typically read urban fantasy, but this sounds really good! Also-the fact there is no love triangle is like instant attraction.Here is mine this week.

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  3. This is my first time seeing this one but it sounds like a good one! It definitely gets points for having no love triangle!

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