Thursday, March 1, 2012

Review & Giveaway: Black Howl by Christina Henry

Black Howl is the third book in the Black Wings series by Christina Henry and an ACE Fantasy.

Book Blurb:

Madeline Black is an Agent of Death, meaning she escorts the souls of people who have died to the afterlife.  But lately, some spirits don’t feel like crossing over...

Something is wrong with the souls of Chicago’s dead. Ghosts are walking the streets, and Maddy’s boss wants her to figure out why.  At the same time the pact that Maddy unwittingly made with the local werewolves comes back to bite her when their alpha is kidnapped.  As Lucifer’s heir, she should be able to discover who - or what - is responsible for both occurrences, but the fallen haven’t been too happy with her since she agreed to harbor Gabriel’s half brother, Samiel.

And while work is bad enough, Maddy has a plethora of personal problems, too.  Now that Gabriel has been assigned as her thrall, their relationship has hit an impasse. At least her sleazy ex-finance, Nathaniel, is out of the picture - or so she thinks...

My thoughts:

As an Agent of Death, Maddy has huge black wings that she can call upon at will to fly her wherever she needs to be to collect the departing soul of the recently dead.  As the daughter of Azazel and a descendant of Lucifer, she has powers of the fallen at her disposal when facing her enemies...and she has acquired several enemies.

Unplanned deaths have taken place in Chicago resulting in a number of ghosts left to wander the city.  The local Alpha and most of the were pups have been kidnapped and Maddy thinks the two are connected in some way.

What she finds is that Lucifer’s kingdom is in a state of unrest and certain people are making moves to oust him - an unbelievably stupid move in Maddy’s opinion.  

But Luci has made himself scarce and left Maddy to sort things death and destruction it is - because Maddy is tired of having her chain yanked.

Black Howl is a great read - fast paced and full of action. Maddy is fearless - but also naive.  She thinks like a human and doesn’t have the guile and cunning as those she has to deal with.  Lucifer moves her around to suit his purpose - no matter the cost to Maddy - and this time, the cost is high...

I give Black Howl 5 out of 5 stars.

Product Details
Reading level: Ages 18 and up
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Ace (February 28, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1937007332
ISBN-13: 978-1937007331

Thanks to Penguin I have one (1) copy of Black Howl up for grabs.

This giveaway is open to all followers of this blog with a US mailing address.  Just leave a comment with a valid email addy and you are entered.

Using Random dot Org winner will be chosen and announced on 3-5-12.

Good Luck!


Mirjam said...

Black Howl is on my list! I was already looking forward to the publication date, but after reading your review I've started counting the days! :)

Blodeuedd said...

I really need to read book 2!

Mary said...

I hadn't heard of this book before now and it sounds awesome! Thanks for the great review and the wonderful giveaway.

Jolene and Family said...

oohhh, this is on my to buy asap list!!! I would sooo love to win a copy, thanks so much for the chance


Lexi said...

A five out of five for this in read huh? Guess I have to check it out too? Do we still get some fun loving gargoyles in this one? A fun series, thanks for sharing =)

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donnas said...

Sounds really good. Thanks for the chance!

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Gisele Alv said...

On my TBR pileeee! Thanks for the giveaway!


Estella said...

Sounds like an awesome read!

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ML said...

Great review! I'd love to read this. Thanks so much.

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Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

On my wishlist.
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