Black City

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Black City

Black Wings #5

This inventive paranormal series never lacks for action and adventure. The intriguing combination of angels, werewolf, gargoyle, faeries, agents who escort souls and vampires participate in a melange of head-spinning adventures that never cease. The story seems to continue its dark turn, perhaps to reflect Maddie’s own struggle with her heritage but there are sprinklings of lighter events, especially whenever Beezle the gargoyle is around. Maddy is her usual hard-headed but not hard-hearted self but she seems to be developing into an even more frustrating person as she vacillates between despairing at her inability to overcome the odds or reconcile her conflicted feelings for some of the males in her life and plunging ahead heedlessly despite the possible risks.

It is difficult for me to reconcile Maddy’s words and her actions, particularly with respect to the sometimes unhealthy relationships she has with those she is closely tied to and the continued unexpected developments don’t quite seem to elicit logical responses from her at times. The population explosion of beings who shouldn’t be reproducing and the ongoing flaunting of the ‘rules’ for the different factions has gotten a little farcial for me and it is difficult for me to stay invested with the story. I think that Maddie should be developing a little more depth and this particular tale seems to reduce her to a fainting, hormone-ridden, confused heroine who insists on putting herself and everyone she ostensibly cares about in harm’s way, no matter what the ultimate cost is. I was exhausted by Maddie’s adventures and I am just reading about them...who knows how long she can keep dodging everything and everyone who has a grudge against her and whether Maddie will be the same sympathetic character when everything is resolved? One hopes so but judging by the cliffhanger ending of this tale, a peaceful existence is not in Maddie’s immediate future.

“Black City” by Christina Henry continues the story of the beleaguered Madeline (Maddy) Black whose complicated life has not gotten any easier, even after killing the evil Azazel. Not only is she Lucifer’s granddaughter AND his Hound of the Hunt, but she is pregnant and not quite operating with her usual grace and verve. Although she never thinks that she will recover from the death of her lover Gabriel and looks forward to the birth of their child, she knows that many nefarious plans need to be dealt with but first she and her allies have to survive the repercussions of having vampires able to walk in the sun. Her complicated relationship with ex-fiance Nathaniel gets even more difficult as she unlocks his powers and reveals an unexpected tie to another of the major players in the struggle between the various factions. Surviving long enough to explore their changing feelings for one another may not be easy, no matter what actions are taken.


Book Blurb for Black City

Former Agent of death Madeline Black may have been stripped of her wings—but she hasn’t lost her purpose…

When Maddy finally killed her father, Azazel, she thought his depraved experiment died with him. But now Chicago has been infested with vampires immune to the effects of the sun, and the bloodbath is worse than she could have ever imagined. While the Agency refuses to interfere with other supernatural courts, Maddy is determined to do everything within her power to save her city—wings or no wings.

But when the leader of the vampires requests that she turn herself in or risk more deaths, Maddy becomes a target for the very people she’s trying to save. Left with no other choice, she turns to Lucifer, the one creature who has the power to help her. But her grandfather’s aid has always come at a price…


Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2013 4.00