Title: Black Night
Author: Christina Henry
Series: Black Wings #2
Rating Out of 5: 5 (I will read this again and again and again)
My Bookshelves: Angels, Ghosts, Paranormal fantasy
Publisher: Ace fantasy
5th sentence, 74th page: My magic rose up, hot and angry, and I could tell when Nathaniel sensed it.
Madeline Black is an Agent of Death, meaning she escorts the souls of people who have died to the afterlife. Of course, not everyone is happy to see her…
If obstinate dead people were all that Maddy had to worry about, life would be much easier. But the best-laid plans of Agents and fallen angels often go awry. Deaths are occurring contrary to the natural order, Maddy’s being stalked by foes inside and outside of her family, and her two loves – her body-guard, Gabriel, and her gargoyle, Beezle – disappear. But because Maddy is Lucifer’s granddaughter, things are expected of ther, things like delicate diplomatic missions to other realms.
Dear old granddad wants Maddy to go to the faerie court and negotiate a new land and power treaty. The fallen’s last emissary was decapitated, so it’s up to Maddy to keep her head – both literally and figuratively…
This was a great sequel to Black Wings – it had the same wit and humour, Maddy’s same ability to stumble unwittingly into problem after problem, and a gorgeous cast that you couldn’t help but feel attached to. Maddy’s clumsiness, and talent for putting her foot in her mouth have turned her into one of the most relatable heroines I have read recently. I’m constantly tripping over my own feet and getting confused about what I’m supposed to be doing in life – much like Maddy.
Most of the heroines in stories have their vulnerabilities and are often sassy, but Maddy is a thirty-something year-old virgin with almost no clue what she is doing. It’s rare that there is a story about a virgin of that age, but adding to that the fact that Maddy is literally floundering for the vast majority of her adventures, although there is still plenty of sass in every drowning moment. Black Night highlighted this beautifully – she messes up negotiations with the Faerie Queen from the very beginning. Yet, even though she knows that she is deeply in trouble, she manages to hold her head high and somehow wade her way out of the muck that she has found herself in.
Black Night also brings us closer to Maddy’s supposed fiancé Nathaniel, and highlights the depth of her feelings for Gabriel. Throwing J.B. into the mix creates a wonderfully sticky and complex web of relationships that I for one, do not envy. The stark contrast in the three men adds flavour to the mix – their different personalities and approaches to Maddy creates a more confusing attraction between her and them, at least in some circumstances.
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