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  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: ACE (24 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441019633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441019632
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.2 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 318,462 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch VINE VOICE on 17 Feb. 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Madeline "Maddy" Black is an Agent of Death. An Agent is responsible for escorting the souls of the newly deceased to the afterlife. Agents are alive. They simply have some magical abilities and black wings which they keep tucked away. When an Agent dies, the next person in the Agent's bloodline is activated to duty. There is no choice, and there is no escape. Since being an Agent is a 24/7 job that did not help pay bills, Maddy rents out the bottom apartment of her flat in Chicago's west Lakeview neighborhood. The bottom apartment has been empty for quite some time now. So Maddy is happy when handsome Gabriel Angeloscuro agrees to rent it. The cranky, popcorn-loving gargoyle, Beezle, does not like the new tenant but can tell no reason as to why.

As soon as Gabriel moves in, demons appear on the front lawn and an unholy creature is rampaging around Chicago. Turns out that Gabriel is not exactly human. And Maddy begins instinctively using powers she never knew she possessed. With Gabriel's help, Maddy must quickly learn how to summon and control the unexpected manifestations of her new powers. This is even harder to do since no one seems to know how many new magical abilities are just waiting to pop out. Worse, Maddy learns that her powers are linked to a tainted family legacy.

**** FOUR STARS! A terrific beginning to an exciting new series involving life, afterlife, demons and an unusual woman stuck in the center of them all. Each time I thought I understood everything about Maddy's new powers, one of them would morph or another would suddenly appear - and with chaotic results. But it is Maddy's bloodline that blows my mind away. Unknown to her at first, Maddy has the most unique family tree ever.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Dec. 2010
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I always love the opportunity to try and new author, so when Christina's title flitted across my vision I just had to give it a go. Death, as they say is a certainty, so I suppose it was only a matter of time before the embodiment took over the Urban Fantasy genre to such a degree that they'd give the vamps, Were's and witches as serious run for their money. Not that it's a bad thing but with so many titles featuring the reaper in all sort of incarnations each author has had to do something different to avoid being compared to the ones that have gone before.

Here in this title, Death takes the form of human agents with the blood of angels who take over the roll of certain fallen angels aiding humanity to pass onto the other side and whatever fate has in store. It's clever, the characters are cracking and to be honest the way that the story is woven really will lend the title up to multiple follow ups. Whilst many will concentrate on the romance of the characters within, the real star of the show for me, was a minor character, Beezle the Gargoyle. He's definitely the star and whilst many could end up wondering why, any author who lavishes that much time and love into a supporting cast member has taken a lot of care to create the other players.

All in, beautifully creative with some great prose, a serious sense of style alongside some cleverly built devices and dialogue. A great title to kick off a writing career and I wonder how much further Christina will be able to go. The only question is how much more complex is our heroines life going to get with the twists that have been left open to be resolved? I guess we'll have to wait to find out.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By sharon on 8 Jan. 2011
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This is the first novel in a new series.

I would rate this as a guanteed read, I was glued from the first page. It flows, the story twists & turns & you are right there with the main character Maddy throughout, who through no fault of her own, is a Soul Collector - when her mother died she automatically had to take over & grew into her wings, dodging social services with only a Gargoyle for companionship & protection from the age of thirteen - Maddy is defensive, opinionated, not afraid to stand her ground with her annoying bureaucratic boss, she takes her job seriously, and you get the impression she's really quite lonely.
Money is becoming tight and even though she has a sense of unease she agrees to rent her bottom apartment to enigmatic Gabriel Angelescuro, from here it is hold on to your hat, as the drama unfolds, conflicts flow, battles abound Maddy finds she has vicious enemiess, a minefield of rules & regulations to adhere to souls to save & Demons to defeat.
It is not very often you find so many supporting characters that are so well rounded and exciting to read. I enjoyed the whole book, Christina Henry's world is well knitted, complex & a joy to read. The romance was secondry for me, it was the storyline & world the author had built that made this urban fantasy special.

Reminds me of Kalayna Price, Tracy O'Hara & Dianne Sylvan

The next book in the series is called Black Night & that is due out in July 2011.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 22 Sept. 2012
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The first novel in a new series about immortal angels and their half-human offspring, Black Wings neatly copes with the tricky business of introducing a raft of interesting characters and setting them in a credible situation without feeling like a list or just a long drawn-out introduction.

It deftly melds together existing folklore -- the legend of the half-angelic nephelim -- with the modern world, and with a tough, intelligent heroine who has an unusual day job (escorting the souls of the dead to their next destination) and an even more unusual heritage which is about to cause all manner of complications in her until-now isolated and orphaned life.
All the usual plot devices are present and accounted for: weird new uncontrollable powers; cute inhuman sidekick; love triangle of uncommonly gorgeous supernatural geezers; bad guys blasting from all angles, and a big bad ambivalent brooding menace who is as threatening as he is intriguing.
It's all been done before in various forms, but Black Wings combines all the elements with some panache and introduces some clever twists on common themes while keeping a snappy, down to earth feel. The device which angels use to communicate was a very good joke, f'rinstance. And the dialogue is refreshingly crisp and realistic, while swooning is kept to a minimum. Our heroine dresses in black jeans with black boots and doesn't spend all day fussing about her make-up or hair-do. Thank goodness.
Black Wings is less explicit than the Anita Blake books; more mature than most angel tales and less soppy than the average vampire lovefest. It's harder edged than most supernatural stories with a female protagonist.
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