Series: Black Wings #7
Published by Ace on October 28th 2014
A former Agent of death, Madeline Black now has everything to live for, most importantly, her unborn child. But Chicago has become ground zero in a struggle between ancient creatures, and only Maddy can stop the carnage…
The mayor of Chicago has announced a plan to round up the city’s supernatural beings and put them in camps. With her due date looming, Maddy’s best move would be to lay low for a while. But not everyone is willing to respect her privacy. Hounded by tentacled monsters, a rogue shapeshifter, and a tenacious blogger, Maddy turns to her most powerful ally, her uncle Daharan, only to find him missing.
Just when it seems like things can’t get any worse, Maddy gets an invitation in the mail—to Lucifer’s wedding. Turns out everyone has been invited, friends and enemies alike. And with that kind of guest list, it’s highly unlikely there will be a happily ever after.
I started reading this book last week, and it was off to a great start. I was only one chapter in, and already enjoying the book. It’s no surprise that I loved the book, though I’m concerned that this may be the last one–it had that kind of feeling to it. As I said, it starts off where Black Heart ended, or shortly thereafter anyway. Maddy is still pregnant with Gabriel’s child, and still kicking up the good old fight against everything her grandfather, Lucifer, wants for her. This book comes with some gruesome scenes that can churn a gentle stomach, so reader beware. Maddy, Nathaniel, Beezle, and, well, the crowd of them are up against a shapeshifter that can bypass pretty much everything and can look and feel like anyone. And if that wasn’t enough, Maddy is expected to make an appearance at Lucifer’s wedding where, well, they assume they’ll be safe, but let’s be honest, no where is safe for Maddy, not even the sanctity of her own home in this book.
The characters just continue to be more and more defined with each book, and Beezle still is one of my favourite characters, He’s the comic relief more often than not, from complaining about everything to eating everything. Nathaniel has done the most changing throughout the books and I think it’s past time for Madeline to see that, so it was a relief to find her seeing Nathaniel for who he is now, instead of the almost evil creature he was at first. As for Maddy, she learns more about herself in this book, and what she is capable of without going overboard like she does in all the other books. It’s a subtle change, but it’s definitely there.
Plot wise, well, this series is almost formulaic by now. It doesn’t take away from the pleasure at all, but it does make for a book where nothing is really unexpected. For the most part anyway! There are a few scenes that were surprising, but they still fit into the formula, so there you go. Something bad happens, Maddy blows it up with fire, ancient relatives get involved, things get worse, more fire, the how-will-we-make-it moment arrives, Maddy blows it up with more fire…. You see where I’m going here, right? There is an overabundance of Maddy solving her problems with fire. A girl after my own heart, I’m sure, especially since she handles that fire with such finesse now, but there needs to be more to it than just fire. Remember that personal growth thing I mentioned earlier? Well that happens to give Maddy a new way of dealing with her problems.
Overall, I really did enjoy this book, though it does feel like it’s come to a close. I’m sure there is still more to the story that need to be told, but it feels like a good stopping point. And that is an excellent thing in my mind. All of these books that pick up right after the last one always leave me wondering when the heroine has the time to eat and sleep! Maddy will definitely have some time to do both of those after this book.