Black Howl (Black Wings #3) by Christina Henry
Publisher: Ace/Feb. 2012
Black Wings Series
Kind thanks to Ace for providing a review copy
Something is wrong with the souls of Chicago’s dead. Ghosts are walking the streets, and Agent of Death Madeline Black’s exasperating boss wants her to figure out why. 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-fiance Nathaniel is out of the picture–or so she thinks…
REVIEW (This is #3 in a series, and I’ve done my best to avoid spoilers, but if you haven’t started the series yet, you may read my review for Black Wings here)
There are some freaky things going on with the ghosts in Chicago. They’re not showing up on the Agency’s radar for soul pickup, meaning deaths that aren’t on the schedule, which is a big no-no. There’s mystery #1. Then there’s the nearly unbearable tension between Maddy and Gabriel since he was made her thrall, and then there are the missing werewolf cubs. Maddy has her hands full, and then some, in this one, but she’s come so far since book 1, I had no doubt she’d be able to handle things. Her powers get stronger every day, but sometimes even the granddaughter of Lucifer needs a break, right? Well, Maddy’s not gonna get one. In fact, she’s in for her toughest test yet…
I think Black Howl is my favorite of the bunch, mainly because Maddy is so much stronger, but also, emotionally, it packed such a wallop. Talk about tension…it’s out the whazoo. Jude, alpha wolf Wade’s 2nd in command, who enlists Maddy’s help to find the cubs, will make you want to smack him. He’s awfully nasty to Maddy, because of who she is, yet he’s having to ask for her help. Don’t worry, you’ll find out the why of his attitude, and it’s one of the coolest things about the book. Maddy’s father, Azazel, is up to no good, and Amarantha is back in the picture, which is never cause for happiness. The fight scenes are seriously good and there are quite a few, so the excitement never really stops. There are some jaw droppers with Maddy and Gabriel and also new alliances will be made. The author ties up lots of loose strings in this one and preps us for the next books to come, and of course, I’ll be there for the ride! Love this series!