Guest review: Black Heart by Christina Henry

Black Wings, Book 6

Synopsis: As a former agent of death, Madeline Black is no stranger to witnessing violent ends. But being the one to cause them is an entirely different story…

Despite her having saved Chicago from a vampire invasion, the Agency wants to get Maddy off its payroll – permanently. With the deadly Retrievers hot on her trail, she has no choice but to trust Nathaniel to port her to safety. But the exotic and dangerous world she winds up in doesn’t provide her with the peaceful sanctuary she sought. Caught in a turf war between a group of fae and a disturbingly familiar foe, Maddy soon discovers that the twisted plots of her grandfather Lucifer and his brothers extend even into this unknown realm.

Now, with enemies gathering on all sides, Maddy’s fate is looking darker than ever. And to protect her unborn son from her adversaries, she may have to tap into a power she hoped never to access…

My thoughts:

Christina Henry’s Black Wings series continues to be a thrilling ride. Black Heart is dark, intense and captivating. The focus on personal growth means Black Heart is not quite as action-packed as Black City, but there is still enough action to keep it interesting.

Hunted down by the invincible Retrievers, Maddy is ported to safety by Nathaniel. However, the strange world she ends up in is not exactly harmless. Drawn into the turf war between a group of Fae and their enemy, Maddy needs to quickly sort out friends from foes. All the while planning her return home for there is no way Maddy is leaving her friends to face her enemies on their own.

Being Lucifer’s granddaughter means inheriting his enemies. It also means that Maddy is often used as a pawn in one of Lucifer’s many games. Or those of his brothers. Forced to fight enemies to save the city and people she loves means Maddy has made enemies of her own. The more powerful the enemy, the more Maddy has needed to call upon the power in her blood, but power comes with a price. So far Maddy has managed to survive, but the cost of survival has been high. The increasingly ruthless way with which she responds to threats and enemies has put distance between her and some of her friends. In Black Heart Maddy is struggling with the consequences of her great power and the way it has changed her.

One of the things I love about this series is that Henry’s characters are all very appealing individuals. Take Lucifer, for instance, whose evil genius is always fun to read about. He plots and schemes and oozes charm in his own evil little way. In Black Heart he only plays a minor role, but his brother Puck does his utmost to fill his shoes. The convoluted schemes of Lucifer and Puck are always entertaining. I also love the new character Henry introduced. I cannot wait to see what role he will play in future books.

This series keeps getting better, but also darker. It is well-paced and smoothly written, boasts vivid characters and plenty of action. Like always, I finished Black Heart wanting more, but sadly I have no idea when book 7 is due.

4

 Mirjam copie

17 thoughts on “Guest review: Black Heart by Christina Henry

    • Thank you! I hope you will come across Black Wings and will love it as much as I did. Keep an eye out for Beezle the gargoyle. He’s one of my favourite characters in the series! 🙂

  1. OOoh nice review! I still need to read this one as well! Got bombarbed by other reads that warranted my attention and have yet to read it. I bought it when it came out, but that’s as far as I got! Maybe I’ll work it in next week! Glad to hear that the series is still going strong and that there is room for more! Haven’t heard word on more either and was wondering if this was the end! I sure hope it isn’t! Again, great review!

    • Thank you! I remember a review on Amazon saying book 7 was as yet untitled, but I haven’t been able to find any confirmation of that. Considering that the story is far from finished, I am hopeful that book 7 will follow.

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