Black Howl (Black Wings Series #3)

Black Howl (Black Wings Series #3)

by Christina Henry

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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...

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ISBN-13: 9781937007331
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/30/2012
Series: Black Wings Series , #3
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 520,618
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Christina Henry is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago and enjoys running long distances, reading anything she can get her hands on and watching movies with subtitles in her spare time. She lives in Chicago with her husband and son.

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Black Howl 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best Book in the Series! I strongly recommend you read this series in order (Black Wings and Black Night) prior to reading this installment. What a spectacular read! The intensity of the storyline was so fierce, it kept me glued to every page. This fast paced story moved quickly from one tragedy to the next. Contrary to the tragedy, the story also had lots of humor and fun. Lucifer is definitely my favorite character. His twisted grandfatherly interaction with Maddy was a welcomed treat. The more Lucifer ushers Maddy into his inner circle and the more knowledge Maddy gains in Lucifer’s world, the more pain is bestowed on her. Maddy’s life has always been in a state of flux and this installment completely shatters her whole world. The author handled Maddy’s misery elegantly and respectfully. Just when you think you’ve figured everything out, the author goes and throws the biggest curveball! The huge cliffhanger had me on the edge of my seat and left me salivating for more! Fans of the series, this installment is a must read! This particular book, IMO, is the catalyst that will fuel all future books. With the ending done as it was, this altered path, plunges Maddy’s life past her precipice and into a new phase of untethered wrath. I strongly recommend this book to fellow dark urban fantasy readers and I can’t wait for next book Black Lament due out 10/30/2012. I also recommend: Shéa MacLeod Kissed by Darkness from the Sunwalker Saga (B&N do not carry this title).
LITERALADDICTION More than 1 year ago
Black Howl, Book #3 of the BLACK WINGS series Author = Christina Henry OUR REVIEW by LITERAL ADDICTION's Guest Reviewer - Shawnie POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT!!!!! I have been following Christina Henry's Black Wings Series since I stumbled across her name I read the first chapter and new I was going to be one of the fanatics and obsess about when new books would be coming out. There is so much you can grab on to with these books, it is hard not to love. Not only did she successfully introduce us to her Agents of Death, she also gave us a dysfunctional family to some what relate to and a love story that would break any sane women's heart. Now any other person would probably underline the love story but not I. I got caught and pulled in by Lucifer himself *grins* yes he makes horrible babies, but I do not care. The small and fleeting parts that we get to view him, grip you and leave you begging for more. The ultimate bad boy, who could resist that temptation? I can't and I don't even want to. The fact that Madeline Black is his Granddaughter just makes it all so much better and the cast in these books are laugh out loud funny. But I have to say Night Howl was not what I expected it to be, it was beyond awesome. Madeline is as always her reckless self, and can't stop herself from jumping head first into some crap with complete disregard for her life. Her motives are pure, she would do anything for her friends but she seems to lack self preservation on a number of fronts. Her emotions rule her, and that is what gets her in trouble most times but also her loyalty to her family. I commend her for that sense of loyalty, but disagree with the decisions she makes in regards to that loyalty. There was a lot of emotions with with book some laugh so hard you pee yourself, some oh my god why is that happening and a lot of giant tears that come down on their own. Beezle, makes you want to fling him somewhere and then go get him just so you can hug and love him. Gabriel, makes you want to smack him in the back of his head in the beginning and then you want to jump up and down shouting YES! Samiel, is just one of those characters you love, because you can't feel anything else for him. Lucifer is well Lucifer, he is still his complex, semi emotional self who does things that completely benefit him in the long run. AND I LOVE IT! You get all the family with this book, but if I give you everyone else I would have to give you spoilers, and I won't do that. I will tell you all this, you will be upset towards the end, but very happy by the end of the book. Christina Henry, knew what she was doing when she wrote Black Howl, I give her a standing ovation. If I had a rating system I'd give her FIVE BLACK ROSES [as it stands, she's reviewing for LITERAL ADDICTION, therefore she gives it 5 SKULLS in our case. :)].
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This third installment does not disappoint! Maddy is an awesome heroine! Christina Henry has hit the mark with her wonderfully endearing characters and plenty if wit and sarcasm. One of the best series of books in the urban fantacy genre! Highly recommend!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this series, but I couldn't stop crying! Quick question, will there be a 4th book? Or at least another book written by Christina Henry? I can't tell if I dislike or like the ending TT~TT (crys again)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was really disapointed in this book. It was one battle after another, some of which I completely skipped. No character development. Will not read another. Unless it's free.
Wykked More than 1 year ago
Love the 3rd installment of Maddie and her crew. Maddie just cannot seem to keep from finding herself in the thick of it. Ghosts that are wondering around without her bosses of death being notified, warewolves missing, and a vengence seeking fairy stirring the pot. As she struggles to put all the pieces together she discovers new things about herself and who she can and cannot trust. I cannot wait for the next book to come out and hope there will be many more.
ArcherKat More than 1 year ago
Why the heck did that happen.. So soo not fair.. But when you play with Lucifer you get burned. But why oh why..
PatH More than 1 year ago
Must read.
LauraDAZ More than 1 year ago
Oh this was a VERY nice continuation to the series. No disappointment here whatsoever!!! This is definitely a MUST READ!!!
TheLibraryhag on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Maddy Black just can't catch a break. After a normal "pick up" of a soul, she spys a ghost behaving oddly. This is just the beginning. When the alpha of the werewolf pack and the cubs of the pack go missing, Maddy is enlisted to help find them. OK, they find the cubs but they are acting just like the disoriented ghost she had encountered. Turns out the memories of people are being stolen and sold to vampires as a drug. (who knew?). And of course Maddy and company are in the thick of it. I just love this series. The world is so much fun. Maddy is a walking disaster magnet. Her trusty and fat gargoyle, Beezle, is too funny. The book is action packed yet you still find out things about Maddy and the other characters. I still sometimes want to slap Maddy for being so rash (as do many characters in the book). But hey, that is just Maddy. Can't wait to see what is going to happen.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the Madeline Black series by Henry. The fourth book will be titled, Black Lament, and is scheduled to release in October 2012. This book was a great addition to the series. It is a story of be careful what you wish for and it was interesting to see Maddy's careless behavior finally catch up to her.Maddy is an Agent of Death, the granddaughter of Lucifer, and learning to control her dark angelic powers. Her boss is getting upset because unscheduled ghosts are turning up in the streets acting strangely. He wants Maddy to figure out what is going on. Maddy is also contacted by the local werewolves' second-in-commander; their pack leader has gone missing along with all of the werewolf children and Maddy needs to figure out where they all went before it is too late. Additionally Maddy is still trying to outrun her demonic father and mend the relationship between her and Gabriel, her thrall.Henry does enough recapping to jog your memory, but I wouldn't recommend starting on this book without reading the previous two. I enjoy Maddy's snarky attitude and reckless behavior; although I have often wondered when Maddy's enemies would finally catch up to her. Well in this book they finally do. It is kind of fun to watch Maddy get angry and loose it because when she does she does it in a mass destruction type of way. I also love how she throws down against huge immortal baddies without even batting an eyelash; in some scenes it is kind of hilarious.My hands down favorite character is still Beezle; you have to love this lovable and humorous gargoyle...I mean I seriously want my own pet gargoyle now! Nathaniel is back, not my favorite guy but you learn more about what makes him tick in this story. Lucifer is also in this story quite a bit more; it was great to learn more about his personality and character and after this book he doesn't feel so much evil to me as complex.Gabriel is in the story as well; him and Maddy finally get a little romance in their lives. The story is fast-paced, full of some great action, and the plot (which seems straight-forward to begin with) gets bigger and bigger and blossoms into a complex plot of epic proportions...yet it is still easy to follow yet full of surprises.The ending of the book was full of some huge revelations and surprises; it left me dying to know what will happen in the next book.Overall this is a fast-paced, action packed read that is part of a solid and enjoyable urban fantasy series. Maddy is sarcastic and snarky and gets beat up a lot (reminds me of Harry Dresden from that aspect) but she is also determined to hold her own. Maddy's reckless behavior catches up to her in this novel. All the wonderful characters from the previous books are here. The plot starts out simple but ends up complex and is full of wonderful surprises at the end. I definitely recommend this novel to fans of urban fantasy; the angelic bent to this series is different than your typical vamp/were series and makes for a different and fun read.
STACYatUFI on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another great installment of the Madeline Black Series. I have always loved Maddy's character. She is stronger then some give her credit for and has learned a lot since book 1 about her self and what she can do and be. Beezle continues to be one of my favorite sidekicks. He provides endless amounts of humor to about every situation Maddy finds herself in. Most of the book revolves around Madeline helping Jude find his missing Alpha and the packs children. There is plenty of action as she fights off demons and humongous spiders that would give an arachnophobe like me a heart attack. Along for the ride is of course Gabriele the man that Maddy loves but that refuses to be with her. There are some great developments between them in BLACK HOWL as well as some major heart ache and loss. Lucifer continues to stump and surprise me. Just when you think he is using Maddy for his own evil plans he shows what is under his cold exterior and lets us see some real (at least it seems real) support and emotion from him. Most of the characters we have loved from the previous books are also in BLACK HOWL next to Maddy as she uncovers betrayal and plots that will rock her world even more then it was already rocking.There were a lot of emotions that came out of BLACK HOWL and I was sorta expecting the ending news to happen at some point but it was still EVIL EVIL ending the book like that Christina. Just plain Evil. Dying to read book 4 and BLACK HOWL isn't even officially out yet, hopefully the wait wont be to long.
Artistickc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Black Howl by Christina HenryMy rating: 4 of 5 starsGENRE: Urban FantasyTHEME: Vampires, Angels, Ghost, Werewolves, Fae RECEIVED: For Review from Penguin USAREVIEW:The Madeline Black series has been such a favorite of mine; I love the concept of the lead Madeline being the daughter of the right hand of Satan, as well as Satan being her grandfather. This time around was super exciting and of course full of action. Plus we get some much-needed romance, which made me squee like a schoolgirl. But I was soooo not prepared for the ending, wow¿ no words but I¿ll get to that later.Maddy seriously doesn¿t get a break especially after the last book, now she has to deal with Ghost walking the streets her friend Samiel is going on trail for a serious issue, and her wishful lover is now her Thrall aka slave. But of course that¿s not all, because when the werewolves come knocking after their Alpha and kids go missing, Maddy takes on a bit more than she can chew.Maddy, poor girl doesn¿t ever get a break and she¿s always getting herself into way more than she should be able to handle. I felt bad for her having to deal with the man she cares about the most, Gabriel. From the last book he became her Thrall when she saved him. Meaning she owns him, but she doesn¿t want that, all she wants is for him to be free. So he kind of gets a bit of an attitude, but she has more issues to deal with than him. Maddy also gets a visit from her ex fiancé, who really does some major damage that includes her father. But I think the best relationship in an odd twist is of her and Lucifer, who seems to be helping her more than usual.Jude is back with the werewolves and most of the time I wanted to punch him in the face. He was so rude to Maddy who was putting not only her life in danger but her friends to help him save his pack. He really needed to get over the fact that she¿s connected to Lucifer.My comedic duo in this book was definitely Samiel and Maddy¿s always hungry for doughnuts Gargoyle, Beezle. These two pretty much feed off each other with humor and they are kind of like BFF¿s. They also keep the peace between lots of the commotion that go on as well as being protective of Maddy.Probably like many of those who read Black Howl, it took me a few days to writing the review because the ending was killer. I actually re-read the ending to make sure it really happened, so gird your loins because it¿s a shocker. I¿m keeping my fingers crossed that Christina Henry will somehow alter what happened, cause I¿m still feeling the heartache. I really enjoyed Black Howl from the first turn of the page, I highly recommend this novel and can¿t wait for the fourth book!RECOMMENDATION: This is an adult romance that brings out the best of Urban Fantasies, Fans of Jennifer Estep¿s Elemental Assassins series and Devon Monks Allie Beckstrom series, then Christina Henrys Madeline Black series is the perfect fit!
DarkFaerieTales on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick & Dirty: A cautionary be-careful-what-you-wish-for tale. And undeniable proof that luck does eventually run out.Opening Sentence: ¿Legs in the air, heels toward the ceiling. Crunch, quick!¿The Review:The phrase ¿Be careful what you wish for because you just might get it¿ is good advice. This book, the third in the Madeline Black urban fantasy series, embodies this old adage well. It¿s full of intentional and unintentional consequences for our heroine, Madeline Black. You would think that her past actions have taught her caution, but it was not meant to be. She is as rash and unapologetic as ever. Her reactions to problems are going to end up costing her, and those she holds dear.Madeline Black is complicated. She is an Agent of Death, escorting souls to the Door so that they may pass in peace from this world. She is considered a friend of the Red Pack of Wisconsin, a group of werewolves that she met in the last book. She is also the great-granddaughter of Lucifer, the Morningstar, and therefore a big player in the fallen community. Not that she wants to be, but we don¿t get to choose our family. Speaking of family¿Her father, Lord Azazel, is constantly trying to use Madeline for his own gains, both political and personal. He demands respect and obedience even though he has yet to earn it from his daughter. Nathaniel, her unwanted fiancé, is just one of the many reasons Madeline and Azazel don¿t get along. He demands she marry Nathaniel even though she has given her heart to another, Gabriel. In Azazel¿s eyes, Gabriel is unsuitable as a prospective suitor because he is considered a servant and therefore below Madeline.And when she¿s not being maneuvered by her father, Lucifer is trying to do the same. He wants Madeline to be by his side, working for him, and eventually succeeding him as his heir. She just wants to be left alone to care for her loved ones. That includes: Beezle, her household gargoyle, Samiel, Gabriel¿s half brother and nephilim, and of course Gabriel himself, her one and only love. Unfortunately, Madeline is not meant for quiet nights with friends and loved ones. Will her choice to protect Samiel from Grigori justice (see last book for details on that) doom them all? Will her love for Gabriel finally bear fruit? When will Gabriel learn that Madeline doesn¿t care about his station in the fallen¿s caste system, that she just loves him for himself? Will they be allowed to stay together or will the fallen decide to take Gabriel away from her, damn the consequences? Will Beezle ever get his promised doughnuts?Wade, alpha of the Red Pack of Wisconsin, has been kidnapped along with dozens of werewolf children. Jude, Wade¿s second-in-command, goes to Madeline for help. There is no love lost between Jude and Madeline, but they work together to find his missing pack mates. Is her involvement in werewolf business going to end up killing Madeline or someone close to her? Will she take that chance?Not only is Madeline playing sleuth to find werewolf kidnappers, she is also trying to discover the reason so many ghosts are turning up around Chicago. Yes, ghosts are ALWAYS around but none of these were scheduled deaths. And death is nothing, if not neat and orderly. These poor souls were not meant to go before their scheduled time and Madeline wants to know why it¿s happening. J.B., her former boss and sometimes friend, gets involved in the investigation. Why? There is a chance that his mother, Queen Amarantha of the local faerie court, is connected and he wants to find out the truth. Can J.B. stand up to his mother if she is involved with the deaths of so many humans? What will happen if mother and son take opposing sides? Will they truly try to destroy one another for what they believe is right? Can Madeline do anything to stop it?Madeline Black is constantly running from one problem to the next. There is always another crisis to address just when the last one is taken care of. S
AmberFIB on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wow. So this was a difficult read for me. In an effort not to spoil anything, I'm just going to say that the ending blew me away. I know why things had to work out that way, though. I was emotionally exhausted by the time I finished this novel, but for the life of me, I could not put it down!!! It was super intense, and Maddy had even more problems that she usually has. The book starts where Black Night left off. Madeline is still dealing with the fall out of what happened in the Faerie Court. She's still holding a grudge against Nathaniel (understandably), and Gabriel is still mad that he's her thrall. But things get so much more complicated than that before it's over.This book kept me guessing from start to finish. I had a couple of small things figured out, but they were just minor parts of the bigger picture... and I had no clue about the bigger picture. Black Howl was mysterious and action-packed. Jude (who hates Maddy, if you remember) comes to her for help when Wade and the cubs go missing. What's going on with the cubs is very upsetting and affecting more than just the supernaturals. A lot of innocent humans in Chicago are being affected by this problem as well. Who is behind it? Well, I won't tell you that. Let me just say that you'll be surprised by the main person pulling the strings. I know I was. The character development in this novel is lacking for Maddy and Gabriel. Neither of them develop much, but Jude and J.B. develop a ton. I kind of liked that. I felt like Maddy and Gabriel had grown as much as possible and it's refreshing to learn new things about secondary characters sometimes instead of just simply learning more and more about the main characters. Beezle, of course, remains the same. Jude and J.B. both surprised me. I'm not going to tell you about Jude, but I will tell you about J.B. He has a cat!!! I love cats! So now I love J.B. haha. It's the small things, you know. In an effort not to spoil this novel, I'm going to stop my review here. There's really not much I can say without giving all of the surprises away. Black Howl is an action-packed emotional roller coaster ride that you do not want to miss!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoying this series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive been so ingrossed in this series, i have'nt taken time to rate them individually. I read a ton of books but it is rare to find a series that keeps me captivated.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read. Enhough twists and action for 2 (or more) installments of the series.
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The books are quick at 200 pages but the story flows nicely. A nice read during some downtime.
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BCJFL More than 1 year ago
Wonderful series. Leaves you on the edge of your seat (or up all night reading). Highly recommend if you like Urban Fantasy and strong female characters. Bring tissues for this one though.
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