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Black Lament by Christina Henry

Black Lament picks up where Black Howl left off only things are bleaker now that Gabriel is gone. This book has wonderful pacing and is a journey through love, loss, hope, humor and the insurmountable dread that is daddy Lucifer. In this Black Wings Novel, we see a softer side of Maddy though I couldn’t help wondering (almost from the get go) if she channeled Oliver Twist in the trouble department. “Please sir, I want some more.”

I could list some of our heroine’s problems, but frankly I don’t have the energy. This is one of my favorite things about Black Lament. The problems created are (mostly) resolved and then we’re on to the next. It’s an exhilarating rush that made me empathize with Maddy in new ways.

Gotta love Beezle, but the little dude can eat. Meanwhile, pregnant Maddy rarely gets a meal. *sigh*  

Christina is the queen of pace. I admire her ability to punch out emotion without slowing down the scene. Not everybody loves this style of writing. It isn’t as deep as the authors who carry out internal dialogue for pages on end. More times than not, I prefer a happy medium which is what (I believe) Christina Henry provides. Every time!

Now, this post is going to be a Hybrid post as it is more review than Five Sentences to Impress, but I’d like to share the first five because they’ll hook ya. First, the book blurb:

As an Agent of Death, Madeline Black deals with loss every day. But when tragedy touches her own life, Maddy will have to find the strength within to carry on…
Devastated and grieving, Maddy unexpectedly finds hope with the discovery that she is pregnant. But Maddy’s joy is short lived when Lucifer informs her that he wants the baby, hoping to draw on the combined power of two of his bloodlines. Maddy is determined that her grandfather will never have her child, but she’s not sure what she can do to stop him.
Being pregnant is stressful enough, but Maddy suddenly finds herself at odds with the Agency—forbidden from meddling in the affairs of the supernatural courts. When a few of her soul collections go awry, Maddy begins to suspect that the Agency wants to terminate her employment. They should know by now that she isn’t the sort to give up without a fight…
Now, the first five sentences of Chapter One:
Live. Write. Read.
Black Lament (A Black Wings Novel)

 

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