Black Howl by Christina Henry is part of her 'Black Wings' series that centers around Madeline Black, an Agent of Death whose job is to escort the spirits of the recently deceased to a 'Door' of choice. Those who refuse to pass through remain on Earth as a ghost, those who pass through...who knows what exactly happens to them? It may depend on their beliefs. This question is even more important by the end of this book. There are many conundrums in these tales which seem to have quite a few imaginative elements but sometimes I don't think they form a cohesive flow in the story...not to mention, if you are associating with all-powerful beings who can destroy things with a thought and you can fly and conjure up inordinate amounts of power...should you really have money problems? Trouble buying a winter's coat? Hmm, I don't think so. Somebody ought to be able to provide! Then there's the question of Maddy's wellbeing...it seems that she's handicapped by her half-mortal nature but I find my credulity being a bit strained by the constant damage and recuperation that takes place...or maybe it's the passage of time that I am struggling with. And the life and death struggles that take place in the front yard, back yard, etc., somehow I think that JB wouldn't have time to do anything else if he is constantly trying to keep everything hidden from the obtuse human neighbors. Anyway, I love the gargoyle Beezle who has an incredible sweet tooth, loves to watch movies and is an uncomplicated straightforward being, the guys in Maddy's life are yummy (naturally) and the political maneuverings will keep one guessing and wondering who is truly an ally and who isn't. For me this is one of those series that generates likes and dislikes in equal amounts...but it is still an enjoyable read. My Amazon review is at this link under ELF2060. Please add a 'yes this was helpful' vote if you are willing, it is greatly appreciated!
Black Wings and Black Night are the first two novels in the series. My Night Owl reviews are at these links Black Wings and Black Night
This title was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.