A former Agent of death, Madeline Black now has everything to live for, most importantly, her unborn child. But Chicago has become ground zero in a struggle between ancient creatures, and only Maddy can stop the carnage…
The mayor of Chicago has announced a plan to round up the city’s supernatural beings and put them in camps. With her due date looming, Maddy’s best move would be to lay low for a while. But not everyone is willing to respect her privacy. Hounded by tentacled monsters, a rogue shapeshifter, and a tenacious blogger, Maddy turns to her most powerful ally, her uncle Daharan, only to find him missing.
Just when it seems like things can’t get any worse, Maddy gets an invitation in the mail—to Lucifer’s wedding. Turns out everyone has been invited, friends and enemies alike. And with that kind of guest list, it’s highly unlikely there will be a happily ever after.
Harbingers of apocalypse are evoked with paradoxical whimsy and tragedy in Henry's seventh Black Wings urban fantasy installment (after Black Heart). Family feuds among refurbished archetypes plague the sympathetic yet hardboiled series heroine, Madeline Black, as she flees Alerian, Lucifer's half-brother, who plans to incite Chicago's supernatural population to eradicate all human life. Worried that her baby is a monster and plagued by supernatural enthusiast Jack Dabrowski, Madeline prepares for Lucifer's wedding while attempting to contain her growing rage. Aided by Judas Iscariot, angel Samiel, and new lover Nathaniel, Madeline may still be able to thwart the approaching war between gods, but at what price? Dramatic supernatural struggle and intensive psychological conflict are lent disarming humor and empathetic humor in an adrenaline-soaked plot that cross-pollinates a number of mythologies. Domestic concerns inject tender and convincing humanity into supernatural tragedy; household chores and sibling rivalry are metaphors for cosmic battles of blood and treachery. Spunky heroine Madeline is likable precisely because she is so recognizably flawed. This quick-paced but thematically introspective read will delight series fans.