Thursday, December 19, 2013

On Midnight Wings review




A DESPERATE SEARCH. A DARK AND DANGEROUS JOURNEY.
AND EACH STEP COULD DESTROY EVERYONE DANTE LOVES.
ONLY ONE MORTAL WOMAN CAN SAVE HIM . . .

As Dante Baptiste’s true identity as both True Blood and Fallen ripples throughout New Orleans, he and Heather struggle for their lives against different foes, fighting their way back to each other. To free herself from her father’s treachery, Heather accepts help from an ally–and steps into even greater danger. Dante, lost to his brutal past, wavers between his own sense of self and the Bad Seed-programmed S that lurks within, between the never-ending Road and the Great Destroyer. And the danger of becoming both.

. . . UNLESS THE FALLEN REACH HIM FIRST.
Lucien searches frantically for the lovers, all too aware that time is running out. Dark forces continue to gather, eager to possess and manipulate the young vampire for their own ends. The fate of mortals, nightkind, and the Fallen pivots around Dante as he struggles to piece together his shattered psyche and gain control of his power before he rips all three worlds asunder.

Review:

After a very long wait, which I learned were due to medical reasons, readers were once again reunited with Dante and Heather in Book 5 of The Maker's Song series, and I for one was very excited to read this one because I've long thought that Dante is one of the best tortured UF vampires around. He's right there with Acheron and Zsadist, the main difference being that A and Z are much more alpha in personality where D is street smart and scrappy. 

As is the norm for Dante and Heather, nothing is ever peaceful and the more we learn about the uniqueness that is Dante, not to mention his powers, the more precarious the situation becomes. Secondary characters figure heavily into On Midnight Wings, a definite highlight, and the level of extreme danger makes for seriously suspenseful reading in a world that is full of rich details. Phoenix has created a place that exists like nothing else out there, bringing the pain of Dante's past to life in a way that could easily break your heart. His survival itself is amazing, so the fact that despite all the torture and deception he can love someone shows the beauty of his soul. 

My number one complaint about this book is that is ends rather abruptly, at the end of some very intense action sequences, but with a major development very much unresolved. It was very unexpected and something that it the usual MO for any of the previous books. This felt like more than just leaving a few plot points dangling for the next book, or introducing something entirely new for the gang to deal with next time. This was diving off a cliff! Book Six, Pale Blue Flames, should be out in August of next year, so we have a bit of a wait, but I'm confident that patience will be rewarded.

4 stars!

*Reviewed by Anna

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