Black Night by Christina Henry picks up after Black Wings and tells the story of Madeline (Maddy) Black as she continues to navigate the tricky world of the supernatural despite her part-human background. The males in her life include half-angel Gabriel (bodyguard, thrall and heartstone partner), J.B. (crochety boss who has been promoted and who has surprisingly lofty connections), Nathaniel (her father's choice for her fiance) and her sidekick the gargoyle Beezle. All of them want the best for Maddy but their goals are not necessarily hers. She has gotten accustomed to her duties of escorting souls to the Door leading to the Afterlife but she still is not earning enough to be financially secure and she is suddenly caught in a nightmare when Gabriel and then Beezle disappear. Committed to a diplomatic mission to the faerie queen Amarantha's court, Maddy discovers that it is more difficult to discern true allies from enemies than ever before, especially without those who are so important to her heart. The horrendous murders of werewolves alert Maddy to the fact that yet another scion of Lucifer is seeking revenge upon her and her erratic powers in his presence handicap her defense. Gabriel becomes the prize in a dangerous contest that may cause an upheaval in the alliances and balance between Lucifer and Amarantha while Maddy continues to explore her own powers and strengths.
Maddy's life is improving slightly but there are many elements to the storyline that are still a bit frustrating. The erratic appearance and disappearance of her powers at the most inopportune times, the lack of money to even purchase groceries, the injuries that she suffers which sometimes incapacitate her and fail to slow her down at others, the deadly enemy who changes abruptly are a bit disconcerting. There are excellent aspects to the story and more fascinating characters are introduced but this is still definitely a work in progress.
Madeline Black is an Agent of death, meaning she escorts the souls of people who have died to the afterlife. Of course, not everyone is happy to see her...
If obstinate dead people were all that Maddy had to worry about, life would be much easier. But the best-laid plans of Agents and fallen angels often go awry. Deaths are occurring contrary to the natural order, Maddy's being stalked by foes inside and outside of her family, and her two loves-her bodyguard, Gabriel, and her doughnut-loving gargoyle, Beezle-have disappeared. But because Maddy is Lucifer's granddaughter, things are expected of her, things like delicate diplomatic missions to other realms.