Blog tour: His Black Wings

his black wingsTitle: His Black Wings

Author: Astrid Yrigollen

Date Published: November 20th, 2012

Claren Maidstone has been forced to flee her childhood home after the death of her parents and a vicious assault from a sadistic young man who intends to marry her. Claren changes her identity and finds employment as an assistant to the handsome Fredrick Lowood, a generous yet mysterious benefactor. However, she soon finds out his generosity comes at a price. Fredrick wishes for Claren to befriend his disfigured son who resides in seclusion at their estate, Westwind.
Fredrick Lowood knows what the history books do not teach, that the Grand Council built this new world of peace and beauty on hidden blood and greed. He has plotted for years to bring down the family that enslaved his own people. Suddenly, he has the last living heir in his grasp.
Etrigan Lowood rejects the world that forces him to hide. He is powerful, plagued with a terrible dark beauty: WINGS. It is these wings that carry him out only at night to watch the unwanted intruder in his home. A creature of refined instinct yet little social grace, he is strangely captivated by Claren but knows nothing of how her family’s dark past is intertwined with his own. Through their blossoming friendship, Etrigan realizes he still retains his human heart and yearns for Claren’s love.
Kurten Wandsworth is the only son of the Mayor of St.Marhen. Kurten lives his life fueled by cruelty and lust. Whatever he wants he takes and he wants Claren to be his wife even it if kills her. Scarred by Claren he hunts her down mercilessly until he can set a trap which she will never be able to escape from.
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I have finished reading this book last week and I couldn’t stop gushing over it. Let’s start with the beginning.

The cover for His Black Wings is appealing to me. At first, I thought it was a Japanese-inspired novel because of the cover art – it looks like a manga. Then when I started leafing through the book, I have read the About Me page of the author and found that she likes Japanese mangas and anime. Figures. 🙂

The first few pages were dull, but the story grew right before I started to get bored. It started with the narration of the heroine about her state, which was confusing in a way. In the beginning, I thought it wasn’t a good style to confuse the readers with the descriptions of the current situation the heroine was in, but I realized that it was effective in trying to get attention. I was like, “What? Why? I don’t understand.” It made me curious and a bit frustrated with the slow pace in the beginning, but it also glued me into reading it. That’s something I commend the author for.

The story progressed, and I was growing to like the heroine. She was portrayed as a typical girl my age and I sometimes see myself in her. They say that when a writer made the reader nods in agreement in the depiction of a character’s life, it means that there is reality in her work. This is what I saw in His Black Wings. The personality of Claren is believable and I admire the author that she was able to create such strong woman character despite the setting in Victorian England.

The conflicts given in the first part of the story were understandable to shape Claren’s personality. They were also smartly linked with other’s experiences and the twist in the story was predictable yet interesting. The author carefully planned the creation of her novel and I felt a key was inserted into a lock and everything clicked in place at the end of the story. All the conflicts and experiences were included in a web beautifully weaved enabling the characters to meet and interact.

Speaking of characters, of course this novel won’t be titled as it is without Etrigan Lowood, the hero of this story. At first, I thought he looked something sinister based on the early descriptions, but when Claren finally met him, I realized that this YA novel has a tinge of romance as well. Their story was common except for the disfigurement of Etrigan, but everything else isn’t new. However, I am a hopeless romantic and a sucker for quiet, mysterious man so I fell in love with their story.

It is only a light read that I have finished after pouring over it for five hours. And what can I say? First: It is like another story of Beauty and the Beast. Though I can’t really see Etrigan as a beast, I hope you get what I mean. Second: There’s an element of something similar with The Secret Garden in this novel. I always smile whenever I remember Collin in Etrigan’s character, and Mary in Claren. So with those two comments, shall I recommend this book to others? Yes. It is something that others can read to believe that love is still true for others and the acceptance of having an imperfect partner is vital in any relationship.

*I have received a copy of this book for review.

**This review is also posted in Goodreads.

astrif yrigollenAstrid Yrigollen is a native of the Bay area of California and currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Astrid started writing stories for her friends in sixth grade. After working part time at a funeral home during high school, she channeled her love of story writing in to creating video games for PC’s which were featured in Shareware magazines.
In the early 1990’s she secured a position with International Video game giant, Sega of America but never lost her love for writing in traditional format. After leaving the video game industry, she worked briefly as a vet assistant, aiding in surgery until she found out she passes out at the site of blood!  Maintaining a great love of animals, but preferring work where there was no blood involved, Astrid became a boutique fashion designer for people ‘who like to dress like their dolls’, successfully placing her designs in boutiques in Europe, the U.S, and Australia.
She founded and now co-chairs with her husband for the California Coast Ball Jointed Doll Convention, an annual event for Japanese Super Dollfie Collectors. Astrid enjoys collecting dolls, Anime, video games, baking and sewing and is currently studying college level Japanese, her third language.
She now enjoys writing Young Adult and Children’s books and has succeeded in putting out The Doughnut Tree, The Zombie Playground, A creature compilation , and The Mosswoods to name a few.
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14 thoughts on “Blog tour: His Black Wings

  1. Wow, you read a book in five hours. That is really impressive.

    When you started describing the plot, I though it reminds me of The Secret Garden, which I only watched in a movie format when I was a kid. It made me smile when you mentioned it. 🙂

    1. Yes. When I was in a good mood, I tend to finish books in less than 24 hours. Then I’ll pick another one right after it. This week I think I am in for a marathon. I don’t know exactly why. I have this sudden thirst for books all of a sudden.

      I have read The Secret Garden though I haven’t watched the movie. Perhaps you can try to read the book, too. On another note, do you know a Korean drama titled Secret Garden? I like it!

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