Title: His Black Wings
Author: Astrid Yrigollen
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.
This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.
‘His Black Wings’ is a gem of a book – and makes me feel lucky to be a reviewer!!!
I really enjoyed the confused view of fantastical Victorian England which Astrid Yrigollen creates and the way in which Claren does not fit either category – she is not shocked by anything out of the ordinary but she is now living her life slightly outside the rules of ‘proper’ society.
Admittedly I was at first concerned for her safety when she went to work for Mr Lowood but then he showed signs of wanting to take care of her. However much I doubted him I was still surprised by the turn the story line took and think Astrid Yrigollen’s timing was perfect in relation to how she let this play out.
Claren and Etrigan’s story is a beautiful one – after being shut away voluntarily for years due to his extreme disfigurement Etrigan does not understand what love is, though he knows anger and unhappiness – and when Claren appears in his home he acts like a spoilt child rather than trying to befriend her.
This story is about empowerment, finding love and the importance of friendship – in a world that is not quite fantasy but also not real. I really love this book and to me the characters of Claren. Etrigan, Hector and Dekker stood out.
I look forward to reading this book again soon and hope I have encouraged others to look up ‘His Black Wings’ too.