Book Review: His Black Wings by Astrid Yrigollen
Plot Summary: When Claren Maidstone’s parents die, she is forced to flee her childhood home after a vile and greedy man named Kurten attempts to marry her. Soon, she becomes an assistant to a man named Frederick Lowood and is asked to live at his home in Westwind and befriend his “disfigured” son Etrigan at his home. Yet, her past is never far behind. As she adjusts to her new life, Kurten finds her again and terrible things that she never knew about her employer, his son, and her family come to light.
My Review: One of the best things about this book is the storyline. Amazon’s book description states that this is a blend of Beauty and the Beast and Jane Eyre. While some of the story is like this, there is also a dash of steampunk and sci-fi that makes it authentic and interesting.
In addition, the characters are great. Claren Maidstone is just as brave and assertive as Jane Eyre. Etrigan becomes a very caring person as the story develops. Also, Horace and Dekker were funny and loyal friends to Claren. Lastly, Frederick’s character is kind and somewhat tragic, but very well-developed.
Besides the storyline and the characters, the steampunk setting is very interesting. It is a mix of futuristic and traditional technology such as regular books and a device with every book ever written and a regular horse and a steam horse. There are also futuristic and old-fashioned beliefs, some of which directly affect the characters.
One of the flaws in the book was that Etrigan’s dilemma was brushed aside when the story ends. It felt like the author focused so much on wrapping up Claren’s dilemma that she forgot about the other characters. If the author has a sequel to the book, then hopefully she will tie up the loose ends.
The only other flaw is that in the Kindle Edition, there were some spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors. It didn’t detract my attention from the story and there weren’t a lot, but they were noticeable.
Overall, the book was very entertaining. I would recommend it to fantasy fiction readers, especially fans of Beauty and The Beast.