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Wings
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Wings
Black City Series, Book 3
The pulse-pounding conclusion to the Black City trilogy for fans of the Legend series
Fans of urban fantasy and forbidden romance will definitely want to pick this one up."—USA Today on Black City
Following Phoenix, Natalie finds herself separated from Ash and unexpectedly reunited with her parents, including the father she thought was dead. But she can only think of Ash. She hasn't heard a word of him since she and Elijah were brought to the underground headquarters of the Sentry Rebellion. But she vows to find him.

Ash, meanwhile is back in Black City; it's the perfect place to hide from the Sentry government. But not for long. He won't give up on Natalie or bringing an end to the terrible reign of Purian Rose.

The pulse-pounding conclusion to the Black City trilogy for fans of the Legend series
Fans of urban fantasy and forbidden romance will definitely want to pick this one up."—USA Today on Black City
Following Phoenix, Natalie finds herself separated from Ash and unexpectedly reunited with her parents, including the father she thought was dead. But she can only think of Ash. She hasn't heard a word of him since she and Elijah were brought to the underground headquarters of the Sentry Rebellion. But she vows to find him.

Ash, meanwhile is back in Black City; it's the perfect place to hide from the Sentry government. But not for long. He won't give up on Natalie or bringing an end to the terrible reign of Purian Rose.

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    PART 1

    CRY OF THE PHOENIX

    1.

    Amber Hills, Mountain Wolf State

    30 years ago

    THE CHURCH BELLS CHIME MIDNIGHT, signaling the start of the Watchmen's shift. No one else is allowed out after dark; no one else dares. Night is for the creatures that live beyond the wall. The ones lurking in the shadows of the forest. The ones that are watching me now.

    A whisper of wind, as cold as winter's breath, chills the back of my neck. I lift up the collar of my woolen jacket as I patrol the Boundary Wall that encases our compound. What the hell was I thinking of when I volunteered to do this? Well, it's obvious who I was thinking of: Catherine. Maybe now that I'm a Watchman, she'll stop seeing me as Best Friend Edmund and more as Potential Boyfriend Edmund.

    I'm surprised the Guild allowed me to take the job—it usually goes to the hunters, not the eighteen-year-old grandson of the town minister—but I'm good with a gun . . . well, pellet gun. I can shoot a rat in the eye from thirty yards away. I weigh the rifle in my hands. It's heavier but not too dissimilar.

    Somewhere in the blackness beyond the wall a Lupine howls, the sound echoing across the night. I shiver. Their howls don't bother me so much during the day, when the sun is high and there are hundreds of people milling about, but it's altogether a different matter when you're up on the wall, with nothing but darkness all around you. This was a really bad idea.

    "All clear," Mr. Kent's gruff voice calls from farther down the wall. He's one of the four Watchmen on duty tonight, including me. He's far enough away that I can only make out his shadowy figure moving about in the night.

    I scan the tree line, searching for the Lupine. From my vantage point on the thirty-foot-high wall, I can see right across the Forest of Shadows toward the volcano, Mount Alba, known locally as the Claw because of its talon-shaped peak. I squint at the trees. Their gnarled branches are like witches' fingers, ready to snatch anyone who dares enter the forest.

    "All clear," I call back. "No Howlers here."

    We nickname them Howlers because of the noise they make when they call to each other. I shiver again. This is going to be a long night.

    "Edmund?"

    I whip around, gun raised, ready to shoot the frightened brown-haired girl peering at me from the top of the ladder. Catherine! A thrill of nervous excitement rushes through me.

    "Fragging hell, Caterpillar. Don't sneak up on a guy when he's carrying a gun," I say, lowering the weapon.

    "'Hello' to you too," she says, pouting. "And don't call me that. You know I hate it."

    She climbs up the rest of the ladder and joins me on the wall. Tucked underneath her arm is a blanket. She's wearing a long red cape over a simple cotton nightdress, which clings to the swells and dips of her newly developed curves. She's no longer plain, skinny Caterpillar, who would happily wrestle with me in the dirt. When she turned seventeen this summer, she started wearing makeup and doing her hair, and now looks like an actual girl girl—something all the boys in town have noticed, including me.

    She's not the only one who's changed; in the past few months I've shot up another four inches and fill out my clothes much better. I even have a smattering of dark stubble across my jawline, which helps cover some of the scars on my face, so I don't look half bad now. Not great but not completely vomit-worthy either.

    "What are you doing here?" I say. "Not that I'm complaining, but you know it's after curfew, right?" I glance along the wall, making sure Mr. Kent can't see us....

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    May 15, 2014
    Blood Mates Natalie (all human) and Ash (half human, half vampire) continue the drive to unseat the evil dictator Purian Rose and win justice for all races in the United Sentry States.At the end of Phoenix (2013), Natalie was plucked from danger and restored to her mother and the father she thought dead, both key members of the Sentry rebellion against Rose. Meanwhile, Ash-aka the Phoenix, symbol of the grass-roots campaign Humans for Unity-heads home to Black City to regroup. They both have their eyes on the Tenth, the concentration camps where Rose has imprisoned the vampire Darklings. Each with allies both human and in-, they reunite there. Their alternating, present-tense narrations are joined in this book by a third, that of Edmund, whose story occurs 30 years before and provides both some flimsy back story and lots more angst. What with double crosses, secret missions, unlikely victories in skirmishes, obvious revelations and the occasional death, there's plenty of action, but the blow-by-blow narration holds it in stasis. The characters are like bad actors in a high school play, emoting on cue and then moving to the next mark. The scientific improbabilities that have plagued the series from the beginning mount here, with the (protracted) climactic moment fueled by a laughably impossible medical procedure.Only for those readers who are dying to read the end of Natalie and Ash's story. (Paranormal romance. 14-18)

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