AUTHOR: Iryna K. Combs
RELEASE DATE: July 15th, 2015
PUBLISHER: Roane Publishing
FORMAT: Paperback & Ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy in exchange of an honest review
A new time. A new planet. A new world. New technologies. Two new humanoid species. A new war.
The two species separate, but in the removal, some of the best are left behind among the worst. Captured and held as slaves, they are treated cruelly for entertainment. Torture. Pain.
Annabel, endures a year of such cruelty, kept alive only by way of syringes which, while healing, cause a greater agony. She discovers a secret held by their leader, and decides to help her own kind by escaping–even if it means a final death, preferable to the life she has endured.
Her escape succeeds, and she joins her own kind at the other end of the planet. Among her new friends she meets many who help her adjust to their happier life. Will Annabel find romance? Or will another war break her down?
‘Black Wings’ is a fantastic story about a new world where two humanoids species have to co-exist and the aftermath of the split of both sides. After a quick introduction that summarizes how humans escaped to a new planet and how a series of events lead to the birth of these two new groups, the book jumps right into the action.
The first chapter does a great job introducing the story. It’s amazing how the author managed to explain everything without saturating the reader with a load of information. There are also names for the species and other things but they’re easy to learn. It's a complete world, with a solid background and the author took care of every detail.
This is the story of Annabel. She is captured by the enemy side and tortured for a while before she manages to escape. Her getaway will be the key to life-changing events and more. For moments, it was hard to forget she wasn’t human and all the pain she had to endure (which let me tell you is very graphic) so it was hard to understand some of her action and her personality. However, it’s clear that she is a strong and brave person.
The rest of the characters are great. Dexter is a good addition, he is bit reserved but I ended up liking him. Her cousin has a vibrant personality and it gives light to the book. ‘The bad guys’ are really evil and their actions were despicable.
The writing is excellent and flawless. I have to say that the two species are really well built. Each one is described in a way that helps us imagine them.
The ending leaves a door open for a sequel but I don’t think that is entirely necessary.