An electrifying roller coaster ride, On Midnight Wings, the fifth installment in the magnificent Maker’s Song series, picks up the action right where book four leaves off. After retrieving Annie, Heather’s sister, from the sidewalk where her father unceremoniously dropped her while trying to escape, Lucien de Noir, Dante’s father and one of the Fallen, mulls over the fact that his son was shot and taken away by person or persons unknown, with Heather also missing. Lucien decides he needs answers quickly, and the only way to get them without waiting for the drugged-up Annie to awaken and tell him what happened involves him going into her sleeping mind to learn what she saw at Club Hell before the fire was set to kill all of the Sleeping vampires within.
Lucien discovers that James Wallace, Heather and Annie’s father, was the one who shot Dante and the others with some sort of special bullets and left them there to die, taking Heather with him. Having no idea how Dante disappeared, Lucien worries both about the intent of those who took him and Dante’s fragile hold on sanity, which recently has been held in place primarily by Heather’s presence.
Unbeknownst to anyone, Dante’s abductor, Purcell, has taken him back to the Baton Rouge sanitarium where he was programmed as a child to be a killer as a tool of the Shadow Branch section of the FBI. Meanwhile, Heather’s father has taken her to Dallas to a deprogramming institute, hoping to remove Dante’s influence from his daughter so she can return to her former position in the FBI. Through their temporary blood connection, Von, Dante’s companion and protector, learns of Heather’s location, and through her bond with Dante, Heather learns of his. Several parties, each with their own agendas, seek to find either Heather or Dante before the latter loses his grip and becomes what some of those after him want him to be: the Great Destroyer.
Phoenix masterfully weaves multiple plot threads and scenes in and out throughout the entire intricately-crafted narrative and never once misses a beat, ensuring that the reader can easily follow events and eagerly will go along for the ride. That said, despite all of the action of the novel playing out over a couple of days, the taut suspense never overrides the characters or the various supernatural elements present in the story. As has always been the case in the series, the human monsters often commit more heinous acts and create more chaos than the vampires or Fallen–and at the very least always give them a run for their money.
Both Dante and Heather continue to demonstrate the depths and devotion inherent in their characters, guaranteeing that the reader will persist in rooting for them–not just as a couple, but as the individuals important in an imminent struggle that will decide the destiny of so many others. The complexities of the ongoing tale of The Maker’s Song unfolds over the course of each book, with the rewards of a truly unique story within the genre awaiting those who enter this fascinating world.
- Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Pocket Books (September 24, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1451645341
- ISBN-13: 978-1451645347