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WRITTEN BY BIRDS
an adult urban fantasy trilogy
The heat is rising. Cities are falling. As demons claw their way above ground to take control of a billion human souls, a renegade angel is plotting her own bid for power.
Three dare to defy her: a half-vampire girl, a millionaire playboy, and an ex-soldier turned demon assassin. They each have their own desolate paths to follow. But, in the face of ultimate evil, can they come together to stop the angel’s victory?
And what of the birds who stalk their every move? Isn’t it time they picked a side?
Just finished Book 3 of the Written by Birds Trilogy by S.M.Henley. While each book has its own climax, this one really ends all three stories, which is why I am posting one review after the final installment. This is a most satisfying read. I’ve read a considerable amount of urban fantasy and this one is right up there with the best. The characters are original and each one has her/his appeal and an interesting character arc. The plot keeps you turning pages through this dark world where demons are gaining on humans. I recommend the entire series.
Dulcie Arnold, Goodreads
Book 1: Scratching in the Dirt
A father in Hell, a dead lover, and a demon gangster on her tail. Today is the best day of Tazia’s life.
Demons are taking savage control of the disillusioned and down-at-heel. Half-vampire, Tazia, wants no part in it. She’s embracing her first taste of freedom in one hundred and fifty years. But liberty doesn’t come easily. When her celebrations are interrupted by a psychopathic angel, she is forced into a distasteful alliance to save the demon who was once her jailer.
Assisted by her best friend, a sex-addicted technomancer called Billy, she struggles to free herself from the angel’s evil plan. No easy task, when faced with resistance from a demonic terrorist, and pursued by her ex-lover—a human mercenary now out for her blood. If she fails, will Tazia ever regain her freedom or will she be forced back into a life of tortuous incarceration?
Scratching in the Dirt is the first in the Written by Birds trilogy, and is an adult urban fantasy novel set on the streets of modern-day Turin, London, and Detroit. It treads lightly in the darkness, with not a small amount of blood and gritty humor. Just ask the birds…
Book 2: Taking to the Sky
Billy’s life is just sex, tech, and magic. So how will he cope when things get serious? End-of-the-world serious.
For rich technomancer Billy Nadig, life’s a game: he lives in a cool East London penthouse, has a bedroom stocked with blond-haired lovelies, and an unhealthy obsession with women’s shoes. But when Billy is told he’s a Sleeper, awoken by Heaven to stop his best friend—a half-vampire girl—make a decision which could destroy the world, even he realizes its time to get serious.
Billy’s agonizing transformation couldn’t come at a worse time: demons are rising, evil angels take center stage, and a blond-haired mercenary continues to dog his every step. Saving the Earth will take both hard fighting and hard choices, maybe even the ultimate sacrifice—to kill his best friend. But if she dies, who will save Billy?
Taking to the Sky is the second in the Written by Birds trilogy, and is an adult urban fantasy novel set on the streets of modern-day London, Las Vegas, and Boston. It treads lightly in the darkness, with not a small amount of blood and gritty humor. Just ask the birds…
Book 3: Pecking at the Bones
Soren is the best demon killer there is. But he’s about to learn the hardest monsters to face are the ones on the inside.
The world is approaching the Tipping Point—when the rising demons will outnumber humankind. Assassin for hire, Soren Huxford, needs to pick a side. It should be easy; he’s human after all and so is the girl he loves—his first priority. But when the only demon he respects calls in a favor, Hux faces an impossible choice: hold true to humanity or prove his loyalty by throwing-down alongside the demons.
Soren’s struggle is set against a backdrop of imminent disaster, where fighting the demons from his past are as real as those leaping from each dark corner. He needs to get a grip or he may become a monster too. And what about the girl? If he picks the wrong side, will he lose her forever?
Pecking at the Bones is the last in the Written by Birds trilogy, and is an adult urban fantasy novel set on the streets of modern-day Las Vegas, Detroit, and Turin. It treads lightly in the darkness, with not a small amount of gritty humor. Just ask the birds…