Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Book Review: Blood and Magic by James R Tuck (Deacon Chalk #3)

Taking out hellish creatures—not a problem. Armed with blessed silver hollow-points and the ability to manipulate magick, he’s ready for anything—except betrayal he never saw coming…

Deacon Chalk knows the biggest danger in fighting monsters is becoming one. Just another day at the office for your friendly neighborhood occult bounty hunter. If keeping three helpless were-dog children safe means battling a malevolent trio of witches by any means necessary, so be it. If that means partnering with a ruthless government agent to stay one step ahead of the allies and friends he must now suspect, he’s not going to cry about it. The only way Deacon can save humans and shape-shifters alike is to embrace a power beyond his imagining, putting his team at stake—and his soul on the line…

My Review: 
Deacon has always known that Sophia's cubs are different and have special magic-having a were-lion dad and were-dog mother, but he hoped that was a secret that would be kept from the wider supernatural community. When reckless actions of a friend bring the kids blood to the attention of three deadly witches, Deacon is going to have the fight of his life just trying to keep his people alive. And finding out that an occult government agency know all about him is making him even more nervous...

ARRGGHH! This plot was just wild and brilliant and horrible all at the same time! There are few urban fantasy series that can be so fast paced and kickass yet have you loving the characters and the real world issues that are going on between battles. The fight scenes as always really are brilliant, and at times you just fear that everyone is going to die. It makes it a bit of a nerve jangling read. It's not slow to get right into the story either which I love. It really does start with a bang. (sorry, sorry!) Having Deacon forced to work with an Agent was a nice addition to the plot as the author resisted the usual temptation to have total angst between them. I liked the addition of Agent Heck and I hope we see more of him. In fact he was the one who exposed the betrayal that Deacon has to deal with.

Deacon is feeling the guilt over Tiff's injuries from the previous battle but she shows her tough side and battles through it. I love the relationship between her and Deacon. Having a big tough guy calling her 'little girl' should feel totally creepy but between the two of them it just feels sweet! George cannot get his head together after losing Lucy and is becoming an alcoholic were-gorilla. Poor Sophia is about to pay the price AGAIN for having slept with the wrong guy. Now that she has finally found love with Kenny, the life of her children are in danger. Ronnie is starting to turn into a creepy spider lady which is freaking me out a bit and I think they need to give Charlotte a call. Josh is also trying to face up to his fears as boyfriend Boothe gets involved in the war. Father Mulcahy is also having to face that he is getting too old to recover from these constants fights and Deacon fears losing him.

The original group from the first book are having their problems too. Deacon is furious when he finds out that Larson has put them all in danger with his refusal to accept his own circumstances. His selfish actions, and the fact that he said he was just doing it for Kat made me want to thump him. I get that he doesn't want to be in a wheelchair but what he did was wrong on so many levels and as usual, he points the finger of blame everywhere else. The consequences of his actions are far reaching and when things turn bad for him, Larson just blames Deacon. I hate the guy so much I wanted to see him die by a were something or other. Hey, what about a were-wendigo! I felt just as betrayed by Kat's actions and had little sympathy for her.

As for the witches, well they were scary on a whole new level. Having Deacon facing a whole new type of battle was interesting as he can't just shoot his way out of trouble. It doesn't help that the witches can raise zombies and control vampires to use against him. Add in that one of the witches is also demon possessed and it goes to a whole different place. There is lots of magic as well as smack 'em down fights and I like that each book in this series does something a bit different. Deacon is also concerned that the public battles are endangering human lives and his anger rises with the body count. It is time to find out what the witches are planning and find a way to stop them before his people die...

The series is keeping up the standard and I really want to know when the next book is coming out! 
Read December 2016.
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  1. Well, after that thrilling review how can I resist this series. I checked out the books and they sound great. Spectacular covers too!

    1. When I saw the covers I originally thought 'hmmm, nice tough guy hero' and added to the great cover colours, I had to check them out!