Monday, 12 December 2016

Book Review: Spiders Lullaby by James R Tuck (Deacon Chalk #1.5)

He lives to kill monsters. He keeps his city safe. And his silver hollow-points and back-from-the-dead abilities take out any kind of unnatural threat. But between this bad-ass bounty hunter and rescuing the most helpless of victims stands the one evil he can't defeat. . .

For Deacon Chalk, loyalty is worth dying for. And now that something has taken were-spider Charlotte's un-hatched children and one of his closest friends, he'll tear up the human and supernatural underworlds to find them. But with his allies stripped away by an invincible Yakuza hit man and time running out, Deacon must face down the most ancient of demonic entities. And his last hope means surrendering to the inner darkness waiting hungrily to consume him . . . 

My Review: 
"Have silver bullets, will travel"

Charlotte's eggs are getting close to hatching but has time for one last night out with Deacon and Tiff before the birth. But when they get back to Charlotte's house they find blood, bodies, a missing egg sac and no sign of Ronnie. Deacon hates it when his friends are kidnapped and knows he must find the egg sac before it hatches and unleashes dangerous brown recluse spiders on the local population.

Deacon uses his supernatural contacts to find out if any new players are in town and is told about an assassin in town with no contract who could be what Deacon is looking for. But taking on a Yakuza hitman who is also demon possessed is going to take everything he has got. There is no time to call for extra back-up so Deacon, Charlotte and Tiff are on their own.

I liked having a story that featured Charlotte and I hope this means that she is going to be a regular feature in the books. Spiders totally creep me out but I love this character with her creepy spider to human changes and her venom filled bite! You really want to be on her side. Tiff gets the chance to show the training that Deacon has been giving her and she turns out to be very kickass and brave. It was also good to see Ronnie featuring in this book as a main character.

As always it is hard to review a short story without giving away the whole plot but it is a tense race against the clock to find the spiders before they hatch. The battle is typical of a Deacon fight-interesting, exciting and hard work, and I very much enjoyed it. I just love Deacon as a character and if the rest of the series keeps up this standard, I'm going to be a very happy chuckles!  

Read December 2016.
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