Oct 192012

Spider's LullabySpider’s Lullaby (Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounty-Hunter #1.5) by James R. Tuck
Source: Review copy from author
Links: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website

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 …

This book was a great fit for the series: fast, fun, furious and full of attitude. The action is nonstop, and there is never a dull moment. The novella length offer a great read that left me craving a full length story.

I will admit that I was worried about a story about were-spiders because spiders are creepy and gross. But there was no need to worry because the spiders played more of a supporting role as victims rather than a centre stage role. That’s not to say that aren’t creepy, especially the final scenes, but I didn’t have nightmares about them, so that’s good.

Overall, this was another fun edition to the Deacon series. It’s dark urban fantasy that is very satisfying in the action and attitude areas while still serving up some enjoyable characters.

4 stars

Challenges read for:

2012 Ebook Challenge

2012 Spooktacular Paranormal Reading Challenge

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