- James R. Tuck
Publisher: Kensington Books – Released in 7th August 2012
He hasn't met a monster yet that could give him a scare. With ice in his veins, silver hollow-points in his chambers, and an innate ability to rise from the dead, what's to fear? The answer may be something he doesn't want to face. . .
Deacon Chalk normally has no trouble telling innocent victims from real monsters. So protecting an abused pregnant were-dog is a no-brainer. . .until a vicious lycanthrope leader and his brotherhood target Deacon, other shape-shifters, and any humans in their way. Suddenly, Deacon is outnumbered, outgunned, and unsure who--or what--to trust. The only edge he has left is a weapon hungry for his soul and his most savage impulses. And using it will exact a price even this hell-raising hunter fears to pay. . .
Deacon Chalk is back and this time he is taking on the world of shape-shifters or Lycanthropes. After a day at the fair, Deacon and Tiffany come across a man beating a dog and find themselves embroiled in a shape-shifter civil war. To say much more would ruin the joy that is turning the page and discovering a completely unexpected event. Deacon Chalk is a hard man, but completely dedicated to those who he considers ‘his’. He certainly seems to find it easier to look after women than he does men – an old fashioned man perhaps? However once Deacon has decided you are one of his people he won’t let anyone mess with you.
I completely fell in love with the hard-boiled noir storytelling and surprising elements as events unfold. Some of the were-creatures Deacon encounters are very different from the usual wolves and large cats (although they are there as well!) with Charlotte, the were-spider shown to be the tip of a very large iceberg! While the story is told in first person by Deacon himself, events can and do happen outside of his awareness. This helps makes the world more real rather than just revolving around him all the time.
The pace here is even faster than in the first Deacon book, making breathing an issue at times as you rush to turn the page. I just couldn’t stop reading and was drawn in by Deacon’s deep, melodic voice. Plus some hints of what is happening in the rest of the world nreally intrigue me and I hope that future instalments might explore this. Deacon’s unusual heritage is also explored more here as are his religious beliefs making him a deeper and more realistic character. Plus his evolving relationship with Tiffany is very sweet and tender. I like that she is definitely not the damsel in distress.
This series is now firmly on my must purchase list and I can’t wait to see what Deacon will run into next
Recommended for fans of Jim Butcher and Mike Carey. 9 out of 10
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