Monday, August 6, 2012
Review: Blood and Silver by James R. Tuck
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...
Continuing the tough as nails Deacon Chalk series, James R. Tuck has done what many authors fail to do...written a sequel that knocks you back a step or two, surpassing expectations, and for me at least, carving his name onto my permanent reading list. His vision for urban fantasy is dark, gritty, violent, and full of monsters. You totally get an early Laurell K. Hamilton, Anita Blake when she battles along side Edward vibe, only without all the sex. It really works.
Chalk is still the same badass we met in Blood and Bullets, driven and cold, taking care of those he loves most, but he has thawed in some areas, and I'm not telling how, or should I say with whom. Part of what makes him work so well is that beneath the ice cold killing machine Deacon has emotions and feelings, he wants to protect those that he loves, and he understands that along with running a club his real job is to send the monsters straight back to hell. He's complex and so are his motivations.
This definitely isn't a quick, read before bed type book...unless, of course, you want to dream of blood and guts, which I do all too often anyways. Don't take that as a negative statement or anything either. This is the type of UF that you want to read in longer stretches because the action is pretty much non-stop and interruptions are just not cool. This was my kind of summer reading, and I have recommended this book to almost everyone I know. I think that this book appeals to both sexes, with a bit of something for everyone.
That Thing at the Zoo (e-novella)
Blood and Bullets
Spider's Lullaby (e-novella)
Blood and Silver
*Reviewed By Anna Dougherty
*Book sent via publisher for review.