Series: Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounty Hunter #3
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Kensington on March 5, 2013
Cover Artist: Gene Mollica
Reviewed by: Kristina
Sexual Content: One sex scene
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…
If you think urban fantasy should be more like a big budget action movie with explosions, gore, and a tough as nails hero then the Deacon Chalk: Occult Bounty Hunter series is for you. BLOOD AND MAGICK continues the fast paced action surrounding the monster filled world Deacon Chalk lives in. As no one is safe in this series I was waiting with dreaded anticipation in every fight for some main character to die or be gruesomely disfigured. The group of witches wreaking havoc are some of the most horrible bad guys I’ve ever read and I was overjoyed whenever Deacon and his friends finally got the upperhand.
What I like about the characters surrounding Deacon is that no one has been untouched by the violence in their lives. I appreciated this ‘realism’ as fighting dangerous supernatural creatures is bound to leave a few drastic physical and emotional scars for those who survive. I really liked Deacon’s girlfriend Tiff as she wasn’t the simpering damsel in distress/eye candy and knew how to handle a gun. Another character I found fascinating and hope gets more time in a future book was one of Deacon’s dancers at his strip club who is psychically linked to supernatural ghost spiders who eventually give her some very unique powers.
I had one minor quibble in that I felt like I was being heavily sold the idea that Deacon had the only non-seedy strip club in town filled with dancers that he rescued from various monsters. The explanation of how his strip club was so different from the other clubs and how Deacon was so noble and good got a little tedious after awhile.
BLOOD AND MAGICK is a game changer in the Deacon Chalk series as some huge revelations happen and situations change that will make the next book very very interesting. Currently there is no set date or title but I’ll be checking it out when it comes.Series Titles:
Blood and Bullets Blood and Silver
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