Spider’s Lullaby, the exciting bridge story set between Blood and Bullets and Blood and Silver, finds Deacon Chalk, were-spider Charlotte, and his colleague, Tiff, returning to Charlotte’s after a night out. When the trio notices the door slightly ajar and the unmistakable smell of blood, they proceed cautiously into the house. Once inside, the gruesome scene of several dead were-spiders gets trumped by an even more startling discovery: Charlotte’s egg sac is missing, along with Ronnie, one of Deacon’s employees who had agreed to spider-sit so Charlotte could take a break. Aside from Ronnie’s kidnapping, the main concern for Deacon and company: the fact that the emerging spiders will need to eat immediately and will imprint upon the person nearest to them—a dangerous situation for anyone not a were-spider.
Tuck’s turn of phrase and gift for descriptive metaphor ensures that the Deacon Chalk series rises to a level above mere monster-hunting fun, but those into the stories for the latter purpose will not be disappointed by Spider’s Lullaby. In addition to Deacon’s large arsenal of weapons necessary to his job as an occult bounty hunter, in this outing he acquires a very intriguing katana, the characteristics of which shall not get spoiled here. Readers unfamiliar with the series will not be lost if reading this gripping novella first, but doing so will certainly inspire them to go and pick up the earlier installment, as well as book two, Blood and Silver, out August 7th.
Paperback: Kindle Edition
Publisher: Kensington Books (June 26, 2012)
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