Monday, 22 August 2016

URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: Robin Hood: Demon's Bane 2: The Two Torcs - Debbie Viguie and James R Tuck

Release Date: 19/08/16
Publisher:  Titan


After the shocking revelations of the previous book, Bitter Bite, the world of Ashland’s become even more sinister, and Gin Blanco (aka Ashland’s most fearsome assassin, the Spider) no longer knows who—or what—she can count on. Only one thing is for certain: danger and new enemies await Gin in Unraveled, Book 15 in the New York Times bestselling Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series that RT Book Reviews calls “unbeatable entertainment!”

What could go wrong when you’re trying to unravel a decades-old conspiracy?

As the current queen of the Ashland underworld, you would think that I, Gin Blanco, would know all about some secret society controlling things from behind the scenes. I might be the Spider, the city’s most fearsome assassin, but all my Ice and Stone elemental magic hasn’t done me a lick of good in learning more about “the Circle”. Despite my continued investigations, the trail’s gone as cold as the coming winter.

So when Finnegan Lane, my foster brother, gets word of a surprising inheritance, we figure why not skip town for someplace less dangerous for a few days? That place: Bullet Pointe, a fancy hotel resort complex plus Old West theme park that Finn now owns lock, stock, and barrel. At first, all the struttin’ cowboys and sassy saloon girls are just hokey fun. But add in some shady coincidences and Circle assassins lurking all around, and vacationing becomes wilder—and deadlier—than any of us expected.

Good thing this assassin brought plenty of knives to the gunfight...


Having really enjoyed the novel telling in the original novel, I was more than interested to see how the characters of not only Robin and his merry band would change but also how devious the Sheriff would become in later outings as he got to know his foe. So when this title landed, it was one that was out of the envelope and opened within 10 minutes. (Hey I needed a coffee and some biscuit for strength first.)

As with the previous Debbie and James manage to weave the wonderfully dark magical elements into the story without it feeling completely unnatural for the overall arc, its inventive, it brings the darkness before the dawn feel and overall makes a cracking outing that really should be made into a TV series.

Back this up with character development, personal growth as well as strengths found within and overall I was a more than happy reader. Cracking.

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