Charlie Tristan Moore isn’t a hero. She’s a survivor. On a night when her demons from the past are triggered, she arrives home to something even more harrowing-an attack by three monstrous skinhounds, creatures straight out of nightmares. She fights but is outmatched. Just as hope seems lost, in sweeps The Man In Black, a rescuer even more monstrous and unlikely, dressed in a long, dark coat that seems to have a life of its own and with a black-bladed sword held in his terrible, red right hand.
Her rescue comes at a cost. She must become his new Acolyte and embrace a dark magick she never knew she had inside her. To ensure she gives it her all, he takes her friend and possible love, Daniel, in thrall as a hostage to her obedience. The Man in Black, a Lovecraftian chaos god, claims to be battling his brethren gods, other horrors who are staging an incipient apocalypse. But is he truly the lesser of all evils or merely killing off the competition? Either way, will Charlie be strong enough to save herself, Daniel, and possibly the entire world?
I really liked this book in the end. Lovecraftian monsters, a ‘heroine’ with a survivor attitude and a hell of a kick. I usually like ‘mysterious guy/girl turns up out of nowhere’ stories, too, and this one fits the bill. For me, it was a short, easy read with enough to keep me reading on and enough characterisation to make me decide who I liked and who I didn’t, which is pretty key for me. I probably will read the next one, but it’s not a must like some others I’ve read. I’d be willing to wait a little.