The sequel to Killjoy’s The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion (2017) finds Danielle Cain and her anarcho-punk gang of demon-hunting novice mages on the lam, in the cross hairs, and glistening with undead magic.
The second installment of the Danielle Cain series opens where the first left off. Danielle (not Dani) and her newfound friends Doomsday, Thursday, Vulture, and Brynn are on the run from both the regular police and the magic police as the result of their gory defeat of a vengeful protector spirit in the form of a blood-red, three-antlered deer. Unsure of what to do next, the group forms a loose plan: to seek out shelter, arcane knowledge and instruction, and new demons to combat. After an accident wrecks their ride, the group hitchhikes into the small town of Pendleton, Montana, and right into the web of a deranged necromancer whose spells carry with them the threat of apocalypse. With the help of new friends Vasilis and Heather—fellow anarchists and occultists who have taken over the town library to save it from dissolution—Danielle’s group sets themselves the task of ferreting out the necromancer and solving the mysterious, and perhaps not coincidental, disappearance of the librarians’ friends Damien, Isola, and Loki. Filled with riotous bonhomie, a determined sense of social justice, and the deeply enjoyable banter of characters who live on the fringes of fringe society, the novel patters along quickly as it wiggles through the convolutions of its plot. Yet, as entertaining as reanimated anarchists, zombie hands, and magic feds are to read about, the author’s real interest lies in the deepening friendships and developing romances that are taking place within her core group of characters. In this way, she sets herself up for a third installation in which both characters and readers genuinely want to know what happens next.
An entertaining book filled with memorable characters who tread glibly through the realms of both the living and the dead.