Black Swan

The Bloodletter Saga Book 4

Fiction - Horror
368 Pages
Reviewed on 09/01/2019
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Black Swan is a work of intense and exciting horror fiction penned by author Erik Henry Vick and forms the fourth book in the truly terrifying The Bloodletter Saga. In this new story that follows the events of Wrecker, we meet up once again with the intrepid team that is Toby, Benny, Shannon, Mike, and Scott, whose exploits in the ill-fated Oneka Falls have so far only just resulted in their survival. With demons everywhere and their powerful leaders mounting an all-out assault against the demon hunters, the horrors of Black Swan present yet more challenges, scrapes and survival risks for the team and the residents of the town beyond them.

This exciting new release in The Bloodletter Saga marks another success of masterful jump scares, tense settings and truly horrifying plot twists from author Erik Henry Vick. Having grown attached to these characters this past summer, I’m constantly awed by the inventiveness of the author to bring larger threats with each novel. What I particularly enjoyed in Black Swan was the further development of the villainous characters, who are just as integral to the story, and have their own maniacal motivations at play which are just as scary as the beasts and monsters themselves. Character development and relationships grow yet further with this installment, and the dark corners are darker than ever with Vick’s usual flair for the shadowy atmospheres in his sharp narrative voice and excellent choice of lexis. Overall, Black Swan adds another rich element to a horror series that keeps getting better.

Rabia Tanveer

Black Swan is the fourth book in The Bloodletter Saga by Erik Henry Vick; the story of five friends as they try to find ways to fight evil in their small town called Oneka Falls. The story follows five friends as they try to figure out how they can find the demons that have taken hold of their small community. Benny, Mike, Toby, Shannon, and Scott made the mistake of letting the evil Brigitta and Lee LaBouche escape their clutches and now they are paying the price for it. Now, they are back and they want revenge. They have joined forces with Chaz Welsh; they are now hunting the people who hunted them and they are ready for them to pay. No matter where Benny and the group go, they find danger dogging their steps. What are they going to do? Can they save themselves as well as the people in their town from the demons that haunt them?

This was an intense, scare-your-pants-off novel that will make you want to close your eyes, but not really because you need to know what happens next. Oh, I hated Chaz and Brigitta, they were just evil, but I guess this is what Erik Henry Vick wanted me to feel when I read these characters. Although I have not read the previous novels in the series, I had no issues with jumping on board with these five amazing characters and having the worst scares of my life while reading. Even though I read it in broad daylight, I was a little spooked and just wanted to hide for a little bit. The narrative is beyond amazing, the characters have so much potential and I believe that the whole series is going to be phenomenal. I loved this book! Absolutely brilliant!

Christian Sia

Black Swan is the fourth entry in the terrific The Bloodletter Saga by Erik Henry Vick, a dark and engrossing horror tale that keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Oneka Falls is accursed with vicious demons. Resolved to hunt them down, Toby, Benny, Shannon, Mike, and Scott look for new methods to beat the demons. But the demons have their own minions who are determined to take the fight to the demon hunters. Led by Brigitta, Lee LaBouche and Chaz Welsh, they are out to execute the most vicious plan ever. Do the demon hunters stand a chance of survival against such a powerful evil?

This is a thriller with breathtaking action and scenes that are infused with disturbing elements of horror, focused and ingeniously written. The writing is upbeat and while it is written for fans of horror, it flows naturally and any humor is grim. The plot is skillfully designed and the reader has this disturbing awareness that something awful is about to happen in the next moment. And something awful usually does happen in the next moment. The suspense is strong, and while the reader follows with bated breath, they can't help but care about the multidimensional characters. They want to see what happens next to the characters. Erik Henry Vick has a unique gift for character and they are wholly developed, allowing readers to see them in their younger life and when older. Black Swan is a fast-paced, unnerving and delightful horror tale that will, most likely, keep fans awake the whole night.