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Lullaby by Daniel Barnett

At only 2 books into this 6 book series, I’m already hopelessly hooked. The Nightmareland Chronicles is full of mystery, misery, and sinister dread and Barnett is, so far in this series, a master at combining beautiful prose with horrifying events to brings us further into the despair of the darkness. Lullaby is short, just over 100 pages, but packs a LOT into a little as a journey through the desert turns dangerous.

Lullaby
Title: Lullaby
Page Count: 102
Published: 08/04/2020
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An impossible moon appears in the sky, for the moon can't shine without the sun to light it, while John and Mariah embark on a cross country journey to reach John's Daughter. But sinister things lurk in the night and unknown forces lay claim to the darkness.

Because this book is SO short, I don’t want to say too much regarding the plot as to say much would be to spoil it…and I don’t want to do that because I hope you are taking my advice and reading this yourself.

What I can say, without spoiling anything, is that John and Mariah find themselves heading cross country through the desert in an attempt to avoid the madness that seems to have stricken down most everyone on Earth. There’s a moon in the sky, an impossible moon since the moon can’t shine with no sun to light it, and something heavy is settling into the land. A whisper that penetrates the mind and brings with it sleep. Not a restful and good sleep, rather, a sleep out of your worst nightmares.

The thing I love so much about this series is how poetically beautiful Barnett’s writing is, even when it’s describing a terribly gruesome or brutal scene. Barnett’s world is dark, literally and figuratively, it’s bleak and that night is full of dangers. Dangers we are only now just getting hints of in the second book.

The thing about Lullaby, is that it’s SO short. I can’t help but wonder if this book might have been better as either a trilogy or maybe even 4 book series where each book was a little longer versus the 6 book series of shorter books we are treated to here. However, as I say that, the short length really does help this series feel like a serialized adventure which is how they are described. It’s a small quibble, maybe, since I don’t even know that it really bothers me, but it’s a thought I’ve been pondering a bit.

I really enjoyed this book, however because it’s so short and only focuses on what equates to 1 or 2 scenes of what is a much larger story, it also felt a little lacking in punch when compared to book one. Again, I can’t say too much as I don’t want to risk spoiling anything, but for me it just didn’t have that same impact as the first story.

If you love horror you need to read this series. That’s all there is to it. It really is that good(so far) and I can’t wait to see where book 3 and the rest of the series leads.

Lullaby(Nightmareland Chronicles #2) by Daniel Barnett gets 4/5 stars.

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