Wednesday, 3 October 2012

URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: Deadlands: Darklands - Nancy Holzner

Release Date: 04/10/12


They call it Deadtown: the city’s quarantined section for its inhuman and undead residents. Most humans stay far from its border—but Victory Vaughn, Boston’s only professional demon slayer, isn’t exactly human…

Boston’s demons have been disappearing, and Vicky’s clients are canceling left and right. While fewer demons might seem like a good thing, Vicky suspects foul play. A missing Celtic cauldron from Harvard’s Peabody museum leads her to an unwelcome conclusion: Pryce, her demi-demon cousin and bitter enemy, is trying to regain his full powers.

But Pryce isn’t alone. He’s conjured another, darker villain from Vicky’s past. To stop them from destroying everything she loves, she’ll have to face her own worst fear—in the realm of the dead itself.


I love a dark urban fantasy and for me, Nancy Holzner is one of my go to authors (although only published in the US for some reason), the lead character is a real kick-ass sort of girl with a whole host of fascinating back up cast members that really make it all work on a believability level (Go Team Tina.)

Add to the mix a wonderfully twisted plot line, some great one liners and of course a whole host of problems that only our heroine can solve at a breakneck speed which by the books end will leave you grasping for breath. A real treat and for me, when I want some Urban Fantasy Chicken Soup that’s got some hidden tasty ingredients, I readily reach for one of the Deadtown tales.

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