Sunday, July 29, 2012

Darklands: By Nancy Holzner



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.


The Deadtown series is unique, action packed, and just plain captivating. I was hooked from the first book I read in the series and have been waiting on pins and needles ever since for each successive book.

But enough about the series overall (which I do whole heartedly recommend), what made this book, Darklands, so captivating were all the new twists and turns Holzner threw into this mix. First, Holzner had a good deal of the book take place in the land of the dead. This in itself is interesting. While fans can’t yet be sick of the interesting and unique set up of Deadtown, it is always interesting to see a new setting, especially when it has a taste of the medieval to it, and getting to explore a new set of characters and magic isn’t bad either.

Speaking of new characters I can’t say who Holzner brings into this book, but one character in particular is absolutely fantastic! That character is smart, sneaky, and brings a whole new spin into what might happen next in the series. That character alone revitalizes an already exciting series, and I personally can’t wait until the next in the series to see what happens next.

Of course, besides this awesome mystery character there are also fantastic other new and old characters in Darklands. As for old characters it was fun seeing Juliet and Tina, they always bring humor with a bit of zest to spice up the book. That said, it was also great to meet another new comical addition to the ranks when readers get to meet and actually talk to a lower level demon. That demon who was dubbed Butterfly, was fun, whimsical, and too be honest a nice face to show that not all demons are pure evil, the rank and file demon are just like humans or other animals, they just have a different diet.

All in all I really liked Darklands. I’ve been a fan of the Deadtown series and this is probably my favorite book of the series thus far. I enjoyed the medieval setting of the limbo-limbo-like-underworld, the new characters, and the action and new spins on the story. I can’t wait for the next book, and would have no trouble recommending this one to anyone who likes urban fantasy. 


Publisher: Ace

Published: July 31, 2012

Price: $7.99

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