Monday, August 6, 2012
Darklands ~ Nancy Holzner
Darklands by Nancy Holzner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
With a Kick ass heroine and some really crazy demons this book is a lot of fun to read! It is set in Boston after a virus turns a chunk of the population into zombies and the supernatural community has come out of the closet.
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
What I thought
Vicky is the kind of girl who I would want on my side in a fight. Even with the odds against her she is willing to risk her life, and maybe her afterlife, to save the world. Of course she has her problems as well but who doesn't.
I really enjoyed the Boston aspect. Usually I pick apart novels set in Boston because a fair amount of authors seem to google Boston and think they can right about it. It always reminds me of what my college writing teacher said "write what you know". In this case the author has done a fabulous job. She describes just enough Boston for it to feel real and then added her own spin to it, this is a UF after all.
Also I thought her zombies were great. Instead of mindless brain eating creatures they are functional paranormals with big appetites for junk food. Even Holzners demons had there own flair. All of these creatures blended well and in an easy to understand format. I never felt confused or left behind. That says a lot about the authors skill considering this was the fourth book in the series and I have never read any of the other ones.
After finishing Darklands I find myself wanting to pick up the rest of the series, in order. I think if your a Kate Daniels fan this series should be right up your alley. You can check out my interview with Nancy Holzner for more behind the scenes info or check out her webpage. Happy reading everyone.