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Monday, September 28, 2015

REVIEW: Darklands by Nancy Holzner

Darklands marks the fourth installment to Holzner's Deadtown series. Demons are disappearing and clients are canceling right and left. When she discovers a missing Celtic cauldron, Victory (Vicky) Vaughn, Boston's demon slayer extraordinaire, faces yet another challenge to protect her city and those she loves against her half-demon cousin, Pryce, and his nefarious plans to reclaim his shadow-self and bring about utter destruction.  Vicky must literally face her worst fear and travel to the darklands herself in order to stop Pryce from resurrecting her greatest enemy.

This is another urban fantasy series that I've neglected and am working to catch up on before Firestorm (#6) is released in 2016.  Urban fantasy is my "go to" escape genre for pleasure reading.  I like the series because of the setting and creativity of world building:
  • A post apocalyptic Boston where the quarantine zone houses zombies not hell bent on devouring brains but who are the new living dead citizens with a serious case of the fast food munchies? 
  • A snarky, not quite human, female protagonist? 
  • A honest to goodness Shakespearean inspired vampire roommate? 
Yes, please! I also like the complicated relationship between Vicky and Kane, her werewolf, lawyer boyfriend.

While I think that Darklands works well within the general series, it wasn't the strongest piece of the larger puzzle.  I felt like parts dragged on a bit and I wanted to speed things up.  I'm intrigued about Hellhound and the ramifications that events from Darklands will have on Vicky, her family, and most importantly her relationship with Kane, especially since they are both beholden to the Night Hag.  All in all, an enjoyable read!

Final rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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