Author: Nancy Holzner
4 1/2 Stars
They call it Deadtown: the city’s quarantined section for its inhuman and undead residents. Most humans stay far from its borders — but Victory Vaughn, Boston’s only professional demon slayer, isn’t exactly human…
Vicky’s demanding job keeping the city safe from all manner of monsters is one reason her relationship with workaholic lawyer (and werewolf) Alexander Kane is in constant limbo. Throw in a foolhardy zombie apprentice, a mysterious demon-plagued client, and a suspicious research facility that’s taken an unwelcome interest in her family, and Vicky’s love life has as much of a pulse as Deadtown’s citizens.
But now Vicky’s got bigger things to worry about. The Hellion who murdered her father ten years ago has somehow broken through Boston’s magical protections. The Hellion is a ruthless force of destruction with a personal grudge against Vicky, and she’s the only one who can stop the demon before it destroys the city and everyone in it.
Victory Vaughn lives in the heart of Deadtown, the area where all paranormal beings must reside. She works as a professional demon slayer, spending her nights hunting the creatures that are out to terrorize her clients. As a Cerddorion, a shifter able to take the shape of any living animal, she has trained her entire life to fight demons and is ready for revenge when the one who killed her father comes to town summoned by someone bent on destroying the city she calls home. She finds herself in a new position as she agrees to become a bodyguard for a client in hopes of having a chance to kill the creature that still brings her nightmares.
Vicky's semi-boyfriend, when their conflicting schedules allow, is Alexander Kane, a lawyer out to fight for the rights of PAs, Paranormal Americans. He has made it his life's work and as a werewolf he has a vested interest in making his dreams of equal rights a reality. Unfortunately when it comes to choosing between Vicky and his goals the path isn't always that clear. After finding out that Vicky has agreed to work for one of the very people supporting the other side of his war on rights he doesn't even try to understand her side of the situation.
With the help of Daniel, a police detective, and Tina who is a frisky teenage Zombie, Vicky fights a war to keep the unknowing citizens of Boston safe. With so much going on and a boyfriend that is too busy Vicky finds herself turning to Daniel to help her through.
I absolutely loved DEADTOWN! Nancy Holzner has created an interesting world with amazing characters that grabs you and sucks you in. This book brings action, laughs and real issues together with a unique flair that you can't help but enjoy. The plot was filled with twists and turns and tons of information but it never slowed down as I became engrossed in this refreshingly new take on Urban Fantasy. I cannot wait to read more in this series! The next installment was recently titled HELLFORGED and is scheduled to be released in January.
~ Courtney ~
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