Review: Darklands by Nancy Holzner

Darklands by Nancy Holzner
Series: A Deadtown Novel (# 4)
Release Date: July 31, 2012
Publisher:   Ace
Pages: 336
Source:   book provided by the publisher for review

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.


Review: Darklands is an enjoyable and entertaining romp in the world of the paranormal, filled with suspense, intensity and a magical dose of romance.

For lovers of Urban Fantasy, such as myself, Darklands will satisfy on many levels and leave you yearning for more. This is book four in the “A Deadtown Novel” series, following Deadtown (#1), Hellforged (#2) and Bloodstone (#3). I have not read the previous books in this series, but the synopsis of this one instantly captured my attention and made me want to grab it and delve in. Did I regret this? Absolutely not. To be honest, I never would have even thought that this was part of a series, it is that well written and “complete”, never once making me wonder what was going on or why. The characters are rich and vivid and written in a way that I truly felt myself connected to them and caring for them. Vicky is the main character and a demon exterminator. She is brave, intelligent, loyal and suffers insecurities just as anyone else does. It is for these reasons that she endeared herself to me from the very beginning. Her boyfriend, Kane, is a werewolf and while there really isn’t much more than a few glimpses into their relationship, it is there. The story focuses mainly on Vicky and her spiral into the Darklands where she must put a stop to her demi-demon cousin, Pryce, before he is able to destroy all realms of the world, plummeting them into pure evil.

I found Vicky’s time in the Darklands to be interesting and the encounters with the different paranormal forms to be intriguing. Nancy Holzner does an excellent job of creating a three dimensional world in which I was easily able to slip within, visualizing the world created by Ms. Holzner and the vast cast of characters.

I recommend Darklands to any readers who are fans of the paranormal and urban fantasy. I look forward to reading more works by this author, including the previous books in this series.