Darklands by Nancy Holzner


Deadtown, Book 4

Synopsis: 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: And now here I am with the last volume of the series currently published in the United States. Oh it will be hard now to wait until the 5th! This new novel was a real pleasure to read and Vicky is always more or more interesting to follow. I enjoy the Nancy Holzner ideas in this series, our heroine is still facing many problems and each novel makes her work harder than the previous.

From the beginning of the novel, Victory finds herself very anxious. Indeed, all her customers cancel their exterminations which make her full of questions and concerns. And during a work, she realizes that someone captures her demons, and that someone is none other than Pryce, her cousin. But the reason is however difficult to understand. He wants to recover his powers and kill her once and for all. But another concern is added to this … Simone, a young werewolf that Kane is helping, seems desperate to steal her lover. Vicky is determined to intervene and force her to give up! And while her quest for revenge against Pryce leads her in mysterious places, our heroine will have to fight to stay alive and to save everyone she loves.

 

New characters appear in this novel, from the past and the present of Vicky. It was nice to discover them all. This allows us to understand a little more our heroine and her family. We also meet a demon called Butterfly, who is quite annoying even if he is still pretty funny. He loves to make her doubt, making her blaming herself for all sorts of things and at the same time he tries to help her as he can (if you can call it « help »). I must say that most of the time he does not even realize what he’s doing. A strange relationship appears between them although I doubt that Vicky really appreciate what he does to her. I wonder if we will have the opportunity to see him in the future, but in any case it would be a pleasure. We also appreciate Kane more and more through each of the volumes. He likes a lot Vicky and despite what she thinks he always wants to protect her. Wherever she goes, he is ready to follow her when she thinks she is the only one who needs to support the weight of the world on her shoulders. He is even able to put his life at stake, if it means he can help her in her quest. It is quite sad to see what he wants from her, when it is so difficult for her to express what she has in her heart. We know she loves him just as much, but it’s hard for her to admit it and even harder to tell him. We can also quickly meet the mother of Victory. After all the mentions through the first three volumes, I was really curious to see how she would be, and even if we do not see her a lot, I can’t wait to learn more.

This novel will take us into another world, showing us the subtleties of this universe. It was really interesting to have the opportunity to learn more. We meet some new mythical characters, new types of magic, new lifestyles. Our heroine’s life will be turned upside down once again, and it announces more worries for the next volume. An enemy is rising, recovering his strength to make her fail, but Vicky has many friends who will be at her side. She manages to understand her destiny gradually even if she doesn’t understand all the details. This is a very good series of urban fantasy and I’m impatient for the release of Volume 5!


 

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