Hellhound by Nancy Holzner

Deadtown, Book 5

Synopsis: 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…

Boston’s zombies have suddenly become inexplicably violent—horror movie-style—resulting in a catastrophic all-out battle against humans. More troubling to Vicky is that she’s had dreams and visions of herself fighting alongside the demons. At least, she hopes they’re just visions—otherwise, that puts her on the front lines of the wrong side of the war.

Vicky’s not surprised to discover that Pryce, her demi-demon cousin and loathed adversary, is behind the outbreak of the zombie plague, having formed an unholy pact with the Old Ones. Now, as the violence escalates and alliances shift, Vicky knows she’s the only one who can stop the plague. Unless the pack of hellhounds on her trail finds her first.

Review: And here is the new volume of the adventures of Victory, and it is a great pleasure to get back into a story I really enjoy. Admittedly, Deadtown has everything to make a very good urban fantasy series: some creatures of all kinds, an explosive heroine, a villain with evil plans and a plot we can only love.

Vicky no longer knows where to stand at the beginning of the novel. I must say she has to manage with all the consequences of the previous volumes. In fact, her relationship with Kane is not looking good and she does not know how to face him now that he has made ​​a pact to become a hellhound for over a year, something that will break them both. However, the only way to avoid this, would be to exchange the freedom of Kane with the hawk in which the spirit of her father now resides. An untenable choice, she does not want to choose and do not share with anyone this news. All this is difficult enough, but when Pryce decides it’s his time as well, everything is completely explosive. Indeed, he is surrounded by allies stronger than we would have thought who want to conquer the world and defeat our demons slayer. To do this, what a better way than to try to infect zombies with Morfran, so they will then be invincible and can kill as many people as they want before destroying their host. Vicky is determined to stop this and find a solution to all the problems that constantly haunt her. Because yes, there is always more, and now the book reveals her that she will fight in the near future alongside demons, something that terrifies her completely. But of course, she will not be alone to face all these new events and Mab will visit Deadtown to support her and to tell her that she is the future lady and she must accept her new role, something that Vicky doesn’t believe in. Yeah, so you now understand that a lot of things happen in this new novel that Nancy Holzner presents here.

It’s very difficult for Vicky to learn from her mistakes. Since the previous book, I thought she would understand she had to share a little more the weight she carries on her shoulders every day, especially seeing what others can do for her. But not at all, despite her efforts, she remains determined to go all alone, which often ends with terrible consequences. I admit it’s a little frustrating sometimes to see the situations in which she manages to be. Yet she will also learn a lot here and I think she now understands what she should do. Her relationship with Kane was heartbroken at the beginning of the novel when I saw that the two of them weren’t able to understand to really understand what was happening, but it does not prevent them to love each other deeply. Moreover, they form a great team together, ready to face anything. Vicky ‘s life will completely change here, either in relation to the prophecies,  her own abilities or even with her family, but everything was really exciting! Many new things are initiated here, others are resolved but we still have a lot of questions that I’m sure it will be explained in the next novel, or at least in part. Big changes are announced and Nancy presents here a large number of revelations for the future. The story also has no dead time, and I was completely blown away by the plot.

This is again a super good novel and I had a great time. A series to read!

4-5

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10 thoughts on “Hellhound by Nancy Holzner

  1. 5 books already?! Damn I don’t think I can catch up anytime soon! I love the world building in this series and the heroine is such a badass. And I second your comment on the series as a whole, I stopped at book two and I just love Deadtown. I usually get lost when there’s a lot of creatures but NHolzner really did a great job in making sure it’s not a dizzying buffet of otherwordly characters.

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