[Victory Vaughn 2]
A demon is stalking Vicky’s dreams-just as several of Deadtown’s zombies are viciously attacked and become really dead. And when Vicky realizes she is the only connection between the victims, she suspects that the demon is somehow working through her dreams to become Deadtown’s living nightmare.
When we left Victory Vaughn last year in Deadtown, Ms.Holzner’s debut, she was confused, battered, and a little broken from sending the Hellion, Difethwr the Destroyer, to Hell. Now almost six months later she’s entirely recovered. Well… unless you count that demon mark still burning up her arm. O.. or the confusion of choosing between to delectable men. But whose counting?
Beginning Hellforged is Ms. Holzner’s unmistakable fast paced fighting style. Vicky’s on a job to take care of a Glitch with her sidekick Tina when things get out of control which is usually just an example of another days hard work. Except this day is the last time anything will make since for our demon slayer for quite sometime, because when she goes home from Creature Comforts later that night to get a little shut eye, her dream-scape is invaded by none other than the Destroyer himself.
Here is where Hellforged slows down. Vicky’s Aunt Mab calls her home to Maenllyd in Wales to “finish her training”. While she’s there, it’s a constant schedule for Vicky of taking that next step in her demon education. The second prophecy at her birth has been set in motion and now Vicky’s trying her hardest to make sure The Book of Utter Darkness’s edict doesn’t become her fate.
So, I know everyone wants to know of what has happened in the Vicky, sexy were-wolf attorney Alexander Kane and gorgeous Detective Daniel Costello love triangle, but I’m going to disappoint. There’s honestly nothing I can tell what with Vicky being in Wales for over half the book and then the other half being too spoilery. In reality, there isn’t much romance what-so-ever. In UF’s I don’t expect to have a romance, but if there is a presence of one, I do expect some growth of character for those of romantic interest to which I found Hellforged lacking in. However, I will say that Vicky does choose by the end (for now ;)) and I am really happy by her choice.
By the end, Hellforged did bring back all the heart pumping, pulse racing, edge-of-your-seat action that we saw in Deadtown. Though we missed out on the comical zombie aspect to which I think makes this series so great. Ms. Holzner’s writing style keeps me turning those pages, but her ending is what has me hoping that the next in the series releases sooner rather than later. Ms. Holzner your slight cliff-hanger ending was not nice.
Deadtown-December 29, 2009
Hellforged-December 28, 2010
This book was provided by Ace Books (Penguin).