Deadtown by Nancy Holzner

Posted October 4, 2011 by Jennifer in Book Review | | 5 Comments

Deadtown by Nancy HolznerDeadtown by Nancy Holzner
Series: Deadtown #1
Published by Ace on December 29th 2009
Genres: Urban Fantasy

If you were undead, you'd be home by now...

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.

Fans of Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series and Chole Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires series will want to check out Deadtown by Nancy Holzner. It has the same type of feel to it, the heroine, Victory Vaughn, is snarky and kicks ass. Oh and she’s a shifter that has a kind-of-sort-of boyfriend that’s a werewolf. Her roommate is a vamp, Juliet, like as in Romeo and Juliet. She has a teenage zombie as a sidekick and she just happens to hunt demons.

After a mutated plague hit Boston, it turned some of the populace into zombies. Now a large part of Boston is called Deadtown and all non-humans are forced to live in that area. The non-humans are seen as monsters and don’t have the same rights that the humans have.

That’s where Vicky’s current snuggle bunny (um, werewolf) Kane comes in. Kane is a lawyer that is working towards getting the monsters civil rights. Vicky and Kane are both workaholics and Vicky thought that’s what make them a great couple. Until she meets a human cop named Daniel. I smell a love triangle.

A demon from Vicky’s past shows up in Deadtown while she is working a job. She spends the bulk of the book trying to find a way to kill the demon while juggling her personal life with two gorgeous men after her and she has some family issues as well.

Deadtown is Holzner’s first novel but it doesn’t show. She does an excellent job creating a magnificent heroine with the world that has great secondary characters. If you like a strong and independent heroine then you will love Vicky.

The only thing that I didn’t like about Deadtown….no smut. But I can overlook that. 😉

I highly recommend Deadtown by Nancy Holzner to Urban Fantasy fans. I’m currently reading the second book, Hellforged and I have the third book on my shelf so that I can start it ASAP. Holzner has become an author to stalk, I mean to follow. She is now on my “must read” list.

About Nancy Holzner

Nancy Holzner grew up in western Massachusetts with her nose stuck in a book. This meant that she tended to walk into things, wore glasses before she was out of elementary school, and forced her parents to institute a “no reading at the dinner table” rule. It was probably inevitable that she majored in English in college and then, because there were still a lot of books she wanted to read, continued her studies long enough to earn a masters degree and a PhD.

She began her career as a medievalist, then jumped off the tenure track to try some other things. Besides teaching English and philosophy, she’s worked as a technical writer, freelance editor and instructional designer, college admissions counselor, and corporate trainer. Most of her nonfiction books are published under the name Nancy Conner.

Nancy lives in central New York, where she enjoys visiting local wineries and listening obsessively to opera. There are still a lot of books she wants to read.

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5 responses to “Deadtown by Nancy Holzner

  1. I like both Kate Daniel’s and Chicagolad series, so maybe I should give this a try. Nice review, makes me want to pick it up and check out Kane… =)

  2. Jo

    I didn’t know you could even get published if there’s no smut….but it looks worth a read regardless. Thanks for the review!

  3. I’m very curious about this series ! It sounds very intriguing ! It sounds just like a book I would love. Awesome review !

  4. This series sounds really good, but the no smut thing…..sheesh. That’s tough, but if the story is up to snuff, well there grows the TBR pile.