Josh Reviews: Hellforged by Nancy Holzner

Posted May 3, 2013 by Joshua Burns in Josh, Reviews, Urban Fantasy / 5 Comments

Josh Reviews: Hellforged by Nancy Holzner
Hellforged by Nancy Holzner
Series: Deadtown #2
Published by ACE
Published on: December 28, 2010
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Werewolves
Pages: 340
Format: Paperback
Source: Borrowed
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>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.

Hellforged throws at its heroine one of the more playful tropes in literature: the book within a book. The Book of Utter Darkness, a Hellish text that shifts under Victory’s eyes, is also her best chance at mapping her destiny.   Thus, because it would be incredibly boring if we or she were to know what was to come, the meaning that we or she attach to the words are not ever quite up to the mark of what is to come.

So far this review gives you the idea that Vicky and her text are holed up, completely absent from the rest of Boston’s finest.   There is a little less Boston this time around than before or after this book.   For once Vicky’s Welsh heritage is treated, all misty and littered with sheep.

Characterizations by no means suffer from this shift in location.   Those that arrive with the shift – Rose, Jenkins, Pryce, Cysgod – are generously named as before and appear frequently.   Really the only way that one cannot show up again in this series or receive inadequate screentime is to die, making the loss of any character all the more poignant no matter how rare she or he had appeared to that point.

The structure of this series challenges the one book, one major plotline construction.   Major plot lines sort of straddle book one and book two, then book two and book three, from what I can see as of yet.   This makes the ending here definitely annoying but not wholly unfair.

The werewolf Kane, Vicky’s potential only one, ramps up his digits onscreen.   How many times was he in book one?   Like two?   And like how many pages each?   Like five?   Yeah, he’s got, at least, four scenes with Vicky this time around and nearly seven pages each time.   That’s moving on up.

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Recommended: For a dose of dreaming and prophecy Highlander style
Like this, like that: The Horngate Witches series by Diana Pharaoh Francis and the Charlie Madigan series by Kelly Gay


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5 responses to “Josh Reviews: Hellforged by Nancy Holzner

    • In this series, not that bad. They eat a lot a’ junk food but retain their capacity to dress fashionably / have day jobs. But the sun does do lots a’ damage to their skin, so actually they have night jobs.

  1. Denise Z

    I loved Deadtown and really look forward to continuing the series. Also loved The Hornegate Witches all were great 🙂 Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.