Last year I read Deadtown, Nancy Holzner’s debut. It was mostly good but had some quirks. This week I sat down with the sequel, Hellforged. It follows in similar stride to its predecessor.Vicky (Victory) Vaughn lives in Boston and fights demons. She is from an ancient Welsh race of shapeshifters, the Cerddorion, who shifts three times every lunar cycle. In Hellforged Vicky must travel to Wales to further her training after a series of deaths becomes connected to her dreams. While in Wales she discovers an ancient evil who has its sights set on her, and there’s a prophecy as well.
I enjoyed a lot about Hellforged. The change of scenery did wonders for the storyline. Introducing Vicky’s Aunt Mab was the highlight of the book. But I found myself growing fatigued in the fighting bits. I don’t know if it was because there were too many scenes, or they were too long, or what, but I think one thing is very obvious from this read. The thing I like about the world of Deadtown is not so much the plot, it’s the characters. Vicky and co. are just too much fun to read. Now, that said, I’m not a huge fan of the love interests, either one of them. I find it feeling like an afterthought; neither one of them are particularly fleshed out at this point.
Still, if you are looking for a fun Urban Fantasy series with some interesting mythology to it this may be for you. It’s not perfect, but it’s worth the read.
4 out of 5 stars.
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