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Hellforged (A Deadtown Novel Book 2) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
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.
Nancy lives in upstate New York with her husband Steve, where they both work from home without getting on each others nerves. She enjoys visiting local wineries and listening obsessively to opera. There are still a lot of books she wants to read.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B0046ECF72
- Publisher : Ace; 1st edition (28 December 2010)
- Language : English
- File size : 1268 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 352 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 643,981 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Après avoir repris une vie à peu près normale pour elle, avec l’espoir de s’être débarrassée de son démon Hellion, notre jeune héroïne reprend le travail comme si de rien était. Mais elle est cependant très vite rattrapée par les problèmes quand, après avoir oublié sa montre au bar elle y revient le lendemain matin pour trouver le nouveau barman, zombie, mort d’une manière assez atroce. Et il semble que les morts la suivent quand deux autres personnes qu’elle connait, sont retrouvées de la même manière. Je dois dire que j’ai été assez surprise de constater la mort d’un des personnages que j’appréciais même si on le voyait peu. C’est assez triste de se dire qu’on ne le verra plus au travers des pages. Mais en plus de tout cela, le Hellion qu’elle pensait banni reviendra à elle de la manière la moins agréable possible. Vicky va donc devoir faire face à de nombreuses nouvelles difficultés et de nouveaux personnages qui ne lui veulent pas forcément du bien.
J’ai vraiment été enchantée de rencontrer Mab après en avoir entendu tant parler. C’est vraiment une dame fascinante et on est tout de suite intrigué par ce qu’elle est réellement et par ce qu’elle est capable de faire. On se rend compte que notre héroïne ne la connait finalement pas si bien que ça et cette dernière cache bien des choses. Ce voyage nous permettra aussi de rencontrer Pryce, ce demi démon, cousin de Vicky qui est persuadé qu’une destinée va les réunir tous les deux. Ce qui est d’ailleurs loin de l’avis de notre chasseuse ! On retrouve aussi Kane et Daniel. C’est assez difficile de faire un choix entre les deux, ils ont vraiment tous les deux un petit quelque chose en plus. On aimerait que notre héroïne tente véritablement quelque chose avec les deux pour voir où ça la mène mais c’est finalement assez compliqué. Il se passe vraiment beaucoup de choses dans ce roman et il n’y a aucun temps mort. Aussitôt que l’on se lance sur une idée, autre chose survient compliquant toute l’histoire.
J’ai vraiment adoré ce roman, c’était une très bonne surprise et je suis contente d’avoir pu découvrir cette série. Je me lancerai d’ailleurs dans le troisième tome aussitôt que je l’aurai en main. Le monde et les personnages sont toujours des plus fascinants et j’espère en savoir plus maintenant.
1. Even though this is a book 2, there were great elements of what first books often have. Victory spends a good chunk of this book in Wales with her Aunt Mab who gifts her the "hellforged" athame and teaches her how to weild her powers.
2. We learn the mythos behind her ancestry and source of her powers. I love a good myth retelling! The best part is that it sheds light on some of the questions the reader was left with at the end of the last book.
3. Holzner can build a mystery and a series. All the way through we are wondering what is going on with Juliet and we are left with many questions that are hinted at that will be addressed in the next book.
4. Finally, Victory has to choose between main squeezes - bing! bing! bing! She chooses the right one! I can only hope he is more in the next book. I still don't know much about him, but I want to know more.
5. If you are looking for sex after sex scenes in your books - Read a paranormal romance. This is Urban Fantasy! Thank goodness!
6. There was always a lot going on, between her trials and travelling and reading the artifact which was an adventure in itself - I was intrigued throughout most of this book.
7. Cool supernatural artifacts and entities. This book has got it all.
a. Welsh Goddess
c. Demi-Demons (new for me)
d. Weapons - (new)Hellforged (come on - an athame created in Hell - WAY COOL!) Sword of St. Michael - STILL COOL!
e. Your usual UF heavy hitters, Zombies, Werewolve, a
"Lady of the Lake" and Ghosts - Oh My!
8. Cool lingo unique to this world.
My top criticisms for this book:
1. While a lot happened in the first 25% of this book, it didn't seem to move the plot along. It was hard for me to get into it - but I'm glad I waddled through it.
2. There was 2 illogical events that happened on an airplane and it had to do with light and demons and the main baddie. When I mean illogical, I mean that it broke the rules of the world building the author sets up. They were small enough to make it not a big deal for me, but my husband said that it may be a deal breaker for others.
3. While I don't want sex scene after sex scene, I don't like ambiguous sex either. I also don't apperciate casual sex. While Victory takes her job very seriously and is willing to take a Zombie under her wing to "mother", she is not super serious in her relationships with men. Her laissez-faire attitude seems inconsistant.
4. I would read book 1 before reading this book, there are important plot lines that are resolved from book 1 in this book.
Overall, I give this a 4.5 star rating. I had to hold back on the 1/2 star mainly becasue it took too long for me for the plot to reveal itself. This series is much better than a lot of series out there, but the author and Victory definately have room to grow and I will enjoy reading through this growth in future books - this series is a keeper!
Vicky's character is clueless most of the times for a professional demon fighter who has seen the worst things imaginable. You would think she'd be suspicious of everything and continually on her guard; but no, she wanders around and into all traps with her demon-fighter instinct, completely flaccid. Besides that annoying character trait, I did enjoy this installment.
The story was creative and flowed well. It was very interesting, and at the times when I wasn't irritated with Vicky's stupidity, I was laughing. This installment was hilarious! The author did a great job on describing Vicky's ancestry and how the rift between the shape shifters and demon-kind came to be.
The author delved deeper into Vicky and Kane's relationship. I wondered during the last installment, why the author even bothered including him in the book. She did expound on Kane's character and knocked him off his high horse a bit and now I can't wait to see he and Vicky's future developments, they make a really great team. I must say, Aunt Mab was by far my favorite character of all. She was a deadly little fireball. Her character was so deceiving; on the outside she appeared as a demure older women but when she opens up she's all tooth and nails.
I highly recommend this book to fellow dark urban fantasy fans and also look forward to reading the next book Bloodstone due out October 2011.
I also recommend:
Working for the Devil (Dante Valentine, Book 1)
Moon Called (Mercy Thompson)
Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, Book 1)
Aunt Mab was such an intriguing figure in the first book, I was excited to travel to Wales with Vicki and get to know this side of her family much more intimately than in Deadtown. My favorite secondary characters were back as well--Tina, now a hopeful back-up singer for a zombie band, Juliet--yes that Juliet of Romeo fame--a vampire roommate who may not be on the page much, but plays an integral part in the plot.
I think what I loved best is the sexual tension created between Vicki and her bad-guy 'cousin' in the first part of the book and how that evolves into a renewed romance between her and the ever-sexy Alexander Kane, the werewolf attorney love interest from the first book. Don't think this book is all about romance though, Vicki has a fantastic struggle I found mesmerizing.
The internal battle she faces over trying to be 'pure' in order to vanquish the evil in this book, how she feels stained by her bond with The Destroyer, a powerful demon we first met in Deadtown, is something anyone could relate to. My heart went out to Vicki time and again as she struggled with her inner demons--so to speak!
I loved Deadtown and now Hellforged has found a spot on my keeper shelf! I hope they make it to your bookshelf, too!
I really loved the way Holzner delved deeper into the Cerddorion and Welsh mythology by sending Vicky to Wales to further her training with the formidable Aunt Mab. I grew up reading Greek and Norse mythology but this series is my first exposure to Welsh mythology and I find it entirely fascinating. While Deadtown focuses mainly on the Cerddorion, Vicky's family line, Hellforged goes further and introduces new areas of Welsh mythology.
While there is a lot of mythology, Holzner does a great job of balancing this with really exciting action. The last 100 (at least) pages are so exciting I couldn't put it down. Seriously, it was a Friday night, I was reading it at the gym and things got really exciting and so I continued to read it while making dinner and then I was with a group of friends and I was the one sitting in the corner reading and being completely antisocial. So please take this as a warning, once you get about 100 pages from the end, make sure you have a some time just to read!
Another thing I loved about Hellforged is Aunt Mab. In Deadtown, there are only a few brief scenes with Mab, but in Hellforged she becomes a major character (I hope we continue to see a lot of her!). Overall, Hellforged is an excellent installment in a really good urban fantasy series and I can't wait for Bloodstone (book 3)!