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Darklands (Deadtown #4)

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  630 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
They call it Deadtown: the city’s quarantined section for its inhuman and undead residents. Most humans stay far from its border—but Victory Vaughn, Boston’s only professional demon slayer, isn’t exactly human…

Boston’s demons have been disappearing, and Vicky’s clients are canceling left and right. While fewer demons might seem like a good thing, Vicky suspects foul play.
Mass Market Paperback, 324 pages
Published July 31st 2012 by Ace (first published July 1st 2012)
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Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
I love the Deadtown series - it has unique world-building, a large mishmash of supernatural critters, they're out and about in the world where everyone knows their name, and the main character Vicky has a unique job I haven't read about before.

This time she goes on a creatively constructed, surreal battle into the Darklands to be reunited with old foes and family. There's a surprising return of a villain I had written off as long gone. The author grows adventurous with the underworld and its rul
Apr 26, 2012 Steph marked it as to-read
Daaamn. What? No hair salons in Deadtown? Yikes!
Jul 19, 2012 Kt rated it really liked it
Review originally posted on my blog: A Book Obsession..

Being the only professional demon slayer around, Vicky makes her living by bringing down the demons who prey on unsuspecting humans. But when her clients start canceling in droves as their tormenting demons disappear, Vicky knows something fishy is going on. Turns up her psychotic cousin Pryce is up to no good. He's bound and determined to get the shadow demon half that Vicky destroyed back so he can continue in his quest to conquer all of t
Apr 09, 2016 Cameron rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Originally posted on the blog: What the Cat Read

I’ve always enjoyed Holzner’s books, so it was no surprise to me that I would like this one as well. Filled with humor, suspense, mythology, memorable characters, and just a touch of danger, this book will keep you reading well past the time you should be in bed.

One of the things that first drew me to Holzner’s writing was her use of Welsh mythology and demon lore throughout her books, and this book is no exception. This one deals with a few of my
Sherie Davis
Mar 09, 2014 Sherie Davis rated it liked it
I almost gave this one a two because I was so disappointed. I have loved every other book in this series but this one just didn't do it for me. Spoiler Warning. I didn't like all the angst stuff with Kane. In previous books I really enjoyed their laid back relationship and watching it develop into something more. I didn't like how Vicky handled things with him in this one. It was like reading a teen novel to be honest. For some reason she just wouldn't talk to Kane about things. I found that ...more
Oct 04, 2012 Casey rated it really liked it
Shelves: parnormal
3.5 Stars

Vicky is going to kill me. I spent most of this book wanting to shake her.

Pryce is back. He steals a magic cauldron, kidnaps a bunch of demons and then enters the realm of the dead to try and recreate his demon so he can be restored to his full powers. Vicky is the only one who can stop him.

What I liked:
I liked meeting her mom, and her dad. The parents are cool. I like most of the family dynamics. the situation with Gwen and Maria is interesting and I really liked adding Vicky's mom t
Aug 04, 2012 Stacy rated it really liked it
I gave it 3.5 stars

First thought when picking up the book was how much I dislike the cover, I really don't picture Vicky looking like that and it throws me off. If i didnt already like the series I probably wouldnt pick up DARKLANDS for the cover alone.

Unfortunately for Vicky (well and the world really) Pryce is back and already up to no good. It doesnt take Vicky long to come up with a game plan to once again get rid of him no matter what she has to sacrifice to do it. DARKLANDS brought out a l
Dr susan
Aug 25, 2012 Dr susan rated it it was ok
This series does not hold my interest and thrill me like many other urban fantasies do. I read each book to give it another chance and find myself skimming through to finish.
Sep 01, 2012 Archer rated it it was amazing
Oh my, what a mess. Things will work out but at what price?
Dec 27, 2012 Melliane rated it it was amazing

Mon avis en Français

My English review

And now here I am with the last volume of the series currently published in the United States. Oh it will be hard now to wait until the 5th! This new novel was a real pleasure to read and Vicky is always more or more interesting to follow. I enjoy the Nancy Holzner ideas in this series, our heroine is still facing many problems and each novel makes her work harder than the previous.

From the beginning of the novel, Victory finds herself very anxious. Inde
3.5 stars

Darklands refer the place where departed souls (or shades) stay temporarily. The Darklands are home to three magical cauldrons: the rebirth, the renegeration, and transformation. When shades' time at The Darklands is up, they will get 'pulled' by one of the cauldrons and they either return to the Ordinary world (rebirth), renews their soul to dwell permanently in the Darklands (renegeration), or changes them into another (transformation). When Pryce plans to release demons into The Dark
Wendy O'connell
Jul 31, 2012 Wendy O'connell rated it it was amazing
This is the second book I’ve read in Nancy Holzner’s Deadtown Novel Series books and let me say, it just keeps getting better. For me, it starts with Holzner’s brilliant characterization and unfolds from there. Victory Vaughn isn’t exactly human in the sense she’s a shapeshifter, but she is human in every other way – in the ways that count. I would follow her through ten more books. She’s that good of a character. She’s not just a little hookish with a bit of voice. Victory is the whole package. ...more
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
My Rating:4 stars: Enjoyed - strongly recommend(A-)
Full review:

After the previous two Deadtown series books opened with our heroine Vicky working at her job as a demon slayer, it was a completely fun change of pace to witness Vicky participating in the zombie high school career event. Vicky is there to help her one-time apprentice, Tina, although she’d rather be out fighting evil. Things seem to go as planned until a vicious Harpy demon attempts to kill V
Aug 05, 2012 Sara rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-5-stars
Plot: 4.5 Stars
This series holds a special place in my heart because Nancy was the first author to ever contact me for a review. I have loved each and every installment in this series, and this title was no different. I've learned to expect the unexpected. The author always keeps my on my toes with the twists and turns. I also really enjoy the wide array of paranormal creatures within the world the author has created. All too often, novels feel the author threw in everything but the kitchen sink
J.A. Howell
Aug 09, 2012 J.A. Howell rated it it was amazing
This Urban Fantasy was a great read. Although this is the fourth installment, it was my first read in the Deadtown Series. Despite that, I found it easy to acclimate myself to the world of Deadtown and found the main character, Victory (Vicky) Vaughn extremely likeable and a very strong female lead. I think my main reason for liking her is because Ms. Holzner made her so relatable. She's experienced a huge loss, she is close to her family though they sometimes butt heads, and despite having a ...more
Romancing the Book
Nov 20, 2013 Romancing the Book rated it really liked it
Reviewed by April, Book provided by Ace Books, and Review originally posted at Romancing the Book.
Darklands is an enjoyable and entertaining romp in the world of the paranormal, filled with suspense, intensity and a magical dose of romance.
For lovers of Urban Fantasy, such as myself, Darklands will satisfy on many levels and leave you yearning for more. This is book four in the “A Deadtown Novel” series, following Deadtown (#1), Hellforged (#2) and Bloodstone (#3). I have not read the previous b
Joshua Burns
Jul 27, 2013 Joshua Burns rated it really liked it
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Darklands plays a dangerous game starting at its midpoint. Previous indications of Medieval influence crescendo as Victory-Vicky-Vick Vaughn does her bestest to prevent total world meltdown.

A lot of fresh air comes in with this addition to the series. Vic gets a new sidekick, although hardly helpful and, more often than not, a drain on her nerves. The endless prevarication concerning Kane - will he or won't he and Vic become an item, will he or won't he take center st
Deborah Blake
Aug 06, 2012 Deborah Blake rated it it was amazing
"They call it Deadtown: the city’s quarantined section for its inhuman and undead residents. Most humans stay far from its border—but Victory Vaughn, Boston’s only professional demon slayer, isn’t exactly human…
Boston’s demons have been disappearing, and Vicky’s clients are canceling left and right. While fewer demons might seem like a good thing, Vicky suspects foul play. A missing Celtic cauldron from Harvard’s Peabody museum leads her to an unwelcome conclusion: Pryce, her demi-demon cousin
Sep 17, 2012 Michelle rated it liked it
Darklands is the fourth book in the Deadtown series by Nancy Holzner and an ACE Fantasy.


They call it Deadtown: the city's quarantined section for its inhuman and undead residents. Most humans stay far from its border--but Victory Vaughn, Boston's only professional demon slayer, isn't exactly human...

Boston's demons have been disappearing, and Vicky's clients are canceling left and right. While fewer demons might seem like a good thing, Vicky suspects foul play. A missing Celtic cauldron fr
The Deadtown series has fast become one of my favorite UF series. It has just the right mix of supernatural s*%$ hitting the fan and romance.

Since book one (or maybe it was two), we've known that Vicky has carried the world's weight in guilt over the death of her beloved father. That all comes into play in this installment as Vicky travels to the land of the dead in order to stop the latest bid to end the world as we know it. The things that subsequently happen will have consequences and we'll j
Jan 09, 2013 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This ended up getting more entertaining than I thought it would, so I pushed through to the end last night.

I would give this book 3.5 stars, I didn't think it was as entertaining or as interesting as the other books in the series. I am starting to get frustrated with Vicki, I feel like she paid the ultimate price when she didn't listen to her Aunt Mab as a teen, and should have learned from then on that her aunt knew what she was talking about. It really bugged me that Vicki totally disregarded
Victory Vaughn is back in this installment of the Deadtown novels and she's a very busy woman even though all her clients are canceling appointments saying their personal demons are gone and they're sleeping like babies.

I found this book to be very busy, almost to the point of overload. Vicky is worried Kane might be snatched away by another werewolf and being attacked by harpies, Juliet is under house arrest and Vicky's niece is going through pre-shapeshifter anxiety. This is all just in the fi
Sep 14, 2012 Kathy rated it really liked it
Worth A Read

I strongly suggest you read the previous books in the series (Deadtown, Hellforged and Bloodstone) prior to reading this installment.

This installment started off a bit slow for me. The story was enjoyable, however, the author donated a little bit more time to Vicky's relationship with her were boyfriend than I would've preferred.

I agree with another reviewer in regards to the cover. I personally found it hideous and I felt that it does not do the series justice.

I found the motive and
Michelle Leah Olson
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Guest Reviewer, Kathy M:

I’ve enjoyed Nancy Holzner’s Deadtown series and her latest offering was no exception. Darklands is fast paced, action packed and laced with humor, thanks in large part to the introduction of a demon named Butterfly.

Vicky, the heroine, is Boston’s only demon exterminator and she’s really good at her job. But when it comes to dealing with her feelings of guilt regarding her father’s death, or her uncertainty of her relationship with her
Jul 21, 2016 Marie rated it really liked it
Worst cover photo ever! I really enjoyed the book but all I could think about is her truly unfortunate hair cut, if it even is a hair cut and not the worlds worst wig.

Don't even get me started on my rant about all the typographical and grammatical errors in the last decades books, but come on people, if you aren't going to pay attention to the details on the Inside of your books, how about taking a good look at the Outside? And you wonder why readers aren't buying your books any more?

The story
I liked this book of the Deadtown series. Victory Vaughn's demon ass-kicking business is not doing so well. For some reason, the demons have disappeared from the humans' dream landscapes, leaving no one for Victory to banish. When she goes into a client's dreamscape, she finds the reason - Pryce is back and he's collecting up demons. The question is why? I have to say that Kane, Vicky's furry boyfriend, has really, really been growing on me. In the first book, since their relationship was so ...more
Jennie Wallace
Jul 13, 2014 Jennie Wallace rated it liked it
I don't know exactly what happened, but this book did not hold my attention like the others. I think I'm just over the whole Pryce experience and ready to move on to something else. I really wish Vicky would of kicked Simone's ass in this book. I think she needed to show that werewolf who was more dominant. I was really looking forward to it, but no, we got teased just like Kane. It was all, "She wants my man, she's not going to get him. Oh well maybe they'd be better off with each other." ...more
Darklands marks the fourth installment to Holzner's Deadtown series. Demons are disappearing and clients are canceling right and left. When she discovers a missing Celtic cauldron, Victory (Vicky) Vaughn, Boston's demon slayer extraordinaire, faces yet another challenge to protect her city and those she loves against her half-demon cousin, Pryce, and his nefarious plans to reclaim his shadow-self and bring about utter destruction. Vicky must literally face her worst fear and travel to the ...more
Aug 05, 2012 Bamafever rated it really liked it
Shelves: uf, zombies, aug-2012

Victory Vaughn demon slayer is going to have to face her old nemesis. Pyrce has reared his ugly head and wants to restore his shadow demon and destroy the world. AGAIN! Kane is the face of werewolves and Victory's boyfriend. He will do anything to protect her and goes above and beyond once again to ensure she makes it out of the Darklands. We get to see Tina the teenage zombie but not very much in this book.

For anyone who doesn't like zombies you will still enjoy this book. The zombies in this
Amy Braun
Feb 26, 2015 Amy Braun rated it it was amazing
Another great addition! Loving this series more and more. Vicky remains as badass as ever, the story is complex and interesting with a million different variables, and while I'm always rooting for her, I have to admit I love how Holzner uses the "If it can go wrong, it will go wrong" concept to put Vicky in dangerous situations that push her to the limit. Great mythology/magic in this one too– it just keeps getting better!
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