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Hellforged (Deadtown #2)

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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.

Paperback, 340 pages
Published December 28th 2010 by Ace (first published November 11th 2010)
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Well, I liked this one a lot more than Deadtown. I am trying to work out exactly why.

Part of it, I think, is that Vicky got out of her usual environment. This worked well for her as a character - getting to see more of where she came from, her childhood - and it was also nice to put some distance between Vicky/the story and secondary characters who bugged the crap out of me. We got very little Gwen (hooray!), not much Tina (though I would have been happier with even less Tina, who is still REALL
Tamsen Conner
I thought Deadtown was really great so I was excited to get my hands on Hellforged and I have to say it definitely lived up to my expectations. I think in fact that I liked Hellforged better than I liked Deadtown!

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
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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.

My Thoughts

2nd in the Deadtown series story that so captivated me when read the first novel starring Vicki Vaughn, demon hunter and all around in your face kick ass heroine!
This time Vicki
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
Plot Summary: After Victory (Vicky) Vaughn Boston's only paranormal demon hunter/extinguisher banished her demon nemesis Difethwr, the Destroyer to the fiery depths of Hell in Deadtown, she thought life would return to normal. But considering she has a werewolf lawyer boyfriend who is almost never around (Alexander Kane), a zombie apprentice (Tina) who’s angling to become the next new pop star, a human boyfriend who's also a police detective (Daniel Costello), and an eccentric vampire roommate ( ...more
Yolanda Sfetsos
It's no secret that I love urban fantasy novels and read a bunch of series in this great genre, so I've been catching up lately...

Vicky is a demon exterminator and gets off to an electrifying start while dealing with a Glitch. But when her dreamscape is compromised by a powerful demon from her past, and zombies start dying around her, she's forced to go to Wales for further training with her aunt, Mab.

However, as soon as she gets there, she meets the very creepy, Pryce--who calls himself her cou
Deborah Blake
I really liked the first book in this series, Deadtown, when it came out last year, so I'd been looking forward to the release of the second one, Hellforged. You never know which way a new author is going to go in a second book--sometimes it is a disappointment, and sometimes you are hooked for life.

Nancy Holzner is definitely in the second category. After reading Hellforged, I can safely say that I will eagerly read anything that has her name on the book jacket. Hellforged was a wild ride from
Another great book by Ms Holzner. This is the second installment in the Deadtown series. In this book Vicky goes to England to enlist the help of her Aunt Mab. While there Mab has her move to the next level of her demon fighter training. Vicky also meet her "cousin" Pyrce who is a demi-demon.
There is a lot going on once again in this book. Vicky is dealing with more than her share of problems. Pyrce is hell bent (pardon the pun) of fulfilling a prophecy, that he believes means one thing, but pro
Jessica Bronder
Vicky Vaughn is a shape shifting demon slayer. But it seems things are going downhill fast. Her zombie apprentice has decided that she would rather be a backup singer in the only zombie rock band. The Destroyer, the demon bound to Vicky, is invading her dreams, and zombies are being turned into black goo.

Vicky breaks down and asks her Aunt Mab for help and is told to get home and not to fall asleep until she is there. Vicky learns that a demi-demon, Pryce, has found a prophecy that says the two
This eagerly awaited (by me) sequel to Deadtown starts off with an enthralling scene where demon killer Victory is hunting down demon-infested computers called "Glitches." She defeats it after some rather squishy-icky results. Victory is still haunted by the Hellion she is bonded to and he seems to have infested her dreams.

Then zombies, otherwise known as previously deceased humans, start dying after talking with her. Getting no support or information from the police, paranormal or otherwise, sh
Plot: 5 Stars
I love, love, love the world that the author has created. From the non-traditional zombies to the different kinds of demons, it's all very unique and creative. I also enjoy the politics surrounding PAs, or Paranormal Americans. Their fight for civil rights really rings true to me, because in a way it's a lot like what the LGBT community is fighting for right now. It almost brings a personal aspect to the novel for me, the way I relate so well to these Paranormal Americans that just
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When we left Victory Vaughn last year in Deadtown, Ms.Holzner’s debut, she was confused, battered, and a little broken from sending the Hellion, Difethwr the Destroyer, to Hell. Now almost six months later she’s entirely recovered. Well... unless you count that demon mark still burning up her arm. O.. or the confusion of choosing between to delectable men. But whose counting?

Beginning Hellforged is Ms. Holzner’s unmistakable fast paced fighting sty
The demon Difethwr Victory thought she banished; has infiltrated her dreams just as zombies in Deadtown start to disapear into a puddle of goo. Her fight with the demon is far from over as she makes a stand too close to her Welsh home and the family she loves. In Hellforged, Victory Vaughn is back and trying to pick up her life as a demon slayer for hire. Need any pesky critters removed and Victory is your girl. Too bad her love life is still far from stellar, but when she reconnects with Aunt M ...more
In Deadtown Vicky encountered the demon who killed her father and marked her for possession. She thought she'd bound him--but it seems that instead, he's bound her. Meanwhile, a spirit of ravenous hunger has descended upon Boston, which is only worsening the tense relations between paranormal Americans and norms. (In this universe, paranormals are public knowledge but aren't considered human in most states; even in Massachusetts they are relegated to a ghetto, can only travel with permits, and t ...more
3.5 stars
The second book from the Deadtown series is slightly better for me. Maybe because I have warmed up with the characters this time around. The story is opened with action, as Vicky tries to destroy Glitch demons. Then all sort of troubles appear, when zombies are killed, and it happens when The Destroyer comes into Vicky's dream. I feel bad for the zombies -- though a couple of them only appeared in short scene but I feel for them *sob*.

The main focus of this story is the prophecy that se
I enjoyed the second book of this series. It was not quite 4 stars but I always round up. Victory again finds herself up against her nemesis, The Destroyer, a Hellion that she is bound to. In addition to this returning foe, she also faces a demi-demon, Pryce, who is the proclaimed King of Uffran (hell). Kane returns in this book from his lobbying in D.C. and Vicky must choose between their on-again/off-again relationship or her still-new relationship with Daniel, the Boston PD Detective. After c ...more
This was better then the first for sure, but I found there was an over explanation of things that went on in the first book of the series. If you were just happening to start this series with this book, it would work fine, but for those of us that started with the first book in the series it was over the top.


The storyline compared to the first book was much better. There was a lot more action, there was less wishy washy romantic stuff on the part of Vicky and there was still all the great
♥ Ashleigh ♥  contrary to popular belief im not actually mad!
Hellforged was pretty good - especially towards the end.

there were still plenty of times when Vicky wasnt very BadAss Demon Killer but i can live with that, though i hope to god she doesnt let Tine become an apprentice again.

im really glad Vicky and kane got back together, Daniel was a bit to fickle when it came to the opposite sex.

im looking forward to reading the next book and seeing what trouble Juliet has gotten herself into
Ooooh, the second book in this series was good! Victory Vaughn is a demon hunter and shapeshifter and she has some work to do AFTER continuing her training. She has to face her greatest fear, the hellion she banished to hell in the first book (also the demon who killed her father years before) along with a host of other demons and imps and glitches. She also has to choose between two romantic interests. Good stuff.
Bethany C
I guess this is kind of a case of 'it's not you; it's me.' I can't really say there is anything 'wrong' with the 2 books I've read in this series; I'm just not that into them. I liked this a little better than the first, but I think that was just because there was much less Tina. Tina is the one thing I can definitely point to and say 'that-that I hate.' I don't understand why Vicky puts up with her after all she's done. I guess she's supposed to be comic relief or endearingly exasperating, but ...more
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This is Nancy Holzner's second book about Vicky, a shapeshifter and demon slayer. If you have a problem with demons then she will come in and fix it, even while you dream if that's where they are haunting you. She is the girl to call. No job is too small.

I was not in love with book 1, it was good, but for some reason I had issues with it. But I still wanted to know what happened and here something showed up that gave me that drive to really want to kno
Hellforged is the second book in the Deadtown series by Nancy Holzner and an ACE Fantasy.

Book Blurb:

They call it Deadwotn: 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...

After Vicky banished her demon nemesis to the fiery depths of Hell, she thought life would return to normal. But considering she has a werewolf lawyer boyfriend, a zombie apprentice who
Robin K
Hellforged started just as entertaining as Deadtown with an exciting and witty demon chase. Not soon after though Vicky's life takes an odd turn sending her spiraling down the rabbit hole. With desperation she turns to her aunt Mab for guidance and much to her shock, more training.

This second Deadtown novel dives more deeply into the ancestry of Vicky and her purpose by going back to the roots of demons and shifters. Giving a fascinating look at their creation and history. Hellforged has many of
Wicked Lil Pixie (Natasha)
Hellforged is book two in the Deadtown series by Nancy Holzner. Since I didn’t review book one, I’ll give you a quick up summary to get you up to speed. Victory is a demon hunter & also a shape shifter (she can only change 3 times a month). In Deadtown, Vicky sends the demon that killed her father, back to hell but through the struggle to do so bounds herself to him in the process & ends up with a demon mark.

Right from the start of Hellforged we have action, Vicky is battling a Glitch (a

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 di
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

I was a big fan of DEADTOWN, both the book and the fantastic city that serves as the setting for Nancy Holzner’s urban fantasy series of the same name. It’s so important when dealing with any kind of fantasy fiction that there is an emotional connection that we make with the characters to bridge that gap that separates us. With the Deadtown series, it’s Deadtown itself.

Deadtown is the ‘reservation’ where the human part of Boston has quarantined it’s sup
After how excited I was with the first book in the new series, I was really disappointed with Hellforged. Deadtown was a refreshing, fun, exciting first book in a new UF series. It wasn’t bogged down with too much information or too much world building. No, that was saved for the second book in the series. While there were bits and pieces that were exciting and interesting, the majority of story was a giant info drop of Welsh mythology that was supposed to build up Victory’s Ceridwen heritage. I ...more
My full review of the series will be up on Bite Club beginning 10/11/11. Here's what I had to say about book 2:

Hellforged begins with Vicky once again slaying a demon, only this time the demon she's battling is a Glitch, so of course I just kept picturing Scooby Doo and the Cyber Chase. This kind of Glitch causes massive chaos and I will never look at flying quite the same way. What does that have to do with anything? Read the book. Anyhow...this book dealt more with Vicky's heritage, which mean

I came across “Hellforged” last year at All Things Urban Fantasy. I was so intrigued by it that I added it to my must-read list right away. This was my first time to read Holzner’s work; sadly I haven’t read “Deadtown,” the first book of the Deadtown series. I try not to read books out of order if I can help it but this one was definitely worth breaking my rule.

If you’re looking for action then you will love the plot in Hellforged. A demon that Vicki knows all too well is entering her dreamscape
The description of this book, while accurate, really only portrays a very small part of what Hellforged is really about. Yes, Vicky has to deal with a demon in her dreams, and yes zombies are dying nasty terrible deaths, with Vicky being the connection between each victim. Yet, the book is more about Vicky's path to Wales, and learning to overcome a nasty prophecy designed to enslave her. In a sense this book is mostly about Vicky finding herself and learning to believe in her own worthiness, ra ...more
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