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(Deadtown #3)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,013 ratings  ·  69 reviews
Boston’s diverse South End is known for its architecture and great restaurants, not its body count. So when mutilated human corpses begin turning up in the area, the entire city takes notice. The killer—dubbed the South End Reaper—uses a curved blade for his grisly work. And even though there’s no real evidence pointing to a paranormal culprit, the deaths are straining the ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 323 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Ace
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Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
The third book in the Deadtown series doesn't disappoint. While it doesn't wow me as much as the first, it's a little stronger than the second, and keeps me anxious to continue the series.

Vicky's back home and getting involved with her roommate Juliette's disappearance, facing creatures that are as eerie as some of the demons she's used to battling. It ties in with the second stories arch, bringing in returning villains and introducing new ones. I do hope Pryce's storyline gets resolved soon, th
All Things Urban Fantasy
My start with Nancy Holzner's Deadtown series was a bit rocky. I loved the world, I loved the main character, I loved her love life... but I couldn't stand her ever present sidekick, Tina. After Abigail's review of HELLFORGED (which mentioned that it was light on my favorite part of the series, Deadtown itself), I skipped straight to book three. BLOODSTONE was worth wait, with all of the elements I enjoyed in book one and much less Tina fatigue.

While someone could plausibly start the series BLO
Jan 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This is really good and consistent series. The world is engaging even if the zombies are a bit fluffy and funny. I'm still pleased that the triangle trope that was developing in the early books was resolved in the last book and remained so into this book, with the romantic relationship continuing to blossom and strengthen without it being too much of a focus of the story.

In the last book I said that the long arc was resolved with the destruction of a nemesis and a new bad guy was set up. I was w
Another very good story by Holtzner. What I liked best about this one was the mix of personal emotional issues with the action plot. There was a lot going in with Vicky's sister Gwen and her adorable niece, Maria, as Maria developed her shapeshifter abilities. There was also a lot with Vicky and Gwen's aunt Mab, both as part of the action and part of the family dynamics. Mab is just a fun and fascinating character, it was great to have her as a bigger part of the book and to learn new about her ...more
Sep 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recommended
What can I say about Bloodstone, the third book in the Deadtown series by Nancy Holzner, except to say that its the best so far. Nancy Holzner is one of the best authors at creating characters that you love to read about and want to know more about. And not just the main
character herself, but her friends and and supporting family and others are all just as carefully thought out by Holzners knack for bringing her characters to life.

If you have read her past two novels in the Deadtown series, fro
It's six weeks after the event in book #2. Vicky's vampire roommate Juliet Capulet (yes, THE Juliet Capulet) suddenly calls from The Goons' Squad HQ, saying that she has voluntarily looking for protective custody. She has been running from the Old Ones. It seems that Old Ones are gaining help from centuries old insanely evil wizard, Myrddin Wyllt, as they are trying to gain immortal life. But Myrddin has a side plan, he wants to revive his son, Pryce (who wants Vicky to bear his child in book #2 ...more
Sep 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Once again Vicky takes on the task of stopping a killer before she ends up dying herself.

There is a lot of new things resolved, revealed and started. I love reading more about Deadtown the people in it and the things that they have to go through. Vicky and Kane's relationship has grown quite a bit. I was kind of sad with the ending of her "maybe" relationship with Daniel but seeing how much Kane and Vicky have grown together and the situations
Oct 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
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I reviewed the entire series for Bite Club and the review will be live on 10/11/11. Here's what I had to say about book 3:

Bloodstone, the latest and in my opinion the greatest Deadtown novel, was turned loose in bookstores everywhere on September 27th. If you haven't started this series then you are missing out on one of the most original urban fantasy settings to date. Book 3 brings us more Mab, more with Gwen and Maria (Vicky's ex-shifting sister that hates Mab and her soon to be shifting niec
Monsters are real, and the whole world knows. That doesn't mean monsters have equal civil rights, however. A series of gruesome murders put Vicky and the other paranormals of Boston under an enforced curfew, which is bad news, since Vicky is the only one who might be able to catch the killer.

There's some development of the relationship between Vicky and her family--her sister gave up her shapeshifting powers in hope of leading a normal life, and is terrified that her daughter may develop the pow
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I regret it took me almost a week to finish this book. I really enjoyed it, but it seemed I only had time to read it a few pages at a time. It was an enjoyable story and one I would have loved to have been able to sit down and read a majority of it in one sitting.

I love the relationship between Vicky and Mab. It's evolving and changing, like real relationships do. They care about each other but they strive to learn more about each other than just the demon fighting stuff. They have come to mean
Another great installment of the series. That said, the amount of place and location names (streets, tram lines, etc) was really confusing and distracting for someone like me, who has no clue what Boston's geography is. I get that it was plot relevent, but still.

Also trigger warnings for mild torture and suicide.
Jennifer  (BTH Reviews)
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read Bloodstone because I have been working my way through the series to get to the newest book, Firestorm.

I know this is an old book, but on the off-chance you haven't read it, here's what I thought...

The Story
Bloodstone is a great addition to the Deadtown series.

The Plot
In Bloodstone, Vicky has a lot on her plate again. The book begins with Vicky working again as a demon exterminator. Soon, she gets caught up in another investigation into murders. She also has to deal with the continued abse
*Rating* 3.0
*Genre* Urban Fantasy


Bloodstone, by Nancy Holzner, is the third novel in the Deadtown series. Vicky Vaughn, our protagonist, is Boston’s only licensed professional demon exterminator. She is also a Cerdorion (after the Goddess Ceridwen) shape shifter and would be heir to her aunt Mab. Vaughn exterminates personal demons, Harpies, and a plethora of other villainous paranorms that she encounters in her day to day life.

One of the things that never changes in this series is Vicky
Nov 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-5-stars
Plot: 4.5 Stars
I love that each book in this series starts out with a regular demon extermination job for Vicky. It gives us a look into her normal life, between the life-threatening moments, without boring us with their smaller and less mysterious complications. It's also a great way for the author to introduce readers to the different kinds of demons in a fun way. The Reaper put Boston on edge, allowing those in charge that do not sympathize with the paranormals to put Deadtown on lockdown. Th
Sep 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
There's a killer on the loose. You wouldn't think that should be such shocking news considering all the "monsters" out there in Deadtown, and yet there's something different about these kills. The bodies are so far brutalized that they are hard recognizable, so of course the humans in Boston instantly start pointing fingers at the residents of Deadtown. But if there is one thing Vicky knows, it's that humans can be every bit as violent as the worst monster, maybe even worse. As the body count gr ...more
Dec 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Mon avis en Français

My English review

I must say that I’m reading this series at an incredible speed. This is the first time I read all the volumes of a series in a row. I do not really know how after the fourth I’ve started, I would be able to wait for the next release. Yes because now I’ll have to follow the rhythm of the publications, too bad, it was nice to have all the books...

After a colorful end, we find our dear Vicky who must now face some new challenges. Everything comes together witho
This Review was first published on my blog Lecture toute une Aventure

My opinion:
What I really enjoyed this time is that even if it has been ages since I read the precedent book I fell immediately back in the universe Nancy Holzner created. There were enough info to put us back on track especially since the events in Bloodstone are deeply linked to those in Hellforged, some are related to events from book 1 because we see again Vicky’s family and her niece Maria but even those are detailed enoug
Ramblings From A Chaotic Mind
Bloodstone is a urban fantasy that has a bit of everything within it’s pages. Lots of action, a bit of romance and a world that included damn near everything you can think of. I had not read the previous two books and I think that hampered my experience a bit. This is definitely one series that I would say it’s best to start from the beginning. I felt lost for most of the book and had a hard time connecting with the characters or story line. Had I read the last two I think I would have felt more ...more
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May 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
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80 points/100 (4 stars/5)

Vicky's roommate, Juliet, is in trouble. Accused of murdering a Supreme Court judge and going on the run from the Old Ones vampires, Juliet turns herself in. This turns out to be a mistake when she is attacked by them in jail and Vicky helps her escape - all while there is a serial killer on the loose and half demons planning their own mayhem.

Bloodstone had a lot going on. There were several dif
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I just read my review of Hellforged, book 2. Curiously, it was exactly a year ago. That's how long it's been since I picked up Vicky. And in that review, I had some complaints that I don't really remember, because it's been a year, but also because they don't seem to echo my impressions of Bloodstone.

The one thing I will concede about Bloodstone is that it never really stops moving. There is a subplot about Vicky's niece starting to come into her Cerddorion powers, but mostly we just get on the
Michelle Greathouse
Sep 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Bloodstone is the third book in the Deadtown series by Nancy Holzner and an ACE Fantasy.

Book Blurb:

Boston's diverse South End is known for its architecture and great restaurants, not its body count. So when mutilated human corpses begin turning up in the area, the entire city takes notice.

The killer - dubbed the South End Reaper - uses a curved blade for his grisly work. And even though there's no real evidence pointing to a paranormal culprit, the deaths are straining the already-tense relatio
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
My Rating: 4 stars: Enjoyed - strongly recommend (A-)

Full review:

Once again, demon-hunter Victory (Vicky) Vaughn, finds herself involved with the darker side of Boston’s paranormal scene. She has a day job - demon-slayer for hire, but it’s the extra-curricular hunting that’s putting her life - and those she loves - in danger.

The story opens with Vicky just “doing her job” of killing off unwanted nuisance demons - this time a “7 deadly sins” demon has cre
Deborah Blake
Sep 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
“They call it Deadtown: the city’s quarantined section for its inhuman and undead residents. Mostly humans stay far from its borders—but Victory Vaughn, Boston’s only professional demon slayer, isn’t exactly human…”

If this blurb sounds intriguing to you, I can guarantee that the book itself more than lives up to it. BLOODSTONE, the third in author Nancy Holzner’s Deadtown series, is a fun and fabulous paranormal romp from the very first page. And the action never stops long enough for you to cat
Joshua Burns
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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The primary plot of this book is brimming with mythological and monstrous (paranormal to be politically correct like some characters in the book) beings. But based on the cover and the blurb you will probably have already heard about these genre staples. Where this book shines and where its cover and market may give it too little credit are in the familial interactions that occur- although, of course, as would be expected mediated by some unbelievable event- when a young
Donna (BLHmistress)
Sep 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have been wanting to read this series for awhile so when this book came up on tour, I had to sign up and nearly squealed when my copy came in the mail. Only thing that concerned me was because I haven't read the other 2 books would I become confused but Nancy does a wonderful job of not doing so.

I think I found another series and author that is a must buy for me. The action is packed all the way through and the different kind of demons is fascinating to me , especially the Peccatum which uses
Dec 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Best One Yet!

I strongly suggest you read the previous books in the series (Deadtown and Hellforged) prior to reading this installment. Also check out a free prequel- A Very Zombie New Years novella on the authors website.

Curiouser and curiouser......this installment was all about dark secrets being revealed. Fans of this series, this is definitely a must read! If I thought the last installment was good, this one blew it out of the water!

This fast and fun read was both mysterious and intrigu
Shanshad Whelan
A decent third in this series. I can't say I'm as taken with it as some books, but the author has done some nice world building and story crafting here. It's nice to see some different sorts of paranormal critters, good and bad. One of my two main complaints are that Holzner's sheer number of different characters can make it hard for me to keep track of everyone at any given time. There were a couple of incidents where I suddenly stopped and did a mental "wait . . . what? who?" before figuring o ...more
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Paula Weston
Aug 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
This is a quality third instalment in Nancy Holzner's series. The first book (Deadtown) set up the paranormal enclave and its politics. The second (Hellforged) introduced more of the mythology surrounding Vicky's family heritage and the demon world she can cross into. Bloodstone brings those two elements together.

This book delves deeper than the other two in both areas: we get more information on how the zombie plague came to be, learn more about Vicky's immediate family, and know more about the
Aug 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
4 stars

I liked this one. I really enjoy Mab and we got to see lots of her. She actually came to Boston. The driving part was funny. Tina is still super obnoxious. The less we see of her the better.

I liked Kane in wolf form. It actually seemed to further the relationship between Vicky and Kane and I think he makes a cute 'killer'. I also felt that Vicky realized a bit more just how attached she is to Kane and how far she would go for him.

I was sad for Norden's ending. I feel a little
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