by Nancy Holzner

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ISBN-13: 9781937007706
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/31/2012
Series: A Deadtown Novel Series , #4
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 610,543
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Nancy Holzner grew up in western Massachusetts with her nose stuck in a book. This meant that she tended to walk into things, wore glasses before she was out of elementary school, and forced her parents to institute a “no reading at the dinner table” rule. It was probably inevitable that she majored in English in college and then, because there were still a lot of books she wanted to read, continued her studies long enough to earn a masters degree and a Ph.D.

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 other's nerves. She enjoys visiting local wineries and listening obsessively to opera. There are still a lot of books she wants to read.

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Praise for the Deadtown Novels

“All urban fantasy lovers should be reading this superb series.”—Bitten by Books

“Fresh and funny with a great new take on zombies.”—Karen Chance, New York Times bestselling author of Hunt the Moon

“Nancy Holzner is a master of characterization and I’ll be buying her next book the moment it hits the shelf.”—Ilona Andrews, New York Times bestselling author of Fate’s Edge

“Vicky is the kind of kick-butt heroine fantasy lovers can get behind...a novel lovers of fantasy, urban fantasy, and paranormal fiction in general won’t want to miss.”—Romance Reviews Today

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Darklands 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
STACYatUFI on LibraryThing 16 days ago
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 doesn't 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 lot of insecurities in Vicky especially revolving around her relationship with Kane. By the end of the book they seemed to finally come to an understanding but there are some new circumstances that are now in play that hopefully will bring them closer together and not push them farther apart. Kane really did some amazing things to prove to Vicky how much he loves her and I think she is finally seeing that they have something that will last.A good portion of the book takes place in the Darklands and I hate to admit it but it was kinda boring to be there. There were a few good points which I wont point to as they will be to spoiler filled but for the most part even though I can see how it needed to happen to advance certain parts of the story I just couldn't get into it. There is still plenty of action packed moments and there is also some great Mythology thrown in.DARKLANDS wasn't my favorite book of the series but I still enjoyed it and I'm still going to continue reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the very few series I've had to put down due to aggravation, The heroine is consistently built-up up....then beaten defeated humiliated and denigrated in every way possible . Mostly through her own stupidity and failure to evolve and learn thru experience . It would be forgivable if the villains weren't one dimensional mustache twirlers. It makes consistently being outsmarted by them nothing short of bad satire. Save yourself time and money...if you enjoy this genre like I do...read Anita Blake, Jane Yellowrock, Torin Kerr, Mercedes Thompson , or any of the wonderful series that this one lampoons.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book. Lots of action. Female heroine without constant sex talk. She is smart and kicks butt when she needs too.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
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 books in this series, but the synopsis of this one instantly captured my attention and made me want to grab it and delve in. Did I regret this? Absolutely not. To be honest, I never would have even thought that this was part of a series, it is that well written and “complete”, never once making me wonder what was going on or why. The characters are rich and vivid and written in a way that I truly felt myself connected to them and caring for them. Vicky is the main character and a demon exterminator. She is brave, intelligent, loyal and suffers insecurities just as anyone else does. It is for these reasons that she endeared herself to me from the very beginning. Her boyfriend, Kane, is a werewolf and while there really isn’t much more than a few glimpses into their relationship, it is there. The story focuses mainly on Vicky and her spiral into the Darklands where she must put a stop to her demi-demon cousin, Pryce, before he is able to destroy all realms of the world, plummeting them into pure evil. I found Vicky’s time in the Darklands to be interesting and the encounters with the different paranormal forms to be intriguing. Nancy Holzner does an excellent job of creating a three dimensional world in which I was easily able to slip within, visualizing the world created by Ms. Holzner and the vast cast of characters. I recommend Darklands to any readers who are fans of the paranormal and urban fantasy. I look forward to reading more works by this author, including the previous books in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fun plot with nice little twists. I love the idea of a person who can slay demons in dreams, have a good relationship with her werewolf boyfriend, not want to kill her roommate, and still defeat evil on the side. Pretty stupendous. The author has build an interesting world where zombies and supernaturals are persecuted, demons are real (in a sense), and people are the same kind of zealots they are in real life. The werewolf boyfriend is a lawyer fighting for equality among supernaturals and human alike. Her side kick is a zombie teenager with attention span problems. Her roommate is the Juliet from Romeo and Juliet. The evil is a half human, half demon with delusions of grandeur that might just come true if she doesn't stop it. All in a days work! I enjoy the series. This is book four, so my recommendation is to start off with the first book in the series and work up! You on, you can do it!
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kitkat3ny More than 1 year ago
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 story plot purposeless. Don’t get me wrong, there was action-packed parts and interesting moments, but the story itself felt forced. Although, I found many parts boring, the book was not dreadful; it just was not as consistently exciting as previous books. Vicky’s interaction with her niece and their aunt Mab is always a treat and was a definite highlight. I recommend this book to fellow dark urban fantasy readers and will read the next book in the series Hellhound due out in 2013.
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wendywoconnell More than 1 year ago
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. Let me give you one of her dimensions - her soft side. This is Victory thinking backing on her dad. This is also, a chick that wields a heavy sword with ease. “Memories rushed back. When I was a little girl, jolted awake by a nightmare, and my father’s arms felt like a fortress against the terrors of the night.” This is Victory can taking care of herself, as in this graph. She doesn’t even have to shapeshift into a ferocious beast to do so. “I checked the weapons I already wore – knives in thigh and ankle sheathes, pistol in a shoulder holster, another at my hip. All set. Good to be prepared, but I didn’t expect to use any weapons here.” In other words, she can fight. She can feel, but that last part can sometimes flaw her, which often makes for a more interesting story. In this particular one, it brought in a delightful new character known as Butterfly. This character makes me rethink my own flaws such as should I really eat that fat, piece of cake? You’ll have to read and find out who Butterfly is in the book. The rest of Victory’s supporting cast did a great job, but the one that stood out the most to me was Kane. I like nice guys, and for a werewolf Kane is a great example of one. Let me give you one and then I’ll close the door on quotes. “I’ve fought by your side before, and I’m always ready to do it again. Always. Don’t go alone – wait until I can be with you….” There’s more to this, but I’m afraid of giving too much away. Mostly, Kane is willing to be with Victory anywhere and he allows her to be who she is without trying to make her into something she is not, or own her. Like I said, he is a nice guy in every sense of the word. Now, a word on the plot of this book which was put together like a master craftsman. I believe Holzner must carefully plan her books out like a professor does a college classroom using a syllabus. It would impossible not to do so. Her ideas are anything but simple, but how she unfolds them to the reader make it easy to understand. The background research involving things like Arthurian Legends, and Welsh Mythology had to be enormous on top of the writing itself. The hard work and dedication has paid off in this series, and I for one plan to pass it around. I highly recommend, not just Darklands but Bloodstone, the book before it. I would also recommend reading it slow. This is not easy with good books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enough with the relationship issues!!!! Kane has more than proved let alone told Victory how he feels about her. She is a kickass heroine that doesn't run from any battle but can't stand up to Kane loving her just the way she is? PLEASE don't turn this awesome series into one of those dime-a-dozen, angst-ridden, wishy-washy romance tripe filled series!!! I hope that with this latest proof of Kane's love for her is the last we see of Victory's unwilling to believe she is worthy of his love and FINALLY commit to the relationship. There was too much of this book written about this which took from the otherwise great plot. I have so enjoyed all the books of this series but after four books of this relationship not being cemented I've reached my limit. If the next book still has this relationship priblem, I'm finished with the series and maybe with the author. In most series the heroine grows emotionally as the series progresses. Usually relationships grow as well--either apart or together. So pick one please and move on to get back to the great urban fantasy that this series is all about