Nancy Holzner: Hellforged

hellforged-final.jpgHellforged (Deadtown #2)
by Nancy Holzner
(urban fantasy)

I didn’t know when I picked this book up that it was the second in the series. Perhaps I should have. But I saw that it said “A Deadtown Novel”, and not that it was a sequel to Deadtown. And so I started reading with no prior knowledge of the world or characters. However, other than a few spoilers for book 1, I was able to read this book without any confusion or difficulty. Ms. Holzner did a great job in that aspect of the writing.

She did a good job in other aspects of the writing as well. I was interested by the situation and the characters, and I thought the depiction of zombies was a fresh take on an old monster. (Hint: in this book, they’re not monsters. Or, at least, not everyone sees them as monsters.) I also liked the travels we took into the dream lands and what we saw of Glitches. Truth be told, actually, I liked the description of the everyday stuff better than the stuff specific to the book’s plot. This makes me think I might like book #1 better, since usually in a series you get a better insight into the heroine’s “normal” life in the first book. I’m not sure, though, since I did get to see a bit of the results of that first book. Ah, spoilers.

The characters were likable enough. That was good. The love triangle (which wasn’t really a love triangle until the end, but kinda was) annoyed me. But they usually do. It’s rare when a love triangle doesn’t annoy me. I like the dream phone idea. That was a lot of fun. I like this author’s take on shapeshifting. There were lots of things I liked about this book, yet nothing I loved, if I can make that distinction. It was an enjoyable book. I am glad that I read it. But I am also not going forward with it yet – I may go back and read book 1 in the series, but I am not going to continue to book 3 without getting that first book in. This book strikes me as a good summer read – something you can take with you to the beach and enjoy there. For me, though, it’s not the kind of book that I want to curl up with on a cold day and a pot of tea, and read from cover to cover without stopping. Your mileage may vary, though, and if the cover blurb sounds interesting I do suggest you pick it up and give it a go. You might want to start with Deadtown though.

Rating: 4 stars

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