Hellforged is the second 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 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’s angling to become a pop star, and an eccentric vampire roommate, what is normal anyway?
Then the supposedly banished Hellion starts to trespass in Vicky’s dreams - just as several of Deadtown’s zombies are viciously attacked and become really dead. When Vicky realizes she’s the only connection between the victims, she suspects that the demon is somehow working through her dreams to become Deadtown’s living nightmare.
What she doesn’t know is that her old enemy brings with it a force more terrifying - and deadly - than anything she’s battled before.
Vicky Vaughn is a Cerddorian, a shape-shifting descendant of Ceridwen capable of fighting demons - a demon slayer.
She makes her living killing demons: clearing Glitches out of electronics, Drudes out of dreamscapes - if you have a demon problem, and can pay the fee, Vicky will get the job done.
Being a Cerddorian, Vicky has the ability to manipulate her own dreams - to control them. But now her dreams are being invaded by the Hellion she thought she’d banished. And what’s worse, there is nothing she can do about it. Vicky has lost control of her own dreams.
Now zombie’s are being killed in the most brutal fashion and Aunt Mab has called Vicky back to Wales. It seems that there is a prophecy - and some think that prophecy involves Vicky - and Mab knows that Vicky needs more training if she is to win the upcoming battle.
Hellforged is another great installment to the Deadtown series. I like Vicky a lot and can’t wait to read more.
I give Hellforged 4 out of 5 stars.
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Ace (December 28, 2010)