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Book Review: ‘Bloodstone: A Deadtown Novel’ by Nancy Holzner

Bloodstone is the third novel in Nancy Holzner’s Deadtown series. I haven’t read the first two (Deadtown and Hellforged) but I picked up on the premise right away. In Boston, there is a little town called Deadtown and this is where all the monsters–excuse me, the paranormal beings live. Kind of like a semi-concentration camp for all things related to werewolves, vampires, demon-slayers, zombies, etc..

The story revolves around Victory ‘Vicky’ Vaughn, a shapeshiting demon slayer or a ‘Cerddorion’– the author’s own creation. Cerddorion women have the ability to shape shift and have been known to battle demons throughout time. They can also control and communicate with each other via their dreams. Basically, Vicky works a freelance demon-slayer unless she’s battling the big guns and saving the world.

Yes, this novel is a downright urban fantasy (duh) but Holzner made the world she created kind of fun.

First of all, her take on how zombies act is pretty hilarious. They’re not brainless, rotting corpse who only want to devour the living flesh. In fact, they’re aware of who they are, re-animated from a plague and they satisfy their appetite with a lot of junk food. My favorite minor character in this book is Vicky’s doorman at her apartment building, a zombie named Clyde who acts pretty much like a stereotypical English butler: proper, well-mannered and easily frazzled.

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