If you were undead, you'd be home by now...
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.
Some stories start off with a slow beginning, easing you into a new world while introducing you to new characters. And some stories start off with in-your-face action, throwing you right into the middle of all the excitement while demonstrating the main character's ability to kick some ass. This is one of those stories.
From the first chapter, where we are introduced to Vicky's demon-fighting abilities as she exterminates Drudes inside of a client's chaotic circus-themed dream, I knew this would be a book that I would love.
Victory Vaughn is the strong, independent, fuck-with-me-and-you'll-regret-it type of character that I enjoy.
She's a demon slayer, exterminating Harpies, Drudes, and any other type of infestation that her clients may encounter. She wields the sword of Saint Michael and she's very good at what she does. She also has the ability to enter dreams and can speak to family members through their dreams as well.
And that's not where her talents end. She is also a descendant from a line of Cerddorion shapeshifters and has the ability to change into any sentient creature for a limited amount of times within each lunar cycle.
Vicky resides in Deadtown, a section of Boston that exists solely for it's paranormal inhabitants. Any night in Deadtown you can find an assortment of zombies, vampires, and werewolves.
These zombies are not the mindless, moaning corpses that we are accustomed to. They eat regular food, although it's typically in enormous amounts, and sunlight is damaging to their skin. They're productive citizens in Deadtown, attending schools and obtaining jobs.
They are the unfortunate victims of a one-in-a-billion mutation that was isolated in downtown Boston. Two thousand people fell down dead and several days later they began to rise. They were initially celebrated and treated with respect, but people began to realize how different the zombies really were from their former selves and now they can't leave Deadtown without a permit.
Vicky's sometimes-lover, the silver-haired werewolf Alexander Kane, is a big shot lawyer whose focus is on gaining rights for Paranormal Americans. The struggle for these rights becomes a large part of what this story is about.
While Vicky battles demons, including some of her own, she inadvertently becomes a pawn in the political war between humans and paranormals.
This novel was an impressive debut in a series that I picked up simply because I knew it was an urban fantasy series with zombies. And I'm glad I did. Otherwise, I may have missed out on a really great series with a really kickass protagonist.
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