Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Review: Slayers

Slayers by C.J. Hill

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 Stars!!

Dragons Exist. Dragon Slayers Exist. Dragon Overlords Exist. But I am getting ahead of myself.

Back, centuries ago, alchemists were not really looking for a way to turn things into gold, they were creating a serum that would allow Dragon Slayers an edge. The serum worked on their DNA to allow them to fight and kill Dragons. Those mutations were passed down through the Slayer’s generations and lay dormant, until awakened by proximity to a dragon or a dragon egg.

Meanwhile, the Dragon Overlords managed a few DNA mutations of their own which allowed them to slip into the minds of the dragons and control them from within.

It’s present day, and there are a couple of dragon eggs that are due to hatch in the not-to-distant future. The transportation of those eggs through the Washington DC area woke up the sleeping DNA in about 12 fetuses at the time of the transport. Those fetuses are now young adults and the only thing that stands between us and a man who wants to rule the world by controlling Dragons.

I really enjoyed this roller coaster ride. I’m not a big fantasy lover. What I loved about this fantasy was that it takes place in present day United States rather than some fictional world, and that the characters and story were geared toward young adults rather than middle schoolers.

The book grabs you from the beginning and doesn’t let go. However, the main character, Victoria, “Tori”, a Congressman’s daughter, was a bit tedious in the beginning. She was a typical rich kid who didn’t think any of it applied to her. We did see her grow and mature, but it did seem as though we spent an awful lot of time focusing on how self-absorbed she was.

The story was a bit predictable, but that didn’t take away from the action or the story. The author got us through one conflict, but we know there is at least one more out on the horizon, so I know there has to be a sequel in the future…which I will look forward to for a number of reasons.

I recommend this for the quick, easy, enjoyable read that it is.

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