Review: Slayers | C.J. Hill

“Do you remember back in the Middle Ages, how the alchemists tried to find a way to create gold? History got that wrong. They sought to create liquid gold – a substance that would give people the powers needed to conquer dragons. Luckily, they found it. Those superenhanced knights would have destroyed dragons altogether if some dragons hadn’t used their long gestation periods to outlive them.”

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Sixteen-year-old Tori Hampton may be a socialite and a senator’s daughter, but she’s certainly more than just a pretty face. She’s smart and tough and surprisingly good at outdoor sports. For as long as she can remember, Tori always had a secret obsession with dragons. And now that she’s attending Dragon Camp for the summer, she can’t wait to indulge her inner fascination.

But unbeknownst to Tori, this is no ordinary camp. This is a camp for Slayers—a handful of teens descended from the original knights. And with new dragon eggs about to hatch, the time for the Slayers to save the world is now. Danger awaits, romance beckons, and their very survival is at stake.Goodreads

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Thoughts About The Book

Dragons. Dragons are the fiercest mythical race (or they should be) and that’s exactly what Slayers portrays them as. Huge, beautiful, and animal to the core. These dragons wouldn’t hesitate to destroy cities and make a BBQ of its citizens. So what’s to stop them from ruling the world? Well in medieval times, a group of knights known as Slayers were created to keep the dragons at bay. Becoming a Slayer meant that when a dragon was near, they would be able to hone in on certain supernatural powers to defeat it. Once these Slayers were created, their gene would always be passed down through bloodlines to be awakened again when dragons were near. But wait.. Didn’t dragons die out when the first Slayers defeated them? No. The answer is definitely no (if you couldn’t tell by the synopsis). While dragons themselves may not be seen flying around and making meals of cities, there are dragon eggs bound to hatch – soon. This is where the new generation of Slayers comes in and one of those knight descendants is Tori, a senator’s daughter.

I have to confess something now. After reading Slayers, I have a newfound love for dragons… you could maybe even call it a small obsession.. Okay, OKAY. I am actually obsessed with dragons now. There is so much lore and mythical science behind the description of the dragons and how they came to be. Mix that with the Slayers and their components and you now have a recipe for the perfect dragon tale. Everything about the dragons was unique and offered a fresh take on the “friendly and tamable” dragon stories that are so popular. This felt real. Besides the fact that, as I said before, dragons should be the fiercest and most deadly mythical race, Slayers is also set in present day time. Can you imagine running into a dragon on your way to work or school? As cool as that would be, I think I’ll take my imaginary version. BUT these are the thoughts Slayers makes you think. Would your military be able to stop them? How would you hide? Where would you hide? Well if this does ever cross over into real life, I hope we have our own Slayer descendants to save us.

IMG_20160504_213011Which brings be to Tori and the others. Tori is spoiled as a senator’s daughter; she pretty much gets what she wants when she wants it. Attention, new clothes, new car, boys, you name it and Tori can probably get the exact type she wants (maybe even delivered). So when she arrives at Dragon Camp, she is sort of in for a rude awakening. This is not the rich kids with room service camp; it’s a true, out in the wild, bug spray and dirt kind of camp. I really loved this book. Sure there were a few areas of improvement, but overall the story was so captivating. You get lore, descriptive scenes, and even a sort of love triangle. My one point of criticism would be to develop some of the other characters a little more. We get to see some of their personalities through their actions, but it’s really just on the surface. We don’t really get to know any of them besides a few characters that are brought into the spotlight. I get that this story is mostly about Tori, but I would have liked to understand the others a little more as well (they are supposed to be fighting dragons together right?). Don’t get me wrong, I felt a pretty good sense of who each character was (that’s just sort of my personality though) so I wasn’t too put off by this.

I really did enjoy Slayers so much though that I immediately went to Amazon and purchased the sequel: Slayers: Friends and Traitors. As soon as this arrives on my doorstep, it will instantly be bumped near the top of my TBR pile. Dragons, epic battles, romance, what more could you ask for?

Recommended:

Yes.

If you like mythical creatures, awesome superpowers, battles and a little romance, then I think you will enjoy this story. Believe me, it’s created a new dragon obsession.  I received this book from my April Lit-Cube anniversary box and am so glad this was the book choice. You can see what else was in the box on my April Unboxing Post.


My 5 Cup Rating:
☕☕☕

Book Info

Genre: Myths, Fantasy, Dragons, Folk Tales
Pages: 400 (paperback)
Publication Date: August 20, 2013
Publisher: Squarefish, reprint edition
Website: C.J. Hill  official website
Slayers on Goodreads
C.J. Hill Amazon author page
My Review Copy: Received in Lit-Cube April Box
◄ Where to Get Your Copy:
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Sequel:
Slayers: Friends and Traitors


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