Published by Square Fish on Aug 20, 2013
Genres: Paranormal, YA
Format: Paperback from Gift
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Dragons exist. They’re ferocious. And, in this novel from C. J. Hill, they’re smart: before they were killed off by slayer-knights, they rendered a select group of eggs dormant so their offspring would survive. Only a handful of people know about this, let alone believe it—these “Slayers” are descended from the original knights and are now a diverse group of teens that includes Tori, a smart but spoiled senator’s daughter who didn’t sign up to save the world.
The dragon eggs have fallen into the wrong hands. The Slayers must work together to stop the eggs from hatching. They will fight; they will fall in love. But will they survive?
Modern day dragons and dragon slayers. The very idea is enchanting and this story delivered well on the idea. With unique paranormal powers thrown in, it was like watching an exciting movie unfold.
As with any movie though, there were good parts and bad. On the good side was the portrayal of the dragons, and the well thought out history. I was able to buy into the dragon stories easily, and enjoyed how everything was explained.
On the not so great side, the characters were fairly stereotypical. You have the pretty-girl main character, two hot guys battling for her attention, snarky sidekicks, and the overly enthusiastic mentor. Yes, the characters were developed well, but there was just a bit too much stereotyping, including the obvious and overly done love triangle.
The action of the story was exciting though, and the choreography and depiction of the fight scenes was well done, and I was easily able to visualize what was happening. That is one of my tests for action scenes, and this book passed it easily.
Overall, if you like adventure stories, and don’t mind a bit of predictability in your characters, this is a great book. It was fun enough that I’d like to see what happens next. There are a few secrets that I think I know, and I’d like to see if I’m right, or if there actually are some surprises to the series.