Published August 20th 2013 by Square Fish
400 pages |
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?
Wouldn’t it be cool if dragons actually existed? Well after reading this the answer is no. They are destroyers, not your pets that you can ride on to school. Which lets face it, this is a real shame, but it makes for an incredibly interesting and riveting tale. Slayers by C.J. Hill took me by surprise from the very first page and didn’t let go until the very last. I need the next one!!
The premise for this book introduces us to a group of teenagers who are descendants of dragon knights. Dragons haven’t been seen in centuries because they are able to choose a longer gestation period for their eggs. If you have the specific gene of a dragon knight and come into contact with a dragon whilst your mother is pregnant then you will be born with slayer traits. It is these select few who are destined to destroy the dragons. Meet Tori, a senators daughter who has always had a fascination with dragons. Whilst attending dragon camp one summer she is wisked away into a centuries long war as she begins to train to become a dragon slayer.
The lore in this is fascinating and it is one of those books that I feel everything is explained, their aren’t any loose ends which is always great. We have these dragon knights but also dragon lords, and the dragon lords are able to mind-meld with the dragons and control them because they figured (in medieval times) that this was a better way to get rid of the dragons. But the descendants of dragon lords seem to believe in taking over the world..as you do. The fact that dragons destroy anything electronic with their roar means that these teenagers must use weapons from medieval times. So.Cool.
Slayers has romance and witty characters, it will keep you on the edge of your seat. C.J. Hill’s writing shows pure talent as you feel immersed in this story from the opening lines. Although the story does only take place over three days, so much happens in those three days that you don’t really notice the short period of time. This world is just so well thought out and every little detail truly builds your imagination and allows you to spend hours in the pages of this novel.
I highly recommend this book. You’ll start and then won’t be able to put it down. Dragons are cool. They are my new favourite thing.
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I really liked Tori as a main character and I felt as though she grew as the novel progressed, even though it was only over three days I think she sort of had to..otherwise she could have ended up dead. Another thing that I admire about this book is Dr. B. When he gave the slayers a choice to either attempt to destroy the eggs now or to wait until they hatched (because that is what they have been trained to do) I thought that giving them that choice was marvellous and truly showed his trust in these kids because he knew how much he was asking of them. That they decided to attempt to destroy the eggs even though it might mean that some of them would lose their lives because they believed it was better then many others losing theirs was really great to read. It isn’t often so well explained the acts of heroes in other novels.
I sort of also like Overdrake, even though he was so nuts. Even how he figured that everyone would just obey him because they weren’t willing to lose their lives and would therefore just accept him as their leader, such a good point to make about oppressing figures. I must admit though that I did figure out Dirk was the mole..and I still wonder why Dr. B didn’t see it either. Wouldn’t he have done an extensive search on these kids to try and find them in the first place? Maybe because Dirk isn’t actually a slayer but a dragon lord..does this mean that there is one other slayer out their besides Ryder? Because of how the counterparts work..but Tori is his counterpart. I’m pretty sure that Tori is a slayer, and sort of think she’ll develop all of the powers like the original dragon slayers did, although Drik questions whether she is in fact a dragon lord.
It’ll be interesting to see what happens when we throw Ryder into the mix.