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The Darkslayer Paperback – Feb 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corp (February 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143639628X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1436396288
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g

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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Darkslayer crushes ALL! Aug. 11 2010
By Jay A. Rexroad - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
In a word, fun!

In three words: FUN FUN FUN!

Seriously this is a great action fantasy. I love the way Halloran keeps the action moving forward. Evil needs to have its face smashed and the Darkslayer is the hero to do it. Alternatively, Evil might require a dirk slid betwixt its ribs and Melegal (my fave character) will be happy to oblige.

This is not Tolkien. Noone will break into a 5-page song about the coming of spring (not that there's anything wrong with that!) but that's probably not what you're looking for reading the DarkSLAYER, is it? Look at that cover-- that's what I'm talking about! That reminds me--Ernie Chan (arguably the best of Marvel's illustrators for the Conan the Barbarian and SSOC series among others) produced some spectacular artwork to highlight scenes throughout the book.

Buy it! Read it! But strap on a helmet first. Maybe wear a cup.
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Exciting and fun to read! May 17 2013
By Yvonne Crawford - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I got this book because I've always been surrounded by D&D from my brothers and husband and from the other reviews it seems like I would like it. I'm also a big fantasy fan in general. I wasn't let down at all by this book. It had exactly the elements I was looking for in a fantasy book. The characters were dynamic, likable and even amusing at times, especially Melegal.

The plot was exciting and sucked me into reading it right away which was great. So many times I get bored in a book within the first few pages, but not with this one. This story is solid and action packed. There is never a dull moment in Darkslayer! After I finished reading it, I quickly bought book 2 because I wanted to read more about the adventures and characters. I have questions that needed to be answered and I look forward to continuing the saga.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Great Book April 17 2009
By John Osborne - Published on
Format: Paperback
A bloody romp of an adventure focusing on the Venir (the Darkslayer), the mysterious armor and weapons that he controls or that control him, and his friends as they take on evil in a variety of forms from hunter/warriors to sorcerers to even god-like enemies.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Fantasy Novel Filled with Action, Danger, and a Wide Cast of Characters Jan. 8 2015
By E. Lucas - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
"The Darkslayer: Wrath of the Royals" is an adventure-filled fantasy and an excellent introduction to the world of Bish; I'd read several of the other novels first and this one filled in a lot of gaps for me as far as characters and the world itself.

As the story opens, Venir (the Darkslayer) has returned from the Outlands with his companion Melegal, a thief who prefers city life; however, life in the City of Bone is far from safe. As they drink in a tavern, Venir finds himself in a competition with an impetuous and spoiled young Royal named Tonio, which leads to Venir's imprisonment and consequences that will reverberate throughout the book. At the same time, the threat of the underlings is rising and Bish finds itself in a constant state of turmoil and war...

My favorite part of this book was the creation story of Bish and its connection to Trinos--it really captured my imagination and sets her up as one of the most interesting characters. I also enjoyed Venir and Melegal's symbiotic friendship and interactions with one another. The author does a good job of developing a full, detailed world without dragging down the plot, which is kept fast-moving by frequent action scenes as well as chapters that alternate between perspectives (the underling chapters were some of my favorites--they're ruthless and make for chilling villains).

Recommended to readers who like fantasy that's filled with action and danger, and focuses on a wide cast of interrelated characters.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
fun read! March 15 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a very enjoyable book. I actually read all four in a few weeks. The writing is somewhat stilted in this first one. It reminded me of when I was a kid, trying to write a Robert E. Howard type of story. However, both the writing and character development vastly improves over the course of the four books! I recommend it and can't wait for book five.

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