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The Darkslayer Paperback – Feb 2009


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  • 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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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Darkslayer crushes ALL! Aug. 11 2010
By Jay A. Rexroad - Published on Amazon.com
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 Amazon.com
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 Amazon.com
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 Amazon.com
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.
30 of 37 people found the following review helpful
A Saturday night D&D adventure in your parent's basement Jan. 16 2012
By Media Man - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Published in 2010, The Darkslayer is a standard Dungeons & Dragons style fantasy adventure written by Craig Halloran. The story takes place on the harsh world of Bish where a warrior named Venir (The Darkslayer) and his slim thieving companion Melegal live in the City of Bone where they make a living skimming and conning royalty out of their money. When Venir and Melegal finally make the mistake of crossing the wrong family of "Royals" they end up fleeing the City of Bone to avoid retribution. Here are my thoughts on The Darkslayer;

Pros

+ Quick, easy and entertaining read.

+ Some rather humorous dialogue.

+ Excellent hand drawn illustrations by Ernie Chan to accompany the story. If you enjoy the illustrations there are more available online if you search the author or artist's names. I found illustrations of Jarla the Brigand Queen, Farc the Ogre, Melegal and Eep the Imp. All very well done and should have been included in the original book.

+ Draws heavily on a Dungeons & Dragons background so if you're fan the story is more easily followed. In addition to all of the standard humanoid and demi-human races included you'll find spell casters using Web, Chain Lightning and other familiar spells as well magical Helms of Infravision/Regeneration, Hat of Hypnotism, Bags of Holding etc.

+ The Underlings were an interesting and exceptionally cruel race.

Cons <Contains SPOILERS>

- Amateurish Writing. I constantly found myself rewriting sentences in my head as I was reading so they sounded more coherent.

- Some poor and often laughable dialogue that would fit a modern day professional wrestling event but not a traditional fantasy setting. Examples include; "You're goin' down! Bring it! Shut it! Anyway... I heard that! You're a pain in the butt! Man, it's Vee! and the list goes on..."

- Plenty of ridiculous and goofy things in the story that prevent you from taking anything seriously. Such things include magic fish that make you grow, Venir being called "Big Vee" or "Big Stupid," Eep the Imp, Lefty Lightfoot the Halfling, Mood the giant red bearded dwarf, McKnight the detective, a female half-orc prostitute named Dolly, a giant two-headed Bull Mastiff named Chongo, The Vicious (some random nasty creatures), Melegal being called "Me" (became confusing while reading), Venir has a giant "V" tattooed on his back etc.

- Venir was referred to several times as having skinny legs but all of his strongman acts and the illustrations contradict this.

- Story suffers from the "Good Guys Always Win" scenario despite overwhelming odds.

The Darkslayer is about as generic of a fantasy book as you can get but that doesn't mean it wasn't enjoyable. Is it Robert E. Howard? Definitely not. Is it the equivalent of the Summoner Geeks video where the guy says, "I'm attacking the darkness!?" Absolutely. He is the "Darkslayer" after all so attacking the darkness is his specialty. Despite the title I wouldn't really classify this as "Epic Fantasy" but instead "Fantasy Humor." The entire book just reminded me of goof off Dungeons & Dragons session with my friends when I was a kid. You know, when it got to be about 4am, the Dungeon Master ran out of things they prepared and began winging the adventure just so everyone could keep playing? That's exactly what The Darkslayer is. Is it serious? No. Is it an amusing read? Yes. Will I read the second installment in the series when it's published? Yep.

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