The Darkslayer Paperback – Feb 2009
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Craig Halloran is a veteran, husband and father. He enjoys sports (mostly football), working out, fishing, writing, watching TV and entertaining mankind. His books are filled with endless action, exciting characters and compelling stories. For more news and anecdotes you can follow him at: TheDarkslayer.com Facebook: The Darkslayer Report by Craig Twitter: Craig Halloran --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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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.
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.
+ 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.