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Minion by L. A. Banks


by L. A. Banks

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Series: A Vampire Huntress Legend (1), Vampire Huntress (1)

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Uhm... diciamo che questo libro non mi ha colpita. Ci ho messo un'infinità a prendere il ritmo per finirlo ed alla fine quando sono arrivata ad una cinquantina di pagine dal gran finale... ero così stremata dall'attesa del fatidico colpo di boa (che in genere troviamo dopo le prime 100 pagine di 'intorduzione') che ho anche ponderato di saltare qualche pagina per finirlo.
La trama è ingarbugliata e decisamente poco chiara i personaggi poco approfonditi e poco caratterizzati. Posso dire che Damali mi piaccia, non sarebbe una bugia, mi piace il suo essere ribelle, forte, spregiudicata ma molto spesso non riesco ad inquadrare il suo comportamento che spassa da sguardi d'insofferenza pura ad effetto oserei dire sdolcinato (vedi discorso con Marlene nelle ultime battute del romanzo).
I primi capitoli poi sono di confusione pura, ci ho messo un'eternità per capire CHI facesse parte di questo cavolo di gruppo di cacciatori, abbireviazioni, nomignoli, le armi ed i poteri più assortiti... Insomma quando poi ho scoperto che erano una 'band' (??) e che questo lo sfruttavano come copertura per la loro attività di cacciatori mi è preso un mezzo colpo... da quello che ho capito Damali ha una ventina d'anni ed il resto del gruppo... vanno tutti dai 35 ai 50 anni il che li rende.... assurdi in qualità di gruppo intendo.
I rapporti all'interno del gruppo sono quello che mi ha coinvolto leggermente di più, sono una famiglia, Damali è il CAPO e Marlene è il secondo in carica ma che spesso la scavalca con la scusa dell'età, le due si sfidano continuamente per tutto il libro... e solo dopo 200 pagine capiamo vagamene il perchè.
Sono stati mescolati elemente astronomici, sacri, eretici e chi più ne ha più ne metta tant'è che il letto spesso si ritrova confuso e frastornato.
Carlos è il personaggio più di 'spessore' che ho incontrato nella lettura ed è quello che ho più apprezzato per quanto sia decisamente un tipo non raccomandabile. Alla fine del libro veniamo a sapere che sarebbe stato un 'Guardiano' ma che ha scelto la strana sbagliata... E che ama (o qualcosa di simile ma più confuso) Damali che a sua volta ne è attratta... da quello che si è compreso questi due sono finiti per vari motivi ad essere uno contro l'altro (cacciatrice e vampiro). Vediamo come se la caveranno, davvero... non so se comprerò gli altri libri della saga. Forse mi avventurerò nel secondo giusto per vedere se le cose migliorano. Personalmente sono curiosa, ma niente di più... Librio lento, mediocre, confuso e dalla trama decisamente ed inutilmente ingarbugliata. ( )
  Nasreen44 | Jun 8, 2017 |
Minion is a delectable morsel that promises to be part of a much larger, tantalizing entree. Filled to the brim with genuine emotion, action around every corner, delicious characterization and an even, rapid pace -- this one's a definite addition to any vampire or horror addicts plate. When the ending came around I was drooling for more; my own bloodlust was so aroused I will personally hunt down the next addition just to sate my newfound hunger.

Minion kept me enthralled from the first chapter. Beginning with people from simpler times, it leaves the reader in a daze and a cliffhanger of sorts, only to lure us closer to the main co! urse . I wasn't quite sure what to think at different moments; I went from having my questions about a certain person, to trying to unravel the plot in my head, to trying to figure out the outcome. To my delight I couldn't accomplish ANY of these things, and as a result this story ended up as my favorite type: unpredictable and knuckle-grinding.

The only complaint I could find about this one -- and it took plenty of searching to conjure up ANY negativity, believe you me -- was that I wanted more. The ending left me unsatisfied simply because I am not the biggest fan of cliffhangers. I was rabid with curiosity about what bloody mess Damali and her crew would drop into my lap next, and I have to wait to get it. But of course that technique IS the best way to draw in faithful fans for the next installments. It brings to mind what the main big bad vampire Nuit said (although not in these words) -- the newly turned will want to return to the master's cup. That being said, I for one want to know more about that vampire!

Proper suspense was built at the right moments; there's plenty of violence to satisfy the graphic crowd. The atmosphere was tight, dark, gritty. But thankfully this book did not revolve around endless, pointless violence only for the sake of doing so -- it had a heart AND a soul. The style was all about realism in a fantasy we ourselves do not reside in.

Damali Richards is a character easy to identify with. Strong and somewhat stubborn, she is young, spirited, ambitious, but also very well-rounded. She has her doubts and is experiencing her own version of growing pains; being able to bond so well with her helped this reader keep her smile. The other characters all had their own personal magic, and while at time I had thoughts about whether I would have liked to slug the "mother" Marlene or not, in the end her personality shone through and it all made more sense.

Although the bulk of the story is through the eyes of the Vampire huntress Damali, Banks also changes pace by showing different avenues of interest through the minds and actions of other key players such as Carlos, a man with his own personal kingdom.

Walk, run, hitchhike to the nearest bookstore to pick yourself up a copy. Or else take the lazy route like I do and just click onto the Internet. ( )
  ErinPaperbackstash | Jun 14, 2016 |
Years ago I tried reading this and didn't even get halfway. Which is saying something because I'll trudge on through the first book of any series. Couldn't do it. Characters didn't grab me and the writing was distracting. ( )
  Akaria | May 13, 2015 |
Didn't finish it. Just couldn't. I tried. I tried skimming. I flipped through the rest to find something worth finishing it, but it just seemed like a waste of time.

The dialogue is awkward (with a lot of exclamation points). There are a lot of characters thrown at the reader at once, without much to distinguish them. As the story continues, there still isn't much given to tell them apart, so they all just blend together and honestly there was no reason for me to remember who was who anyway.

The vampire-slaying seemed a bit melodramatic. I just couldn't quite...get into it.

And... they're all in a band together? I don't quite get the connection, but apparently there is one... I don't know...

I hit a very awkward sex/masturbation scene and that was when I just couldn't go on. Just weird. ( )
  BrynDahlquis | Feb 12, 2015 |
I enjoyed this first book of the Vampire Huntress Legend series. I liked the interactions of the characters, especially Damali and her friends. I look forward to reading the next book in the series, The Awakening. ( )
  krin5292 | Dec 28, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0312987013, Mass Market Paperback)

In fiction, film, and TV, vampires are a dominant trend of the young millennium. Is it is because the blood-suckers are a perfect metaphor for corrupt politicians and corporate executives? Because alternative sexualities are gaining acceptance? Because the idea of living forever (even if undead) is so alluring? The reasons are unclear. What is clear is that the hottest subgenre (in both popularity and sensuality) is the vampire-huntress subgenre, thanks to Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter and Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer. With L.A. Banks's debut novel, Minion, a tough, sexy new vampire huntress challenges the dominance of Anita Blake and Buffy.

Damali Richards is a rising star of Warriors of Light Records--but her fans would never guess that she is also the most important vampire hunter in a millennium. However, unfortunately for the inexperienced young huntress, the vampires and demons have both discovered her existence. An age-old war escalates to unprecedented heights of violence as the dark forces strive to slay Damali before she comes of age and gains her full powers.

Damali is an appealing heroine, the concept is intriguing, and the series is promising. However, the first novel is rocky. Damali is a vampire-killing martial artist, and Minion presents an epic struggle between good and evil, yet the novel neglects to include a climactic battle between Damali and the bad guys (or much of a climax at all; a sequel is obviously forthcoming). Another problem is that Damali's teacher withholds crucial information from not only the huntress, but also her guardians, who should have learned everything many years ago. In contrast, the characters frequently tell each other things they already know. Readers craving the twisted erotic charge of the Anita Blake novels or the Buffy-Spike relationship may be dissatisfied that sexual tension is less important to Minion; and readers seeking Hamiltonian melodrama may also be disappointed. --Cynthia Ward

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"Damali Richards is a rising star of Warriors of Light Records--but her fans would never guess that she is also the most important vampire hunter in a millennium. However, unfortunately for the inexperienced young huntress, the vampires and demons have both discovered her existence. An age-old war escalates to unprecedented heights of violence as the dark forces strive to slay Damali before she comes of age and gains her full powers"--Amazon.com.… (more)

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