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Slayers

by C. J. Hill

Series: Slayers Hill (1)

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At a rustic summer camp, sixteen-year-old Tori, a senator's daughter, learns that she is descended from medieval dragon slayers, that dragons still exist, and that she is expected to hone her special abilities to join her fellow campers in battling the beasts and the man who controls them.
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Dragon's exist. Descended from alchemically altered knights, the Slayers know this to be true. Now a diverse group of teens that includes Tori, a smart but spoiled senator's daughter, must prepare to save the rest of us at any cost. Because after laying dormant for centuries, the dragon eggs are ready to hatch.

"Slayers" is the first book in this YA series by C.J. Hill, the noms de plume of a YA romance writer with 18 other books published. The writing of "Slayers" is generally tight, the pace and action following an escalating pace, but the book is not without its faults. Reading "Slayers," one gets the impression that the author wasn't completely comfortable breaking away from romance novels. At inconvenient and even inappropriate times, the action is interrupted with spurious romantic observations and thoughts.

I have no problem with the fact that there is romance in the story - only with the odd way it interrupts the action, sometimes literally in mid-fight having the protagonist wonder if so-and-so likes her, and maybe he'll kiss her? Its as though the author tried to merge two different stories, or went back through to add the romantic elements to flesh out the story after the fact. Because while both the action and the romance are well written, they don't mesh well together, leaving the reading a bit disjointed.

All that said, the story has potential. There is a temporary resolution in the story and we are left with enough nuggets to know that the story will continue. I only hope its handled better.

Readers of YA fiction looking for something new and contemporary, but with fantasy elements, will enjoy this novel. With a title like "Slayers," I had envisioned something more like Buffy vs. dragons instead of vampires, an expectation that tainted my appreciation for the story. ( )
  kodermike | Jul 31, 2020 |
An ultimately underwhelming supernatural/fantasy adventure.

Dragons are real - only, most people don't realize it. At a small summer camp, teenaged Tori expects to get immersed in all things dragon-lore - mock dragon battles, role-playing games, and possibly crafts - but instead she learns something unbelievable: she is one of a small group of teens who were exposed to a dragon egg while their mothers were pregnant, activating long-dormant dragon slayer genes. Now, it's up to her and her teammates to track down those dragon eggs (and the soon to hatch dragons) , and destroy them before millions of people die via dragon fire/EMP.

Too many cliches (love triangles, traitor in the mix) and exposition make this story a loooong slog. ( )
  kayceel | May 14, 2014 |
Tori has had dreams about dragons her entire life. When her parents finally allow her to go to Dragon Camp, she discovers that she is a Slayer, a descendant of the medieval knights who battled dragons and hunted them to near extinction. There are only two dragons and two dragon eggs left in the world. However, a villain named Overdrake can control the dragons with his mind, and he plans to use the dragons to take over the U.S.
Tori and the other campers train constantly in order to be ready to stop Overdrake and the dragons when they attack. However, one of the other campers is a traitor, passing information to Overdrake about the rest of the Slayers, while Tori isn't certain she wants to risk her life to be a Slayer. ( )
  soraki | Oct 15, 2013 |
I came into this book just needing to read it so I could review the ARC of the second one. Boy was I missing out. I loved it! It far exceeded my expectations. Tori was actually written very well. Her reluctance and fear are more real than if she suddenly just decided that a large change in her life, such as this, were normal. I appreciated that. A few things were annoying. The nice, neat little set up at the beginning was far too convenient. The whole "This can happen only in this situation at this time before this happens" thing is irritating but the story does make me forget about that after a while. The other thing is the italics when suddenly switching point of view. It's sloppy and distracting. Overall though the book was fantastic and I've gotten the second one ready to go! ( )
  HeartbreakDX | Aug 31, 2013 |
Dragons are real and, unlike the Disney version, they are mindless beasts who eat humans. However, there are few dragons and they can have very long gestation periods. Most humans have relegated them to the realm of myth. But now the latest eggs are preparing to hatch and slayers are being born to battle them. These Slayers are modern teenagers. The only thing they have in common is that they are descendants of the ancient knights who battled dragons to near extinction and that their pregnant mothers came near enough to a dragon egg to trigger the dormant slayer DNA in their babies.

Tori Hampton is a spoiled senator's daughter when she arrives at the camp. She has always had dreams of dragons and has always known that they were dangerous. She wrecked her father's crystal dragon collection when she was small. She has studied all the myths. She has also studied martial arts, archery, shooting, horseback riding and skating. She is smart and athletic. She has been wanting to attend this camp for several years but her parents convinced her to give other camps a try.

She is finally at dragon camp where she joins other slayers who have had the advantage of knowing what they were and training together since they were pre-teens. Tori has a hard time fitting in at first with the other teens even though two of them are hot boys who are the team captains of the two training teams. Jesse and Dirk are both convinced that Tori won't last as a Slayer. Tori isn't at all sure she even wants to try. She would rather that someone other than her be the one who has to fight dragons. Finally, her sense of duty and patriotism kick in and she gets with the program. Each Slayer has a special talent that can be used to battle dragons. Tori knows that she has exceptional hearing but that isn't one of the talents that their leader - Dr. B. - has identified. It isn't long before they realized that Tori can hear what is happening around the dragon eggs.

The few remaining dragons and dragon eggs have been preserved by a family that can link minds with the dragons and who want to use them to take over the world. Our Slayers need to stop the man in charge - Overdrake - because it looks like his plan could work. Just a few dragons over Washington, DC who are the size of large airplanes and who shoot out a field that wrecks all electronics could be enough to force the government to give in.

This story has the kids training and has them conduct a raid on the facility where Overdrake is waiting for the eggs to hatch. Along the way, Tori learns about her own talents. The group also discovers that they have a traitor in their midst who has been passing information on to Overdrake. That person's identity would be a spoiler so I won't share but his/her moral conflict between his/her duty to his/her family and duty to his/her friends was well-done.

I can't wait to read the sequel which will be coming out soon. Fans of teens who have to do heroic deeds will enjoy this story. ( )
  kmartin802 | Jun 30, 2013 |
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At a rustic summer camp, sixteen-year-old Tori, a senator's daughter, learns that she is descended from medieval dragon slayers, that dragons still exist, and that she is expected to hone her special abilities to join her fellow campers in battling the beasts and the man who controls them.

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