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First Kill

I received a copy of this book from the publisher

By: Heather Brewer

Book 1 of The Slayer Chronicles

Joss McMillan thinks he has a pretty perfect life, great parents and a wonderful kid sister. It all comes to pieces the night young Joss witnesses his sister’s murder at the hands of a vampire. His helplessness overwhelms him and his parents are never the same. Then he finds out about his family’s secret heritage. In every generation one of the family is gifted with the traits of a Slayer. They are tested and if they pass they are indoctrinated into the Slayer Society, a group whose mission is to rid the world of vampires.

Earlier than most Joss is bought into his training, his driving force is to get revenge for his sister’s death, something that still haunts his dreams. Training is brutal but Joss is determined. Even when it becomes clear that there is a traitor amongst them and uncovering their identity will shake Joss’s newly discovered foundation to it’s core. If he survives that long that is.

With a plethora of vampire books out there it is important to note that this is more about the darkness of vampires than the goodness of them. As the series title suggests it is about hunting rather than befriending and in this way it will appeal to those who like more of a traditional vampire story than the more paranormal romance type of story.

Joss isn’t your typical hero slayer and his training is far more brutal than Buffy’s ever was. He finds strength within himself though and that draws you in. The things that occur around him; the society politics and his desire to fit in, give the story layers and that makes it more interesting.

I am not sure how it will play out, if my interest will be held by the series but I rather enjoyed this book and look forward to the next. My vampire tastes do tend toward the darker aspect, so if you are looking for a modern story with a more traditional take on vampires then give this book a look.

Publisher: Penguin Books Australia

Published: 28 November 2011

Format: Paperback 240 pages

Categories: Urban Fantasy, Family, Revenge

ISBN 13: 9780143567257

Purchase: here or use Booktopia logo on side of page

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