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Old Beginnings (The Forgotten Slayer Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Alix Marsh
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The Forgotten Slayer (Book 1)
An urban fantasy series for young adult and middle grade readers

The first book in Flynn Heath's magical world of amazing powers, dark demons, a perfectly mundane family at home and extraordinary friends at his new school, which happens to be a Demon Slayer Academy.

Flynn Heath is just an ordinary boy, living a very ordinary life in the perfectly pleasant village of Little Rislin. Until, one day, he mistakenly pledges his blood, honour and soul to a mysterious stranger and before he knows it, he’s enrolled into the finest (and only) demon slayer academy in the country.

But there’s a dark force swimming through the demon-infested undertow of the ordinary world, a king demon shaking loose the shackles that have him bound in Hades. Maybe Flynn’s pledge wasn’t some random mistake after all.

Sometimes, there’s a very good reason for a slayer to stay forgotten.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1456 KB
  • Print Length: 180 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Alix Marsh (12 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00H2NILV8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #676,804 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars thoroughly enjoyable book 12 Jan. 2014
By vickyhn
When i was asked to read this book, i really didnt know if it would hold my interest as it isnt the type of book that i would normally read, but i got straight into it and i felt like i got to know the characters as if i was really at Victor Grey Academy with Flynn. The book is well written and everything was so well described that when Flynn is first approached by the stranger, you actually felt like you were part of the story and it was breathtaking. I actually sat down and read for hours and hours, something i rarely get chance to do. I eagerly await the second book in the series. This book is ideal for teens and middle graders
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Teen Series 4 Jan. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I was given an ARC of the book as part of a book tour in exchange for an honest review.

I like reading Middle Grade and Teen books and this one has to be one of the best that I have read in a long time. Flynn is an ordinary boy, living in Cornwall, going to a normal school, but then on his thirteenth birthday things get turned upside down for him. In the evening he takes a walk to the shop and an old man grabs him and practically forces him to take a pledge and strange things start happening. Flynn is knocked out and thinks he dreamt it all until two men are at his house when he gets home and tells him he has been invited to join the Victor Grey Academy which seems like a posh school but nobody sees the students.
Flynn doesn't want to leave his friends and family but knows he must to keep them safe for now that he has taken his pledge Demons can home in on him and everyone will be in danger.So off he goes leaving everything he knows behind to join the Demon Slayer Academy (Victor Grey Academy) and to start his demon slayer training.
Throughout the book we get to know more about VGA and the students, some nice, some not so nice. Flynn makes friends with Ice and Jack who seem really nice and they do come across a Demon or two.
The book was described perfectly, I felt that I was with Flynn the whole time and it was a great start to the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced entertaining read 19 Dec. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
After a traumatic month I've been struggling to concentrate on reading so thought I'd try something different (for me) I was drawn to this book by the cover - sort of scary and relaxed at the same time. OLD BEGINNINGS is the first book in a middle grade series that tells the story of a young boy called Flynn Heath who, after a scary experience involving lightening and a strange old man with a beautiful dagger, finds himself enrolled in a new school ... for demon slayers!

The author has captured the essence of teens - smart, savvy and a mix of strength and vulnerability. I was easily drawn back to that feeling of being excited about a whole new world opening up, and yet kind of nervous about it too! Dialogue is snappy and sharp, and adds to the feeling of excitement.

A fast paced read, OLD BEGINNINGS is the first book in a series, which is the only issue I had - I prefer books that complete a story in one book. However, this book can be read as a stand alone and the interplay between Flynn and his "normal life" friends, Rose & Toby, and the friendship bonds he forms with the new "slayer" friends, Jack & Ice, at the Victor Grey Academy were very well drawn.

There's touches of lovely humour (I just loved Mr Rook & Mr Bishop!) and all in all it was an entertaining read, with some thought-provoking points raised (trying to force Jason to become a slayer when he didn't think demons were all bad - this makes one think about our own prejudices) I'm looking forward to Book 2 so I can see where the school house rivalry develops, how the slayers each grow and what Flynn's slayer ancestry is.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really engaging, quick read for lovers of fantasy 16 Jan. 2014
By Tiffany Hathorn - Published on
*Note* I received a copy of the book for free in exchange for an honest review

Ok, now that I have gotten that out of the way, this book felt very familiar to me in places. Not because I knew the characters or because I have read it before. It’s because it borrows themes from other popular books. Much like Buffy the vampire Slayer had no idea about all of the things that go bump in the night, Flynn Heath was also blissfully unaware that demons existed, let alone that he was slated to become a slayer of demons. Similar to the kiddies in Harry Potter, he is sent off to a boarding school for “special” children to learn the craft of demon hunting and slaying. The Harry Potter similarities don’t stop there, either. He immediately befriends two kids in the school – a male and a female who are both in his ‘house”.

Yep…they also have houses that the kids are sorted into (although they are sorted by their lineage, not by a sorting ceremony). The female friend, she tells him to call her Ice, is even a bit of a bookwork like Hermione (though she is more prone to break rules like a Weasley). They even have a bit of a rivalry with one of the houses, which has a character that feels that he and his house are better than the others (sound familiar?) Finally, it has a shared theme with the Percy Jackson stories in that there is a prophecy about one special child being born that is destined to be able to destroy the father of all demons. Guess what unsuspecting kid that is?

Now, you might think that with all of these similarities, the story might be stale or annoying. That’s far from the truth. I found myself thoroughly engaged in the story. The familiar themes only ensured that I enjoyed the story. After all, I love all three of the stories I mentioned above. The author was able to borrow ideas from other successful stories and weave a completely different story from them. The book isn’t very long (and considering the target audience, this is not surprising) and I was actually disappointed when it ended because I wanted to see what would happen next.

I think that this is a great story for anyone who loves fantasy – regardless of your age. Shoot, one part of the book had me jumping up to turn my light back on (I read it on my son’s Kindle). Lol! So you definitely get sucked into the story. I look forward to reading the next two books in the series, which should be out this Spring and Summer, according to the author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it a lot. 11 Dec. 2013
By PRBC - Published on
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Very nice YA book with engaging characters and--even--good grammar. The only thing that disappoints me is that the next book isn't available and I'm an adult.
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent YA Adventure Book! 16 Jan. 2014
By Nicole P. - Published on
I received this book free in exchange for my honest review. I immediately liked the character Flynn and the book does not delay in starting out the thrill and adventure in the book. The strong character development among Flynn and his friends Ice and Jack in the Demon Slayer Academy make the story rich. Oddly enough, I didn't find as much "demon interaction" as I initially expected.

What intrigued me the most was the mystery surrounding Flynn's oath and past. Unlike most of the "demon slayers in training," Flynn isn't sure where is demon slayer blood line came from. His parents are ordinary, good people and he doesn't know where this came from. I loved that angle of the book and I can't wait to read the rest of the series to find out more.

A lot of the book reminded me a bit of Harry Potter in terms of there being certain "houses" that the students are assigned to as well as the conflict between Flynn and one of other students. There are certain themes in books though that are gauranteed enjoyment for me, though, and any time you have any type of academy or classroom setting in a book, I'm practically salivating as I read. I love that type of setting!

Overall, this book will definitely draw you in and I am sure you will want to continue the series and see what happens next. It's a young adult fiction novel, but I know all you grownups out there love them as much as your youngster counterparts.
5.0 out of 5 stars Move over JK Rowling...!! 9 Dec. 2013
By Leonie A. Steinhauer - Published on
Alix Marsh has written an engrossing page-turner of a tale, with appealing characters and an interesting, fast-paced plot. This is book one in the series, and its primary aim is to introduce the characters, who are students in an academy that teaches the craft of demon-slaying. The imaginative way in which Marsh sets the scene and introduces young readers to the alternate universe of demons and the tween slayers who act as a counter-force, made this book an absolute joy to read. I'm now eagerly awaiting book two in the series, and look forward to delving deeper into the exciting and mysterious world of tween slayers!
4.0 out of 5 stars Title 11 Jan. 2014
By ccreadsalot - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I liked this book. It had a lot of ideas from Percy Jackson and Harry Potter, but the plot made the book its own. I look forward to future books.
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