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Imaginative fantasy! :)
on 10 June 2013
Before I bought the book, I read the description and I was pretty hooked already! I've always loved fantasy worlds and the escapism they bring, although admittedly it's been mostly limited to films recently rather than books as I haven't much time these days....which is where Darkslayer is fantastic! A lot of fantasy books are super long and I just look at their chunkyness going "I'm going to end up only reading half of this before life takes over" but this one is fantasy to its core and is a short, quick and easy read - awesome.
The first chapter launched into describing the two characters Melegal and Venir, and I love the in depth detail given to them and the city in which they are placed. As for the Royals, I just wanted to know more about them and who they were - the character line-up had gotten me hooked, as well as the challenges in the pub - particularly quick fence! I love the imagination that Halloran put into his work to create a new world that is familiar enough to imagine but different enough to be exciting.
The writing is, at times, a little amateurish, but if you can cope with the odd grammar or syntax mistake then you'll be just fine! I found that I ended up glazing over a lot of the little mistakes just to get at the storyline and character relations. And let's face it...that's what most of us are interested in anyway! I'd rather read a good story with amateur writing, than a boring drag of a tale with perfect script. ugh.
Overall, I have really loved getting involved in the Darkslayer world and I think that anyone interested in fantasy stories should give it a go - particularly as it's so digestable and short to read!