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Product Details

  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Two-Ten Book Press (September 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578056615
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578056616
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (234 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,032,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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5 out of 5 Stars!

"From the causal fantasy subscriber, to the die-hard Tolkienist, everyone will find something to enjoy in the ever expanding world of Bish."  

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--Sacramento/San Francisco Book Review

5 out of 5 Stars!

"...this author has written an extremely cool book."

"...makes me believe that these characters should also appear in a video game or up on a movie screen very, very soon. Enjoy!

--Feathered Quill Book Review

"Seriously this is a great action fantasy." - Amazon Reviewer

 "Buy it! Read it! But strap on a helmet first." - Amazon Reviewer

"Overall a very intriguing story with colorful characters and deadly situations." - Amazon Reviewer

"... couldn't put it down once I started." - Amazon Reviewer




"... couldn't put it down once I started." - Amazon Reviewer

"The Darkslayer had my attention by the end of the first page and the action never stopped." - Amazon Reviewer

"This book had just about everything one would want in a fantasy novel." - Amazon Reviewer



"This was a fun and entertaining read." - Amazon Reviewer

"An excellent action fantasy story." - Amazon Reviewer

"The nonstop action is out of this world." - Amazon Reviewer

"... a pretty awesome ride." - Amazon Reviewer

"Wow, this book was a great read."  - Amazon Reviewer

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***The Darkslayer: Series 2, RED DEATH, On Sale Now!***

***The Chronicles of Dragon: FINALE, Book 10, will be released DEC 13th, 2014***


Paperbacks, Comic Books and D&D is the motivation behind Craig Halloran's childhood dream to write epic fantasy. Inspired by the likes of Robert E. Howard and R.A. Salvatore his stories are fast-paced, action-packed and easy to follow. Also, as time between fantasy books permits, he enjoys writing supernatural, paranormal and apocalyptic fiction.

A veteran and family man (children, dogs, and cats), he still finds time to enjoy sports (mostly football), working out, fishing, and watching TV. For more news and anecdotes you can follow him at:

Facebook: The Darkslayer Report by Craig
Twitter: Craig Halloran
www.thedarkslayer.com
Or drop him a line anytime at: craig@thedarkslayer.com

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: (Paid in Kindle Store)
Top 10: Dark Fantasy
Top 10: Coming of Age
Top 15: Sword & Sorcery
Top 50: Epic Fantasy
Top 100: Genre Fiction

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: (Free in Kindle Store)
#1 Epic Fantasy
#1 Sword & Sorcery
#1 Coming of Age
#1 Genetic Engineering
Top 5: Sword & Sorcery
Top 5: Dark Fantasy
Top 10: Post-Apocalyptic

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Customer Reviews

Not my cup of tea.
Bilgewater
The world of The Darkslayer contains colorful Races and creatures, fun characters, lots of action with good descriptive fighting and battle scenes.
Jack E. Brake
This is a very good book and I look forward to reading more.
L. Kelley

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Jay A. Rexroad on August 11, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
In a word, fun!

In three words: FUN FUN FUN!

Seriously this is a great action fantasy. I love the way Halloran keeps the action moving forward. Evil needs to have its face smashed and the Darkslayer is the hero to do it. Alternatively, Evil might require a dirk slid betwixt its ribs and Melegal (my fave character) will be happy to oblige.

This is not Tolkien. Noone will break into a 5-page song about the coming of spring (not that there's anything wrong with that!) but that's probably not what you're looking for reading the DarkSLAYER, is it? Look at that cover-- that's what I'm talking about! That reminds me--Ernie Chan (arguably the best of Marvel's illustrators for the Conan the Barbarian and SSOC series among others) produced some spectacular artwork to highlight scenes throughout the book.

Buy it! Read it! But strap on a helmet first. Maybe wear a cup.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Media Man VINE VOICE on January 16, 2012
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Published in 2010, The Darkslayer is a standard Dungeons & Dragons style fantasy adventure written by Craig Halloran. The story takes place on the harsh world of Bish where a warrior named Venir (The Darkslayer) and his slim thieving companion Melegal live in the City of Bone where they make a living skimming and conning royalty out of their money. When Venir and Melegal finally make the mistake of crossing the wrong family of "Royals" they end up fleeing the City of Bone to avoid retribution. Here are my thoughts on The Darkslayer;

Pros

+ Quick, easy and entertaining read.

+ Some rather humorous dialogue.

+ Excellent hand drawn illustrations by Ernie Chan to accompany the story. If you enjoy the illustrations there are more available online if you search the author or artist's names. I found illustrations of Jarla the Brigand Queen, Farc the Ogre, Melegal and Eep the Imp. All very well done and should have been included in the original book.

+ Draws heavily on a Dungeons & Dragons background so if you're fan the story is more easily followed. In addition to all of the standard humanoid and demi-human races included you'll find spell casters using Web, Chain Lightning and other familiar spells as well magical Helms of Infravision/Regeneration, Hat of Hypnotism, Bags of Holding etc.

+ The Underlings were an interesting and exceptionally cruel race.

Cons <Contains SPOILERS>

- Amateurish Writing. I constantly found myself rewriting sentences in my head as I was reading so they sounded more coherent.

- Some poor and often laughable dialogue that would fit a modern day professional wrestling event but not a traditional fantasy setting. Examples include; "You're goin' down! Bring it! Shut it!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Yvonne Crawford on May 17, 2013
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I got this book because I've always been surrounded by D&D from my brothers and husband and from the other reviews it seems like I would like it. I'm also a big fantasy fan in general. I wasn't let down at all by this book. It had exactly the elements I was looking for in a fantasy book. The characters were dynamic, likable and even amusing at times, especially Melegal.

The plot was exciting and sucked me into reading it right away which was great. So many times I get bored in a book within the first few pages, but not with this one. This story is solid and action packed. There is never a dull moment in Darkslayer! After I finished reading it, I quickly bought book 2 because I wanted to read more about the adventures and characters. I have questions that needed to be answered and I look forward to continuing the saga.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By John Osborne on April 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
A bloody romp of an adventure focusing on the Venir (the Darkslayer), the mysterious armor and weapons that he controls or that control him, and his friends as they take on evil in a variety of forms from hunter/warriors to sorcerers to even god-like enemies.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ShellyMcGuirk on April 26, 2013
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Brilliant characters, great plot. Totally hooked after the first few pages. Went straight on to buy the next few books in the Darkslayer series. Fantastic author, really captures your interest. Quite liked the way the epilogue was done, the background to the story managed to make me like the characters even more! Really looking forward to continuing on to the Darkslayer's next adventure!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By WoodyH on April 9, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Being a former D&D nerd, and Fantasy Novel fan I am always looking for something new. You know you are reading a great story when you become attached to it's characters. This novel did that to me. The world of Bish is an amazing setting for the story of the Darkslayer. I have almost finished the second novel in this series, and they just keep getting better! Read it, you won't be disappointed!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 15, 2013
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This is a very enjoyable book. I actually read all four in a few weeks. The writing is somewhat stilted in this first one. It reminded me of when I was a kid, trying to write a Robert E. Howard type of story. However, both the writing and character development vastly improves over the course of the four books! I recommend it and can't wait for book five.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Reed Parkinson on October 27, 2012
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I absolutely loved the Darkslayer. It is a fun story with great characters, and it's an easy read. The books get better and better as the author's writing style evolves. This is definitely worth picking up and taking a look at.
It is an action book with many characters that you begin to like immediately. The main character Venir is delightful and every chapter about him is one you'll look forward to reading.
The chapters are quick and easy to get through, so since I read it on my iphone it was easy to get through a chapter and be able to put my phone away for later.
The world of Bish that Halloran has created is fascinating with many unique races of monsters and very interesting landscapes to explore. You never feel like you've seen all it has to offer, or even close to it really.
I loved the book and thought it was a very fun read.
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