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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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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!

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"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

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 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: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (282 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,366,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Inspired by movies, television, comic books, fantasy novels and D&D, Craig Halloran decided to pursue his dream of writing fantasy after finishing up his career as a cop in the military. Since publishing his first story a few years ago he's unleashed over two dozen books. Readers love his fast-paced, action-packed, and easy-to-follow style. Don't miss out on some of the most exciting books you'll ever read.

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37 of 40 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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21 of 22 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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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By John Osborne on April 17, 2009
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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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32 of 39 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. Lucas TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 8, 2015
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"The Darkslayer: Wrath of the Royals" is an adventure-filled fantasy and an excellent introduction to the world of Bish; I'd read several of the other novels first and this one filled in a lot of gaps for me as far as characters and the world itself.

As the story opens, Venir (the Darkslayer) has returned from the Outlands with his companion Melegal, a thief who prefers city life; however, life in the City of Bone is far from safe. As they drink in a tavern, Venir finds himself in a competition with an impetuous and spoiled young Royal named Tonio, which leads to Venir's imprisonment and consequences that will reverberate throughout the book. At the same time, the threat of the underlings is rising and Bish finds itself in a constant state of turmoil and war...

My favorite part of this book was the creation story of Bish and its connection to Trinos--it really captured my imagination and sets her up as one of the most interesting characters. I also enjoyed Venir and Melegal's symbiotic friendship and interactions with one another. The author does a good job of developing a full, detailed world without dragging down the plot, which is kept fast-moving by frequent action scenes as well as chapters that alternate between perspectives (the underling chapters were some of my favorites--they're ruthless and make for chilling villains).

Recommended to readers who like fantasy that's filled with action and danger, and focuses on a wide cast of interrelated characters.
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