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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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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 (323 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #575,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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#1 Bestseller of Epic Fantasy and Sword & Sorcery & KDP All-Star!

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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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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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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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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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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This book was outside my comfort zone. Don't get me wrong. I love fantasy and I played D&D as a kid - though not very well - This book was definitely a thrilling and very complex read. Which is what sold me on reading it. I am a geek girl and this book pushed all the right buttons for me. I loved that I was able to immerse myself in Holloran's world. The main characters are well fleshed out and I cared about their stories, which is another test of a good book for me. The third test is the depth of the plot. Again, The Darkslayer passed with flying colors. Thoroughly enjoyable and a very good read. I'll definitely read more of Holloran.
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I would recommend this book to anyone.
I like the book because it had a adventures.
That is all I have to say.
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For all the action fans out there, you'll get a kick out of this one. If Dungeons and Dragons give you goosebumps, then you'll enjoy The Darkslayer filled with spell casters, hypnotism, unusual beings, and adventure galore.

4/5 stars for engaging plot and graphic details. The writing (note, I'm an English major and I just notice these things) could have been a bit better, but that's the only flaw I see, which is minor. The story is amazing and I highly recommend it.
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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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