FIRST KILL by Heather Brewer


From the "Slayer Chronicles" series, volume 1
Age Range: 10 - 14


The other side of Vladimir Tod’s world.

Cecile’s death at the fangs of a vampire galvanized her brother, 10-year-old Joss McMillan, to join the Slayers, even though Abraham, his uncle and the most respected slayer currently active, had serious doubts about Joss’ ability to kill the beasts. Now 13, Joss is heading to Rhinecliff, N.Y., to begin his slayer training with the community there and prove his abilities to his doubting uncle. As the brutal training regimen commences, Joss must focus on his desire for vengeance and his will to power through the training and begin hunting for the monsters that haunt the night. This companion novel to Brewer’s Vlad Tod series (Twelfth Grade Kills, 2010, etc.) provides a simple entry point into the opposite side of the vampire world—those tasked with killing the undead. Joss’ emotional journey is an odd one; the conflict between nurturing Sirus and borderline abusive Abraham sets up an uncomfortable model of emotional health. Most secondary characters are underdeveloped, providing a modicum of training and little else, but it's not about the characters, after all. Action flows seamlessly into drama, and a betrayal comes after a series of clever misdirections.

Closing with a threat from a mortal enemy, Brewer’s narrative provides a compelling back story for Vlad’s fans to sink their teeth into, with more to come. (Paranormal adventure. 10-14)

Pub Date: Sept. 20th, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8037-3741-9
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Dial
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2011


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