Adam Bolander grew up struggling with several learning disorders. All his life, he'd always had one dream: to be a well known author. Though it took him until his junior year of high school to actually begin writing, he has since then published three books, with several more on the way.All of Adam's books are appropriate for ages 12 and up. They contain no sexual content, no foul language, no drug use, and only mild violence.
Lost in the wilderness, a Slayer and a sphinx must work together to survive.
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Full disclosure -- I received a free copy of The Slayer and the Sphinx to read from the author. For an honest review, he’ll give me the second book, The Convict and the Captive. Of course, that is a very attractive deal only because The Slayer and the Sphinx was such a good read! The author Adam Bolander has crafted a well-written and imaginative story. The book opens with a harsh introduction to our male lead, Porter, a 16-year-old boy who hunts down and kills a magical creature. We quickly learn he is a Slayer, and his primary goal is to kill magical creatures, which are defined as Mythics. The female lead is a young sphinx (Sarah) being raised in a luxurious mansion, cared for by her parents and their banshee maid. While she is well aware of her need to hide her existence from both Slayers and humans, she longs for something more than her rather lonely, sheltered life. The story follows the confrontation and unlikely friendship of the two leads. Bolander introduces a number of interesting Mythics and is able to quickly hook the reader with his fast paced story. Several times I found myself delighted by his imaginative concepts and backstories. The Slayer and the Sphinx is an easy read, yet is not overly simple. It ends mid-adventure (similar to LOTR, the primary quest is not complete after one book), so be warned, you will need to read the next book, and probably another after that. Bolander’s writing is smooth and even, allowing the reader to experience a range of events (fights, encounters, explanations) quickly, yet without feeling deprived of details. I look forward to reading the next book(s), to see if Sarah fulfills her destiny, find out which Porter prevails, and to complete my understanding of the secondary characters. I look forward to learning more about the heritage of Tick the chimera, as well as the investigation by the Soul Smiths. Bolander’s book is creative and clever. I recommend The Slayer and the Sphinx for both teens and adults who appreciate fantasy and adventure.
Rarely am I tempted to call in sick to work to finish a book. This was one of those books. (Not that I did.) Readers who like “epic journey” or “quest” books, along the lines of “The Lord of the Rings”, would love this story. But it is so different from the usual cast of characters. And the reason behind the journey they embark upon is one that I haven’t seen before, at least not exactly with the same background. Porter Collins is a young man who was taken in as a young child by the Slayers, and raised by the party line: all Mythics are bad, violent, out to destroy all humans, and must be destroyed at every chance. Hidden elsewhere, Sarah Heisen is a Sphinx who wants nothing more than to see the world. Her parents know the dangers outside of their mansion’s walls, and keep her close. But the safety net breaks, and Porter and Sarah meet under the worst of circumstances. When Sarah teleports out of the danger zone, she inadvertently takes an unconscious Porter with her. He wakes up with no memory of who he is or why he is with Sarah. All he remembers is his name. Sarah, for her part, has no idea where she is. Emergency teleportation can do that to a person. She considers killing Porter; after all, those humans were so horrible and nasty–or so she’d been brought up to believe. But she decides against it, hoping she doesn’t regret her decision later on. It seems to her that she is safe as long as his memory doesn’t return. They set out on their journey to find a hidden Mythic center, hoping to find a way back to Sarah’s parents. On the way, they meet elves, goblins, a Soul Smith named Droma, a chimera by the name of Tick, and a tower full of Mythics and humans living happily together. All along the way, Porter is trying to remember his past, while Droma and Sarah hope that he does not. Neither knows what will happen if he does. But when Sarah is captured, and Porter shows his cold-blooded Slayer’s talents to rescue her, it becomes imperative that his memory remains hidden - if only for his own safety in that land of mythical creatures. But their concern becomes moot when they are suddenly attacked by other Slayers, who have found their way there through the forced cooperation of the inhabitants of the forest that Porter and Sarah have wandered through. We leave our heroes fleeing the murderers, with Sarah having learned the full history of the war between the Mythics and the Slayers. This story, as I mentioned above, was so captivating that nothing else seemed important. The characters were so vivid, and the growing relationship between Sarah and Porter was just right; in fact, the book’s cover tells it all: Porter is protecting Sarah, while she is giving him the doubtful eye. And the companionship grows into friendship very slowly, as one would expect from the way they originally met. The lesson is plainly seen, through deftly written words: that every individual should be accepted as who he or she is–not because of background or gender, or nationality. To pre-judge someone because of his/her ancestry is just wrong. Prejudice bred by generations of people adding rumor to half-truths has destroyed so many lives and relationships, and has no place in a world that has enough room for everyone. Droma’s words to his fellow adventurers ring true, and is prevalent throughout the book: “All creatures are placed on earth for a purpose, even if we cannot see that purpose. To say otherwise is to say that their purpose is inadequate.” I have to agree one-hundred percent. Thanks for a great story, Mr. Bolander!
Disclaimer: I received an e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review Porter is a Slayer. He kills the mythological creatures of the world, aka Mythics, and he's good at his job. On the flipside, there's Sarah, a Sphinx, just minding her own business when her house is attacked by a trio of Slayers, Porter included. When she tries to escape by teleporting, she unknowingly brings Porter along for the ride, and she doesn't know what will happen when he wakes up. However, he's damaged goods, and doesn't remember who or what he is. Cue adventure! I'll admit, when I first glanced at the cover for this book, I thought it might be slightly childish, maybe a middle-grade book. Boy, was I wrong!! It completely pulled me in from the very beginning, and all I could picture was Porter fighting alongside Buffy. Once the pair teleports and Porter loses his memory, I was so engrossed in the story, trying to guess what would happen around the next corner, how he would remember himself and what he would think. I'm definitely going to read Book 2 in the series, because I need more of these two (and Tick!) and their struggle to deal with the world around them! 5 stars