Ella, The Slayer

Ella, The Slayer

by A. W. Exley


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Ella, The Slayer by A. W. Exley

An Edwardian Cinderella retelling

The flu pandemic of 1918 took millions of souls within a few short weeks.
Except it wasn't flu and death gave them back.

Seventeen-year-old Ella copes the best she can; caring for her war-injured father, scrubbing the floors, and slaying the undead that attack the locals. Vermin they're called, like rats they spread pestilence with their bite. Ella's world collides with another when she nearly decapitates a handsome stranger, who is very much alive.

Seth deMage, the new Duke of Leithfield, has returned to his ancestral home with a mission from the War Office - to control the plague of vermin in rural Somerset. He needs help; he just didn't expect to find it in a katana-wielding scullery maid.

Working alongside Seth blurs the line between their positions, and Ella glimpses a future she never dreamed was possible. But in overstepping society's boundaries, Ella could lose everything - home, head and her heart...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781514647547
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/15/2015
Pages: 238
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.54(d)

About the Author

Books and writing have always been an enormous part of Anita's life. She survived school by hiding out in the library, with several thousand fictional characters for company. At university, she overcame the boredom of studying accountancy by squeezing in Egyptology papers and learning to read hieroglyphics.

Today, Anita writes twisted historical novels. She lives in rural New Zealand surrounded by an assortment of weird and wonderful horses, cats, a mad boxer and chickens who think they are mini Velociraptors.

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Ella, The Slayer 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous 4 months ago
It's a little different from what you expect. Loved the twist to an old tale
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kind of like Cinderella meets the Walking Dead and adding in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It all works!
Anonymous 7 months ago
Engaging, realistic characters and situations. Thoroughly enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked the story it was diffrent. My only problem was that she let her go I thought that was the dumbness thing ever
KatyMessier More than 1 year ago
I’m not usually interested in historical romance but when I saw that this just might be different my curiosity was instantly peaked. The Glorious A strong badass female character that wields a katana and slays zombies. I love Ella’s personality and how she’s strong because of the circumstances she’s forced into. I’m not normally interested in romance but I loved this. I loved how it didn’t feel completely cliche even if it was sort of insta love ( or was it lust?) The ‘bad’ guys in this book are wonderful to hate. I appreciate villains whose layers are revealed and we get to know why they are bad. But sometimes I just want a personality I can gloriously rage at. I can’t even begin to count the times I wanted to smack Ella’s step mother and sisters right upside their heads. Right before the ending when everything kind of comes to somewhat of a climax – loved the scenes here. The decapitation of zombies, I admit I found it pretty awesome. It wasn’t super graphic but it was just enough to make it interesting. The Not so Glorious I loved everything and then the ending and I was just left with … huh? It wasn’t bad really but it didn’t feel like it fit in with the rest of the story. It wrapped up nicely while giving plenty of room for another book to continue it. For a few reasons though, the ending just kind of fell flat for me. When I think about it this really felt like a Walking Dead meets Cinderella set in the early 1900’s – something I’d never have thought would work together. The fact that it included such a strong protagonist made the entire read intense. If, like me, you have a thing for Michonne from The Walking Dead just picture her character set in 1919. This is a great addition to the zombie genre and I recommend it to any fan of of romance as well.
SecondRunReviews More than 1 year ago
No simpering princesses here. Ella, the Slayer by A.W. Exley was a refreshing twist on the traditional Cinderella fairy tale and the zombie craze set in the time of Downton Abbey. Ella is the long suffering savior of her small town once those that have died start rising from the dead. She takes her role in stride and doesn’t expect anything more than what she has been given. I admired her attitude and ability to take on this dark role. I certainly don’t know if I would have been quite so willing to take on what she did. The Duke is no slouch either. Rather than being a two-dimensional dude just looking to get married, Exley fleshed out Seth and gave him his own demons to wrestle with. Not only did he have to take over the family estate after the death of his father, he’s expected to marry a highborn bachelorette and he’s still reeling from having served in WWI. Like Ella, his struggle to balance the simpering dull ladies being thrown at him and the threats to their town seem real. The romance that blossoms between Seth and Ella is borne from shared goals and a genuine appreciation for each other. It was a slow discovery. It was refreshing that it wasn’t necessarily a love-at-first-sight, head-over-heels kind of love. Ella, the Slayer definitely gets my seal of approval for its fresh take a well-known fairy tale and the well-worn zombie trope. The characters, both primary and secondary, were well-developed. Their motivations were clear and helped move the story forward at a good clip. Fans of fairy tales, true love and zombies (without a lot of gore) will enjoy this tromp through the English countryside.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks in from school late.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i have no idea why this book has any positive reviews. Uncreative and predictable. Heroine is TSTL.