In the small homestead of Dronias, where monsters terrorize, young Julianna is a dragon killer - or so she's been trained. Destined to be one of the great slayers like generations before her, Julianna is eager to fulfill her destiny of defending her village.
A Sword Infused with Power
On her eighteenth birthday, she embarks on a journey to kill her first dragon, a right of passage like so many before her. Magic Goblin sword in hand, Julianna tracks down her beastly target but finds herself unable to deliver the final blow.
A War Centuries Old
In her moment of weakness, with sword poised, Julianna suddenly finds herself no longer staring down the emerald eyes of a dragon. Instead, a handsome young dragon shifter named Ash is staring up at her with beseeching eyes.
Danger and Betrayal
Forced into an unlikely alliance in an attempt to prevent a needless and bloody war between their nations, Julianna and Ash must survive a world where danger lurks around every corner, and where not everyone is hoping for peace.
A young adult sword and sorcery adventure, Slayer is an epic fantasy novel packed with plenty of action, twists, thrills, and magic. The first book in the Dragon Tamer series by USA TODAY bestselling authors Armitage and Culican, Slayer is sure to have readers begging for more.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
ARE YOU READY FOR AN ADVENTURE??? A wonderfully written, fast paced, easy to follow read with unpredictable surprises. I was captivated from the beginning till the very end. With some twists and turns that hold your attention and frozen to your seat. J did a remarkable job bringing this read to life.
What if everything you had been told growing up was all a lie? What would you do when you learned the truth? Julianna has been raised as a slayer in her family all her life. She's been training for the day when she would go up into the mountains and slay her first dragon and her sword absorbs the dragon's soul imbuing it with more power. After an intense training session with her brother, her father declares her ready for her first kill. Julianna couldn't be more excited, and her brother couldn't be more jealous. But when Julianna and a group of other slayers go up into the mountains things do not go as planned. Julianna sees something that makes her hesitate in her strike, and her hesitation costs her. When she is rescued by the dragon, she doesn't immediately put the pieces of the puzzle together when she sees a man in place of the dragon. But she quickly learns that what she has been taught all her life is a lie and that what the people in her village have been doing is something truly awful. To what lengths will she go to save these new people she has come to care for and still protect her family? The road ahead won't be easy but she must go forward and do her best. Slayer by J.A. Culican and J.A. Armitage is book one in their Dragon Tamer series. In this book, we are thrown into a world of where dragons are hunted for their souls to imbue hollow swords with power. 18-year-old Julianna is excited that the time has come for her to make her trek up the mountain and slay her first dragon. But things quickly go south. We follow along as Julianna time and again finds herself in sticky predicaments. All that she has been taught is turned on its ear when she learns the truth. The dragons aren't just mindless beasts who are a threat to the village. The dragons are shifters and wish to live in peace. Julianna is shocked and disturbed by this revelation. Julianna is an interesting character to follow and read about. She has a good heart, but often she does not think the whole thing through before she runs off to take action. It complicates a couple situations, but they end up working out. I like some of the interesting twists that the authors write into this book. I really don't have too many issues with this book. I will point out that there are a few minor editorial issues. In one spot when Julianna is interacting with Firecracker, the dog, for the second time the gender gets confused with the dog. The authors indicate in one place that the dog is female, but then call the dog "he" in this scene. When Julianna comes downstairs after her first night looking for Ash and pets the dog. Other than a few other minor misspelled words I have no real complaints concerning this story. I am rating this book 5 out of 5 stars. I truly enjoyed this story and look forward to the next in this series. There is so much going on and so much to come! Julianna and Ash have an uphill battle to fight with both humans and dragons to keep the peace. I can't wait to read the next and see what happens. This is a great fantasy dragon shifter novel with some hints of romance.
I enjoyed this story which is about Juliana who is a dragon slayer and her first mission. I love dragons, shifters and female leads. J.A. Culican took me on a fun fantasy read with twists and turns.
I have read many books by both authors and love their writing styles. I love reading books about dragons, so this book seemed like a perfect fit. Julianna is a young woman, born to be a Dragon slayer. In her village, your eighteenth birthday is the day you prove your worth by killing your first Dragon with your personal sword. When she goes up the mountain in order to make her first kill, she suddenly can't make herself kill the dragon that swoops down at her. I won't give the rest of the story away, but I love it! The characters were engaging, the world building was great and the story really drew me in. I loved the idea of an age-old feud that has lost its meaning over time. The young protagonists are refreshing in that they want things to change. As the Bible says, A young child will lead them. This is true in "Slayer". I look forward to continuing this sage and can't wait to see what happens!