REVIEW by Trish: The Slayer and the Sphinx (The Slayer and the Sphinx #1) by Adam Bolander (@adambolander1)

71-6DcJQxiL._SL1500_Porter Collins is a Slayer with no mercy. Sarah Heisen is a sphinx with no freedom. Brought together in a life altering accident, they find themselves hopelessly lost in the wilderness. Once mortal enemies, they must now rely on each other if they wish to survive. Going against everything they’ve ever known, they travel together, beginning a journey that is destined to change the world.
***This is Trish’s debut review here in Pure Textuality***

The Slayers are a group of people whose purpose is to track down and destroy mythical creatures. Porter, a teenaged slayer with a grudge, is sent on a dangerous mission. Young Sarah, home alone but for her family’s maid, narrowly escapes the attack, but not without accidentally taking Porter with her.
One of the things I like about this story is that it features a good vs. evil plotline, where those who are supposed to be good are the monsters, and those who are supposed to be the monsters are the innocent victims. I also enjoy that the danger isn’t solely external. Porter’s inner demon is as dangerous as any of the enemies he and Sarah face on their journey. I also like how a larger world and history is revealed as the story progresses. Glimmers and hints, discovery alongside the characters, and plenty of action all make this a fun read.
The only thing I didn’t like was that there were a few rough edges here and there. Some extra words, homophones (words that sound alike, but mean different things), and other typos snuck in here and there, though not bad enough to affect my rating. The overall language use, structure and writing, however, were excellent.
So, overall, I really liked this book, the first of three. It is appropriate for teen readers, but the slayers do kill, and quite brutally, so keep that in mind. This isn’t a YA book, but more like a modern fantasy that happens to star teenaged heroes and villains. I would recommend this for readers who like fantasy, but would like something a little different.
The review copy of this book was received from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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