Genres: Young Adult, Epic Fantasy, YA Fantasy | Release Date: 6 February 2024 | Series: The Trianid | Series Book: #2 | Pages: 267 | Indie Author | Review
I’m so excited Slayer of Monsters by indie author Anne Mollova is out in the world today! A huge thank you goes to Book Sirens and the author for letting me read an early copy of this epic YA fantasy, which is actually book two in The Trianid series. Of course, it’s no surprise that I’ve been aching to read this tale since I finished Keeper of Scales. But let me tell you glitterbugs, it has definitely been worth the wait! So let’s give you an overview, shall we?
Alyen hoped that the worst was finally over for Dúramair, after the Battle of the Second Slayer. But darkling elementals are now gathering in force, and the faerie king is fading. If Faer Dinnán falls, there will be no coming back… To save the world from being covered in darkness, Alyen and the Trianid must find a way to defeat the darklings. But as they travel to the source, could a lie bring everything undone? Will a betrayal to save the world be worth the cost to Alyen’s heart? Can the Keeper of the Scales find a way to embrace her own shadows in this new war?
Within Slayer of Monsters, Anne has continued to craft a vibrant world of faerie in a medieval setting. This YA fantasy is not only brimming with magic, but also a fragile hope in the face of utter darkness. I adore how Anne has steadily built up the tension and danger, just waiting for the spark that will set everything alight! Seriously, if you love tales like Inkheart by Cornelia Funke, Fablehaven by Brandon Mull or even R. A. Salvatore’s The Cleric Quintet series? *Run* to your preferred book retailer and get The Trianid!
Although there’s the end of the world to deal with, I love that in Slayer of Monsters we also get light-hearted moments. This is largely due to Brother Hugh, who has such a high amount of energy and adorable goofiness! Paired with Nah’dar (a former assassin), this unlikely duo help make the second instalment of The Trianid what it is: a YA fantasy masterpiece. You think I’m overselling this? I’m not. Because Anne’s writing is *beautiful*.
If a story is very, very good (which this is), it will speak to your heart and make you reassess things. When Alyen has to address her fear, Anne skilfully depicts fear as Alyen’s mirror image. And that fear, which had caused so much grief, only did this to protect Alyen as best it could. Maybe it’s just me, but it honestly felt like a lightbulb moment! I’m not going to give spoilers, so I won’t quote the passage. But I *can* promise I will never stop raving about Slaying of Monsters.
Although my heart is seriously pumping *so* hard for what comes next, there’s no downside for me in Slayer of Monsters!
Slayer of Monsters by indie author Anne Mollova is a YA epic fantasy full of faerie, deadly peril and a betrayal that will change the world. Honestly? I will auto-buy anything this author publishes, because her writing is *superb*. If you love the sound of this book from my review? Just click any of the links below to grab your copy of this brilliant story. Happy reading, glitterbugs!
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