One of the best feelings in the world is when you stumble across a book you never saw coming. The Last Slayer bowled me down like a freight train with its AWESOME. The world Ms. Lee creates is superb and only continues to beguile as our heroine, Ashera, comes to realize her great legacy.
Ashera del Cid is a hunter, a woman at the top of her league when it comes to hunting rogue demons. When she’s contracted to protect humans during a conference with a feared Dragonlord, she’s concerned. Strange things have been occuring in her life as of late, one of which is a demon that has made unwarranted appearances in her dreams. When the gig goes bad and Ashera is forced to add “dragon slayer” to her resume, she is rescued by her strange demon, who turns out to not be a demon at all.
Now folks, I don’t want to go into too much detail because there would be some serious spoilerage. Let just say that Ashera learns who her birth mother is, that she carries Slayer blood in her veins, and that she has both serious enemies and allies in the supernatural world. Her champion, Ramiel, is there to offer her help but also succeeds in confusing her with his true purpose. Ashera has to weed out the lies amid the truths and attempt to find and harness her potential power and the expectations of her.
I really loved this story! Ashera is a no nonsense kind of gal who has worked her butt off of make her way to the top of the Hunter heirarchy. When the truth of her parentage is revealed and she realizes her potential for power, she struggles to define what it is, exactly, she wants and needs to do. The foremost problem being Ramiel. Their attraction is undeniable, but Ashera can’t help but wonder what’s true and what’s conjured.
I adored this book. It was reminiscent of Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter meets Thea Harrison’s Elder Races series. We have a kick ass heroine in a fascinating supernatural world featuring a hierarchy of dragons and demons. Can’t wait to read more!
The Last Slayer by Nadia Lee, 285 pgs, 12/26/11
Romance: 2/5 Raunch: 4/5