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Ashera del Cid is a talented demon hunter, but when she kills a demigod's pet dragon, the hunter becomes the hunted. Her only potential ally is Ramiel, a sexy-as-hell demon. Now the two must work together to battle dragons and demigods…and the chemistry crackling between them.

Ramiel has his own reasons for offering Ashera his protection. He knows her true identity and the real reason the demigods want her dead. What he can't predict is how she'll react when she discovers he knew who she was all along...

Ashera is shocked to discover that she is the only daughter of the last slayer. To claim her destiny, she and Ramiel must join forces to face down danger and outwit their enemies. Only then will she be able to truly accept her legacy...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 898 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 313 Seiten
  • Verlag: Carina Press (26. Dezember 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B005Z1CG3S
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HASH(0x90af91c8) von 5 Sternen Weak characters with poor chemistry 27. Dezember 2011
Von Karissa Eckert - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I got an egalley of this book to review through NetGalley(dot)com. This was an okay book about a woman who hunts demons and then finds out she is a Slayer. While there wasn't anything technical wrong with the story, I just wasn't drawn to the characters and thought that the plot was a bit silly at points.

Ashera is an excellent demon slayer. She is hired by a company to protect them against some dragonlords and ends up killing one of their dragons. Now the dragonlords are after her. She isn't sure if she can handle all of this on her own, then Ramiel appears. He is a sexy dragonlord who seems to have sworn some kind of vow to protect her. Then Ashera finds out she is a Slayer of legend and the other dragonlords will stop at nothing to slay her.

First of all let's discuss the characters. Ashera is your pretty typical urban fantasy heroine; she acts tough as nails, gets in over her head a lot, and acts like she can take on the world when she knows she can't. So she was okay as a female lead, but nothing special. It did bother me a bit that she kept pretending to stand up to Ramiel and then went ahead and did whatever he told her. On top of this a big deal is made about how ugly Ashera is and how horrible this is. Things don't start getting better for her until her true nature is revealed and she turns into a sexy looking slayer lady. Really? Do all our heroines need to be sexy and beautiful to be effective?

Ramiel was a horrible male lead. He is supposed to be sexy, and maybe his body is described that way, but he was almost as deceitful as the bad guys. He basically rapes Ashera (mentally and kind of physically) but she likes it, so it is all okay. Then he uses her towards his own ends. But Ashera thinks that is okay too because you know in a way it kind of helped her. I thought the two of them , Ashera and Ramiel, had absolutely no chemistry what so ever. This gets even creepier once Ashera turns pretty and Ramiel gets all hot because Ashera looks so much like her mother, who he used to love. Does that have a bit of an yuck factor for anyone else?

There are quite a few decent fight scenes in the beginning, but this tapers off from the middle to end of the book. Ashera spends a lot of time bathing, changing cloths, and talking politics in the middle to end of the book. While I found the beginning somewhat interesting, the middle was boring. There is a gigantic fight scene in the end of the book, but by that time I disliked Ashera and Ramiel so much I just didn't care what happened to them.

I also didn't quite understand the use of Sex to fuel psychic power as the "magic system" in this world. Supposedly demons eat Sex which weakens their victims, and you can take a medicine-like form of Sex to enhance your power. You can also generate Sex by having sex with someone and storing it up. It was just a weird system and was never explained well, it also didn't make much sense overall. As you might be able to tell this is an adult only book; there are a lot of very explicit sex scenes in here.

The book wraps up decently but you can tell there is a lot more to the story. Ashera still needs to collect more Heartstones to grow her power and she need to get her new lands all taken care of.

Overall this was not my favorite read. Ashera is an inconsistent characters that initially seems kick-butt but turns wishy washy as the story continues. Her and Ramiel don't have any chemistry together to speak of; Ramiel uses and abuses her at every turn and this is constantly explained away as "okay" because Ashera benefits from and enjoys the abuse/use. The magic system fueled by Sex with a capital S, was confusing and never well-explained. I didn't enjoy the world or the characters. Technically the novel was well-written and easy to read, but I disliked the world and characters so much that in the end I just didn't care. I won't be reading more of this series.
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HASH(0x90af921c) von 5 Sternen A fantastic read 6. Januar 2012
Von Tahlia Newland - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
A gripping plot, likeable characters, well written and imaginative, The Last Slayer is another terrific urban fantasy romance from Carina Press.

Ashera del Cid hunts demons for a living, but on her twenty seventh birthday she discovers that demons - dragon lords to be exact - are hunting her. Ramiel, a sexy dragon lord, offers his alliance, but he invades her dreams and gives her toe curling astral sex. Sounds good, except that only incubi can invade your dreams and she hates incubi. One of them killed her boyfriend and she's sworn revenge on all of them. She's suspicious, but it turns out that he's vowed to help her and dragon lords are sticklers for honouring their vows.
Ramiel knows her true identity, the only daughter of the last slayer, and the real reason the demigods want her dead, but he only tells her what he wants her to know and when she discovers that he has been manipulating her in her ignorance, she is rightfully pissed off. Nevertheless, he's the only ally she has and is an awesome lover, so when her plan to return to her human life falls through, she returns to his Dragonhold and works with him to battle dragons and demigods so she can claim her heritage.
This book made my imagination soar with images of dragons, castles in the air, magical portals and dragon riding. Ashera and Ramiel are both vibrant characters and I loved Toshi the little fairy dragon who looked after Ramiel's dragonhold . The touch of humour he added helped to make this a really enjoyable book. Even without him, the story avoided the overt darkness of some urban fantasy.

There was plenty of action, making this book more than just a romance and probably enjoyable for people who are cautious about that genre. The sex, though intense, wasn't overdone or gratuitous.

The ending was perfect and I thank the author for the epilogue. I really appreciated being able to leave the book having my suspicions confirmed. There wasn't anything I didn't like about this book and I hope that Nadia will bring us further adventures from Ramiel and Ashara. The story certainly left room for at least one more. I give it five stars and urge all lovers of urban fantasy to read it, especially if you're into dragons.
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HASH(0x90af9654) von 5 Sternen Highly enjoyable fantasy 29. Dezember 2011
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Ashera Del Cid is a demon hunter who works with her foster family's company that defends humans against demon dream attacks. When Ashera deals with a case that quickly turns ugly she comes across the mysterious and seductive Ramiel who claims that he is there to help and guide her because she is no ordinary demon hunter, but is actually a Slayer and the last of of her kind. With her life thrown in disarray, she is drawn into a web of intrigue and warring dragon lord factions because of her mysterious origins which she discovers brings major revelations.

You have to love an opening of a book where the heroine has to drink an energetic drug potion called Sex (which doesn't taste as delicious as it sounds) to get a boost of preternatural energy to battle demons. Ashera is a smart and independent heroine who has some great wise-cracking lines and kick ass scenes. Although she is wary to get to close to many people, because of being abandoned as a baby and thrust from foster home to foster home, she is close and loves her foster sister and foster father who are also her co-workers, but she has always felt like an outcast and an outsider.

The romantic subplot was also a real joy to read and I really loved Ramiel who I think was pretty sexy and charismatic and the scenes he shared with Ashera oozed with sexual tension. I especially loved their first love scene which was very sensual and the imagery depicted was imaginative and erotic. I really liked how their relationship progressed in the book which had its fair share of road-bumps and especially how it tied in with the development of Ashera's character who undergoes a real metamorphosis throughout the book. I also felt that the romance evolved naturally with real tension but without any forced angst and I look forward to see how it develops in future books to see how it further develops.

I also really loved Nadia Lee use of mythology which was really vivid and full of rich details. The world she created of dragons and their dragon lords, and other demon beings was very memorable, and it had a dreamy descriptive feel. The different types of dragons such as the wyrms and wyverns in the action scenes was tense and creepy. But I have to say I really loved the tinker wyrm who plays a butler type role for the Dragon-Lords, and I especially loved Toshi, who was Ramiel's servant who gave real splash of humour to the story who was pretty neurotic about his domestic duties for his master.

I wished there was more time spent on Ashera's feelings towards some of the revelations she uncovers especially the scene that is integral about her mother. And I did feel the pace slowed in the middle of the book whilst the ending was rushed and a bit anti-climatic with the lead up to the big battle, although that final scene felt really epic in scope and filled with high octane action. But nonetheless, it was a fulfilling ending to a highly enjoyable book.

The Last Slayer is an imaginative and action packed Urban Fantasy that I immensely enjoyed with its premise of dream demons and dragon-lords. For a genre that I have been kind of burned out on the past year or so, it really felt refreshing from the all the usual vampires, werewolves and witches and tropes that is usually featured in Urban Fantasy. The underlying erotic tone also adds a touch of heat but doesn't overpower the story or characters but really adds to the book. With an engaging wise-cracking heroine and a smouldering hero, and epic fantastical tone, I highly recommend The Last Slayer if you fancy something new.
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HASH(0x90af9a20) von 5 Sternen Creative Urban Fantasy 29. Dezember 2011
Von LeaF - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The Last Slayer is told in the first person by it's tough as nails call a spade a spade heroine Ashera del Cid, the best demon hunter around. Ashera has made junior partner in her firm which takes care of all types of supernaturally related pests. She is also the foremost dragon specialist in the country.

Over the course of her novel Nadia Lee takes readers to two very different worlds. At first, we are introduced to Ashera's life set in present day as a mortal demon hunter who is skilled at using magic and weapons to hunt and if necessary destroy demons (particularly succubus). However, the bulk of The Last Slayer takes place in a different dimension where dragons of all different types and capabilities live under a medieval feudal system in places called dragonholds. An extremely powerful Dragonlord demigod presides over each dragonhold. There is an Arthurian good versus evil theme in The Last Slayer as there is a power struggle between the Dragonlords, which to put simply the holds are divided into two factions so we have a stark division between the good (Ashera and Ramiel's side) against the bad guys.

Early in the story Ashera is sent on a job to supposedly rid a client of a dangerous succubus. The assignment turns out to be more challenging than expected when she finds herself battling a very nasty demon who tells her she has been marked. Ashera destroys the demon but is approached by another seductive, handsome very powerful being with a cryptic message and he then disappears. She doesn't give the notion of being marked too much thought but later, when her life changes radically she learns what it entails. And, trust me it isn't good when you are being pursued by a gigantic wyrm dragon who eats people and spits acid balls that burrow into one's body.

Ashera turns 27 and due to a prophesy she knew nothing about she is forced to give up the life she has known and is thrust into the dragons medieval world. It is not all bad; her new life comes with an ally, Ramiel, the same handsome supernatural she met while on her earlier assignment. It turns out Ramiel is the Dragonlord of Besade, an extremely powerful, warrior demigod who commands a legion of dragons. Ramiel is part incubus, a major hottie for whom Ashera feels significant attraction. Ramiel has made a vow with regard to assisting Ashera achieve her destiny, and...he becomes her lover.

Lee has penned light eroticism into her story but there is far more to it than the love scenes crafted for Ashera and Ramiel. Sex (with a capital S) is like a magic booster so the essence created during copulation is actually gathered, bottled and sold like a drug. A supernatural's power and healing abilities are enhanced while making love and certainly in the aftermath as they are able to absorb Sex in its purest form. The experience therefore goes beyond the rush of physical pleasure and emotional connection; it is a source of power, much like a battery recharge. Ashera and Ramiel's relationship isn't easy, her lover is a warrior, communicates poorly and keeps secrets. ;)

Ashera always believed she was an orphan, she was kept in the dark regarding her heritage for protection. She is able to visit her mother who resides on another plane of existence and Ashera receives a powerful magical gift. Her reunion with her mother, Leh, was an emotional and enlightening point in Ashera's transition to her new life. She has much to learn and understand.

There is a definite Japanese influence embedded in the plot, particularly with regard to weaponry, armor and battle tactics. I couldn't help but think of the Samurai of old as I was reading The Last Slayer. This is a dark urban fantasy story, there are a number of bloody action and battle scenes, so be prepared for decapitations and gore. Readers can also expect humor, Ashera is witty and quick with sharp come backs.

I'm very impressed with the vivid descriptions in Lee's narrative; she brought her creative alternate world to life. The final battle scene of the story is a depiction of clouds various forms of dragons in a military formation, flying, marching and burrowing to face an opposing army. I would describe Ashera as a reluctant heroine in some ways although she is very brave and wields her magical sword with might and confidence she does face a bone deep fear for the first time in her life. She learns to ride an amphitere, which is a very cool trained flying dragon (kind of like a flying war-horse). The Last Slayer is complex and Nadia Lee does a phenomenal amount of world building in the first book of what is to be a trilogy of stories.

I enjoyed The Last Slayer very much, my only niggle is that I would have liked to read some of the story from Ramiel's POV. However an Epilogue does provide a POV switch and an intriguing lead in to the next story in the series.
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HASH(0x90af9b04) von 5 Sternen I literally couldn't put it down! 4/5 Stars from The Romanceaholic 28. Dezember 2011
Von Jess - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Ashera del Cid is known as the best demon hunter around, but when her best friend and boss-lady sends her on a "routine" mission that turns out to be anything but, Ashera's world is turned completely inside out. Having the power to enter her clients dreams and deal with demons intent on draining them of their innate magic, Ashera is used to dealing will all sorts of creatures. However, her newest client wants her to put her life on the line by helping him to deal with a Dragon Lord -- an almost mythical being of such immense power as to be almost invincible, and absolutely terrifying in their ruthlessness.

When the mission goes horribly wrong, Ashera finds herself thrown into a world more incredible -- and dangerous -- than she's ever imagined. When she finds unexpected assistance in Ramiel, a secretive man of power who offers Ashera his protection, she must quickly decide who to trust in this deadly game of dealing with the demi-gods.

The sizzling sex and incredible chemistry between Ashera and Ramiel only confuses things, and when Ashera discovers that not only is she the daughter of the last slayer, but that she must destroy her incredibly powerful enemies who want nothing more than to see her dead, the entire game changes, and Ashera quickly learns that trust must be earned rather than given, and that she herself is more powerful than she could have ever imagined.

What Worked For Me:

* I really enjoyed the idea that there was a tangible source of magical power called Sex, named such because the act is how it is created. One doesn't need to participate in the act to get the benefits, however, as Sex is bottled and sold as a power booster to those with magical abilities.

* Of course, I loved the fact that dragons played such a huge part in the story, and more than that, I loved the fact that most dragons weren't shapeshifters but were instead sentient beings in their own rights.

* The sex was deliciously hot, and Ramiel is fond of going downtown if you know what I mean, which is always a plus in my book.

* While I don't think I was supposed to be quite as fond of Toshi as I was, I adored him, and he was probably my favorite secondary character.

* I rarely if ever say this, but I was thankful that the wordcount was so high. There was a lot going on in this book, and yet the pacing was absolutely perfect. It never felt bogged down with details, nor was it overwhelming with the amount of action. Instead, I kept glancing at the progress bar on my Kindle and being cheered by the knowledge that I wasn't at the end yet.

What Didn't Work For Me:

* I really wanted to pimp-slap Ashera for most of the story. She was both annoyingly naive and irritatingly mistrustful, which is actually a rather tall feat to pull off at the same time. She continuously talked herself out of what I felt was well-justified anger, while at the same time constantly allowing others to walk all over her. Granted, she was quite out of her league with the Dragon Lords and Ladies, but even so, most of her problems came from either blindly trusting the wrong person or from not pushing issues when they needed to be pushed.

* I was so sad that Ashera shed her plain physical appearance halfway through. I love plain heroines, and while her new sexy appearance aded quite a bit of angst since she couldn't tell if folks were attracted to her or her looks, I still would've preferred her to be ugly.

I quite literally couldn't put this book down. While I wanted to shake the heroine on more than one occasion, I found myself utterly and completely immersed in the world Ms. Lee has created. I was so glad that the word count was relatively high so that I wouldn't miss out on a single thing as Ashera progressed towards becoming a Dragon Lady in her own right, and Ramiel continued to try to fulfill his mysterious vow.

While I, like Ashera, was incredibly frustrated at the lack of details given about her mother, Ramiel's past, and the role that Ashera must play in the future, I am heartened by the fact that this is indeed the first book in a series, and I for one cannot wait for the sequel to be released.

A very solid 4/5 Stars.

(This book was provided to me at no cost by the publisher in exchange for an honest review, via Netgalley. Review originally appeared on The Romanceaholic)
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