by Stephanie Burke

December 2002
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Kye was born almost 200 years ago to a father who was an Indian shaman and a Chinese mother, he was turned by the vampire Balthazar by accident. Balthazar was looking for the source of his father's power, when Kye's father refused to reveal it, Balthazar killed Kye's parents and turned his brother into a vampire, leaving Kye as his brother’s first food source. But he refused to feed from him, bit Kye, turned him loose and ran into the sun to destroy himself. Kye has spent the last 150 years seeking Balthazar to wreak his vengeance.

And now he is close, but along comes Tali, who was one of the only people to escape Balthazar’s organization and she is also seeking vengeance. Balthazar took her from her mother and trained her to be one of his “enforcers”. When Kye and Tali clash in a nightclub, the attraction is strong and they both know that sooner or later they are going to get together and set the sheets on fire.

What follows is an action packed, roller coaster ride. The one-liners are snappy and funny. Set against the backdrop of the Hollywood nightclub scene and interspersed with lyrics from songs by groups such as the Police and Nine Inch Nails, I was sitting on the edge of my seat. I couldn’t wait to see what happened next.

Stephanie Burke has done it again with The Slayer.

Reviewed in January 2003 by Carolyn.

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