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Slayers : Friends and Traitors : Slayers : Book 2 - C J Hill

Slayers : Friends and Traitors

Slayers : Book 2

By: C J Hill

Paperback Published: 11th November 2014
ISBN: 9781250050793
Number Of Pages: 390
For Ages: 12 - 14 years old

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In C. J. Hill's action-packed sequel to Slayers, the group of teens known as Slayers have been betrayed - but they won't give up without a fight.

Tori's got a problem. She thought she'd have one more summer to train as a dragon Slayer, but time has run out. When Tori hears the horrifying sound of dragon eggs hatching, she knows the Slayers are in trouble. In less than a year, the dragons will be fully grown and completely lethal. The Slayers are well-prepared, but their group is still not complete, and Tori is determined to track down Ryker - the mysterious missing Slayer.

What Tori doesn't bargain for, however, is the surprising truth about her powers. She isn't just a Slayer, she's part Dragon Lord, too. How can Tori fight to save her friends when half of her is programmed to protect dragons? With a possible traitor in their midst, the Slayers will be divided in more ways than they ever imagined, in Slayers: Friends and Traitors.

About the Author

CJ Hill is a pen name for a YA author who is best known for writing romantic comedies. (Slayers will be her 18th published book.) Her writing has shifted away from the romantic comedy genre, so her editor thought a pen name would be a good idea. (New books will include: dangerous dragons, time travel to dystopian worlds, and flesh-eating beetles.) Since the publisher refused to let her have the pseudonym : The Artist Formerly Referred to as Princess, she chose a name to honor her mother. CJ Hill was her mother’s pen name, or at least it would have been if her mother had published. Her mother wrote a few children’s books and a middle grade novel but was taken by cancer before she had fully learned the craft.

(Most writers’ first novels aren’t publishable. CJ Junior’s first novel wasn’t, but somehow was published anyway. Now, even though it is out of print, it remains forever available on Amazon, where it taunts her with its badness. This was another good reason to use a pen name.) CJ Hill has five children, three of whom like her on any given day depending on who is in trouble. She has lived in Arizona for the last half of her life, but is still in desert denial and hopes that one day her garden will grow silver bells and cockle shells or maybe just tomatoes.

Industry Reviews

"The mix of fantasy, dragons, superpowers, and romantic drama will have wide appeal to many readers." - School Library Journal

"Slayers: Friends and Traitors is a dragon-slaying, romantic adventure." - Deseret News

"Part urban fantasy, part superhero tale, this adventure is full of action, drama, and humor, with just a touch of romance." - Publishers Weekly

"This promising new series may feature dragons and a reeducation camp for contemporary youths who have mythological roots, but the character development, plotting, and ethical quandaries make this more than a worthy equal of the works of Rick Riordan or Christopher Paolini." - Booklist

PROLOGUE
It’s always the thing you overlook


It would be ironic, Brant Overdrake thought as he paced around the cabin of his jet, for a man who could fly to be killed in a plane crash. Life was full of ugly little ironies, though.

Bianca, his wife, sat nearby, clutching a water bottle tightly in her hand. They had come from their plantation on St. Helena, one of the most remote islands in the world, a place hidden away in the south Atlantic. The flight to Virginia took sixteen hours, hours that had taken their toll on Bianca. Her long blonde hair was disheveled. Only hints of makeup remained on her face. Pillows were strewn around her seat - an effort to get comfortable in seats that weren’t meant to accommodate women who were eight months’ pregnant.

She took a drink of water. “Pacing won’t make the storm go away.”

He ignored her. The usual hum of the plane engine was swallowed up by the sound of rain clawing at the wings. Out the windows, the sky was an angry gray. Every few minutes distant slices of lightning illuminated the clouds.

Bianca lowered her voice. “The pilot already asked you twice to sit down and put on your seat belt.”

Overdrake walked to his chair, leaned over it, and peered out the window. “Yes, but I pay him, which means I give the orders, not the other way around.” The seat rattled underneath his fingers as though it were trying to shake off his hand. Storm turbulence. The plane kept bumping and shuddering along.

Bianca let out a high-pitched moan that sounded like a kitten trapped somewhere. Through panting breaths, she said, “Another contraction.”

“How far apart are they now?” he asked. She held up five fingers. “Keep drinking your water,” he said. She’d had false labor at six months. The doctor said she’d probably just been dehydrated. Once they had gotten enough fluids into her, the contractions stopped.

ISBN: 9781250050793
ISBN-10: 1250050790
Series: Slayers
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
For Ages: 12 - 14 years old
For Grades: 7 - 9
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 390
Published: 11th November 2014
Publisher: Square Fish
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.36

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