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The Slayer and the Sphinx (The Slayer and the Sphinx #1)

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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  44 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Porter Collins is a Slayer with no mercy. Sarah Heisen is a sphinx with no freedom. Brought together in a life altering accident, they find themselves hopelessly lost in the wilderness. Once mortal enemies, they must now rely on each other if they wish to survive. Going against everything they've ever known, they travel together, beginning a journey that is destined to cha...more
Paperback, 130 pages
Published June 8th 2012 by CreateSpace
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Marsha
Apr 25, 2013 Marsha rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Middle Schoolers and up
I'm not sure what I expected when I received this book, but I got a very pleasant surprise! I had never heard if the author or the book, but I've learned that new doesn't mean bad. Giving this author and this book a chance turned out to be a great decision! His book captured my attention on the first page. When I got to the last page, I wanted to scream "No! It can't be over yet"!

Sarah is a Mythic, a creature that is "unreal" to most of us. (She is a sphinx, which is a creature most of us have...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
This was a rather dark story about humans who willfully exterminate legendary creatures, evil or otherwise. I enjoyed the change of heart that the young Slayer developed through an unlikely friendship with a young female Sphinx. I would like to continue this series.

Reviewed for Bitten by Books. http://bittenbybooks.com.
Mary Findley
WARNING! This book has a cliffhanger! It's actually the first in a series, a fantasy following the adventures of a boy living in bitterness against "Mythics," creatures we think of as belonging in mythology and fairy tales, but which are real in his world. Porter has been trained, along with others, to kill on sight any of these "monsters." Sarah, by virtue of being a sphinx, falls into that category for Porter.

The theme of the book, "Who really is a monster?" is very well done. It's not just a...more
Renetta
While this is an adventure slash quest themed book like say, Lord of the Rings, I think the message in this book is much more like Lord of the Flies. Control and power gained through fear which leads to mayhem and war.

I was curious about the book because it had the sphinx. It had all kinds of other fantastic creatures too. There were elves, dwarves, gnomes, fairies, chimeras, talking pigeons and some that were new to me as well! One of my favorite parts was the Soul Smith and how he made his to...more
Kristin Scearce
Feb 25, 2013 Kristin Scearce rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kristin by: Adam Bolander
Disclaimer: I received an e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review

Porter is a Slayer. He kills the mythological creatures of the world, aka Mythics, and he's good at his job. On the flipside, there's Sarah, a Sphinx, just minding her own business when her house is attacked by a trio of Slayers, Porter included. When she tries to escape by teleporting, she unknowingly brings Porter along for the ride, and she doesn't know what will happen when he wakes up. However, he's damaged goo...more
☯Desert Rose❀
An angsty teenage Sphinx, a slick-faced, adolescent Slayer, and mythical monsters, mixed-in with a weird, modern-day world, that is somehow off-kilter from the one we know, make for a backdrop you've never read before.

Throughout this unexpected journey, I picked up subtle flavors of Narnia, LOTR, Star Wars, maybe, just a wisp, of Harry Potter, and dare I say, X-Men?

This story keeps you on your toes the entire time, and loves to slap you broadside the brain, with every chapter.

The headlong plun...more
Jake Yaniak
I try to keep up with what my son is reading, but since he has much more time than I have this has become an impossible task. Well, he ran out of books, so I downloaded The Slayer and the Sphinx on my Kindle for him - he read it in one night and the next morning he was saying that it was his favorite book, and that he hoped 'They' would make a movie out of it.
It took me a while to find the time to finish it, but when I read it I definitely understood why my son liked it so much. It is a very uni...more
Aniket Harsh
A group of remorseless killers out to rid the world of all magical creatures. These are the Slayers and their eternal enemies are the Mythics. Porter Collins is one such slayer who on a mission to kill a sphinx meets an accident and loses his memory. The Sphinx takes pity on him and so begins an unlikely friendship.

This is the first book of the series and the story has started well enough. Not much has been explained but the author does manage to sustain interest. The premise also looks solid wi...more
Sarah
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).

(This review may contain spoilers).

I think I'd give this book 4.5 stars ideally, but since I can't give half stars, I'll again leave this at 4.

Although this book sounded quite intriguing, when I received it, I was kind of expecting a love at first sight, eye-rolling insta!romance thing. I was actually pleasantly surprised, though. The reason behind Porter and Sarah travelling together actually makes sense and I really like how their...more
Joshua Stevens
Oct 22, 2014 Joshua Stevens rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one looking for good reads.
Recommended to Joshua by: The Author of the book.
not much to say about this one, it had a good concept just no real delivery. Almost the entire book is a Deus ex machina, the main protagonist porter seems to have no real influence on the story himself and must be saved at every turn. The conversations are dry and emotionless, just a bunch of banter of explanation, re-explanation, and then summary of what they just said. No one in this book felt real, the only character I could remotely enjoy was the villains, because even though they where poo...more
Rabid Readers Reviews

The Slayer and the Sphinx: Book 1 (Volume 1) seeks to teach children to judge others for themselves and to think differently about those who are different. The moral is somewhat heavy handed but done in such a way that I believe that children would remain engaged in the story. I know adults who “pre-read” for their children and they may find the message heavy handed but positive.

Children will love the idea of a world going on behind the scenes of our own world. The Sphinx family is prestigious...more
Thomas Duder
An unexpectedly delightful read!

So, I went in to reading this particular book (Slayer and the Sphinx) with the mindset that I wasn’t in the mood for a YA novel right now. I just got done reading and reviewing one and, to be quite honest, the plethora that is currently bogging down the market has me kinda set against them.

So it was that I started reading The Slayer and the Sphinx with a closed, perhaps even antagonistic viewpoint.

So it was that the writer was able to surmount such a start – certa...more
Michelle
The Slayer and the Sphinx is a great book for both middle readers, teens and adults. I'm an avid romance reader, and this type of book isn't normally on my shelf. But the author quickly grabs you and takes you into the world of Mythics and Slayers, and doesn't let you go. Even after the story is over, he leaves you wanting for more. Literature buffs may get angry at my analogy, but the book is Romeo and Juliet meets Lord of the Rings, and they all travel to Narnia. There is the sweet bond of fri...more
Rinny Rainwind
* I was given this book by the author for an honest review*
Although the premise sounded good, I had trouble getting into the book. The flow was slow and the characters didn't make me care about them. Also, lying to someone" for their own good" is not something I believe in. This book was about tolerance and leaving prejudices behind. Also about knowledge really is power in the characters cases. I recommend this book for new readers into fantasy fiction ages 8-10. Over all not a bad read.
Aria Leigh-ann
I had high hopes when I picked up this book. Who wouldn't? It looked very promising!!! Good plot and it drew me in.
So why the one star?
I will tell you why.
I found it extremely difficult to get through the first chapter, let alone hours to days of this torture.
Normally I can push through books with a boring beginning if it seems promising, but that proved more difficult than normal with The Slayer and the Sphinx.
Now before you think I'm overreacting, hear me out.
I felt NOTHING when reading this...more
Lotte
I got this book for free in exchange for an honest review. So that being said... It was an "okay" book.

The thing is, I want to say more, but... That's it for me. It really was just an "okay" book to me. The two main characters, Sarah and Porter, are both nice enough. It takes a while for their characters to develop properly, but they're obviously pretty well thought out. Their relationship is really the core of the story, but... Yeah, nothing "really" happens. I mean, I'm a sucker for romance in...more
Ian Cockerill
First of all, full disclosure, I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

There are enough review for people to get the idea of the plot - A hidden world within our own, comprising Mythics – the last of the non-humans in the World, and Slayers - the reason they're the last of their kind – Porter a Slayer and Sarah a sphinx - two natural enemies thrown together by circumstance and needing to survive.

A word of warning, I have to confess that I was worried by the first coup...more
Patricia Hamill
The Slayer and the Sphinx is an interesting play on fantasy.

The Slayers are a group of people whose purpose is to track down and destroy mythical creatures. Porter, a teenaged slayer with a grudge, is sent on a dangerous mission. Young Sarah, home alone but for her family's maid, narrowly escapes the attack, but not without accidentally taking Porter with her.

One of the things I like about this story is that it features a good vs. evil plotline, where those who are supposed to be good are the m...more
witchypoo
I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. After much deliberation, I have decided I would give this book a solid 3.5 stars. The story was interesting. I'm not always enthralled with quest stories, but this one was pretty good. I thought some of the characters fell flat though. The bad guys had no real redeeming qualities, they were just evil villains. Porter was the only exception to that rule, but he was a hero of the story & only because he had amnesia. While t...more
So, I Read This Book Today
Apr 27, 2014 So, I Read This Book Today rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children through young adult
Recommended to So, I Read This Book Today by: Adam Bolander
When I was approached by Adam Bolander to review his book, The Slayer and the Sphinx: Book 1 I wasn’t sure what I was going to find. There are quite a wide range of books in print today by Indie Authors who write within the realms of Fantasy, Mythology, and Urban Fantasy. As well, there are wide ranging demographics of age, character development, and world building. When each requirement is met, and well developed, there can be a really great story – or something not so good.

Bolander has done a...more
Sarah
(Source: Downloaded for free from Amazon.co.uk.)

This was a pretty good YA fantasy novel, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised!

I liked the characters in this book; I felt quite sorry for Porter with his amnesia, and I felt quite sorry for Sarah and the way her family was victimised. I didn’t appreciate the way Sarah lied to Porter during the course of the story, but I could see why she did it.

The storyline in this was pretty good, and I have to say that this book really surprised me! I kn...more
Brittany
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

From the book description I was interested in my love for all things “mythical.” I then saw the cover of the book and wondered what in the heck I had gotten myself into. The cover of the book made me think that I was about to read a tween book. The first chapter of the book followed with this notion, with a younger type of dialogue and I was hesitant to press on.

Luckily I felt an obligation to give this book a fair shot and see it...more
Dave King
Porter, one of the two main characters of this series, is a young human who is also a Slayer-in-training. From the first chapter on, the obvious purpose of all Slayers is to kill Mythics, the creatures of mythology. Sarah, the other main character of the series, is a sphinx, a special kind of Mythic. One of Porter's first missions is to hunt down and kill Sarah and her famliy of sphinxes. And that is where the adventure basically begins.

Porter is injured during this mission to kill the family of...more
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Linda
Sep 17, 2013 Linda rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens, adults
Full disclosure -- I received a free Smashwords copy of The Slayer and the Sphinx to read from the author and for an honest review, he’ll give me the second book, The Convict and the Captive. Of course, that is a very attractive deal only because The Slayer and the Sphinx was such a good read!

The author Adam Bolander has crafted a well-written and imaginative story.

The book opens with a harsh introduction to our male lead, Porter, a 16-year-old boy who hunts down and kills a magical creature. W...more
Brad Francis
I got to sit down with the author for an interview, which you can read right here: http://christfictionandvideogames.blo...

My little review from the interview is here:

I keep asking myself why I was surprised that I enjoyed The Slayer and the Sphinx as much as I did. Were my expectations low? I had no reason for them to be. In any case, I really enjoyed the book. Author Adam Bolander, whom I had the privilege of sitting down with for a chat recently, did a nice job. The book was exciting, I liked...more
Annie Lima
This young adult fantasy features several races of "Mythics" (fantasy creatures) who secretly inhabit our own world but are shunned, feared, or persecuted by humans. Porter, a teenage boy, is a "slayer" whose job is to hunt down and kill Mythics. Sarah, a young sphinx, is one of his targets. But things go wrong when he attacks her home; he is injured and ends up with amnesia, forgetting his mission and his own identity. Sarah and Porter end up lost in a forest together, forced to rely on each ot...more
Alicia Sprague
The Slayer and the Sphinx is based on many mythical creatures. I very much enjoyed reading this book it was enticing and made me want to keep reading.
There are many twists in turns that I never expected. These were used to introduce the readers to other mythical creatures.
As I am a fan of mythology and mythical creatures I was appreciative that they were used correctly.
Porter a hunter and Sarah a Sphinx, who thought they could ever be around each other without fighting. A really good book, I sug...more
Addie
I loved reading this book. It was great. I got it from the author for free in return for a review. I was worried that I had agreed to review a children's or young teen's book that would be on the level of Twilight or something as equally as cheesy. However, once I committed to reading the book and followed through I realized this was a great book. Cover art aside it's a book worth the read. I strongly suggest it.
Becky
Really I would give this 3.5 Stars and if it was a bit longer I would have given it a 4, lol! Great story, left me wanting more.

I was really please with the characters introduced in this story and can't wait to see how they develop along with the impending war that will surely be coming.

My ONLY suggestion - get some new cover art! LOL

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