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3.44  ·  Rating details ·  5,814 ratings  ·  535 reviews
There is one woman who is all that stands between us and the eternal night. Here is an account of her legend…

All Damali Richards ever wanted to do was create music and bring it to the people. Now she is a spoken word artist and the top act for Warriors of Light Records. But come nightfall, she hunts vampires and demons—predators that people tend to dismiss as myth or fanta
Mass Market Paperback, 286 pages
Published May 4th 2004 by St. Martin's Paperback (first published January 1st 2003)
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Tanlitro Peterson Dee Dee was a guardian with the original squad. The book doesn't give her origin story, but it does say that she was with Jose and jealous of his…moreDee Dee was a guardian with the original squad. The book doesn't give her origin story, but it does say that she was with Jose and jealous of his feelings for Damali as well as her success as the leader of the group. Her anger and jealous was one of the reasons she was targeted by the minion. (less)
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Jul 04, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: dont-bother
I was excited to see a vampire book written by and about an African American woman, but once I started reading I was totally let down and couldn't finish the book. There's way too much bad dialogue and "hip hop" talk for my tastes. I don't know anyone (of any color) who speaks like the author made her characters speak and if I did I'd probably have to walk away from them just like I walked away from the book. Real disappointing.
Feb 07, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one, sadly.
Ugh. I had high hopes for this book, but it came nowhere near following through. I must admit to not finishing the book. It became due at the library and though I'd made it through half the book, I decided that the book wasn't worth a renewal. And I really hate leaving books unread. If I'd owned it (I'm glad I didn't waste money on it), I probably would have finished it.

I had three huge issues with this book:

1. The characters, though seemingly diverse, fell flat. The main character is an African
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I really wanted to like this book more. I give LA Banks a very firm pat on the back for creating an African-American vampire huntress. I saw this book and grabbed it off the shelf. However, the execution didn't live up to my expectations. It was too dry. Too much new-agey talking and two much hip hop lingo. I want the vampire huntress to kick butt, no just sit around talking about kicking butt. I loved her eclectic band who were all her backup in the vampire fighting that didn't even happen exce ...more
Mistress   ~ ♠ Mistral's Kiss ♠ ~ (Mist)
The writing it burns...

I gave up after a few chapters. I know, I know...she's an author of color, writing about characters of color in the fantasy genre, and I'm a woman of color. So it all should be very exciting. Unfortunately all I could feel was annoyance at how contrived the plot was and more than a little offended at the pretentious "urban" dialogue.
Mike (the Paladin)
First this is one of those times when I feel I need to open with an apology to those who liked this book and encouraged me to read it. I know you like the book.

I don't.

To categorize a book as good or bad is often somewhat difficult to do. If a book is badly written, if the sentence structure is bad or the writer can't make him or her self understood, that would be a bad book. In most cases however whether a book is liked or disliked depends on "taste". Do I like the writer's style? Do I like the
Aug 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: urban-fantasy, dnf
Buddy read with Loriidae (sorry, friend: my bad.)

Minion, book one in the Vampire Huntress series is... how shall I put it? Bad. How bad you ask? Here, have a look:

"I decide when we roll. Everybody clear?"
"If you're up to it, fine."
"Yeah. I'm up to it, so long as you're clear."

"Everybody ready?"
"I'm always ready."

"Save it, Rider." Marlene warned. "Not now. Nobody's in the mood for the sarcastic commentary."
"Truth." Mike agreed, making Rider scowl.
"We ain't got the time for the jo
Monica **can't read fast enough**
Minion is most definitely a foundation book. Plenty of explanations and detail in this one, but not a lot of forward momentum for the story. However, I don't really mind that so much if I am pretty confident that the following books will be more focused on moving the story along. I went into this one with a pretty open mind and no idea what to really expect and I was surprised at how dark this is. These aren't sexy romanticized vampires and supernatural beings. The creatures in this world are vi ...more
Mar 18, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2009, vampire
I very rarely give up on books. If i have a problem getting into a story, I will usually put it down for a while, and try to approach it again at another time.

I attempted to read this book on 4 separate occasions over the course of a year, and I still found it impossible to finish.

To be quite honest, I found this practically impossible to read. First of all, there's not many things I hate more than the feeling of being dropped into the middle of a story without any kind of explanation or backst
Kenya Wright
Mar 23, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: vampires
I reread the book. Its still bad but its not completly bad! It needed lots of revision. She's not a bad writor its just the unnecessary hip hop vernacular, fist pounding, lack of action, etc. which destroys a somewhat good story concept. I'm going to read the next book, hope there is an improvement. I have no idea how she was able to get a book deal! Perhaps another rewrite would have really made it a great book because there are moments of her description that really shows excellent writing. So ...more
Oct 29, 2010 rated it liked it
I'd had this series recommended to me so many times that I've lost count. I've long since wanted to read another good vampire hunter series ever since Laurell K Hamilton's Anita Blake series started going downhill. I finally started reading this series & I just had to wonder... why was I even wasting my time with the Anita Blake series?

Since so many other people have outlined the plot, I'm not going to bother repeating it here. The book starts off slowly. VERY slowly, in fact. It took me a
Regina Lawson
Jul 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Hello goodreads! This is my 1st review of anything so here goes! Minion (A Vampire Huntress Legend) by L.A. Banks. It's been a while since I've read it. I'm on the 7th or 8th book in the series... but WOW!! I've been hooked on Damali Richards & that sexy Carlos Rivera ever since! The Vampire Huntress series has it ALL.. romance, action, mystery, religion, history, and of course some good ole' fashion Demon-A@#-Kicking! But at the heart of it all, relationships continue to be at the core of L ...more
Dec 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
In the beginning of the book, caught my attention immediately, as other vampire books have all this gibberish between teen-agers. L.A. Banks brings action and legends all in one package. What makes me excited to read this book, is to not only see drama in the first few pages, but AA characters--female AA slayer! Buffy Vampire step back, Damali is on the attack. Buffy Vampire Slayer (white female) with twists of Blade (black male), now we got a black female slayer--and I am reading the new scenes ...more
This is the first book in the Vampire Huntress series, and it is incredibly hard to get through. The first 3/4 of the book took me over a week and I'm a fast reader. However, having read the next two books it's worth it - and I believe that is 100% having to do with Carlos' story. So while this first book is hard to trudge though I'm glad that I did because I've loved the books that follow.
Oct 01, 2008 rated it did not like it
Yuck. The writing was poor, the attitude was bad & the heroine was a whiner. No redeeming features to this book, IMO.
Dec 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Vampire enthusiasts
Recommended to Karen by: Store clerk at Barnes & Noble
I was in the bookstore and told the clerk I was looking for a good vampire novel, he suggested this one. I am very glad he did because I immediately got caught up into the story. This is about a Vampire Huntress (think Buffy with more attitude)who is also a spoken word entertainer. The themes are spiritual but with a real world feel. This is the first in a 12 book series which takes you around the world and rewrites the fight between good and evil in a way that makes it very entertaining. You wi ...more
This story about a young vampire huntress was very confusing to me. I liked that it started by putting you in the thick of the action; however, the action made no sense. I also didn't get a back story until much later in the book and it was all too brief. I still don't know how this group got together or even what type of music they play. And how did they get that wealthy?

The vampire and demon hierarchy was way too confusing and I think my eyes glazed over a few times during the long winded expl
Mocha Girl
Minion: A Vampire Huntress Legend is the first of a new vampire trilogy from L. A. Banks - it is a wonderfully imagined beginning to a new, hip group of vampire slayers. By day, they are lead by twenty-year-old Damali Richards, who along with her guardians are Spoken Word artists that travel the country performing their craft. By night, each uses their specialized senses (sight, smell, mental telepathy, etc.) as they collectively hunt vampires and demons using their specialized weaponry.
The nove
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Sep 28, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No One
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Ultimate Reading List
My vision of Hell? Being caught in traffic with a guy who insists on blaring rap music. This is the urban fantasy equivalent, and I'm so glad I could just shut the book and back away slowly. Awful writing full of romance aisle descriptions and ridden with cliches and mixed metaphors.

The prologue is hysterical--both in tone and hilarity, albeit unintentionally. A preacher's wife discovers her husband in what seems an embrace. With a man! Quel Horror! So naturally, leaving her baby with the praye
Jul 28, 2008 rated it it was ok
I was really excited to start this series, as the cover basically says that if you like Buffy, Anne Rice and Blade, you will LOVE this series. Well, I don't 'love' it. In fact, I didn't like the first half much at all, but it FINALLY started to get interesting and then BAM! Book ends?!? What?!? It's like a tv series in that you seriously end in the middle of a story and have to move on to the next book to find out what happens next! Not like most book series where you have a main character and e ...more

I’ve been mulling Minion over all day since finishing it last night. I wanted to love it. It sounded so fascinating and the beginning was so promising. But then it kind of got stuck the more I delved into the story. There are things bothering me about it that I need to get off my chest.

One, I feel misled. The synopsis promised me a gripping supernatural mystery involving a kick ass warrior who takes names and is the woman to get to the bottom of the weird vampires her and her team came across
Melissa Maillet
Jul 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
Minion is a story about a young woman who is destined to fight vampires, demons and other forces of evil. The premise is similar to that of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The idea and the story itself was quite good. We hear the story from different angles and are introduced to some characters with a lot of potential to become very interesting and likable throughout the series.
Unfortunately, the writing of L.A. Banks leaves something to be desired. Her grammatical skills were less than stellar. She o
The Book Junkie Reads . . .
Aside from some of the bad dialogue (that I know some people actually talk this way), I found this to be a ride into the forbidden and then the fantasy of love on another level. Damali Richards has been and still is in love with a man that she has seen as her savior and protector. The journey each take to make his or her belief or actions understood makes an impact on their future in one way or another. This is more than a contest of good and bad. I found this a story that I could read again, th ...more
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book starts out slow , I attempted to read it three times and put it down , I found that listening to the book helped me complete it. The reason why is this book is full of information , it's a set up for the series, but once it finally get's started yo are hooked ,right until the very last page that ends in a cliffhanger .
Jeff McIntosh
Oct 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Well....this book is part of a longer series - the Vampire Huntress.

The heroine is not only a singer in a successful band, but also...a vampire huntress!

I don't know what to make of this book. I had a hard time reading it, and after I reached the halfway mark, skimmed the rest of the book.

Frankly, I don't know what to make of this book. There is a great deal of time devoted to the characters, what they're thinking, and their relationship to each other. I don't think I'm going to be reading any o
★Codie Abibliophobic ★
Just like some of the other viewers I was excited to read this novel 1. Because the heroine was black 2. She's a vampire slayer 3. A sexy Latino male lead…what could possibly go wrong with that combination? Apparently everything! Now I'm not saying this book didn't have a whole lot of opportunity to be marvelous, in the paranormal genre as well as others, but the writing and the story telling was absolutely dreadful.

When I first started this book I was like, oh yea this is gonna be absolutely s
May 13, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: leave-it
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Dec 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of paranormal romance; fans of horror; fans of african-american authors and characters
A lot of reviewers on Goodreads objected to the hip-hop language in this book. As a white suburbanite I have no idea how authentic it is, but I liked it just fine, along with the fact that the book features many characters of color.

This series has a more classic kind of vampire than the kind that's most popular now. The vampires are evil (in the Christian sense) and intelligent, kind of like the original Dracula.

What bothered me most about this book was the fact that there was no wrap-up at th
Tennille Clayton
OK, finally finished the book. It was ok... I really couldn't connect with the characters. I really didn't care who lived or died. The bad guys were more interesting. L.A. Banks writing, I don't really like. Many places I had to read over. I think I will try the next book, because the Awaking excerpt. So, maybe they will grow on me...
Nov 18, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
It had such an intresting premise, but I found the hip hop slang very grating and I just struggled with the book. Needless to say, I didn't bother with the rest.

Its a shame as I though it looked rather promising
Kat (Why Read)
Aug 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I almost gave up on this book. It was a slow start, but now I'm almost done with the series. The story really picks up on the second book, then it's hard to quit. Don't look at it as a series with episodes but as one long story. Then you'll understand.
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A pseudonym used by Leslie Esdaile Banks, she also wrote under the names:
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L.A. Banks, a native Philadelphian, was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Wharton undergraduate program. With many awards to her credit, Banks also held a masters of fine arts degree in film and media arts from Temple University. She lived in

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