Although lonely and friendless at school, 10-year-old Joss McMillan was looking forward to spending his entire summer with his cousin Henry, his best friend. The night before Joss’s departure, he witnesses the brutal death of his beloved 6-year-old sister at the hands of a vampire. When his slayer-uncle recruits Joss to join the Slayer Society, Joss does not hesitate, ready to avenge his sister’s death. Called to boot camp years later, and 5 year before his 18th birthday, Joss learns to fight his demons, literal, mental and emotional.
This book is like Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Supernatural. It’s very action packed and violent, although the violence is not very graphic. At only 13 years of age, Joss goes through a tremendous amount of beatings that are normally reserved for the 18-year-old slayer recruits. His uncle Abraham is the leader of their troupe, and is determined to scare Joss into going back home, believing that Joss’s empathetic nature will lead to his downfall. As he trains, Joss discovers abilities within himself that could make his the strongest and youngest Slayer in history.
Although I haven’t read them, Brewer’s earlier series, The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod is an incredibly popular series at the library, especially among boys. I was very excited to find this book in my mailbox and it did not disappoint.
Book 39 of 2011