I’m a huge Vlad fan! I totally LOVED all of Heather Brewer’s The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod books! It was super sad to read the last in the series.
But, as usual, Heather Brewer doesn’t disappoint her minions!
In The Slayer Chronicles, she tells the story from Joss McMillian & the Slayers’ point of view.
It doesn’t just work–it ROCKS!
So many times while reading First Kill I was like, “Oh, oh, I know…this is xyz from Vlad! Awesome!” And it was awesome! And the coolest thing is that you could start with Vlad or Joss and be equally as hooked! Have I mentioned how freaking cool this is? I mean, really, it is total author genius here! For real life!
OK, but what’s the big deal? Well, Joss is a regular kid who is about to go hang out with his awesome cousin for the summer. Then his sister gets killed. In the middle of the night. By a vampire! At the funeral, his creepy uncle tells him to swear that he’ll avenge her death. He swears. Fast forward a few years and we learn that, understandably, Joss and his parents have never recovered from the loss. Joss is ignored by his parents, who have just been coasting on auto-pilot since his sister’s murder. So when that creepy Uncle Abraham asks for Joss to spend the summer with him doing wilderness survival training, the whole McMillan family goes for it. It is in the mountains that he learns the truth behind the Slayer Society and begins his crazy & often cruel training. Through Joss, we learn the flip side. Not as much vampires are so awesome, but more of a awww, poor Slayers kind of sympathy. But the way that Joss looks at the world with compassion, empathy, and hatred totally works. Come on, how many people can pull that off?
Bottom line: If you loved Vlad, you’ll love First Kill. If you haven’t met Vlad yet, then you can start with either series (but if you are impatient like me, go for Vlad first because that series has more books!).