Title: Friends and Traitors (Slayers #2)
Author: C. J. Hill
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Published Date: October 15, 2013
Hardcover: 400 pages
Genre: YA Contemporary Fantasy
FTC FYI: I received a free ARC in exchange for an honest review
would be. The memory of the last labor still clung to the edges of his
mind. With a sigh, he sat beside her and took her hand in his. “If we
land at BWI, the eggs’ signals will reach all the people at the airport,
all the people sitting in planes. Some of them are bound to be descen-
dants of the Slayer knights.” Back when those knights had ruled the
Middle Ages, they’d spread their genes far and wide. Conquerors al-
“Yes, but how many of those descendants will be pregnant?” she
asked. “There can’t be that many.”
“How many Slayers does it take to kill a dragon?” Overdrake meant
to counter her argument, but instead found the sentence comforting.
Even if the eggs’ signals did activate genes in a few unborn babies, giv-
ing them powers later on— it didn’t mean those children would be able
to grow up and kill the dragons.
Over the generations the Slayer knights’ powers splintered apart.
Descendants no longer inherited all of the abilities their ancestors had, just a few. And what could a handful of half- equipped Slayers do against
Bianca shifted in her seat, gripping the armrests again. Another con-
traction was coming. “We’ve got to land. We don’t have another choice
and waiting will only put our son’s life in danger.” Her eyes seared with
pain. “Who are you more concerned about— Slayer babies that might not
even exist or your own baby who needs your help right now?”
She was right. Overdrake put his hand over hers, giving her what
comfort he could. “I’ll tell the pilot to land at BWI.”
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.