Old Beginnings (Book 1, The Forgotten Slayer Series) by Alix Marsh

January 2, 2014 Review 0 ★★★★★

Old Beginnings (Book 1, The Forgotten Slayer Series) by Alix MarshOld Beginnings
Series: The Forgotten Slayer #1
by Alix Marsh
Genres: Children's, Paranormal
Pages: 182
Format: eARC
Publication Date: December 3, 2013
Star Rating: five-stars
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The first book in Flynn Heath’s magical world of amazing powers, dark demons, a perfectly mundane family at home and extraordinary friends at his new school, which happens to be a Demon Slayer Academy.

Flynn Heath is just an ordinary boy, living a very ordinary life in the perfectly pleasant village of Little Rislin. Until, one day, he mistakenly pledges his blood, honour and soul to a mysterious stranger and before he knows it, he’s enrolled into the finest (and only) demon slayer academy in the country.

But there’s a dark force swimming through the demon-infested undertow of the ordinary world, a king demon shaking loose the shackles that have him bound in Hades. Maybe Flynn’s pledge wasn’t some random mistake after all.

Sometimes, there’s a very good reason for a slayer to stay forgotten.


I like reading Middle Grade and Teen books and this one has to be one of the best that I have read in a long time. Flynn is an ordinary boy, living in Cornwall, going to a normal school, but then on his thirteenth birthday things get turned upside down for him. In the evening he takes a walk to the shop and an old man grabs him and practically forces him to take a pledge and strange things start happening. Flynn is knocked out and thinks he dreamt it all until two men are at his house when he gets home and tells him he has been invited to join the Victor Grey Academy which seems like a posh school but nobody sees the students.
Flynn doesn’t want to leave his friends and family but knows he must to keep them safe for now that he has taken his pledge Demons can home in on him and everyone will be in danger.So off he goes leaving everything he knows behind to join the Demon Slayer Academy (Victor Grey Academy) and to start his demon slayer training.
Throughout the book we get to know more about VGA and the students, some nice, some not so nice. Flynn makes friends with Ice and Jack who seem really nice and they do come across a Demon or two.
The book was described perfectly, I felt that I was with Flynn the whole time and it was a great start to the series.


About Alix Marsh

Currently residing in Berkshire, England, Alix Marsh has lived in many places between South Africa and England, including a village very much like Little Rislin. No demon sightings yet, although Alix is always vigilant and prepared.

Old Beginnings launches the first book in the magical, urban paranormal series of The Forgotten Slayer.

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