Rory, the Slayer is the final book in a trilogy all about strong women and a katana wielding, zombie killing Cinderella. (Do I really need to say more than ‘zombie killing Cinderella? I thought not.)
You never know what you can achieve until you take a step and try.
Ella’s finally seeing a light at the end of the Grim War – unfortunately, to get there, she’ll have to defeat the witch deMage once and for all. No big deal, she’s only the witch that put the pieces in motion hundreds of years ago that brought about the war Ella is currently fighting.
The good news is, she’s not alone, because she’s going to need help in this battle.
The way I see it, there’s two major draws to this series. The first is zombies. Considering this is pretty much my first foray into zombie literature, I’m surprised I like it as much as I do. (I did ‘read’ one other zombie book, but didn’t like it.)
The other big draw is this is a Cinderella retelling – with elements of Alice in Wonderland and Sleeping Beauty. That, I think it does wonderfully. Cinderella is probably the best known fairytale and this story does wonderful blending the expected elements of a retelling with the new.
And I love Cinderella retellings that give a little time and sympathy to one or both of the ‘evil’ stepsisters. This story does, really humanizing Charlotte in this book, so that makes me very happy.
Dovetailing on to the retelling aspect is the romance. I don’t think it’s a huge secret that I like romance, but I’d usually rather have it in a romance book and not in my other stories. Well, I expect romance in my retellings. Romance – or, rather, love – is such a huge part of the common Disney versions of fairytales that it would seem odd without it.
And, beyond the totally likable characters, – especially Ella, and I don’t often get to say that about teenage main characters – and the general strangeness of zombies, what this story does wonderfully is the romance. (Yeah, I know, how strange for me to say that.)
But, Ella and Seth are a wonderful couple. They respect each other, fight alongside each other, they’re there for each other and I think this is one of the healthiest romances I’ve ever come across in a young adult book.
To go with the romance is the friendships built here. Ella and Alice are two of the solidest best friends I’ve read in quite a while and Ella’s blooming friendship with Charlotte is a thing of beauty.
The plot, however, impresses me the most – because there actually is one. There’s an investigation about the zombies and an explanation that both make sense.
Content Advisory: A brief, non explicit sex scene. Light descriptions of gore and violence. (I’d say this whole series falls on the older end of YA.)