Full disclosure, I was provided a copy of this book by the author or their representative, however, have voluntarily chosen to write a review. All opinions are my own.
The Voinico’s Slayer is scheduled for a July 3, 2023 release
After discovering her birth parents during her senior trip last year, Nicoleta is eager to return to Romania. She and her best friend Tatiana apply to attend college in Cluj and are accepted but the wait to return is long and met with resistance from both girls’ parents. After a few unnerving dreams, Nicoleta attempts to check in with her birth parents in Romania, but her father’s responses are vague, and her mother is always “busy”. Something is going on and Nicoleta cannot wait to get back to Europe to figure it out for herself. When she arrives, her worst fears are confirmed- the nightmares about her mother were more than just wild imaginings. She has been taken and is in danger. Nicoleta and Tatiana both want to help the other Voinicos and Vanators locate and rescue her mom, but juggling a full course load and vampire hunting is not easy. When the girls are approached by a person that they thought they had eradicated, they are shocked to learn that there may be hope for Daciana if only they can get to her in time.
The Voinico’s Slayer is the second in the Vanator Vampire Hunters series of books by author Sallie Cochren. Picking up about a year after the events in The Voinico’s Daughter, Nicoleta and her friends have returned to the states. Still getting used to her newly discovered heightened senses, Nicoleta discovers that Romania isn’t the only place where vampires roam, but also being a lone virtually untrained Vanator she is in no position to take them on by herself. And then when the friends return to Romania there is no time for reunions as she is thrust into the hunt to rescue her mom from the clutches of Varujan and Antansasia. I love how Cochren has taken a genre and managed to add in new elements, what ifs, and answers to questions that we never even knew we had. The thought that a vampire can be “cured” is one of those questions and her take on it is really clever and introduced in such a way that will have fans of the initial story amazed. To say that this is a ‘twist’ does not even do this particular plot point justice and to say any more will be a spoiler. Suffice it to say that this is something that fans of the vampire genre have never contemplated, and I feel could be a game changer for upcoming books in this series. After having read The Voinico’s Slayer I am cliff hung. I want to know what happens next in Nicoleta’s story and I am hoping that Cochren does not limit this to a trilogy but allows these characters and storylines to play out for as long as needed to fully do this cast of characters justice.