Three Reasons Why I Could Never Be a Demon Hunter by Nadia Lee
When I write, I almost always try to create heroines who are much cooler, more interesting and ... just more everything than me. If they aren't interesting enough to hold my attention, I know they'll lose my readers as well.
Ashera in The Last Slayer was specifically created to be someone I could never be, even though I sort of wish it were different. If I were to apply to be a demon hunter at her firm, they'd never call me back. Because this is how the interview would go:
Ashera: So. You want to be a demon hunter?
Me: (smiling brightly) Yes!
Ashera: (eyes me skeptically, probably thinking I don't look like I know how to do anything physical) We require expertise in at least three separate styles of martial arts. Which ones do you hold belts in? Also, any special weapons?
Me: Oh. Well... I don't really do actual martial arts, but I'm pretty decent at chopping onions with kitchen knives! I'm sure that'll make demons cry and make them unable to fight or something.
Ashera: Hmm. Do you know any death spells?
Me: Does high-pitched screaming count? I mean, you know, really loud high-pitched screaming? I think I can pop a demon eardrum or two.
Ashera: (raises an eyebrow) If they have ears. Any other special physical abilities?
Me: I'm pretty fast on my feet.
Ashera: (perks up) Oh?
Me: Oh yeah. I can walk really fast when I see a clearance sale sign at a department store.
Ashera: Um. Okay. (mutters under breath) Maybe you should talk to my sister or something. I'm sure she could use you.
Me: Excuse me?
Ashera: Nothing. (stands up) Thanks for coming in. We'll review your application and call you back.
Me: (standing up) Thank you. I really admire your skills. I heard you bagged, like, hundreds of demons last year alone. You're like a lone woman demon depopulator or something.
Ashera: (preens a little) Thank you. We'll call you back. (pushes me out the door as I babble about her accomplishments) Buh-bye!
And there would go my chance at being a demon hunter. But seriously, everything in there is true. I'm not even all that fast, and I probably wouldn't be able to outrun a demon sloth, clearance sale or no.
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Ramiel has his own reasons for offering Ashera his protection. He knows her true identity and the real reason the demigods want her dead. What he can't predict is how she'll react when she discovers he knew who she was all along...
Ashera is shocked to discover that she is the only daughter of the last slayer. To claim her destiny, she and Ramiel must join forces to face down danger and outwit their enemies. Only then will she be able to truly accept her legacy...
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