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Kell's Legend (Clockwork Vampire Chronicles #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Fast and Intense

Hang on to your hats boys and girls. Kell's Legend is the sort of book that grabs hold of you and does not let go. If it weren't for the two infant children in my home, I would have read it in one sitting. If dark fantasy and balls out action is your thing, this is t...
Hang on to your hats boys and girls. Kell's Legend is the sort of book that grabs hold of you and does not let go. If it weren't for the two infant children in my home, I would have read it in one sitting. If dark fantasy and balls out action is your thing, this is the novel you have been waiting to find.


I will only describe the book in the briefest of terms to avoid any spoilers. The kingdom of Falanor is invaded by a race of clockwork vampires. Kell, an old veteran with a legendary past, is forced back into action to protect his granddaughter. The story also follows a second protagonist from the vampire side of things. I do not want to say anything that will spoil her for you, but she is an excellent character. Her story arch takes the reader deep into the strange culture of the vampires and an enjoyable contrast to Kell.


This is one of the most entertaining books I have read this year. The characters are dynamic and believable. The plot takes off at a rapid clip and does not slow down. Remic's clockwork vampires are the most creative and interesting vampires I have seen in quite some time.

posted by James_Atlantic on July 28, 2010

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5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Escapist fun, but . . .

This was my first venture into B & N's Free Fridays, and it wasn't a complete waste of time.

First, the good. The universe is intriguing, the plot action-packed and fast-paced, the characters mostly interesting. I always enjoy multiple plotlines, and the cliffhanger ...
This was my first venture into B & N's Free Fridays, and it wasn't a complete waste of time.

First, the good. The universe is intriguing, the plot action-packed and fast-paced, the characters mostly interesting. I always enjoy multiple plotlines, and the cliffhanger chapter endings kept me turning the page. I loved the whole idea of the Vachine; very novel and interesting.

The bad. Ugh, the writing. Maybe the overblown purple prose is common in this genre, but it kept taking me out of the story. A lot of the dialogue was just flat-out unbelievable, and most of the female characters were really hard to take. Does this guys actually know, or talk to, real women?

So, it's probably pretty good for what it is. There are other fantasy writers like R.A. Salvatore where I couldn't even get through one chapter. This is much better than that. I probably won't read the sequels, since I'll have to pay for them :-), but it was decent, short-term entertainment.

posted by bookwormiest on November 13, 2010

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  • Posted October 22, 2010

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    Horrible Writing

    This was a Free Friday book and it was awful. The plot may have been okay, but the author threw in ridiculous adjectives in every action scene, until it finally became unreadable and I gave up on it. Maybe for teenage boys...

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2011

    Not recommended

    I personally would not recommend this book due simply to the over use of profanity. The writer has talent, but buries it in excessively profane and gruesome prose. I suppose that if you are a fan of shock-jocks like Howard Stern, or even movies like Saw then you may enjoy this book.
    I seldom put a book down without finishing it, no matter how bad it is. I did not finish this book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2010

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    What the hey

    I tried to like this book, but the author was jumping all over the place and had 4 or 5 story lines going at once, Grrr it made me crazy.
    As for character development this is a great book. I wouldn't say this is a bad book just not a good one. If you liked this book then you would love anything written by R. A. Salvatore.

    Darkwood

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