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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 November 13, 2010

    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 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.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2010

    Not recommended

    You must like gratuitous violence, profanity, and porn to like this book. Would not recommend for discussion.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2010

    Glad it was free!

    This story could have been written, and delivered a lot better. I can not understand why the writer chose to include some of the vulgar and offensive wording he included in this book, was it a shock factor? Looking to get a rise out of people? or was he attempting to add color to the charachters.
    I will be the first to admit, he writes better than I could, but if he can't sell a book without including the very unflattering descriptive terms he used in this book, than I won't be buying any in the future.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2011

    Decent plot, terrible writing

    I bought this based on the positive reviews and the interesting-sounding plot.

    The plot, honestly isn't bad. That's the only reason I gave it two stars instead of one. But the writing is horribly sophomoric. The characters are all one-dimensional caricatures that we have seen written better in dozens of other fantasy novels. They have no substance whatsoever.

    The action scenes are decent, but somewhat over the top and can't take the place of good (or even decent) characters.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 7, 2010

    NOT for everyone

    I'm not a reader of fantasy, but started this book with an open mind. I've been pleasantly surprised with the Free Friday books again and again. Reminding myself throughout that this isn't "my" genre, I kept on. Though graphic (it had beheadings in the prologue), it wasn't the violence that got to me. It was the violence against women. Main characters were strung up naked, savagely beaten and raped. And that, I'm afraid, is where my open mind closed. I enjoyed the character Kell. He is interesting and has enough of a past to support sequels, but I won't be reading them.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2010

    No Ending

    This book had some interesting Sci-Fi type ideas, but was quite gruesome. I would not recommend it for this reason: it ended without resolving any of the plot lines. I understand that it is only the first installment in a series, but I expect some resolution between books.

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