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Legend Unborn, The Key of Souls - Book 1 [Kindle Edition]

David.G Welsh
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Trapped, exiled and desperate, a lone entity creates a mysterious legend to coerce and manipulate life on a newborn world in the hope it can eventually forge the necessary means of escape. But when the legend’s tendrils eventually wrap around Flyfar, an eagle afraid of heights, Taff a powerful wizard yet to cast a successful spell and Silvanus, a newly created god with a broken leg and a stutter, things don’t go quite to plan. In pursuit are evil sorcerers, dark gods and an army of darkness that threaten to bring untold suffering upon the world in an all-consuming quest for the power of the Legend.

Legend Unborn, the first in the Key of Souls series of novels, takes the reader on a wild and exciting fantasy journey in a magical universe with truly unique characters that has already been called, ‘Fantasy meets road movie’ and has the author compared to such prolific writers as Robert Graves and Terry Pratchett.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 486 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055674J4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #594,100 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The hitchhikers guide to wizardry :) 18 Jun 2011
By Carl
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm not usually ones for novels (well apart from a few select authors who I cant resist), but this little gem had me hooked. I've not read any by this author before but the title came well recommended and for the price I figured my kindle deserved a break from the usual tomes on quantum physics :)

From the start we are introduced to the characters in such a light-hearted, upbeat way that it's impossible not to want to know how their lives develop along the way. And the author has created a fantastic world to place them all in, as well as capture our imaginations.

To quote a film an old friend and I once watched "it's got passion and a plucky spirit. A thumbs up from me. And a thumbs up from him"
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5.0 out of 5 stars A vibrant little gem!!!!!!! 17 July 2011
By Euron
Format:Kindle Edition
"A nice cup of tea and a cheese sandwich.." now who could resist that? who could resist this vibrant little gem?
For lovers of the creative and the fantastic this book will sate your appetites. Fabulous creatures and wonderful characters aplenty: An eagle who is afraid of heights, vicious predators with razor sharp teeth made of living diamonds, Arrr the god of sailors...and a wolf called puddle! Interested? Wait til you meet the rest of the characters! And yet,no matter how strikingly fantastical these characters are, I was most impressed with their humanity.
This book is a must!Think of it as Robert Graves and a light touch of Terry Pratchett; BUT make NO mistake, this is a fresh new talent - if this is Mr Welsh's first attempt, then this guy is one to watch. Bravo sir!
- now I'm off for a nice cup of tea and a cheese sandwich! ;-)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Misfits, mystery and magic 7 Oct 2011
By S. Deeth - Published on Amazon.com
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Pitting legend against myth and gods against men, David G Welsh's Key of Souls, book one of Legend Unborn, creates a well-imagined world peopled by an innocent, slightly drunken populace, where woodcarvers accidentally create a god. And that's the least of their problems.

University is for magicians, who seem to have accidentally forgotten their long-lost enemy might revive. Forests are for wandering, and a lonely eagle, scared of heights, lurks in the undergrowth. Quests are for redemption.

Chapters switch scenes rapidly but the reader always knows, it's coming together, trouble's brewing, and somehow everyone's bound to escape because the characters are much too much fun for the author to throw them away.

Some misplaced and mischosen words marred the copy I read, but I'm sure they'll be fixed. The story itself is fun enough and intriguing enough to carry the reader through slips and, while English swear-words will probably keep it out of the hands of the youngest, in the style of "not-middle-earth" the book's well-written and well-planned for our modern, slightly cynical age.

The scorned and rejected of the world, failed wizards, flightless birds, and aimless knife-throwers, all band together under the power of some unseen hand. While gods debate mis-filed forms and mis-filled applications the world's falling apart; only these mis-fits can put it back together. Magical battles with monsters and demons ensue. Talking staffs, talking birds, and workers of all stations speak with delightfully rendered English accents and humor... "that's just bloody lovely that, isn't it?"

The novel builds, in its various paths, to several exciting conclusions, then leaves the reader eager for Volume2. Change is coming, and change is not always good. But the reading's fun.

Disclosure: I met the author on facebook and bought a copy of his book. Meanwhile he bought a copy of mine--the kindness of strangers!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lighthearted escapade that will tickle your funny bone 13 Sep 2011
By Linda Hawley - Published on Amazon.com
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Legend Unborn is a story set in an imagined world that is unique to other literature; I've never read another story like this. I really enjoyed the talking animals in the story, and their adventures. This novel is engaging, well written, unconventional, and funny. The author of Legend Unborn has a certainly has a quirky and enjoyable sense of humor. I found the book easy to read, though the reader must pay close attention to the chapter headings. I was pleased to have purchased the book, and recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy Meets Road Movie 23 Aug 2011
By Workmomad - Published on Amazon.com
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When five newly enshrined members of the woodcutters' guild, drunk (literally) with their success, decide to create a figurehead for their group, a train of events is set in motion that will ultimately decide the fate of their world. In this first book of a new series, David Welsh has managed to combine the fantasy genre with the comedic twist of a classic road movie, and provides us with the unlikely combination of a god with a broken leg and an inexhaustible supply of tea and sandwiches, five woodcutters turned followers, an eagle that can't fly, a knife thrower who can't aim and a wizard incapable of casting spells responsible for saving the world as they know it. Fast-paced, funny and irreverent, the Key of Souls leaves you wondering where the next book will take you, and eager to find out.
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