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Sorcerer's Code (The Elements of Sorcery Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Kellen
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

All 5 entries in THE ELEMENTS OF SORCERY are now available in a single omnibus edition, electronic and paperback. Search THE ELEMENTS OF SORCERY on Amazon and save $3 on the whole set for Kindle!

"...an intriguing plot that holds the reader's interest until the end." -R. Nicholson, Amazon.com review

"Anyone who picks up this book is bound to love it." -Amazon.com user review

Discover the SORCERER'S CODE...
Edar Moncrief has a problem. As the city of Elenia's finest sorcerer (or so he would say) no one paid him any mind, until he trips over the body of an Arbiter - the legendary warriors who aren't supposed to leave corpses behind when they die. It gets even worse when he comes face-to-face with a real, live Arbiter who blames him for the death. With a literal sword hanging over his head, Moncrief must find and catch a murderer, before D'Arden Tal declares him responsible and kills him instead.


"This book was amazing." - DMoroi99, Amazon.com review

If you enjoy fantasy with a bleeding razor edge of humor from authors like Karl Edward Wagner, Jim Butcher or Mike Carey, put SORCERER'S CODE at the top of your TBR pile today, and find out why a sorcerer can never tell a lie...

More books by Christopher Kellen:
Sorcerer's Crime (Lesson II of the Elements of Sorcery)
ELEGY (Book One of the Arbiter Codex)
LEGACY (Book Two of the Arbiter Codex)
 
The Corpse King (A Tale of Eisengoth)

Books In This Series (5 Books)
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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 202 KB
    • Print Length: 52 pages
    • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B006NQBNGU
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,127 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Before I read this novella, I had not come across Christopher Kellen's work before. However, now that I have read it, I am extremely glad that I have done so. It is an extremely accomplished work of dark fantasy with a very nice line of dark, sharp-edged humour.
    The basic story is a relatively simple one - a hedge magician gets caught up in the consequences of murder. However, the victim, the person who comes investigating the murder and the murderer all add together to make it so much more.
    The story is told from the point of view of Edar Moncrief. Initially, he appears to be a relatively lowly magician and part-time conman, peddling `love potions and wart removers'. However, as the story continues it becomes apparent that he is much more than this. The slow reveal of Edar's abilities and the wily intelligence he uses in utilising - and at the same time hiding - makes him a rare character in fantasy, one that has multiple dimensions and comes across as realistic. Most of the humour in this story comes from the thoughts and asides that Edar makes and his reactions to the events of the story.
    The other characters, while less vividly drawn than Edar (understandable as they are seen from Edar's point of view) are all well-written and believable, from the fear-inspiring Arbiter, D'Arden Tal (the protagonist of the short story `The Sorceror's Code' and Kellen's `Arbiter Codex' trilogy - of which volume 1, `Elegy' is currently available) to the self-serving and somewhat slimy fence Jahain Torthanas.
    The setting in which Sorceror's Code takes place is brilliantly evoked. You get an excellent sense of the world and, without any hint of info-dumping, learn things about how it all works.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Well thought out Fantasy world 10 Sept. 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition
    This is a short story, just 33 pages in PDF, but I get the feeling that it is meant as the setting for more adventures to come. I look forward to reading them.

    The story is written in First Person through the eyes of the sorcerer Edar Moncrief. His human fallibilities are apparent from the start, but I found myself warming up to him as a believable and clever character who has sense if not always discretion.

    I don't want to give away the plot so I'll just say that faced with a no-win circumstance beyond his control, he shows a resourcefulness based in intelligence and perhaps a smattering of luck. The magic in the story is carefully thought out and artfully portrayed with parameters that will make perfect sense to the Fantasy reader and sufficient limitations to prevent any 'convenient' solutions to problems that wit and good reflexes are more suited to solving.

    The characterisation is strong and the setting expressed clearly. The city puts me in mind of the Thieves' World series which is known for having gritty characters and dangerous rules for survival. I'd like to give this one 4 1/3 stars if it were possible, not quite 5 as it was just a little too easy to read at first but certainly a strong 4 as it drew me in and made me want to read more. I shall definitely read more of Christopher Kellen.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars No spoilers 16 Jan. 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I'm not going to summarise the script. I'm simply going to say that I have just finished this story. I found it extremely well written - engrossing (if shorter than I'd have liked, but I guess I found it that way _because_ I liked it so much...), engaging and containing both fun and full characters. I look forward to purchasing and reading more by this talented author.
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