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Dragon Killer (Kal Moonheart Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Rob May
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Kalina Moonheart—adventurer, gambler and thief—makes a good living working for her patron, the wealthy senator Benedict Godsword. But a mysterious threat to Ben’s fortune puts Kal on a collision course with terrors she thought she had left buried in her past.

Teaming up with a young guard captain, Rafe Firehand, she travels to a dragon-haunted island to hunt down a murderous beast. Once there, Kal soon discovers there are worse things in the world than dragons, and when an unexpected sequence of events leaves her in an impossible situation, she must summon every ounce of skill, cunning and strength in order to survive.


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About the Author

Rob May studied English at Lancaster University and is the illustrator for Super Maths World and Super Science World. He is the author of Dragon Killer and Roll the Bones, the first two books in a series of fantasy thrillers featuring Kal Moonheart - adventurer, gambler and thief. Rob is currently working on the third Kal Moonheart adventure, Sirensbane. He is also planning Lethal Planet, the final part of the Alien Disaster trilogy, as well as writing and releasing episodes of Girl Under the Gun, a modern thriller. Rob always previews his new work on Wattpad, the world's largest writing community, and welcomes comments and suggestions from readers.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1246 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Firebound Books (1 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CPCYBVU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #213,344 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rob May studied English at Lancaster University and is the illustrator for Super Maths World and Super Science World. He is the author of Dragon Killer, Roll the Bones and Sirensbane, the first three books in a series of fantasy thrillers featuring Kal Moonheart - adventurer, gambler and thief.

Rob is currently writing science fiction adventure Lethal Planet - the final book in the Alien Disaster Trilogy. He lives in Warwickshire, England.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly Original Fantasy 12 April 2014
By Dean
Format:Kindle Edition
One of my favorite things about this book is how, despite its terse page count, it doesn’t feel like a novella, but like a full length novel. The writer has a fabulous ability to cram a ton of story and character development into a very small page count. Speaking as a professional writer myself, I can tell you, that’s no easy thing to do. Rob’s prose sparkles on many levels, not the least of which is the copy-editing. I have an eye for catching typos and awkward phrases, and it’s not unusual for me to find these even in published books from major publishing houses, far less self-published books, which are often far guiltier violators. It’s a tribute to Rob’s commitment to excellence that this is one of the cleanest published manuscripts I’ve ever read. To give you another idea of this guy's perfectionism, he even periodically updates his book covers as if he can't leave well enough alone!

But on to the stuff that really matters. For those of you who enjoy books with strong, compelling female leads, look no further. For a guy, this author does “chick lit” (a bona fide wattpad genre in case you were interested) like nobody’s business. His hero, Kal Moonheart, is warm, likable, and just sheer fun, with an appetite for danger and a fearlessness and disrespect for authority that you know is going to get her into trouble in short order that will be next to impossible for her to extract herself from. But her character traits do lend themselves to a nail-biting collection of cliff hangers.

The one thing that took me a while to adjust to was that Rob isn’t one for using period-appropriate language.
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5.0 out of 5 stars High calibre fantasy 13 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Have just finished reading Rob May's story Dragon Killer - a truly high-calibre work of fantasy fiction. The timing and plotting is exquisite, it's fast-paced, elegantly written, great characters and a story which constantly leaves you wanting more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dragons and Adventure 26 Mar. 2014
By K Magee
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have read other work by Rob May, but this is my favourite.

If you enjoy a mix of strong characters navigating through fantastic thrills and adventures, then this is worth a shot. Oh, and dragons, I mustn't forget the dragons.
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Kalina Moonheart and a man in pursuit of knighthood find themselves on the same quest to rid a gold-mining island of a terrible beast. Two stories unfold, one of Kalina the Dragon Killer and the other of her present day predicament trying to solve the mystery of the island’s dragon and eventually just to stay alive. This is an adventure for those true of purpose and who are ready to take on any enemy, no matter its form or shape.

It is easy to fall in love with Kalina Moonheart. Her name alone would make any reader a fan. She presents herself as erring on the arrogant side of confidence. Anybody looking for a super hero will adore Kalina. She is a young heroine of no doubt and no hesitation. She is strong, witty, and clever. She can use all the tricks up her sleeve to accomplish her goals. She remains emotionally above her past’s tragedies and stands tall in the face of her current enemies. She is the renegade Indiana Jones and for her to grow and develop as a character throughout the series, my guess is that she will learn humility. At times it was difficult to connect with her as a real person because she is superhuman. She gets injured but doesn’t tell us of any pain and is not slowed down by these injuries.

In Dragon Killer dragons are clever and to defeat one Kal must be cleverer still. Rob May has one more trick up his sleeve where dragons are concerned.

I wasn't sure which I wanted to read more, the back-story of how Kalina got the name Dragon Killer or her present adventure in the heart of a mountain on the island of the present dragon, but I was glad May gave me both and integrated them smoothly throughout the book.
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What a find! Dragon Killer by Rob May may weigh in at just 151 pages, but the quality of the prose, action, and sheer storytelling pizzazz that the author manages to pack in to those pages, makes for a gripping, unputdownable read.

The plot is great fun and delivered in espresso style - Kal, adventurer, thief and gambler, is a 'bad' girl taking on the bad guys. She's a refreshing character who introduces us to a world in which May subverts classic fantasy tropes to bring us action, humour and a unique setting. Are the dragons bad, good, or neutral - or in fact, are they dragons at all? He smuggles in backstory and world-building details beautifully, and the action moves at a fabulous pace, always flowing, often surprising.

One of the stand-out features of this work is the exacting (but never overbearing) detail that the author brings to the fray, from 50-inch bastard swords to a bascinet helmet - the weaponry and setting of his world is meticulously researched, but delivered in a cinematic package, where every paragraph and chapter drives the action forward.

Essentially, Kal the Dragon Killer is drafted to check into a dragon problem at a gold mine on an island off the coast. She travels there with a hopeful knight, Rafe, who also becomes her love-interest. Deep in the mine she encounters the 8-foot evil protagonist, Kron Darklaw, and the fur proceeds to fly. I don't want to spoil, so I'll say no more, but the plot twists abound and keep the reader hopping. Through it all, Kal maintains her integrity and is delivered as a well-rounded heroine, not without her flaws, but a girl of spirit and no small courage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 6 months ago by lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars A quality novel with a fantastic lead character
A quality novel with a fantastic lead character. If your looking for an action filled adventure then you can do a lot worse than this. Looking forward to reading the next one!
Published 7 months ago by M S OLNEY
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Kal Moonheart
Exciting fast paced fantasy, need I say more. Well done Rob, I love Kal Moonheart.
Published 8 months ago by David Morgan
1.0 out of 5 stars Dragon Killer ?
Dragon Killer, more like story killer !

I can't remember reading this & it's covers changed so that I couldn't find it in my library so I think that speaks for... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Avid Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Super book, story, series!
This series had me hooked from the first couple pages. Kalina Moonheart's character, to me, represents the emmerging strength and also recognition of the Amzing angle that having... Read more
Published 14 months ago by A.L. in N.S.
4.0 out of 5 stars A great ride
We live in an age of over-saturation of everything and fantasy is one of the genres affected...luckily, Rob May manages to create a dynamic world that largely evades the cliches of... Read more
Published 14 months ago by vardan partamyan
5.0 out of 5 stars Dragon Killer
Dragon Killer is a fast paced Fantasy that will leave you wanting more.

Its two plot-lines, Past and Present, run along side each other and make for interesting... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Gemma_Ellen
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable
I received a free copy of Dragon Killer in exchange for a non-reciprocal review. I enjoyed this book a lot. Read more
Published 22 months ago by MR RD SPAKE
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun!
Well written, action packed fantasy story. Fun characters and clever plot twists make this an excellent read. Far too short though - can't wait for the sequels.
Published 23 months ago by Andrew
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