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The pace is quick and keeps you wanting more from every page.
I will definately be keeping my eye on Christopher Kellen in the future.
Best I've read for a while.
Arbiter D’Arden Tal arrives at the city of Calessa to fight the corrupt magic that is gathering there. There are undead people and creatures that have been twisted by the corruption surrounding the city, while some have gained a foothold within. Wielding pure magic, his crystalline sword, and a fierce force of will, Arbiter Tal sets about trying to track down the source of corruption that threatens to engulf the entire city.
Christopher Kellen has written an exciting dark fantasy novel that embodies a basic story of good versus evil. The action begins within the first couple of pages and is consistently present throughout. The “science” behind the magic is intriguing and is well woven into the story. Dialogue is believable. There are twists and turns that will keep the reader on the edge of their seat.
Much as I enjoyed it, with many of the same positive points that I enjoyed while reading Sorceror's Code, such as well-written and interesting characters and the sense of a world with a history, I have to say that at times this did read like a first novel. I am not going to dwell on the negative points, especially as they are mostly contained in the early parts of the book, but I will point out the `worst' one: Kellen (and, let me reiterate, this is only early on in the book - it improves radically by the end) has a tendency to repeat a word very soon after using it rather than work out a synonym. This is probably most notable when he is describing the magical effects of `manna' (the energy that powers magic in this world). It is blue. Blue fire, a blue glow and manna-blue eyes etc. While this did not particularly detract from the story it did become quite noticeable. With perhaps one more editing run-through this could have been caught.
Anyway, enough of the bad. On to the good. It was an exciting, well-thought out and highly enjoyable read that kept me enthralled for the time it took me to read. The protagonist, D'Arden Tal is an Arbiter, a paladin-like warrior-cleric charged with finding and rooting out manna that has become twisted.
As such, he has arrived at the town of Calessa to discover that it is on the verge of being destroyed by a source of manna that has been utterly corrupted.Read more ›
This said, it is a bit too typical and is irritating at places.
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