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Elegy (The Arbiter Codex Book 1) by [Kellen, Christopher]
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About the Author

Christopher Kellen is an IT specialist who thinks he's got what it takes to spin the occasional swords-and-sorcery yarn. His heroes of literature are those who are fearless in telling an uncompromising story. He wishes that there were more people who wrote like Robert E. Howard, H.P. Lovecraft, and Karl Edward Wagner, and while he knows that that he can never live up to their genius, he hopes to contribute something to the genre that they so loved. He lives in New Hampshire with his wife and their monstrous black dog.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 386 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Christopher Kellen; 1 edition (30 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ESFMMY
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #556,761 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I loved this book from the very first page, and read it right to the end in one sitting. The characters are well thought out and are only too human (well almost) even the Arbiters themselves.
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.
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his review was originally published by Kurt's Frontier on Invincible Love of Reading.

Synopsis:
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.

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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.
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This is the second piece of Christopher Kellen's writing that I have read and the first novel-length work. Set in the same world as that other work (Sorcerer's Code (The Elements of Sorcery)) and with one of the same characters Elegy was his first novel.
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.
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This is what I would call a draw-you-into-the-pages type book.I loved it!As a publisher for fantasy, I am very critical about what I read in my spare time and have found many books that I cannot read past page 20 (or even 10 for that matter). Different with this one. It kept me away from my work far too often and for that, I thank Kellen sincerely. After all, I cannot constantly read for money, can I?D'Arden's quest is exciting from the beginning on and Kellen has a talent to describe his figures, settings and plots in a fashion that leaves the reader wanting for more. It also makes me want to place my next Dungeons and Dragons campaign in Calessa Heights.Kellen uses a very diverse language and with that mostly manages to keep reader's boredom far away from his story; I say mostly because in some chapters, he could have done with a bit more copy-editing. In the fight in the first part, for example, there are a few spots with successions of "he, his, him" that could have been reworded to make it more fluid. Needless to say this did not really detract me from reading on as I wanted to know what happens to D'Arden afterwards. This though, I cannot tell you for you should go and get your own copy!
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By Kromm on 10 April 2013
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Shortly, this is not bad at all and has a potential
This said, it is a bit too typical and is irritating at places.
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