Kel's Story

Rated 4.33/5 based on 3 reviews
The first of many tales of Kel, a master swordsman hunting a Warlord in the Blasted Lands. This is also the first published short story set in the Refuge World setting. More

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About John Bustrak

I'm an author, by nature, and by intended trade. Intended trade, because I've yet to make enough off of it to earn a living, so need to worry about things like day jobs.

Before I am an author though, I am a Christian. And that means there are things I'm willing to die for; if there's nothing that matters so much to you to be willing to die for it, what then are you *living* for?

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Review by: Endgames on Sep. 25, 2013 :
Kel's Story sets the stage well in a unique world. It does a good job of providing some background on the geography, political structure, and magical abilities in the Refuge World, while moving the story along following the main character. It's a good mix of action and explanation that keeps it interesting. Overall, a decent preliminary prologue chapter.

I'm wondering a bit at the fickle nature of Kel's fellow knights, and whether that's normal. I know that some of it is explained in the third story, but even with that taken into account, they seemed a bit whimsical.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
Review by: Abraham Varricatt on Nov. 10, 2012 :
The writing strongly reminds me of the Wheel of Time series. It's well written with a good ambush as it concludes. Unlike WoT however, this ... document is too short. My personal standards are subjective, but the length is the reason why I've deduced a single star.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: David Milligan on Aug. 17, 2012 :
Kel's Story is an introduction to Kel, a Tel'dai knight who was on a quest to deal with a Warlord. For those who are wondering Tel'dai knights are the resident bad asses of the Refuge World. Or to put it in gaming terms, they're the Level 10 characters living in a Level 2 world.

The story itself is well written, but there are a couple of minor niggles I have with it. One of those being that the story cuts off too early. I reached the end, sat back and thought to myself "And then what happened?". Another niggle is if the story was set before or after the Warlord had been dealt with. I'm assuming it is after, but I don't remember it being explicitly stated anywhere.

All in all though, it's a good start, and I'm looking forward to more from stories about Kel.

- David
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
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