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Christopher Kellen has been working on weaving words for as long as he can remember. While in school he dreamed of being a published author, and spent lots of time reading and re-reading publisher submission guides, just wishing that he could finish something, certain that it would be better than most of the other stuff that was out there.
Of course, at the time, he had no idea just how difficult it actually is to get published by the big guys - and not only that, he'd never finished anything!
Fast-forward to today, when he can now finish work and it's good, but the publishing industry is no longer the way to connect with fans. Chris is a storyteller at heart, someone who wants to share his stories, not sit behind the wall of a massive publisher and be told what he can and cannot say.
Having decided to go independent with his first completed, revised and edited work, Chris is now pursuing his writing as an indie author... and he couldn't be more excited!
His current project is the sequel to his newly-released dark swords & sorcery novel, Elegy. For more information, visit his blog (below!)
on Oct. 27, 2011 :
In Elegy, author Christopher kKellen has created an interesting world with a unique magic system. However, I thought that could have used a little more plot and character development. Otherwise, a pretty good read.
(reviewed 55 days after purchase)
on Oct. 11, 2011 :
The plot held a healthy dose of excitement, love and spunk and the story carries well. The story is easy to read. I would love to see the story progress further and learn more about the cast. We meet some new characters and I would love to see more of them as well.
(reviewed 39 days after purchase)
on Oct. 08, 2011 :
Read this book from front to cover in slightly under one hour. I was just sucked into the story which is a classic good-bad story with an original hero and a lot of magic involved. Do not expect any deep philosophy from this book about what is good and bad, though near the end the book does scratches the surface of this. The story revolves about something called 'Manna' which is described as the life source. It can be corrupted by the bad (demons, tainted spiders, turned wolves etc). Arbiter's fight this corruption, trying to cleanse it from the corruption. All in all as said a classic good-bad scenario...
My main reservation with this book (and hence just the four stars) is that the characters could have been set down better. At the end of the book we still hardly know what an Arbiter is and mostly who the main person, Arbiter D'arden is as a person. Small pieces of the puzzle are revealed, but not enough to completely understand the character. To bad as this would have given the story just that something more that is given by the great writers that Cristopher Kellen tells us he is so inspired by.
(reviewed 34 days after purchase)
on Oct. 01, 2011 :
This type of novel is not always my favorite pick, but I am glad that I received it through Library Thing or I would have missed a very good read. While I think that the beginning of the novel is a bit heavy---it made me feel as if I missed something important before, the character development and plot structure soon made it something that I found hard to put down. It is clear that Christopher Kellen understands the idea of the Hero's Journey and is able to incorporate it well in his writing. This is certainly a novel that I will encourage others to read!
(reviewed 29 days after purchase)
on Sep. 18, 2011 :
Picked this up in a Library Thing giveaway and had no idea what to expect. It's always tough to get into a new fantasy world that you don't know anything about, especially when it is by a new author. Luckily, Elegy:The Arbiter Codex by Christopher Kellen, was a really solid read. While he did kind of toss the reader into the deep end with the start of the story, he did a great job in detailing the world and characters. At no time was I lost or confused by the rules he set up or the story. I really enjoyed it and hope he puts out another book in the series soon!
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)
on Sep. 16, 2011 :
The book was really good. The quest of D'Arden really reminded me of a King Arthur-type story with many twists that made the book extremely good.
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)