The Corpse King

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Sixty years before the events of ELEGY: Book One of the Arbiter Codex, a young Arbiter named D'Arden Tal and his mentor, Havox Khaine, venture into a strange kingdom on the edge of nowhere. Within the borders of this nameless land lie horrors beyond imagining, and a monarch named THE CORPSE KING.

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About Christopher Kellen

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!)

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Review by: Merissa Sheppard on Sep. 14, 2016 :
The Corpse King is a novella designed to be an introduction to Tale of Eisengoth, however, it felt like I'd been dropped into their world with no idea of what was what. They have flaming blue "manna" swords. They stab themselves in the heart with a crystal needle. They are called Arbiters, but no clear understanding of who or what they are is given. Maybe I need everything given to me on a plate, but instead of world building, it was already fully formed by the time I started to read.

It was written well, with no editing or grammatical errors to be seen. With detailed and sometimes gruesome descriptions, this is not for the young or faint of heart. A good story that I enjoyed, but without enough world building for me.

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Review by: Mario Sotelo on July 1, 2012 :
This is the first work I read from this author. I think I'll read more. Great story. I can only imagine what awaits.
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Review by: Mat Nastos on Sep. 30, 2011 :
Loved this story. I read it after I had already read the novel, Elegy, which made it more interesting for me, I think. It was great to read about D'Arden before he became a full Arbiter.

Solid fantasy short for fans of good epic fantasy stories. Can't wait to read more from the author!
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Review by: Dave Kolan on Sep. 10, 2011 :
Set 60 years before the events in Elegy, The Corpse King finds young apprentice Arbiter D'Arden,along with his mentor Havox, investigating the events at the court of a mad king.

This is an excellent introduction to the world of Eisengoth and provides some background into the Arbiters. Here we see D'Arden as a brash youth, far different than the cool, unflappable man he is in Elegy.

I loved the atmosphere in Elegy but this short story ratchets it up to 11. The settings have as much weight and importance as the characters themselves, you can almost smell the rot and age of the Corpse King's castle seeping through your Kindle. Kellen is becoming a master of gloom, I love the way he describes his universe. And in Eisengoth nothing is particularly happy and cheerful to say the least lol. This is a dark, almost hopeless world.

If you enjoy dark, pulp fantasy do yourself a favor and pick up both this and Elegy, turn down the lights and ignite some sputtering, smokey candles to induce the proper atmosphere and enjoy. This is fantasy that one can picture being read out of a hardbound, mouldering tome by firelight, surrounded by companions with the wind and unknown noises coming from the forest around you.
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