Book Review: Sorcerer’s Code

Sorcerer’s Code, by Christopher Kellen
The Elements of Sorcery, Book 1
Originally Reviewed 2015/08/16 on Amazon.com

A likeably roguish protagonist.

Sorcerer’s Code was a short, but worthy read. The protagonist (and it would not be accurate to call him a hero) is a morally questionable, bookish, somewhat cowardly spellcaster who dabbles in some very dark magic, and proves to be far more capable than he first seemed. I think of him as a less comic and more intentional Rincewind. He’s somewhere at or near middle-age, and needs no coming-of-age genesis to come into his powers – he’s already got them, they just haven’t been put to use yet.

Some of the secondary characters were a bit crudely drawn, but not so much as to distract from the story. They also fit the overall dark and faintly comic tone. The story itself is a simple, but satisfying mystery, and the resolution sets the protagonist in motion without any heavy-handed set up for later books. I look forward to reading them.

RATING: 9/10

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Book Reviews

Like many writers, I’m also a voracious reader. I review books from time to time on Amazon, but have never posted any here. Going forward, I plan to do so on a wholly ad-hoc basis, as time and interest permit. In many cases the review here will be derived directly from my review on Amazon, though I may change, add, or reformat material based on the different venue here, or any further thoughts I might have.

I will be using a ten-point scale, with any given book rated as N/10.
If I find a snazzy graphic, I’ll use it, but for now it will be text rather than little stars or whatnot.

Please note that I am NOT interested in trading reviews with other authors, as I believe it biases the result. I know of at least one case where the author in question has separately reviewed a book of mine, but it was not part of any agreement.

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Mercy of the Prophet: Book One – now available!

TALAOS

SCION OF THE TYRANTS OF MANKIND
HARBINGER OF THE END TIMES
SEEKER OF THE POWER THE POWER OF THE GODS
SO HIS ENEMY CALLS HIM
YET HOW MUCH IS TRUE?

The sequel to The Storm’s Own Son is here! Mercy of the Prophet: Book One went live on August 13th. Links below:

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Mercy of the Prophet: Book One

Talaos has swept aside all who opposed him, and brought unity to war-torn Hunyos. He has dared to claim the fallen title of Imperator, the first in six hundred years.

But his true enemy, the Living Prophet, has not been idle.

Danger grows in the world, and within himself. Gentle-mannered emissaries gather new followers in nearby lands. Hostile armies ride from the trackless plains, and traitors lie in wait at home. Three shades, the ghostly wills of his enemy’s mightiest servants, circle inside his very soul, severing him from the source of his power.

Yet the power Talaos now seeks is far greater. It demands choices that cannot be undone, at a price he cannot yet foresee.

The draft of Mercy of the Prophet is now finished, and with my editor! Hopefully should be up and available by early August.

 

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The Storm’s Own Son: Book Three

The Storm’s Own Son: Book Three continues the epic Storm and Fire fantasy series!


By ruthless wit and bloodstained hand, Talaos has risen to the heights of power.

And yet, the dangers he faces are greater than ever. The war he has made his own is at a moment of decision, sharp as the edge of a blade. An army besieges the city he now calls home, and with it rides one of the personal emissaries of his true enemy, one of the Twelve Hands of the Living Prophet himself.

If he fails now, it will be the end… for him, and for everyone he has sworn to protect.

It went live on Amazon on October 13th, and in a week has rocketed to levels it took Book One a month to reach. As of this posting it is #2,807 overall on Amazon USA, and nearly the same in Germany and the UK. It is #1 in the Norse and Viking category.

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Blood on Bronze: 2nd Edition

Blood on Bronze is now available in a much-improved second edition via Sol Invictus Publishing!

I’ve made minor some changes I considered, but didn’t implement by the time of the first edition in 2012, added a few others based on things I’ve noticed over the last couple of years, and in tandem with my editor, cleaned up a fair number of typos.

The new edition is also more cleanly formatted, and includes a map of Zakran, city of a thousand thousands. Lastly, to distinguish it from the first edition, I’ve created a new cover:

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The Storm’s Own Son: Book Two is live on Amazon

Edits complete. Published. Hurrah!

The most powerful sorcerer in the world wanted him dead, and failed. Now it is his turn.

Talaos is heir to mighty gifts of power. He has no one to guide him and plenty of enemies. His search for answers has taken him to the anarchic eastern land of Hunyos, and a colossal war. Amid siege, battle, conquest and deadly struggles for power, those answers wait to be found. But will he live to see them?

Links here:

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The Storm’s Own Son Reaches New Heights!

Today has been a banner day for The Storm’s Own Son: Book One! Here is a world tour of Amazon Kindle rankings from various markets. Each was reached at some point today. All numbers are rated out of the total of some 2.5 million eBooks, with # 1 being the top selling book, and # 2,500,000 (approximately) being the lowest selling.

USA / Main Site: # 2,642
Canada: # 4,138
UK: # 1,520
Germany: # 3,921
India: # 948
Australia: # 773

Reviews have been great, with the majority of the mentioning they plan to read book two. I’m also seeing an increase in the sales of my older books, which is timing exactly with the success of the Storm’s Own Son, and can only mean at least some of its readers are going looking for more of my work. These are exciting times!

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The Storm’s Own Son keeping mighty company in the UK

As of this posting, The Storm’s Own Son: Book One is at #18 in the Sword and Sorcery category on Amazon Kindle UK, and at #2465 overall in the UK. It was as high as #2363. At #18 it is on the first page of results in the category, and keeping mighty company with Tolkien and R.R. Martin!

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The Storm’s Own Son takes Australia

In its sweep of the Anglosphere, The Storm’s Own Son: Book One reached #602 of all eBooks on Amazon Australia today, and #11 in Epic Fantasy!

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