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Dragon Killer (Kal Moonheart Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Rob May
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Book Description

Kalina Moonheart—adventurer, gambler and thief—makes a good living working for her patron, the wealthy senator Benedict Godsword. But an unexpected threat to Ben’s fortune puts Kal on a collision course with terrors she thought she had left buried in her past. Teaming up with a young guard captain, Rafe Firehand, she travels to a dragon-haunted island to hunt down a murderous beast. Once there, Kal soon discovers there are worse things in the world than dragons, and when an unexpected sequence of events leaves her in an impossible situation, she must summon every ounce of skill, cunning and strength in order to survive.


Editorial Reviews

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★★★★★
'An action-packed adventure that left me with a smile on my face'
- Fantasy Book Lane

★★★★★
'A truly high-calibre work of fantasy fiction'
- Kate Cudahy, author of Hal

★★★★
'It's easy to fall in love with Kalina Moonheart'
- Rachel Barnard, author of At One's Beast

From the Author

The Kal Moonheart Series:

Dragon Killer
Roll the Bones
Sirensbane 

Product Details

  • File Size: 551 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Firebound Books (May 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CPCYBVU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #690,567 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fast read... September 25, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Honestly, I can’t find much to fault in this book. For me, it just didn’t grab me. I think a lot of people will like this book. As I said, there’s nothing glaringly wrong with it.

This was a short book full of action and traveling. I finished it quickly, even though I set it down a few times. It was a bit straining on my eyes because single quotation marks were used instead of double. It made me read slower since the dialog quotations don’t stand out. Small complaint, but one that bothered me nonetheless.

I must say Kal is a strong female character. She’s independent, tough, and isn’t afraid of a little challenge. Rafe starts out kinda prissy and haughty for a guy, but still came off likable and grew into a character I enjoyed. All the characters were done well, and I had no issues visualizing them and the settings they ended up in. For me, I kinda like a more troubled character. Sure, Kal has a past, but it just didn’t grab me enough.

The world has some interesting stories of old and I think it was a great setup for future books. I don’t think there was anything crazy unique about it, but what we were given was delivered quickly and cleanly.

Which brings me to another point: This book moved. It felt like something was happening even when it wasn’t. Sometimes it felt a hair too fast, but since I wasn’t completely engrossed, I rather liked that it moved. Even the flashbacks had stuff happening. However, I think the flashbacks were a bit too many and I didn't like that they were handled as a dream. Kal isn’t some crazy mage or someone with a unique gift, so I didn’t feel dreams were believable (no one dreams events exactly as they happened). Just musing about her past would have done a lot more for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly Original Fantasy April 12, 2014
By Dean
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One of my favorite things about this book is how, despite its terse page count, it doesn't feel like a novella, but like a full length novel. The writer has a fabulous ability to cram a ton of story and character development into a very small page count. Speaking as a professional writer myself, I can tell you, that's no easy thing to do. Rob's prose sparkles on many levels, not the least of which is the copy-editing. I have an eye for catching typos and awkward phrases, and it's not unusual for me to find these even in published books from major publishing houses, far less self-published books, which are often far guiltier violators. It's a tribute to Rob's commitment to excellence that this is one of the cleanest published manuscripts I've ever read.

But on to the stuff that really matters. For those of you who enjoy books with strong, compelling female leads, look no further. For a guy, this author does "chick lit" (a bona fide wattpad genre in case you were interested) like nobody's business. His hero, Kal Moonheart, is warm, likable, and just sheer fun, with an appetite for danger and a fearlessness and disrespect for authority that you know is going to get her into trouble in short order that will be next to impossible for her to extract herself from. But her character traits do lend themselves to a nail-biting collection of cliff hangers.

The one thing that took me a while to adjust to was that Rob isn't one for using period-appropriate language. Some readers will find this off-putting, while others will find it grants them a way into the novel, and makes it that much easier to bond with the characters, without feeling like they have to take a class in medieval lit just to keep up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun characters, killer female lead August 9, 2014
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Fun characters, killer female lead.
I discovered Dragon Killer on Wattpad and realized very quickly that what I had there was an excellent adventure fantasy, very playfully conceived, creatively developed, and professionally produced. It was a quick read for me, as the chapters are short and therefore with frequent cliff hangers to keep me turning the page. One of the most important things to me was rhe believable, fun lead character, Kal, who is witty, a little snarky, and supremely confident. And if she came off as a bit too competent for my tastes in the first act, that quickly changed when in the second act she racks up a few bruises and has to open up a can of whoop-ass, only to find that might not be enough.

Some wonderful secondary characters, too, like her knight-aspirant captain friend, and the big antagonist, and some hardcore story telling in thw way he handles those characters. Overall, a fun and satisfying read, which earns it a 5 because any any flaws I note were piddly and niggling compared to the overarching product. I have already put it on my daughter and son's Kindles. :)

I see the sequel is on Wattpad now, and have already added it to my library there. - Stephen Merlino Abbot
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Fantasy December 10, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Kal Moonheart is also known as Dragon Killer. There are two stories taking place that are interwoven with each other. One occurs in the present, while the other recounts the adventure that led Kal to receive her nickname.

Kal is an assassin, but she is not a cold-hearted killer. She describes herself as someone who “kills killers”. She is a strong, fierce woman who doesn’t need a man to come to her rescue. That is one of many things I loved about this story. Kal is fearless and lives life on her own terms, a perfect fantasy heroine.

Personally, I prefer a tale where the dragon is not being hunted. I’m not a big fan of armored men going in to do battle with a dragon. I think dragons get a bad rap, and I enjoy seeing them succeed, as long as they aren’t being overly nasty. There are lots of different dragons in fantasy literature, and the one presented here is something new. Though I would have preferred for the dragon in the flashback story to fly away of its own will, I was able to accept its ultimate fate. There are a few new ideas about dragons presented in this story, and I enjoyed the author’s take on the old legends.

There is a rich history and culture to May’s fantasy world. There were many stories of the old gods which I enjoyed very much. It’s plain to see that this world was not thrown together on a whim. There is structure here, and the world is well planned.

The fight scenes in this book are fantastic. The author truly has a talent in describing quick action by giving vivid details that do not detract from a suspenseful moment. I commend Mr. May for those actions scenes. They kept my eyes glued to the page, wondering what would happen next. In fact, I read this entire book in a day because it was too good to put down. Ok, it wasn’t that long of a book, but still. It is an action-packed adventure that left me with a smile on my face. Well done.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The Heroine that Will Exceed all Your Expectations
Kalina Moonheart and a man in pursuit of knighthood find themselves on the same quest to rid a gold-mining island of a terrible beast. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Rachel Barnard
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing book and author
Published 5 months ago by josh
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy with great pizzazz, stands out from the crowd
What a find! Dragon Killer by Rob May may weigh in at just 151 pages, but the quality of the prose, action, and sheer storytelling pizzazz that the author manages to pack in to... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Marc Secchia
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun female protagonist
This was a fun fantasy adventure. Imagine a female James Bond/Han Solo in a fantasy world and you'll have the protagonist. I look forward to the next episode.
Published 9 months ago by Humble Frog
3.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced Fantasy
This book had action, a tough female Heroine, Dragons and Goblins. As the first book in a series, it gives a background of the world and the life of the main character. Read more
Published 10 months ago by jcat
5.0 out of 5 stars Kal Moonheart Dragon Killer; KILLER OF A TALE!
A light hearted romp through the young life of Kal Moonheart dragonslayer as she takes on the evil giant Gron Darklaw and foil his plot to become governor of Balibu Island. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A great ride!
We live in an age of over-saturation of everything and fantasy is one of the genres affected...luckily, Rob May manages to create a dynamic world that largely evades the cliches of... Read more
Published 13 months ago by vardan partamyan
3.0 out of 5 stars Good writing, but cliche superwoman story
I am unsure that I read the same book as others. Maybe I am just too old.

This is more "Katniss" and "Edward/Bella" than it is "Malazan or GoT"... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Brandon Wright
4.0 out of 5 stars A great story for a gift to those who like fantasy literature.
DRAGON KILLER by ROB MAY

To hold my attention, a good fantasy story must have three important elements: A protagonist with whom I can identify, a quest worth persuading,... Read more
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More About the Author

Rob May studied English at Lancaster University and is the illustrator for Super Maths World and Super Science World. He is the author of Dragon Killer, Roll the Bones and Sirensbane, the first three books in a series of fantasy thrillers featuring Kal Moonheart - adventurer, gambler and thief.

Rob's other works include Alien Disaster - a science fiction adventure, and Girl Under the Gun - a modern thriller. He lives in Warwickshire, England.

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