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- Print Length: 296 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Firebound Books (May 1, 2013)
- Publication Date: May 1, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CPCYBVU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,478,993 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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'Everyone who likes fast paced thrills and spills will enjoy these books, whether you are a fantasy fan, into thrillers, or like a real good mystery'
- TJ Garrett, author of The Dragon Oracles
'Playfully conceived, creatively developed, and professionally produced - a fun and satisfying read'
- Stephen Merlino Abbot, author of The Jack of Souls
'A thrill-packed ride, and a fantasy with a unique and memorable flavour. This is writing with great craft; an author to watch'
- Marc Secchia, author of Dragonfriend
'I do love Kal Moonheart, I must admit. She is a fiery character who lives life on her own terms. She's a rebel, but one with a sense of right and wrong, and she's not afraid to exact justice against those she deems guilty'
- Fantasy Book Lane
'This is fantasy writing that really takes the genre to its limits, fusing Dan Brown style twists and surprises with superlative world building, a charismatic heroine and pacing which keeps the reader on the edge of their seats from beginning to end.'
- Kate Cudahy, author of Hal
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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. At times in Act 1, I found this a bit jangling to the nerves, but eventually I settled into the logic of the approach.
One other caveat, this story isn't told in a linear fashion. That also takes some getting used to. But once again, Rob uses this effect to highlight suspense, amplify the already adrenaline stoked pace of the novel, and I suspect it is also one of his well kept secrets for keeping the page count down. Once he messes with your sense of what comes next, and gets you sold on his rationale for connecting the dots, he has you entirely under his spell.
When I first encountered this book on wattpad nearly a year ago, I thought,this is definitely an author to watch. I've since read a second of his titles and am happy to say I was right.
It was well written, and the main characters were kept to a minimum. It was refreshing not to be overwhelmed with a barrage of characters. The fight scenes were good.
I think that a little longer book would have gone further to increase my interest. I was just beginning to enjoy the story--and then it ended. The Heroine seemed just a little too skilled, and a little too lucky. The book kept jumping back and forth between past, present, and a short paragraph that apparently was supposed to be the future. Although that method was reasonably well done, it just didn't work so well for me, unfortunately.
Overall a decent read, and I would not mind reading more of the series.
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
4 stars because... I really do wish it was just a tad longer. And cause Rafe, he was a fun guy that needed a little more screen time.
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I found Dragon Killer to be a wonderful read from start to finish and completed it in a couple of sittings. The main character, Kal, is a strong female lead and yet still fallible. I enjoyed following Kal as she developed throughout the book, and thought the frequent switch between present and past was handled deftly by the author.
Rob May must really be commended for creating such an interesting and extensive fantasy world, even creating a map to pinpoint the various scenes of action. I felt as though I knew about about the various places such as Amaranthium without being overloaded with information.
Rob's ability to write succinctly and with clarity kept me interested in the story and invested in the characters. There were points when I felt genuinely moved by Kal's plight. I am interested to read the next instalments.
I can't critique this book from a fantasy perspective as I don't know the genre that well. Above all, this is a great story that takes the reader on a fast-paced journey.
If you enjoy a mix of strong characters navigating through fantastic thrills and adventures, then this is worth a shot. Oh, and dragons, I mustn't forget the dragons.
I can't remember reading this & it's covers changed so that I couldn't find it in my library so I think that speaks for itself!
Obviously I gave up on this book fairly quickly and it failed to leave a lasting impression, so don't bother.