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Kell's Legend (Clockwork Vampire Chronicles #1)

3.44 of 5 stars 3.44  ·  rating details  ·  549 ratings  ·  65 reviews
They came from the North, and the city fell. It is a time for warriors, a time for heroes. Kell's axe howls out for blood.
Paperback, 448 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Angry Robot
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Dirk Grobbelaar
Another review that’s far more difficult than the book actually warrants.

The story deals with the legendary retired hero Druss Kell, who wields the famous battle axe Snaga Illana (um, in all fairness, the author does cite David Gemmell as a big influence) and the events surrounding an invasion by an army of vampires.

And no, they’re not real vampires either. The Vachines are basically a race of beings (humans) that have had their internal organs removed and replaced with clockwork machinery in or
Well...I liked this book but I probably wouldn't recommend it to anyone else. It's kind of the literary equivalent of the terrible B movie/exploitation films I love; tasteless, lurid, underproduced and reliant on cheap thrills rather than anything resembling lasting, profound experiences. I'm not even sure how the friend who lent it to me got ahold of one seems to care/give a shit about this series. Still, it does provide said occasional thrills and Remic does show promise here and there ...more
Noor Jahangir
It is quiet clear that this story is meant as a homage to David Gemmell's Legend, the book that inspired Andy Remic to start writing in the first place. The title character, Kell, is a Druss clone, down to his demon-possessed axe.
The prose is clumsy, with sentences overworked with adjectives and metaphors and an over-eager use of swear words. There are too many references to rape with most of the female characters being threatened with gang rape or being subjected to it. Okay, so it is one of th
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Hali Sowle
The first in what appears to be an ultra-violent series filled with mayhem, murder, despair and betrayal and clockwork vampires. The vachines are clockwork vampires - humans that are mated at a very young age with clockwork mechanisms who need a distillate of human blood to survive. Ahn is what seems to be royalty of Vachines but she has a secret - she can only drink pure human blood and when she is discovered doing this she is brought down from royalty to slavery. Kell is an old man who fought ...more
Robert Aldrich
I began reading this in the omnibus collection of three books (Kell's Legend, Soul Stealers, and Vampire Warriors) under the title of "The Clockwork Vampire Chronicles" (with different cover art) and I was really hoping for more from this series, but only made it to page 50 of the first book before I decided to not read any further.

When I was in the bookstore, it was the awesome cover art that drew my eye, and then the large printed words of Clockwork Vampire caught my attention and I was very i
A hack-and-slash adventure full of useless, weepy women only there to be raped or somehow forced into submission and generally bad and shallow characters all around characterize this book. Along with a language that is strangely poetic and totally unfitting the general theme and plot of the book.

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Andy Remic is new to me. There are three books in the series. I have now read all three. It's been sometime since I read sword and sorcery novels. I read them when I was somewhat younger. Perhaps my tastes have changed because I found these three to be severely repetitive in nature to the point where the author uses the same phrases and descriptions and words over and over. The banter between Saark and Kell became particularly annoying as well as the word "piss" throughout all there novels.
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Perfect combination of Fantasy and horror.Mr.Remic is a big fan of the late great David Gemmell as am i.Ill say this if i didnt know the author of this book i swear it was written by Gemmell.Thats about as big a compliment as you can give a fantasy writer.There is no filler in this book.Not a single word is wasted.What the characters of this novel are subjected to is nothing short of astonishing.The world that Mr. Remic has created is as unforgiving and violent as i have ever read.His writing is ...more
Wickedshizuku (and her 7 Black cats)
Aug 15, 2015 Wickedshizuku (and her 7 Black cats) rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Paranormal fans,Urban Fantasy fans, George R.R. Martin fans
Recommended to Wickedshizuku by: Goodreads
Got through the first chapter in the bookstore, and saw that it is exciting, in a matter of minutes. Going to have to buy this one sometime.
Sweet baby JESUS! Up to Chapter Nine, and there is some pretty sick sh*t in these pages.
I suggest if you are a feminist that you don't read this book. There is raping, pillaging, and murdering a plenty.
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Den Inhalt selbst werde ich diesmal nicht wiedergeben, denn er kann ja oben bereits nachgelesen werden und ich möchte lieber direkt auf das Buch eingehen.

Bereits mit den ersten Seiten lernt man Kell kennen. Einen gezeichneten Mann, welcher in seinem Leben schon viel erlebt hat und momentan eigentlich nur noch zuhause sitzt und seine Suppe schlürft.

Zu seiner Familie hat er kaum Kontakt und einzig und allein seine Enkelin Nianna hält an ihm fest und kommt ihn - wenn auch heimlich - fast täglich b
I picked this up because of the "Book #1 of the Steampunk Vampire" chronicles subtitle. It immediately became referred to as the Steampunk Vampire Berserker book, was.

This is another elaborate fantasy world. (I blame HBO. Which I also blame for distracting my boy from frigging writing. Argh. But I digress.) There is, as mentioned, Steampunk Vampires. And a berserker. And an elaborate, high-fantasy style quest, which was engrossing.

But I expect these books to end with some minor fea
An albino army invades the kingdom of Falanor, and the first to fall to their merciless onslaught is its most northern city, Jaldar. As it happens, this is where the famous warrior hero Kell has retired. As the invaders begin the slaughter, Kell hurries to rescue his grand-daughter, Nieanna. The dire circumstances call for an uneasy alliance between Kell and a dapper, swashbuckling thief named Saark. After a daring rescue of Nieanna and her friend Kat, the four become refugees, and they may be F ...more
Unusually I am going to start with the ending. It was what I call a "duff duff duff" moment, if you have never watched Eastenders the theme tune cuts in at the dramatic ending leaving you normally thinking "Noooooo! You can't end it there", or so I have heard. Luckily this is a trilogy and Soul Stealer looks like carrying on the fine work of Kell's Legend.

The book centres around Kell an old warrior who has seen it all, done it all, and most of it not very nice. He feels shamed by the things he h
Un roman très moyen. L'auteur avoue être un admirateur de Gemmell, et ça se sent. Le même genre d'ambiance, le même genre de héros (un vétéran burné et taillé comme une armoire normande) et même genre d'histoire. On pense à Rénégats (pour peu qu'on l'ait lu bien sûr) qui n'est pas le meilleur Gemmell sur le marché...

Et on fait bien, parce que ce bouquin non plus n'est pas ce qu'on fait de mieux sur le marché !

L'histoire est correcte sans plus, avec même quelques passages dont on se fout sincèrem
Shaun Duke
Violent is really not the right word for this spare-no-detail fantasy monstrosity. Insane? Maybe. Really, the only way to describe Remic’s Kell’s Legend is with a phrase: a bloody, violent, fantastic journey through carnage, terror, and a downright epic tale that makes Underworld and every zombie movie look bad. That sounds about right.

Kell’s Legend is the first is Remic’s Clockwork Vampire Chronicles. It follows Kell, a legendary warrior who has grown old, and a number of other characters, from
Good story, but the writing is very rough in some parts. You can quite literally see the author improving his skills if you read this. As irritating as this could be, however, the story is outstanding. The characters are interesting and the brutal world is vividly grim and horrific as all good dark fantasy should be. I enjoyed the mix of fantasy and steampunk/clockwork elements very much, and where the writing shines is when Remic is depicting the action...which there is aplenty.

The action takes
Nathan Barker
Overall Rating: 8 out of 10 | Excellent Dark Fantasy

Overview: Kell is retired from the hero game, long retired. Not that he was ever really a hero to begin with. His deed's and his axe may be legend but that man wasn't a good man and he's not that man any more.

Now Kell is living a quiet life, secretly paying his granddaughter's way through University and sneaking visits with her when he can. He believes that she's the only real good thing he's done in his life and he means to make sure she grow
This sword and sorcery epic sweeps you away to the side of an aged hero and his granddaughter. Kell, hero of legend, is tired and wants to be left in peace to watch his granddaughter succeed at university. But the clockwork vampires, the vachines, have other plans for Kell's homeland. They strike at night with blood magic and overtake the town. Kell manages to flee with his granddaughter and her schoolmate. They soon meet up with a thief also bent on escape, and together they stay one step ahead ...more
I loved everything about this book! There is absolutely nothing negative I can say about Andy Remic’s ‘Kell’s Legend.’ This has got to be the very best horror fantasy novel I’ve ever read. I thought Joe Abercrombie’s ‘The First Law’ trilogy to be vividly gruesome, (and it is.) However, the acts of remorseless, inhumane violence and brutally barbaric battles will leave you shivering and smelling the blood page after page.
Personally I love vampire novels, and Andy Remic has reinvented them to a f
Clifton Hill
Kell is a retired warrior of legend, suffering from arthritis and the sluggishness of age, until a bloodthirsty army descends upon his town to lay destruction. He takes up his dreaded butterfly axe named: Ilanna, to do battle. Fleeing an enemy that proves too strong, Kell sets out with some lone survivors, on a journey that becomes nearly forgotten amidst an onslaught of horror and bloodshed that unfolds in their path.

Remic pulls out all the stops to make sure that his characters are challenged.
Ok. This isn’t Gemmell. And shouldn’t be compared to Gemmell just because its hero is an old man with an axe. Gemmell is far more complex and multi layered.

That said, this is an ok read. Though it has some repetitive aspects I could do without such as…..CLOCK WORK. Ok I get it.. “steam punk” …whatever. It seems the author took every opportunity to use the phrase “clock work”, like it got instant street cred. I thought it was just lame and way too obvious. It was already established that they we
Basic but serviceable plot, basic but serviceable characters, written in such a way as to maximize emotional reaction. Crude effort, but effective. The author repeatedly sets up a character, described with over-wrought prose as noble or kind or carefree or whatever self-possessed quality, and thereafter 180s them to utter hopelessness and helplessness. Characters are so cardboard that they do not come off as real people, but simply convenient objects for the plot to hang on. Women existed to be ...more
They came from the north, and the city fell. It is a time for warriors, a time for heroes. Kell's axe howls out for blood. The land of Falanor has been invaded by an albino army, the Army of Iron. A small group set off to warn the king: Kell, a magnificent and brutal hero; his granddaughter, Nienna and her friend, Katrina; and Saark, the ex-Sword Champion of King Leanoric, disgraced after his affair with the Queen. Fighting their way south, betrayal follows battle, battle follows deviation, and ...more
Raven Carluk
A very difficult book to get through. Not because of the violence, but because of the borrowed ideas and the boring stretches of narrative.

There is an attempt to make the world dynamic by referencing previous events, but it ends up making you think you've missed something instead.

The vachines reminded me of the Phyrexians from Magic the Gathering, but in an even less explained way. I did really like the cankers, and they stood out.

I was bored for most of the book, waiting for our main characters
Holly Sparkman
Exceptional monsters, classic warfare. Kell is a typical hero and I appreciated his legendary qualities. In the end he is a super human and ready to die another day. Great valor in him. There's more to explore with the vachine creatures.. it took a few chapters to understand them fully. The clockwork creator is another mystery. Do they drink blood or are they above that? Being a monster aficionado, I appreciated the cankers - a nice surprise. Fascinating and scary mixture of grisly machine and c ...more
You're knee-deep in blood by page 12, and it just keeps going from there. Lots of action, much of it pointless, and let's just ignore anything resembling character development or interesting dialogue. Just imagine the absolute reverse of Robert B. Parker's duologues between Spenser and Hawk, and that's what the dialogue is here.

But who's reading for the parley? We all know what you're here for. The swish of an axe cutting through air, the chunk of it chomping on metal, the sploosh of it tapping
I enjoyed this book a lot. The author really set the mood perfectly, with references about the cold and mechanics. A great theme was portrayed here :*) with a hint of steam punk.
Not really worth the time and it ends in a cliff-hanger, off course. The characters have no depth and there is no development in their personality. Just when you thought, oh so he is like that, you get a completely different reaction to a situation by that same character, destroying all the interest that you've build up of him/her.
For some one who likes steampunk and vampires this book might seem the perfect combination but it leaves you disappointed and empty-handed as it does not really delive
Shawn Fritsche
When I read the description for this, I thought it was a can't miss- cool clockwork vampires and a hero with a big axe going around and kicking ass. I'm sad to say this book flat out sucked.

It started off pretty decent, but the further it went into the story the more repetitive and boring it got. Bad guy sends monster to kill the hero, the hero fights bravely but cannot overcome said monster, then an even bigger monster comes along to kill the other monster, allowing the hero to escape. Repeat.
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Andy Remic lives in Lincoln, UK, although his heart and viking soul belong to the Scottish mountains. Married with two children, Andy has a variety of esoteric and sometimes contrasting loves, including sword fighting, climbing, mountain biking, kick-boxing, Ducati motorcycles and retro-gaming. He recently wrote the computer version of his novel Biohell for the 48K Spectrum, in which many people a ...more
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