Kell's Legend (Clockwork Vampire)
by Andy Remic
Angry Robot Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780007324156
Date: 03 September 2009 List Price £7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
We reviewed a couple of Andy Remic's earlier novels here in past issues (see here for Spiral and here for Quake). Since those early, slightly clunky futuristic thrillers published by Orbit, Remic has changed tack straying into boysie Military SF with Biohell and War machine (published by Solaris) and he's now found a new home with Angry Robot for whom he's writing boysie fantasy. Kell's Legend sports a cover showing a bearded, fur clad warrior wielding an axe that is bigger than a car!
"The land of Falanor is invaded by an albino army, the Army of Iron. A small group set off to warn the king: Kell, ancient hero; his granddaughter, Nienna and her friend, Katrina; and the ex-Sword Champion of King Leanoric, Saark, disgraced after his affair with the Queen.
Fighting their way south, betrayal follows battle follows deviation, and they are attacked from all quarters by deadly albino soldiers, monstrous harvesters who drain blood from their victims to feed their masters, and the twisted offspring of deviant vachine, the cankers. As Falanor comes under heavy attack and crushing invasion, only then does Nienna learn the truth about grandfather Kell – that he is anything but a noble hero, anything but a Legend."