Authors: Piers Anthony and Kenneth Kelly
Publisher By: Dreaming Big Publications, 2017
Reviewed By: Corinthia M
About the Book
Virtue Inverted is the first novel of a hard-hitting sword and sorcery trilogy by Piers Anthony and Ken Kelly. Benny Clout is a poor mountain boy who has found true love in Virtue the vampire. However, Virtue is not an ordinary vampire; she's actually a very nice girl. Her bites contain extraordinary power, but will that power be enough to combat the evil that awaits them?
Review, Rating 3/5
For me, starting Virtue Inverted was a promising beginning. I enjoyed reading about a boy getting magically conned into going on an adventure with a strange otherworldly being and a corrupting hero. It was fun watching the unlikely trio interact with their surroundings. However, for me, as soon as our leading vampire lady, Virtue, was introduced the plot became muddled and the storyline went downhill.
Ken Kelly and Piers Anthony write in a way that makes their own voices distinct, but remain a nice blend of their narratives. For me, this was a better one of Piers Anthony as he reined in a bit of the sexual content, but not his strong male gaze (which I felt weakened much of Virtue’s character). However, I applaud both authors. Writing a narrative with someone else (especially a series) takes a strong dedication and love for what’s being wrote, and the passion that these two authors have for their work comes through strongly in their narratives.
Although, Virtue Inverted wasn’t for me it would be a great read for any of Ken Kelly and Piers Anthony’s fantasy fans.
DISCLAIMER: I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for writing a review. I was not obligated to give a positive review, and all thoughts are my own.
Piers Anthony is one of the world's most popular fantasy authors, and a New York Times bestseller twenty-one times over. Anthony is the author of the Xanth series, as well as many other best-selling works. Piers Anthony lives with his wife in Inverness, Florida.
Kenneth Kelly is a 26 year old native of Plant City, Fl. He has been an avid writer his whole life, and has had a number of short works published during grade school and college. He has a Bachelors degree in English Professional Writing from St. Leo University.