Selected Reviews

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FROM WINTER'S ASHES

Epic Fantasy

By Lee Carlon, author of The Bastard Cadre

Aug 24, 2016: From Winter’s Ashes is a novel that was produced as a web serial and is now complete and available on the site and the there is a promise of the second novel coming soon. The story follows Detective Knight Heather Blackthorn and is set in a world of everyday magic. I particularly enjoyed the festival in the first arc that showed children having fun with their magic and responsible adults standing on guard to step in and quell anything that got out of hand.

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ONCE GIANTS

Strong Writing, Something Different

By Shaeor, author of Dirge

Aug 23, 2016: Once giants has excellent grammar, clear polished writing and descriptives, and a quite unique concept. This concept, of a giant lady protagonist, is going to be hit or miss for most people. I get the sense of a greater picture, and a well structured and organic world. The down to earth science fiction (literally, so far) leans towards cyberpunk.

With chapters ranging 3k words, and five chapters to a volume so far, things are in full swing. The beginning brings you [more . . .]

 
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THE BASTARD CADRE

Gods, don’t discard this one.

By Patrick Rochefort, author of From Winter's Ashes

Aug 19, 2016: Disclaimer: This review is provided as part of a mutual review agreement.

I’m twenty-one chapter into The Bastard Cadre, and I don’t know what’s going on, but I sure don’t mind sticking around to find out.

The Good: Most of it. It’s very rare I offer anything a 4-star, but this one deserves it. Tight action, interesting mysteries, decent dialogue, and a plot that lights a fuse on the rocket in act [more . . .]

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PRICE

Cheap at twice the price

By Stable, author of The Archive Of Unusual Events

Aug 17, 2016: Price is a superhero story that’s a lot of fun and has been going for some time. I’ve read the first book (Death of a Hero) and am some way into the second, so my review is based just from that experience.

The first book actually seems superior to the second. We have a protagonist with an at-first-sight uninteresting superpower (instant healing) and the story is about both his growth as a person and his growth finding ways to make his [more . . .]

 
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OUTLIERS

Competence/process lovers, look here!

By Alexander.Hollins, member

Aug 16, 2016: I promised myself no more superhero serials on the list, but after reading chapter one of one of the author’s side projects, I had to read.

I will give it one of the great compliments I can give. I was so engrossed in the story on my phone this morning that I missed several bus stops and had to walk an extra mile to get to work.

Outliers is the name of [more . . .]

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THE ARCHIVE OF UNUSUAL EVENTS

The Straight Man

By Susan Amund, author of Barghest

Aug 16, 2016: This series of observations, and that is what the mini-stories feel like, reminded me of the Nightvale podcast or even a funnier, equally offbeat version of the Twilight Zone. Reading each entry puts another slant on the world of the Archivist, which is strange and unbelievable but written in such a way that I could not help but go along with it.

The writing is concise and witty with a dry sense of humor that has me, while not laughing out [more . . .]

 
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TAINT

Violent Fantasy Featuring a Powerful and Inhuman Protagonist

By Krako, member

Aug 16, 2016: A young girl is imprisoned alone in a dungeon and fights tooth, claw, and magic through levels of exponentially increasing difficulty and length, with new environments and demonic animals on every floor. As a result of her constant exposure to danger over a long period of isolation, the creature that emerges is violent, powerful, and completely innocent to the ways of society. Add to this the protagonist’s demonic status and the fact that the humans and majin of the world weren’t very racially tolerant in the first place, and you [more . . .]

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ONCE GIANTS

One for comic book fans

By Lee Carlon, author of The Bastard Cadre

Aug 14, 2016: Once Giants is a relatively new serial and as such doesn’t have a lot of content posted yet, so if you’re looking for serials to follow that don’t require a lot of catching up, this could be a good one to follow. What is posted is heavily influenced by comics and I guess that makes the first volume an origin story (it felt like an origin story). The opening provides a nice action sequence, but don’t think about it too much. Who’s in the mini van? Is anybody going to [more . . .]

 
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TIME AND TIED

Nice Time Travel Serial

By ChrysKelly, member

Aug 12, 2016: I’ve read the first Book (parts 1 to 24) and I really enjoyed it. I especially liked that it can be read in several ways – you can read it straight through in book style, or you can use the anchor links to read it in a more chronological style as the main character travels through time and meets multiple incarnations of her past and future selfs.

I’d say it’s a solid read. It seems a little simplistic in the characterization [more . . .]

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GRAVES

Both Feet Out Of The Grave

By knifleman, author of Outliers

Aug 8, 2016: Short version:

Graves is a cyberpunk-ish fantasy thriller with a tight plot, engaging characters and deep lore, and it feels like it’s gonna be big. Read it.

Long version:

In the world of Graves, humanity live in (a?) floating city (/ies?), with most of the landmass covered by necropolises that house the dead, and . . . other things. The city’s elite live in the glossy upper [more . . .]

 
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THE BASTARD CADRE

Post Apocalyptic Cyberpunk with Alien Gods–and Dragons!

By Team Contract, author of Once Giants

Aug 8, 2016: I’m surprised that this series doesn’t have more positive reviews. Bastard Cadre has some of the best writing I have found on WFG to date. Although perhaps I might be a bit biased toward it, since I’m a cyberpunk fan and this serial certainly fits the bill.

The Bastard Cadre takes place in a distant future (or perhaps alternate universe) where god like beings took over the planet. They set a new order, making immortal champions and all kinds of new [more . . .]

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THE DARKENED CORNER

This Darkened Corner has some hidden light.

By Patrick Rochefort, author of From Winter's Ashes

Aug 8, 2016: The Good: Once it finds its feet, this story has some literary charm and chops to it. It certainly isn’t plot-driven, but it’s very good at inducting us into the mind of the protagonist, a very young man in Florida in the 1980′s as he wrestles with a growing awareness of girls and a growing awareness of the character flaws of his father.

The Bad: Some parts of it are rather overwritten, and I’m not sure if this author just despises [more . . .]