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Editor’s First Look – Suspenseful Fantasy

By Palladian, editor, author of Super

Apr 14, 2018: Pillars of Faith is a story that jumps around a bit to follow a couple of different storylines, but the author does a good job of keeping things interesting enough for a reader so that you will want to continue reading to find out what happens next.

The seeming main storyline follows Senna, a shapeshifter with a curse, and Lily, a regular person who finds and befriends her. I really liked watching the two of them interact, and enjoyed how the author introduces them bit by bit as a result.

There are other storylines which seem to be linked to Senna’s curse somehow, and it seems forces are converging on them. The author does a good job of outlining these threats and keeping a reader interested in continuing on.

I’d recommend this tale for anyone who likes fantasy or suspense tales that follow a number of interwoven storylines.

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Editor’s First Impression

By Palladian, editor, author of Super

Sep 2, 2013: The Rebirth of a Dragon is a fantasy story in which a previously fairly ordinary high school student, Seth, is forced to come to the realization that many of the people in the world around him aren’t exactly human, including, perhaps, himself. The agent of change in his story is another student, Josephine, a recent transfer into Seth’s high school. The two main characters are fairly well developed in the story as published so far, and I enjoyed reading about them. The story itself is lively and adventurous, definitely interesting for a reader.

One of the things I’d suggest updating to improve this serial is the posting schedule. It currently says it posts almost daily, but I only saw two entries for July and August, so I’m guessing the schedule needs to be updated to let readers know when to expect new chapters. In addition to that, I had to dock the author a star for omnipresent grammar, spelling, usage, and punctuation errors. In the future, I would recommend using spellcheck (e.g., ‘torchered’ isn’t a word), doing some research on the ancient archetypes/myths you’re invoking (e.g., there’s no such thing as a ‘shamaness’; a shaman can be either a man or woman), and having a friend who has good English language skills review each chapter before you post it. Unfortunately, I had numerous experiences where I was thrown out of reading the story because I couldn’t figure out what the author was talking about, which made it difficult for me to appreciate the story.

All in all, this is an interesting read despite the roadblocks. I’d recommend this for younger readers, or those that enjoy coming-of-age fiction.

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