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A Practical Guide to Evil by ErraticErrata

Do Wrong Right 

The Empire stands triumphant.

For twenty years the Dread Empress has ruled over the lands that were once the Kingdom of Callow, but behind the scenes of this dawning golden age threats to the crown are rising. The nobles of the Wasteland, denied the power they crave, weave their plots behind pleasant smiles. In the north the Forever King eyes the ever-expanding borders of the Empire and ponders war. The greatest danger lies to the west, where the First Prince of Procer has finally claimed her throne: her people sundered, she wonders if a crusade might not be the way to secure her reign. Yet none of this matters, for in the heart of the conquered lands the most dangerous man alive sat across an orphan girl and offered her a knife.

Her name is Catherine Foundling, and she has a plan.

A Practical Guide to Evil is a YA fantasy novel about a young girl named Catherine Foundling making her way through the world – though, in a departure from the norm, not on the side of the heroes. Is there such a thing as doing bad things for good reasons, or is she just rationalizing her desire for control? Good and Evil are tricky concepts, and the more power you get the blurrier the lines between them become.

Note: A Practical Guide to Evil contains some graphic violence and harsh language.

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By Syphax, author of Stone Burners

Sep 13, 2015: Have you read that Evil Overlord list? The one where it gives a 100 point list of things to do when you become an overlord to avoid the pitfalls of those who came before you? A Practical Guide to Evil is that, in story form, and quite clever about it, too. Hell, the Empire’s armies are literally called the Legions of Terror, subtlety apparently not a quality that empires possess.

Anyways, the setting. In this world, Heroes and Villains come about [more . . .]

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This guide is NOT for dummies.

By Alexander.Hollins, member

Jan 4, 2016: This is a story about STORY. About how people let the concept of story run their lives. Where genre awareness is a real life skill, because magic and reality actually do work on tropes.

This is a story about a woman determined to make right what has been made wrong, but knowing that being a Hero won’t do it.

This is a story about choice, magic, swordfights, and all the hard shitty [more . . .]

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Enjoyable light military-political fantasy with a ‘villain’ protagonist and the dial labeled "META" going up to eleven

By Naeddyr, member

Jul 20, 2017: In a world fought over by the forces of Good and Evil, the Kingdom has finally been conquered by the Empire and a girl saves up money in underground fighting rings to join the Legions and change the system from inside.

Except she meets the big, bad Black Knight and gets to Choose which side she’s on: the seemingly benign, but not-too-keen on too much freedom-of-the-mind Good, or the social darwinistic / anarchic Evil.

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