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TAINT

A strange girl punches gods and searches for her sister

By trustworthy_puppy, member

May 10, 2017: Taint follows the story of Akasha, a strange inhuman girl that is the subject of a cruel experiment. She has to fight desperately to get out of a planar prison where she mysteriously got teleported. The only thing that keep her going is the hope that one day she’ll be able to find her dear sister again.

Taint is inspired by chinese light novels, full of cultivation techniques, Ki manipulation, and godlike beings.

I could never finish a translated light novel. Despite the best effort of amateur translators, I always found their prose terribly boring, the misspelling mistakes too numerous to count and the lack of plot unforgivable. The latter is often replaced with a litany of skills the MC learns, and cultivation levels that he/she hopes to reach. There is a reason training montages exist in movies : without Eye of the Tiger (or the Mulan song), those things takes too damn long for too little a reward.

These issues cannot be found here. Taint is well written and the author balances very well the power progression of Akasha with the narrative needs of the story. A little bit of mystery here, a little bit of humour there, and before you know it you’re pages deep in this webfiction, walking next to Akasha and her companions, fighting demons and martial artists left and right.

After writing an arc, the author takes the time to edit it, correcting the few typos that the readers missed and filling plot holes with the remains of Akasha’s enemies. This is really appreciated.

I believe the author can still improve as a writer (in showing and telling, in writing characters with deeper personalities and motivations, etc.), but his/her dedication and ideas shine through Taint and elevate it far above the average. I recommend it.

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By Jester0fDeath, member

Apr 24, 2017: This story is worth checking out. I’m a sucker for inhuman demon stories and this one takes the cake. Take a demon training in a killing tower for 300 years and drop her in a medieval fantasy world and see what happens. A lot of intricacy squirms underneath a seemingly simple story of an amoral demon looking for her roots.

The demon is cute, her companions are appropriately charmed and fearful of her, and the villains can be easily understood. The setting is a fusion of Wuxia (martial cultivation) and western fantasy.

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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 have friction.

The main character, although lacking in morals and inhuman to the point of being feral, is still quite sympathetic and constantly supplies fun commentary of fantasy high medieval civilization from an outsider’s point-of-view. The narrative is refreshingly broken up with perspectives of various other characters, all of whom burst with their own personality and contrasting views.

Combat is visceral and intense right from the beginning of the story, with pretty brutal descriptions of bones breaking and blood leaving bodies. The magic system, while fairly conventional, produces nicely varied combatants. Some zoom through the skies shooting lasers, others sneak about secreting poisons, and yet others run around punching people.

Style wise, the story is definitely competently written, although there are some unconventional stylistic choices. The author uses standard first-person perspective —but why do you write in the present tense?! And you have the narrating voice lapse into the second person in order to express incredulity, you crazy bastard! And what’s this suddenly, Japanese style vocal onomatopoeia, kyaaaaaa!! It seems that the author is strongly influenced by manga (maybe also Japanese novels?). This can also be seen in the emphasis on training in order to increase physical ability, and in the references to powerful beings emitting "pressure", or "killing intent".

All in all, it’s well-written, with good characters and action, and the plot never gets the least bit stale.

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