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A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO EVIL

If this is wrong I don’t want to be right.

By Stable, author of The Archive Of Unusual Events

Jun 30, 2016: This story hits every fantasy trope the author can find, several times, with a stick, then picks them up, rifles through their pockets and steals their girlfriend.

So, first we have to suspend disbelief on one vital but annoying trope which is done straight: we have to believe a young girl is also the baddest pit fighter in town . . . yeah . . . 

OK, that done with, the plot picks her up and she is soon hanging around with The Black Knight and seductive Dread Empress. Our anti-heroine is repeatedly thrown into unwinnable situations and comes out mostly on top through a combination of brains, stubborness, scrappyness and occasionally simple unwillingness to lose – and a little luck here and there. These are what make this story great, super plot-powers aside she has to fight and earn everything she gains.

The tagline is "Doing Wrong Right" (it’s from memory, hope I got that right) and this tension is at the heart of the story. Being capital-E Evil does not seem to mean you have to be a bad person in this universe, although it does seem to lead to a certain ends-justifies-the-means philosophy. Likewise the Good are often pretty heartless themselves.

The writing itself is solid and the plot engaging. It does not always go where you expect the story to and that is wonderful. Finally, each chapter is headed by a quote, often from one of the Dread Emperors, and these are often hilarious.

This is one of the three web serials that I allow into my inbox so that I absolutely cannot miss an update. In my personal opinion it’s fantastic and more people should be reading it.

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A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO EVIL

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.

Cat leaps at the opportunity and becomes a Villain called the Squire, and it’s all Heroes and fighting and politics and exploding goats from then on.


Though it’s a "villain"-story, don’t be too worried whether it goes too far. Most of the story is solidly normal territory, with death and gore and so forth, but truly disgustingly evil things are left off-screen for other characters in other places if even that. Cat and her entourage don’t perform war-crimes or torture people for fun or other things you know I’m alluding to, which basically puts the level of villainy present in the story a bit higher than that of a more serious Saturday morning cartoon.

It’s gripping and well-written, with actual plot structure and progress as the story goes on, and the characters are all great. Very recommended.

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A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO EVIL

Evil Overlord’s princials applied to story.

By john galt, member

Aug 10, 2015: Good vs Evil story where Good loses and Evil currently holds sway. Plot twist: Evil isn’t stupid. It doesn’t unnecessarily smash things and kill people. After all, it’s got an empire to run.

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