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Addergoole by Lyn Thorne-Alder

Love, lust, ownership, exploration, and coming-of-age in a strange and novel world hidden beneath the known. 

Addergoole is a contemporary fantasy story with erotic and dark-fantasy elements. Set in a world which is, on the surface, much like our own, Addergoole follows three students as they enter a strange, new school and discover just how much they don’t know about themselves, their parents, or their world.

Note: Addergoole contains some graphic sexual content, graphic violence, and harsh language.

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dark, addictive and intriguing

By A. M. Harte, editor, author of Theatre of Horrors

Jul 24, 2009: With so many school/college type webserials out there, Addergoole comes as a breath of fresh air. For this is no ordinary school: this is a secret facility, a school for students who are part human, part something else.

Currently at 23 chapters (with some great bonus stories), the story follows the newest intake of students, and three of them in particular as they struggle to come to terms with a school that operates on an entirely different set of rules. The main characters are intelligent, serious, and complex, which comes as a relief since I dislike airheaded characters.

The premise is unique and intriguing, with just the right balance between explanation and mystery, so the reader is only half-a-step in front of the characters.

The comparison to TOMU is often made, but I see very few similarities other than the general ‘school’ setting. Addergoole has a larger, sinister plot which involves the world outside of the school as well, giving the story a depth beyond that of simple school adventures. Furthermore, Lyn doesn’t make use of gratuitous sex like Alexandra Erin does: when there’s sex in Addergoole, it’s there for a reason.

Possibly the only drawback was that it took me a little while to get all the names (and pronunciations) straight, as the first few chapters introduce a lot of characters. It doesn’t help that all the characters are intriguing and so you want to remember them all!

As for the website itself, it’s easy on the eyes and the layout is clear and simple to follow, so no complaints there. Some people complained about there not being an RSS feed, but I follow LynThorneAlder on twitter and so get news of updates that way.

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How deep does it go? (Spoilers. Massive ones.)

By Lucy Weaver, author of Tapestry

Apr 13, 2010: Addergoole presents me with an interesting dilemma. On the one hand, the main characters are charismatically geeky, smart and shy and socially awkward in a way I can absolutely relate to. Shahin’s love of dramatic fashion statements, Jamian’s awkward/adorable tripping over his newfound tail and Kailani’s absolute lack of social grace while she goes through life with more physical grace than a herd of unicorns make the three main characters the pull of the story.

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Well-paced, well-written dark fantasy

By nomesque, author of Nomesque Fiction

Apr 12, 2009: Imagine the faery world colliding with a futuristic upper high (or college prep, depending on where you live) school, with some hints of science fiction and a taste of anime thrown in for good measure. That describes Addergoole for me.

The school itself is far underground – a secret facility. Its students are part human, part . . . something else. The melodrama and bitchiness of elder teen-hood are there in spades, but woven through it is a sinister, tempting thread. It seems capricious and [more . . .]

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A coming of age story for fae beings

By MJones, member

Feb 25, 2010: Addergoole was one of the first weblit series I sunk my brain into, and it has been a wonderful ride ever since. With an eerie mixture of fae folklore and dark sexuality, Addergoole is like a dark version of Harry Potter for grown-ups, the story comprised of its monsters instead of its wizards.

The story has a large scope, with a vast array of characters, but the focus on a few helps bring the story into coherence. There are a few [more . . .]

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