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Adventures in Viktorium by Peter von Harten

It's a whole other world! 

In the year 1900, a French scientist by the name of Charles DuPont accidentally discovered an uninhabited parallel frequency of reality while running an electrical experiment. By 1906, he had perfected a machine for travel between the two worlds and by 1907, a beacon was constructed to reroute the souls of the dead to the new reality, effectively creating immortality. He dubbed this new world “Viktorium”, symbolizing victory over death.

But for all his credit as a scientist, Charles was an egotistical narcissist who fancied himself king of the new realm. His government ultimately failed. In 1915, a coup was staged and he was driven into exile.

Now in 1920—despite the comforts of incredibly advanced technology and greater social equality—corruption in the capital city of Cavarice runs rampant. Many of Charles’ former cabinet members are still in charge of major corporations and there are a multitude of problems; food shortages, misuse and theft of police technology, orphaned children in the streets, and gang activity are a few.

But something truly sinister is brewing on the outskirts of the city as rumors of death and reports of bizarre glitches in reality eventually begin to flood the media. A series of terrorist attacks occur as the very political infrastructure of Cavarice is threatened.

In a world on the brink of destruction, intelligent voices rise up from the most unlikely of places. Can the youth save this new land they have come to call home, or will Viktorium be lost forever?

Note: Adventures in Viktorium contains some graphic violence and harsh language.


A serialized novel, updating monthly

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Listed: May 11, 2016

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Very Original with a Vast World of Possibilites

By DanWeatherly, author of The New Devil

May 13, 2016: It says "Dystopian Steampunk Serial" at the top of the website, but that description doesn’t really do it justice. Adventures in Viktorium dips into many more genres than those.

Its main strength is its detailed world. Rarely have I come across a web serial with a premise that has been so thoroughly planned out. The main benefit of the carefully designed setting is that there are so many different directions the story can go. There’s so much plot to be had and with so many possibilities it’s difficult for me to even guess at where things are headed.

The characters are also varied and richly drawn. Igor, the young villain introduced in the first chapter, is chilling and unforgettable. Lucien, our protagonist’s friend of questionable motives, and Severo, an inscrutable young man who appears to have some psychic ability, are other favorites. And by the looks of the "Cast and Factions" page, there are a few people we haven’t gotten to know very well just yet.

All of this, of course, is wrapped up in skilled storytelling and crisp dialogue. Adventures in Viktorium is part dystopian, part steampunk, part sci-fi, part fantasy, part ghost story, part just-about-everything, and I’m excited to see where it goes next.

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