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Castle Terribel by John Ball

Mansemat Cthonique. Dark Lord of the Plains of Dread. Master of the Castle Terribel. Doting Husband, Father, and Stepfather. 

For centuries, the Lands of Night and Light have been locked in a struggle of light against darkness.

This is about life in the Land of Night, a place where even Dark Lords have hobbies.

Note: Castle Terribel contains some harsh language.


An ongoing series, with new episodes thrice weekly

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Listed: Jul 9, 2010

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Editor’s First Impression

By Linda Schoales, editor

Jul 8, 2010: The Dark Lord is reviewing his troops when he gets a "call" from his wife. Kind of an awkward time for the wife to call but she’s worried, and he’s not really doing anything that can’t wait, so he wraps up the speech in a hurry. The author’s tongue is planted fairly firmly in their cheek.

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More like "Castle Awesome"

By G.S. Williams, author of The Surprising Life and Death of Diggory Franklin

Oct 23, 2010: I once had a version of this review that started out long and rambling to make the point that the story used to have a nine part Prologue, which is just silly. I was being facetious, trying to write a humorous review, because the story itself is hilarious comedy.

Unfortunately for my (possibly un)funny review, the writer changed the prologue to chapter one, and now I have no complaints about this story. It’s a well-written and clever tale. In the Dark [more . . .]

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Very Silly in a good way

By Shutsumon, author of The Whisper of Damkina

Aug 4, 2010: Oh my! Castle Terribel by John Ball is very, very silly – and I mean that in a good way. This is comic fantasy to the nth degree but balanced by hints of seriousness and a definite plot.

Likes: The characters are wonderful. I especially like Nisrioch Cthonique. Every single part so far has made me laugh at least once – usually more. In spite of the rampant silliness a plot is emerging and there

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Like Pratchett or Burlew, humor that sneaks in some great characters and plot

By Katherine, author of Angry Remembrance

Mar 25, 2011: A top-notch fantasy humor story, John Ball deftly weaves a fascinating world with hilarious dialogue and well-rounded characters.

Two loosely collected lands of city-states—the Lands of Light and the Lands of Night—have sworn perpetual war against each other until the victor takes all. But after the death of his brutal father, Shaddad, Mansemat resolves to take the path of peace and build a stable nation that isn’t interested in continuing war against the light-oriented Milesians. Indeed, outside of their night-themed trappings, [more . . .]

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