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CITADEL

Good, bad, they’re the guys with the powers.

By Alexander.Hollins, member

Jan 2, 2015: Another entry into the current spate of superhero college stories (keep them coming!), Citadel is less college and more FBI / CIA/ Special Forces academy. A variety of powered individuals from all walks of life and age groups train to both deal with world threats and day to day peacekeeping in a world of powers run rampant.

The writing style is definitely evolving with the story, and the viewpoint shifts repeatedly through the story. Characters are for the most part well written and genuine feeling, and those few that feel fake to start, well. . . .  wait till you learn more about some of their personal hells. I weep for Miss Awesome. The prose gets a little in its own way at times, but its cleaning up nicely with time.

Darker than SuperPowereds, but lighter than Worm (and if you haven’t read those yet. . . .  what are you even doing here?) Citadel is ramping up to be a very interesting read. I’d suggest checking it out!

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Interesting, but Slow

By Tartra, author of The Other Kind of Roommate

Dec 2, 2014: Edit: As of now, Citadel has a new, fantastic opening chapter that bumped my rating up by half a star. The reasons I liked it, however, haven’t extended to the rest of the story yet, so beyond that particular change, my review has stayed the same.

When Citadel started, I was moved by how little our first character wasn’t. Thunderclaps! Loud noises! Up in the sky! Look there! Oh, it’s just those guys. It put a smile on my face right away. But as quickly as the threat was dismissed, it came back in full force – only by that time, I wasn’t as caught up in it, which is a loss for me because that’s when the hard-hitting imagery kicked in.

This is a world when people of all ages (a detail I appreciate in particular) can gain powers at any time in their lives, but trickle to the Citadel regardless to train. There’s a fast cast of new students we’re taken through in what’s sort of like a written montage. Unfortunately, as efficient as it is, the scenes didn’t give me much more than ‘Here’s this person, then that one’. By the end of it, I didn’t connect any better than I would have when they appeared later. Scenes devoted purely to character development minus plot progression lose me, because I have nothing to tie to the story.

After this, there are more ‘get to know you scenes’, which have a lot of natural banter. It’s written quite well, but in the same way I don’t record my elevator small talk, I didn’t think it was worth the attention the author gave it. Again, the characters came in to say ‘hi’ so fast that they might as well not come in at all. I found myself skimming at times.

Where this story shines is in how it describes its world. Superhero exist, they’re there to help, they have the celebrity status you expect, and the new students are like fresh actors hoping to be the next Brad or Angie. It’s exciting to see them get oriented and it’s a great read as their over-ambitious dreaming gets either shut down ("We don’t MAKE them call us anything!") or given an appropriate eye roll.

In short, this is a story I would read for the exploration of its setting (and more of that great interview style in the new first chapter). The characters themselves, however, haven’t caught my interest. It’s a cautious turn of the page to see which direction Citadel goes.

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CITADEL

Unique ideas, engaging characters and very solid writing

By ThatWildGrin, author of Broken World

Nov 5, 2016: Impressed by the unique direction of the story, as well as the roles that the characters play in it. The well thought and explained mechanics behind the various empowered and the alternate universe they inhabit is also very engaging. The fact that the various protagonists have so far managed to remain basically good people despite the grey-morality of the Citadel organisation and the world as a whole is somewhat surprising, but we’ll see where the series goes in the future. Definitely recommend this series.

If I had to include a criticism, I’d say that the ‘chapters,’ or whatever you call the web serial equivalent of chapters, are rather short. This is particularly noticeable if you’re up to date with the series and are eagerly awaiting the next instalment.

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