Oct 6, 2016: Heretical Edge is a story that will remind you of everything, and I mean that in the best possible way.
HE is immediate kin of Harry Potter. A character discovers that the world they have known is just a muggle subset of the true world. They are introduced to the world at the same time as the readers, and discover that they are at the linchpin of world shaking events.
It is also eating Twilight’s lunch, as the coolest characters in the story fall for our main character (well, almost the coolest. Herbie hasn’t made his preferences known yet.), and she has trouble choosing between them. Also everyone who matters is related to her or one of her buddies.
But HE also has some Worm in its DNA, sharing with a lot of other stories the realization that people with super powers fighting it out is very cool, and should be included.
And it followed Jessica Jones down a dark alley and stole how creepy mind control can be if you take it seriously. And there’s some Redwall in the lingering mysteries that only the protagonist goes around trying to resolve, and . . .
Well, at the time of this writing they haven’t yet found a Death Note, but it wouldn’t exactly shock me.
But I don’t want to give the idea that HE is just a blender of all the best elements from other stories smashed together. There was clearly a lot of care involved in the assembly here, and HE has something interesting to say about each element it has included.
The main character is a delight, genre savvy and plucky without eclipsing the story. The supporting staff are interesting in their own right, and are fleshed out in optional interludes whenever folks toss the author enough cash. The villains are generally bullies and bigots, but have enough plausibility that you can grok how they are the heroes of their own stories.
HE’s world building is generally bound to the necessity of the plot, and this is definitely an onion story. That is, there are a lot of layers to peel off, and each time you think you understand something you’ll get a revelation in a few chapters that casts it in another light. Also there might be a little crying.
The story comes out at a quick pace and has an active commenting community. I’d recommend adding it to your weekly reads.