Jan 3, 2009: I can definitely put this up there as one of the more well-written web serials out there. Despite some missing words and statements that appeared to be added after the fact (as if the author forgot to put them in so added them as an after thought without editing them back to where they should be), the story was compelling and damn interesting.
It reminded me of the series Wicked but, I think, much better. From what I’ve read so far, the magic in this story, while front and center, isn’t all Hollywood and fireballs, which is what Wicked is. It looks at magic much more realistically (at least from what I’ve read thus far) as opposed to supping it up to appease readers’ expectations of what a story with magic should read like.
I’m not fond of the stereotypical gypsy woman that people have a tendency of using as a sort of consort in their works. I know it’s an easy cliche to fall back on because it’s portrayed so often but all it is is an outdated stereotype. I know people practicing the arts and they certainly don’t sound like they put their grammar through a blender. Their actions and practices are mystical, not their speech. I can somewhat understand if the gypsy is foreign and English isn’t her first language, but I didn’t get that from this character. I felt the language she used was just to play up the mysticism she wanted around her (not in a fraudulent way, but just sort of unnecessary).
Other than that, I’m definitely anxious to read more. The story starts straight from action but not too much that it’s a jolt to the face. I found the juxtaposition of Vex and the college students a little confusing at first but quickly settled into the rhythm of the story and am very much looking forward to seeing these two sets of lives intersecting.
Kyt has succeeded in writing a compelling story that conveys rich characters, an enchanting plot and doesn’t sacrifice tact or, really, originality for the sake of what’s "popular" in the world of fantasy literature today. I’m eagerly looking forward to reading more.
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