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Pact by Wildbow

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Blake Thorburn was driven away from home and family by a vicious fight over inheritance, returning only for a deathbed visit with the grandmother who set it in motion. He soon finds himself next in line to inherit the property, a trove of supernatural texts, and the many enemies his grandmother left behind her in the small town of Jacob’s Bell.

Note: Pact contains pervasive graphic violence; also, some harsh language.


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By Jim Zoetewey, editor, author of The Legion of Nothing

Mar 17, 2014: I’ve been reading this since it appeared. Actually, I’ve been reading this since before its official beginning. Wildbow posted the various options for what he was going to do next on his personal blog, and I read the first few entries there.

This was the one that sounded most interesting to me.

Pact is an urban fantasy. It’s worth mentioning that it’s not the kind of urban fantasy that’s essentially a romance novel, but with vampires and werewolves.

It’s the sort of urban fantasy that imagines sorcerers living in the modern period, and making deals with demons, and spirits of all kinds. If that sounds like it might be a horror novel, it should. Horror elements abound.

What I’ve seen so far includes characters that feel real, interesting worldbuilding, and short term and long term plots that promise a fun ride.

Those of you who liked Worm will likely enjoy Wildbow’s second serial as well.

I’ll write a full review when the story’s further along.

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Should We Make a Pact That I Won’t Make Any Puns In This Title? Wait, No, I’ve Made a Terrible–

By Billy Higgins Peery, author of A Bad Idea

Jul 11, 2015: Pact. Pact, Pact, Pact. Paaaaaact.

Before I start, I’d just like to say that I enjoyed Pact. Wildbow’s a great writer and over the span of a heckuva lot of words, he entertained me. This particular review has some negativity (more than I expected when I started it, tbh), but I just want to give an accurate appraisal of what a new reader would be getting into. Because there are many joys to be found in Pact, but the serial is [more . . .]

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Pact – Wildbow Does It Again!

By illlogicmedia, member

Apr 24, 2014: I’ve got to be completely honest with you all out there. I devoured Wildbow’s first online web serial, Worm, with the veracity of a starving lion. It was an imaginative and amazing piece of literary work. One that inspired me to write my own fiction in fact.

When Worm ended, I was sad and yet excited to see what this author could come up with next. Several "sample" chapters from various ideas were submitted for fan approval and I actually swore [more . . .]

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By pidgey, member

May 15, 2014: Pact is a compelling story in a lot of ways. The good guys have actual personalities and the bad guys are legitimately scary. There’s kind of a role-playing game sense to the story, where Blake, the main character, comes out of every conflict with a little something extra – a new way to break the rules – and it really feels like meaningful progress. Probably the most fun part of reading the story is learning about all of the tools and resources and allies that Blake has gathered and trying [more . . .]

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