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THE GODS ARE BASTARDS

Outstanding fantasy

By Fiona Gregory, editor

Oct 12, 2014: Update Dec 31 2014: I’ve now been following this serial for several months – it’s very compelling, the writing quality is high, and the updates are very generous and consistent (highly dedicated author). It’s become evident there’s considerable depth to this story: background, plot, and characters. This serial is based off a fairly standard fantasy genre, with its own unique set of twists and takes on the world, yet it is a standout in the field. A great choice for anyone looking for a new fantasy serial to follow.

Also, if "fantasy western" doesn’t quite strike your fancy, be aware it’s a bit of a misnomer – this story actually weaves between a variety of fully developed environments – an urban capital, hinterland, prairie, forest, mountain, underworld.

Original Review:

"The Marshal cursed and squeezed the switches on both his wands; their muted click was lost in a tremendous CRACK as bolts of lightning sprang from the tips . . . ."

This engaging tale set in a fantasy world’s magic-based Industrial Revolution and Wild West quickly caught my interest. It’s well written, and full of imaginative and intriguing details like the magical Rail trip (I prefer the mechanical version!), and a professor’s explanation of the difference between objective (physics) and subjective (magic) actions on energy and matter. The story switches perspectives frequently, but doesn’t lose momentum.

Something I couldn’t help noticing at first was that certain aspects of the world, and more specifically, certain characters, are VERY similar to some in Tales of MU. This didn’t decrease my enjoyment of the story, as I like that world and characters, but I did feel like it should be acknowledged. It’s now, I would say, a couple multiverse portals removed from the ToMU universe. And Webb’s writing style is very distinct from A.E’s, and very good in its own right.(EDIT: Based on a conversation with the author, the similarity with Tales of MU was accidental and the story gets less MU-like as it progresses. The two stories do share the overall premise of having D&D-type races and magic in a more modern world).

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