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Ward by wildbow

The Rules Have Changed 

Sequel to Worm, Ward features a change of protagonists and takes place after the events of the first work.

Spoilers below.

The unwritten rules that govern the fights and outright wars between ‘capes’ have been amended: everyone gets their second chance. It’s an uneasy thing to come to terms with when notorious supervillains and even monsters are playing at being hero. The world ended two years ago, and as humanity straddles the old world and the new, there aren’t records, witnesses, or facilities to answer the villains’ past actions in the present. One of many compromises, uneasy truces and deceptions that are starting to splinter as humanity rebuilds.

None feel the injustice of this new status quo or the lack of established footing more than the past residents of the parahuman asylums. The facilities hosted parahumans and their victims, but the facilities are ruined or gone; one of many fragile ex-patients is left to find a place in a fractured world. She’s perhaps the person least suited to have anything to do with this tenuous peace or to stand alongside these false heroes. She’s put in a position to make the decision: will she compromise to help forge what they call, with dark sentiment, a second golden age? Or will she stand tall as a gilded dark age dawns?

Note: Ward contains pervasive graphic violence and harsh language; also, some graphic sexual content.

A serialized novel, updating twice weekly

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It’s More Worm, For Better Or Worse

By Rhodeworks, author of Not All Heroes

Feb 13, 2018: (Updated 8/8/18)

As someone who came to Worm late but enjoyed it, who enjoyed Pact but found it flawed, and could respect Twig but wasn’t for him personally, I had high hopes for Ward.

Unfortunately, Ward isn’t meeting them—and I feel it isn’t going to.

To be blunt: I expected better. I expected a leap in quality like Worm -> Pact or Pact [more . . .]

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From Worm to Ward – Arc 1 Review

By Feam, member

Dec 10, 2017: [This review contains meta spoilers for "Worm", as this series is a sequel to it. Though if you’ve read Worm and you’re not yet sure whether Ward will give you what you want, read ahead!]

Balancing a consistent theme with interesting twists while retaining reader interest, all throughout a lengthy and complex Web serial, is really tough. Wildbow has mentioned it before.

Yet creating an entirely new piece that manages to connect [more . . .]

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‘Most Emotional Impact In A Story’ – Award in 2018

By Voracious Reader, member

Dec 26, 2018: So, Superheroes, right? Blockbuster action, witty one-liners, physics-breaking powers, convoluted origin stories, sometimes borderline power fantasy and wish fulfillment.

Then, suddenly, Worm.

Where Watchmen was an outright deconstruction of the genre, Worm tried to reconstruct many of the old tropes, giving them justification. And showing us how such a world was basically destined to self-destruct.


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