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Wolf, Owl, & Black Apple by BlakeLocked


Wolf, Owl, & Black Apple is a serialized collection of mystery fiction, inspired by equal parts Sherlock Holmes and Terry Pratchett’s Discworld. It updates every Wednesday and Sunday.

The collected stories revolve around long-time friends Juniper Wolf and Noel Lackaday, two orphans from the city-state of Arcanum. Fooled and kidnapped, the two end up stranded in the corrupt resort city of Blackapple Hills, with their city IDs – their passports and the keys to their old lives – stolen and sold off to parts unknown.

Rescued from a terrible fate by Forseti, an immortal monster and one of the greatest detectives on the planet, the stranded duo request her aid in recovering not only their IDs, but the unique, fractal-bearing bracelet that was stolen from Noel – and become the ancient detective’s assistants in the process.

As Forseti helps them settle down in the city, and the hunt for the bracelet begins, the duo begin their new lives in Blackapple Hills, working alongside the detective and interacting with the many faces and unique personalities that reside in the city of black fruit . . . 

Note: Wolf, Owl, & Black Apple contains some graphic violence and harsh language.

An ongoing series, with new episodes twice weekly

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Listed: Sep 27, 2015


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Painfully wordy, otherwise good

By TanaNari, author of Price

Oct 16, 2015: Alright. We start with an in-media-res opening. Pretty standard- one might even say cliché- these days. I’m not complaining, I love the style, but I know plenty who disagree. Bare bones- guy and girl captured by shady criminal organization, the setting and characters are introduced pretty quickly and expanded outward from that point.

On to the review. Numbers time:

Writing: 1.5 out of 5.

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It does a good job of throwing you right into the world

By Oniwasabi, author of The Monster They Deserve

Oct 3, 2015: We enter this serial ‘in media res’ (thanks for teaching me that one, Order of the Stick! ^_^) aka in the middle of something. In this case that something is the whole ‘main characters have been kidnapped’ that is mentioned in the descriptive blurb for the story!

In my opinion (and experience), this is a tricky way to start a brand new story with brand new characters, and I think this author pulls it off quite nicely. We get immediately focused [more . . .]

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A Scifi-Fantasy-Noir Sure to Excite and Entertain!

By Marn, author of Deep, Blue, Bottomless

Oct 17, 2015: Wolf, Owl, and Black Apple is one of my favorite currently-running serials, primarily because how completely unique it is compared to everything else out there. Not many other stories can boast a world that is a seamless blending of noir, fantasy, and science fiction – not quite urban fantasy, as some of the gadgets the characters have are pretty out there compared to present day technology. It’s unlike any fantasy setting you’ve ever read before. Crime solving in a universe where dwarves and bird-people exist alongside smartphones? Sign me up.

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