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THE SOULREAPER CHRONICLES

Thieftakers & Faeries in a dark renaissance world…

By Pietroschek, member

May 8, 2016: A worthy reading with atmosphere & interesting characters. Somewhere between a Warhammer Fantasy Witchhunter & Solomon Kane I would hint to roleplayers.

The first French author, whom I have read in a decade, came as a positive surprise and in full book length! Thanks to James Monaghan for sharing this freely.

The prose is easy to understand, detailed enough to imagine the scenes, and the chapters are kept short, so the flow never stagnates nor does boredom overwhelm us readers.

The protagonist works for the Thieftakers guild at start, and has his own familial secret to hide from all the world. Villainy and Betrayal lurk in the world his profession has to investigate, and the political demands of arranging with the wishes of superiors are just one more mature streak to the fiction we get!

A really interesting fantasy fiction, and sure some less cute faeries along with it! 😉

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KLIFF'S EDGE

Editor’s First Impression

By Palladian, editor, author of Super

Nov 10, 2013: From the moment of the protagonist’s introduction, cutting her hair with clippers over her toilet, I liked the breezy style of Kliff’s Edge. The main character, May Kliff, is a paranormal investigator who has her estranged brother, a former drug addict, drop back into her life in the middle of an investigation about a dog that the animal control can’t catch. As you can probably tell through my description of it, I felt the plot was interesting if unconventional, and it captured my interest from the first.

May is as dubious about the investigation as it would seem to warrant at first, until she begins to hear more about the dog that’s escaped capture hundreds of times. The author does a great job of spinning the tale out and introducing her characters through a lot of dialogue, and it was fun to see the story taking shape as I read it.

Most of the dialogue between May and Max sparkles, but the part where May explains (or maybe I should say argues with Max) about her genderqueer status seemed a bit canned at parts. In a way, I guess it could read as an old argument, that is, May arguing with ghosts in her past about the same topic, but the rest of the dialogue seemed so natural that this seemed to naturally highlight itself as somewhat less so. I’d recommend the author work on it a bit, since she mentions that what she’s posting is in draft status, anyway.

Also I feel I should mention that although the story is supposed to have a two-week update cycle, the last story update was posted in September. I think the author has a promising start on the story, and I’d really like to see it continue, so I hope that she picks it back up.

At any rate, I’d recommend this story to anyone who likes paranormal mysteries or wants to read a story with an interesting genderqueer protagonist, with the caveat that I don’t know whether/when the author is going to pick this story back up.

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ANOTHER NIGHT

Editor’s First Impression

By Palladian, editor, author of Super

Aug 26, 2013: My first thoughts at reading the currently available six chapters of Another Night was that the author has successfully developed a soap opera-type world and story. For anyone who’s ever seen any of this type of thing, the world of Port Lyndon, Louisiana will be familiar – big mansions, the very wealthy and the very poor, and all of the divisions between them. As a result, I think fans of soap operas will probably like this serial.

Unfortunately, only 6 fairly short chapters have been posted so far, the last being in mid-May. Since the posting schedule for this story is supposed to be four new chapters a week, I’m not sure if this effort has been abandoned or if it’s on hiatus. A problem I personally had with the story is that so far, all the characters seem to be unlikable, which made it difficult for me to identify or root for any one of them. I’d also like to urge the author to please watch their typos; I didn’t spot a whole lot of them, but enough so that it threw me out of the reading experience now and again.

At any rate, I’d conditionally recommend this serial to soap opera fans, with the condition in mind that it hasn’t progressed very far yet and might be on hiatus. I’d be interested to see where the author goes with this story, and hope that it continues to progress.

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