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Queen of Seven by Sarah R. Suleski

A sequel to Alisiyad. 

Queen of Seven is a novel about the past, the present, and the future. A story about family. A story about growing up, and growing old. A story of how you can never escape your ghosts or hide your secrets forever. It’s the story of Elly, a girl blessed –– and cursed –– with more power than anyone should ever possess. And it is the story of those who loved her, lost her, and will never forget her.

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This gives sequels a bad name . . .

By Donna Sirianni, editor

Aug 3, 2008: Aren’t sequels supposed to be lesser than the originals? Aren’t we supposed to expect less from a sequel purely by default because, when you love the first one so much, the second doesn’t have much of a chance to compare? Well thanks for screwing up the dynamic of sequels, Sarah!

This was one story that I wanted to break my five chapter limit rule for but I held off and I’m still twitching to keep reading and find out what happens. If those beginning chapters are any indicators of what’s to come (and I have no doubt they are), then I’m missing some good stuff right now.

Right from the opening we are reintroduced to Russ and Liseli as we knew them from Alisiyad. Nothing’s changed. There are moments where I still want to smack both of them (which, really, is a good thing. I really, truly, feel for and with this characters.) but their dynamic is unwavering. In fact, I think it’s been made stronger since the first story. I think it can be a challenge for authors to maintain the integrity of their own characters from sequel to sequel, especially in an online setting where reader input has the potential to influence the writing so I commend Sarah for keeping these two grounded and steadfast in their personas. I wouldn’t want it any other way.

What’s even better about this sequel is that we’re not bombarded with the bane that is infodumping at the start. So tempting is it for a writer to fill in all the blanks to bridge the first story to the second but Sarah doesn’t do that. In fact we know relatively little about what happened during that time except for an occasional snippet when the timing is right in the current arc. She fought the temptation to divulge all and won.

I haven’t read up to any of the fantasy elements yet but judging from Alisiyad and where this piece is going, I’m going to say that the fantastical elements in the story aren’t the central focus. It’s the characters and what’s happening to them that drive the plot forward, not fireballs and magic wands. The characters travel to a magical world, sure, but it’s a magic in passing. The fantasy comes into play when it’s important to the story instead of being thrown about just to show that there is, indeed, fantastical elements present. Yet another reason why I love Sarah’s writing. I’m not being smothered with fireballs and fairies.

If you were a fan of Alisiyad, no doubt you’ll be a fan of Queen of Seven. If you haven’t read Alisiyad yet, then why are you still reading this? Go read that story and then come read this one. I know I’m jonsing to know what happens and not too many writers can make me do that.

Yup, this one’s definitely a "don’t miss" work. You’d be forfeiting some good writing here and you don’t want to do that. This story’s too good to just pass up, and I’ve only read the first five chapters. Now that’s saying something!

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By Sonja Nitschke, editor

Jul 27, 2008: The usual warning applies—Queen of Seven is still an ongoing regularly updated web novel and my review will be subject to change. But until then, my thoughts on Queen of Seven:

I’ve tried to write this review for a while now, but I couldn’t really think of the right words.

I love Queen of Seven. I love it more than Alisiyad.

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By Sora, member

Nov 10, 2008: Summary: The story follows Eliasha, the daughter of Russ and Liseli. As a result of her parents travels to the magical and dangerous world of Alisiya, Elly has developed special powers that can either be a blessing or a curse.

Likes: All I can say is damn. Damn . . . this is so good. It blows my mind how good this is. I liked Alisiyad, but I love Queen of Seven. The sequel is so much better. Many stories that have sequels often that [more . . .]

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By amber simmons, member

Nov 4, 2008: It takes a lot to get me involved in a web story.

I’m a sucker for good writing, and more to the point, I require it. I’ve spent too much time as an editor to avoid mentally correcting mistakes, poor flow, bad grammar, etc., when I’m trying to read for pleasure. And while I love that the web lowers the barrier to entry, allowing writers of all kinds to publish their worlds and their thoughts, it can often make it difficult [more . . .]

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Seven is my favourite number

By G.S. Williams, author of No Man An Island

Jul 21, 2008: And "Queen of Seven" is currently my favourite web-serial.

Liseli and Russ Markson of "Alisiyad" return for the sequel, and, impossibly, become more nuanced, realistic and engaging. However, the story continues because of the birth of their daughter, Eliasha (or Elly). Elly’s parents are affected by their journey to Alisiyad, and these changes are passed down to Elly, who develops magical abilities.

Taking place on Earth, "Queen of Seven" is even better [more . . .]

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