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THE GLASS THIEF

A tale that combines lobsters and fantasy in fresh, fantastic way

By tripleblacktri, author of The Eternity Acts

Mar 22, 2017: The Glass Thief is a wonderful story that I’m glad I stumbled upon. The author states that this is unlike anything you’ve ever read before. And he is correct. It is 100 percent not an exaggeration. So if you want to read something different, this is your serial.

What makes it stand out? Well, the characters all are all lobsters and it works wonderfully. Besides being lobsters the characters are interesting and unique. They would work even as humans, but their current red-shelled selves do add to the story, adding distinct conflict to the story, the society itself, and of course the character’s relationships.

While the characters might be my favorite part of The Glass Thief, the story itself is not far behind. Following Staever through the first few chapters (beginning with a heist) is a delight as the author slowly feeds the reader morsels of relevant information. At first, I was a bit confused on certain parts, but I think I blame my lack of lobster knowledge. Everything was cleared up quickly, though.

I can’t wait to read more of The Glass Thief because it seems to be heading in a great direction. Just read the blurb and you’ll see what I’m talking about. As a fan of epic fantasy, this is a story you should not miss.

And finally, thinking back, I can’t recall any errors with punctuation or grammar.

Pros: Great story, interesting characters, professional writing, unique ideas Cons: Nothing really worth mentioning, maybe it takes a little to get used to a lobster world but once you’re in, it’s superb

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THE ETERNITY ACTS

A fantastic adventure with animal shifters

By Samuel Chapman, author of The Glass Thief

Mar 22, 2017: If you’re looking for an adventure story with likable heroes, an evil king, magic, and animal shapeshifters, plus a broad and well-developed world, you could do a whole lot worse than The Eternity Acts. The author keeps the main story moving along at a fine clip, through many adventures as the heroes follow a rebel king in his attempt to take down the vicious system established by an evil wizard.

Jochro, the main narrator, is a slave who gets handpicked by King Acetate to help protect Anroma, a powerful young Whisperer (magic user) who offers his kingdom a chance at a better life. His journey explores the various ramifications of the universe’s main conceit: every character transforms into an animal form at night, a form that has a great deal of import to their character and behavior. In addition to exploring these issues, the story quickly reveals that some "hybrids" have the ability to transform during the day, an engaging mystery to be solved.

The world is expanded on with several short stories tangentially related to the main tale—these are optional reading, but I highly recommend them, as they make things make more sense. There are almost no noticeable grammatical or style errors in The Eternity Acts—the story is extremely easy to read.

If I have one issue, it’s that things don’t necessarily get defined as quickly as it would be convenient to know them. I carried some expectations about the setting that took a long time to be debunked—such as believing from the premise that there was no greenery left in the world, or that everyone was a slave. In addition, Acetate’s role and the nature of magic are left uncertain for a long time at the beginning. But the worldbuilding clears up ts the author finds his feet.

All in all, I’d say this is one of the most worthwhile web serials I’ve come across.

PROS: Great pacing, likeable characters, interesting world, good action CONS: Some confusing elements

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GOD VESSEL ONLINE

My…this was quite charming

By Fiona Gregory, editor

Mar 22, 2017: I’m not a particular fan of RPG stories..so when I took a look at this one, I admit it was to see just how bad it was. I expected immature writing and cliches galore . . . what I found was an amusing and charming story that sucked me in and kept me coming back for more.

The fun part for me is the two main characters; the sensitive, thoughtful Erika with her polite "My..I see" phrases contrasted with the cheerfully vulgar and impulsive Mina whose view of life is simple – a constant indulgence in virtual knock-em-down fights. I also enjoyed the writing style, which I would describe as droll. There were some typos, but the words seemed well chosen. The girls’ (mainly Erika’s) adventures in the VR world were done well; you didn’t forget it was a game, because all the accoutrements and atmosphere of a game are present, but it felt like things were "really" happening as well.

I’m a little disappointed not to find out more about some of the mysteries of both the real and virtual worlds depicted in this story, as the author decided to cut it short and end the serial early. Unless he decides to continue later, what we have feels like the first arc completed – which does kind of work plot-wise as a significant challenge has been overcome and we can imagine how the rest will turn out. I’d still like to read it, though.

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