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The Open Road by thelonewanderer


It has been three hundred years since the Age of Ice has ended, since humanity spilled out from its battered strongholds, from deep under-cities and dark holes to a green, fertile and unclaimed world.

The Autarch is dead. The Revolution has won. But it is not a time of peace.

Altea is surrounded by enemies who now seek the empty throne in Stormhaven. It is caught in the middle of a larger struggle as infant kingdoms, nomadic tribes and belligerent races battle for primacy in the Great East.

Brachillio, the Last of the Wielders, the killer of the Autarch is tired of killing and war. He searches for his purpose now that the revolution is over, but finds himself being dragged into battle again as the Rudavangians, unified by a single warlord, cross the Apia with fire and sword . . . 

It is a time of violent change again.

Note: The Open Road contains some graphic violence and harsh language.

A serialized novel, updating weekly

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Listed: Apr 26, 2017


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A Familiar Story Done Well

By M.T. Bade, member

Jul 5, 2017: Disclaimer: This review was done as part of a review exchange.

The Open Road is, on the whole, a fairly decent story of low fantasy adventure. Although it doesn’t do much that’s new, what it does do, it does well.

The prose is largely unremarkable, being neither subpar nor stellar. It lacks a strong, distinctive style, and is occasionally amateurish with its use of said bookisms and repetitive paragraph structure – nearly [more . . .]

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The Autarch is Dead… Long Live the Autarch!

By SovereignofAshes, author of The Vorrgistadt Saga

Apr 28, 2017: Disclaimer: Before we proceed, I must reveal my bias towards this story and its author. I wrote an April Fool’s Day entry for this author and through that became quite invested in the story. I will try to maintain as objective a view as I can, throughout this review.

Summation: The Open Road is a wonderful fantasy story that exists somewhere in the middle of the spectrum between epic mid-to-low fantasy and typical swords & sorcery low fantasy. There are evil [more . . .]

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Last of the Wielders

By Baron56, author of The Undying Prince

Jun 30, 2017: Disclaimer: This is part of a review exchange.

If you’re reading this review, give the story a chance; the author did a lot right. He introduces us to an original fantasy world, rich with its own lore and history, but never makes us suffering through long paragraphs of exposition. Each new element is revealed to us one piece at a time and never feels overwhelming. It starts off a little slow, but by the end of Chapter 4 I was hooked [more . . .]

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