At sixteen, she escaped the mystic cult that raised her, stealing a million dollars on her way out. She's been on the move ever since.
Jaq understands hiding.
Staying quiet is the only strategy that works against monks who enslave dead gods to keep a lid on the supernatural world.
Until the monks find her, a mass murderer begins stalking her, and she's forced to stand in the path of a Divine Force of Destruction.
All within the course of a week.
...might be time for a new strategy.
Eight God Engine
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If you are looking for a simple little story, then this one isn't for you. If you are looking for a quick fix of words, the equivalent of a can of beer, then go on and leave. Because what you have here isn't beer, not even one of those fancy craft beers. No. This story here is red wine. Aged, with character, a beautiful mix of complex flavors.
Every person to make an appearance has their own story. They all add to the whole, without becoming too intrusive - just like the elusive descriptors that only the sommelier and the rare connoisseur truly understand.
There is no jarring dissonance that comes from the plot violating the world created, the events connect seamlessly, each person's motivation clear - if sometimes hidden.
All this delivered in a beautiful crystal glass of perfect grammar, accompanied by the graceful words of the craftsman themselves.
So fetch the good cheese, get that bottle of red that you've been saving and sit down for your date with the perfect story. Who knows, maybe you'll finally be able to find lasting love?
Splendid writing, smooth grammar, fun and interesting worldbuilding, and an intriguing plot. Good stuff!
Thanks for writing, it's nice so far!
The first thing I wanted to say is that 'Eight God Engine' isn't a simple story and is far from the wide majority of literature published on RRL. It's a complex narrative, intriguing but weird and even confusing at times, but it's ultimately very compelling and satisfying read, well-polished and thought out to the point where it easily becomes a masterpiece.
Style - It flows really well and it's incredibly easy to get sucked in. It isn't very poetic, but the richness of the vocalubary makes it feel distinct and enjoyable. It's fairly descriptive and sets the mood and atmosphere without difficulty.
Grammar - Very stellar and on a professional level. I'm not giving the final 0,5 stars because I'm not adept enough in English to know all its rules, so there may be some mistakes (but I doubt it).
Story - It's by far the best element of this story for me. The plot is wonderfully woven into the world, which feels natural, distinct and intriguing. The prologue quickly sucks you in, presenting the character of Molech in an incredible way. It feels dream-like, just like it's supposed to be. From then on the story quickly picks up. The reader can smoothly get into the main character's mind and the story is viewed through her eyes, giving a distinct shade to the world around. The plot itself grips you with its numerous concept and doesn't let you slow down.
Characters - Each of them can be clearly distinguished from the others and has his or hers own motivations, driving forces and character traits. It's a pleasure to see them interacting and moving the plot (and the world) forwards with their actions.
Conclusion - "Eight God Engine" is a masterfully crafted story which deserves its place amongst the best of RRL. It definitely grabbed my attention and is still holding it tight. I'm giving it a deserved 5/5.
Not a ton to say but decided to put a review after digging a bit into the story. Now I want to know what's happening with this world and will likely read the whole thing. Curse you!
The only complaint I have up to this point is the Characters I've met often have a same sort of feel to them. Different enough to be distinct for sure but maybe a hair more work for a perfect score on that part.
While I am biased against FPVs and medium-sized blocks of text, I stomached my peeves and read the story. Turns out, it was pretty good!
The following are just my opinions:
No problems here. If there was a problem, I didn't see it during my reading.
Again, I am biased with FPVs. It does, however, lend great aid to a character's progression and endears us to poor ol' Jaq.
Each character has its own niche, with our protag having the healthiest share. Characters feel alive and acting within their paths without any sudden jarring personality/viewpoint changes that usually plague this genre.
The beginning is a bit hard to digest. It takes a while to piece things together given the FPV, but that's just my opinion again. It peters out better as it goes through the chapters.
Excellent. Nothing left to say. A rough start, but a great continuation as the story goes forward.
I love reading, its something I am good at after a very many years. If I don't find something interesting in the first couple of pages, its dropped to the floor.
Well, this one is still firmly gripped (metaphysically speaking) between my dirty paws. Oh, lke many books, it has its slight mistakes, but these are very hard to find and considering its a non commercial book, this is fantastic
Well written, good grammar, and an intriguing storyline with immense depth. May I suggest you all take the plunge, and dive into its pages.
This is a great story, it’s well written and the grammar is impeccable. All the characters are fleshed-out and interesting. The worldbuilding is also high quality and everything is introduced in a seamless fashion that flows well with the contents of the story.
The plot makes sense and well thought-out, it has a surprising amount of depth that sets this story apart from what we can except from this website.
I've never started a review with holy shit, but HOLY shit this is great. This level of writing and story is not something I'd expect on RRL but off of a non-self published book. I.E. literature that has gone through all the proper channels and has been vetted by Penguin publishers.
The storytelling and style are compelling. Not only is it engaging and but also keeps the content fresh. Most of all the author uses both the aforementioned tools masterfully and with consistency which is a rare occurrence for RRL.
I don't think the author's grammar requires commenting on. The five star says it all.
Now we come to the creme of the crop, the story. It's complex and refined. The author had me hooked from the prologue where he introduced Molech and the narration is brilliant. I wasn't expecting to follow/favourite the story but I did after five chapters and was up late last night reading ten more. It has been added to my reading list.
The best thing is, the author not only focuses on the protagonist but all the side characters are fleshed out and deep as well. They don't JUST make an appearance but have their own tale.
I'm afraid Samhaine's review took the best analogy I could think of. I hope 5 stars across the board is just as good.
Interesting setting, monks that make pacts with death gods and super heroes. The monks aren't the "bad guys" btw despite their rather harsh methods to raise new monks and prepare them to make pacts with dangerous entities, more a ends justifies the means type of deal. Well you can consider them bad for that of course I just mean they have no evil goals or something.
I like the MC and the supporting cast is fine too (though I would like to know a bit more about some of them; we get to know the MC, to a lesser degree we get to know one hero and one god but the other roles don't have much screentime. What we hear of them indicates characters with well a character but we just don't spend time with them.) I like the story and think it was well written. I would like to know more details about the setting but what we got is enough to suggest the form of it and make it interesting.
It is a self contained story like you might expect from a book not the sprawling thing without goal quite a few stories on this site are. Well the first book of an urban fantasy series since there is plenty more to explore but the story of this one has an end. Except that it went on hiatus with one chapter left to finish the story 9 months ago…………
Talking about urban fantasy series I guess I would place it a bit under my favorites but well above the average UF series.
Because it hits like a truck, leaves you in the dirt, and then has the audacity of expecting me to understand just why they did what they did. Is this gonna turn out to be one of the things where it all becomes so apparent and understandable when the kinda-villian comes into the spotlight and explains everything? If so, I wont see it coming.
Anyway. Things seem nice enough for now. 4.5/5