Gunslinger's Code

by MatthewSiege

Original HIATUS Action Adventure Fantasy Sci-fi Female Lead LitRPG Magic Reader interactive Supernatural Virtual Reality
Warning This fiction contains:
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  • Profanity

Delphi isn't a gamer, and just because practically everyone else has embraced Absolute Reality doesn't mean she sees the appeal.

But High Noon is different. For a start, if she wants her inheritiance she has to play. And, once she steps foot into that Wild West that never was, filled to the brim with demonic pacts, body-modders, steampunk Technicals and Gunslinging miscreants, the game's most-lauded feature takes the reins.

None of the players know they're playing. High Noon is as real as life, right up until it isn't.

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The story version of a backscratcher

I told myself to wait a few chapters before I posted a review, but honestly this story was so good I could not wait to share. As of now, only 6 chapters are out. Holy hand grenades, though, those 6 chapters are one helluva ride! If I were to explain what this story was in just a few words, I would say Steampunk Wild West. With some fantasy.

I guess I'll start with the shortest and easiest part, the grammar. I'll just say that I'm no English teacher, but whatever mistakes are in the story are minor enough that your eyes will just glide over them in most cases. I personally did not find anything to ruin the flow of story. Odds are, neither will you.

Now let's get the the interesting bits!

Style: even though the story technically takes place in a game, you might as well forget the real world exists. The story takes place from the first person point of view of the main character. The author takes every opportunity to breath life into the rugged wild West atmosphere. He gives just enough information for you to picture the the world but not too much as to bog the reader down with boredom. He teases you into using your imagination to fill in the gaps to the point where you feel like you could almost step into the world he has created. All without breaking character.

Story: by now you realize that this is a wild West style world, but that's only the very bare bones of what it is. Steampunk technology is common place and you can be sure to expect all sorts of interesting gadgets in the future. Fantasy elements have been blended in as well. Superstitions have been made reality and while the story has not proceeded enough for me to know how far this goes, I can assure you the author has not slacked in this end either. The overall feel of the story is very gritty. Imagine stepping into a saloon filled to the brim with thieves and outlaws. The tenseness of the atmosphere, the feeling like you have to watch every muscle twitch, as if the slightest jerk would cause the entire place to go down in a storm of gunfire. The author carefully weaves these emotions throughout the story to constantly keep you on edge, constantly wondering if trouble might come knocking, or if it has already kicked down your door.

Character: Delphi, as the star of this rodeo, is paranoid as fuck. She is constantly on guard and is always careful to plan her actions to make sure she is in the best position to come out of scuffles in one piece. From not placing her hand near her pistol to avoid starting a shootout to plotting a path to walk through a crowd to place the most dangerous people on her left side so she could easily draw he gun without interference. That doesn't mean she won't make mistakes. Just that, if she does make a mistake, it is very unlikely that she would make the same mistake twice. All that I got from six chapters. And I haven't even mentioned how the author gives the right amount of details about other characters through Delphi's interactions and thoughts.

 

All in all, if you are looking for a serious Steampunk Wild West story likely to be packed with action, this is a must read. Honestly, even if you weren't looking for that specifically, I strongly suggest you give this a shot anyways. I sure as hell am glad I did.