Deck of Souls

Deck of Souls

by Luciferia

Warning This fiction contains:
  • Gore
  • Profanity
  • Sexual Content
  • Traumatising content

Schedule: Minimum of one chapter a month. The author's wrist is currently recovering from an injury.

Note: No harem.

Part of the Cycles of Imbalance universe.

The Deck of Souls series contains some dark themes, profanity, violence, and adult relationships.

Gods, demons, and heroes. Standard MMO fare—or so Cerys Collins thought.

As a long-time gamer and guild leader, Cerys has always wondered what it would be like to live in virtual reality. When her guild members convince her to try a new VRMMO, she discovers reality is far more complex than she knew.

Chosen by the gods of another world, Cerys finds herself trapped between warring factions: a tyrannical human empire and an oppressed kingdom of demons. When she discovers her best friend has been dragged into this new world as well, Cerys is forced to choose between saving her friend or looking at the bigger picture.

If Cerys is to be anything more than a pawn in the gods' game, she'll have to leverage everything she's learned on her home world and in past games, before it's too late.

With a cocky incubus king vying for more than her loyalty, her quest won’t be an easy one.


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Table of Contents
39 Chapters
Chapter Name Release Date
[B1] Chapter One: End of an Era ago
[B1] Chapter Two: Are you serious? ago
[B1] Chapter Three: Arrangements ago
[B1] Chapter Four: Demo ago
[B1] Chapter Five: NDA ago
[B2] Chapter One: Taking Up Arms ago
[B2] Chapter Two: Taking the Reins ago
[B2] Chapter Three: A Fleeting Comfort ago
[B2] Chapter Four: Rising Suspicion ago
[B2] Chapter Five: Homecoming ago
[NSFW][B2] Chapter Six: Ravenous ago
[B2] Chapter Seven: Humanity ago
[B2] Chapter Eight: Planning for the Future ago
[B2] Chapter Nine: Dungeon ago
[B2] Chapter Ten: Scuffles ago
[B2] Chapter Eleven: Cravings ago
[B2] Chapter Twelve: Stir Crazy ago
[B2] Chapter Thirteen: Loot ago
[B2] Chapter Fourteen: Counsel ago
[B2] Chapter Fifteen: The Visitor ago
[B2] Chapter Sixteen: Cut Short ago
[B2] Chapter Seventeen: Clash ago
[B2] Chapter Eighteen: Communication ago
Fateseal has released! ago
[B2] Chapter Nineteen: A Divine Intervention ago
[B2] Chapter Twenty: Slacker ago
[B2] Chapter Twenty-One: Enclave ago
[B2] Chapter Twenty-Two: Echoes of the Past ago
[B2] Chapter Twenty-Three: Seethe ago
[B2] Chapter Twenty-Four: Lost ago
Update: Wrist Health and My Creative Process ago
[B2] Chapter Twenty-Five: Recollections ago
[B2] Chapter Twenty-Six: Round and Round ago
[B2] Chapter Twenty-Seven: And Round We Go ago
[B2] Chapter Twenty-Eight: Guidance ago
[B2] Chapter Twenty-Nine: Back in the Saddle ago
[B2] Chapter Thirty: Gaining Ground ago
[B2] Chapter Thirty-One: Restricted Words ago
[B2] Chapter Thirty-Two: Change of Plans ago

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Very good writing, story pacing can be improved

Romance main plot with action as the sub-plot. Was expecting the opposite, so when the romance dragged over many chapter without much development nor progress to the story, or when the focus seem to be so much on the flirting rather than the urgency I thought to expect from saving a friend from slavery, and many common tropes that a romance story will use when chasing one another, it just didn't turn out my cup of tea.

Other than that, if you like romance fantasy stories, the writing style is very well done, world building seems solid and planned out


Review until chapter 18. Story baits us with fantasy/drama/action tag but it isn’t. Prologue was interesting albeit long, with interesting premise of ultra realistic VRMMO which is actually another world(when you play you get transported into a faux body). MC depicted as strong female lead, chief of a famous guild, responsible for intelligent strategies and builds. She evens creates the best 97 builds before joining the game and we get excited to know which she’ll pick and how her guild will fare.

The ‘game’ world is dark with demon vs humans war story line, with slavery, rape and other despicable acts, and we wait for the MC to choose a side and start developing the story, but it doesn’t happen.

Story gets convoluted really fast with gods choosing making her as a champion for the human or demon race even before she starts playing and she’ll live the game without being able to go back to earth. Sure, great, sounds cool, let’s go. But instead we get several chapters of intense flirting and dating in real world with the MC and a suitor from the game world that gets transferred to earth just because he asked for it?! Sigh...

Nothing really happens aside for flirting and the suitor being in awe for earth’s technology. There’s also some info dump but for the most part it’s just meaningless dialogue. MC goes from strong independent woman to a ‘tsundere’ and weak girl that need protecting. Demon king has multiple personalities going from berserker who attacks other demons in middle of war for stupid reasons to random playboy that flirts and tries to bang the MC every single line.

I slugged through chapter 11 to 18 and decided to drop because it was just too boring and inconsistent. In Chap 18 she was still outside the ‘game’ world making yet another tour in her city(and it was still day 2 from 7 for said tour). Felt bad since the grammar, writing skills and premise were quite good, but this feels more like a love story/soap opera. 

Alexis Keane

Soooo, this review might seem a bit premature, since it's been [checks watch] 30 minutes since this has been uploaded. But I don't care... it's just that good... (I've also read some of the chapters yet to be released, so shush...)


The style is enjoyable and tightly controlled. There a not a lot of wasted words and all in all it contributes toward a well-wrought story that flows nicely and keeps you engaged no matter the situation. The MC's perspective is interwoven nicely with this and helps to add a nice balance of verve and humor to help engage and sustain the narrative.


The story is good with plenty of good setup, foreshadowing, and twists. It can be a little slow at times, but regardless it is extremely entertaining and the world it is set in is absolutely exquisite. That being said, this will not appeal to everyone. Dick [coughs]... I mean, Deck of Souls is predominantly a character driven romance plot set in a fantasy world, somewhat like Throne of Glass, or A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas. If you liked those however, you'll find yourself spellbound by this.


Grammar is good, except that author misspelled first word of title, should be an i instead of an e...


This is the main draw of this novel, and may I just say that it is glorious. The characters are engaging, dynamic, and, most importantly, hilarious. Each character is varied and has a life of their own leading to an extremely entertaining and colorful cast that really brings the story to life. Some characters are a little extreme, as to be unrealistic, but meh [shrugs] I'll take it, it's part of what makes the story so entertaining. Character relationships are similarly well done and you'll find yourself screaming at your screen "Just f*** already."... alas, that seems unlikely to happen as the author is evil and seems to take a perverse pleasure in... [devolves into angry grumbling]


tl;dr if you're a fan of romance heavy fantasy novels (Throne of Glass, ACOTAR, etc.) then this is a great read. Dick of Souls is great.


Starts Off Great, But...

The Good

This is well written generally speaking. There are no major grammatical issues and the prose is above average for this site. I really liked this until about halfway through what had been posted to date.

The Bad

Towards the later chapters at the time of this review, the book shifts from an action/world focus to a fixation on the demon king hitting on the MC.

The whole plot line about the demon king having a harem to save the women from a bad treaty is absurd too. If the world is advanced enough to have treaties like that, such a glaring loophole would have been addressed when it was first drafted, or the humans would have threatened war again if the demons kept exploiting it. 


Finally something good again!

Yes, the title is intentionally "over the top" and Yes, I really do think so.


To be clear this is NOT a Story you read 2 Chapters and you can get a feel for it if you don't enjoy the slower pace you should probably not start it at all. (How you wouldn't like a properly written, detailed and fleshed out Story instead of other rushed and undetailed once is beyond me but hey have fun!)


Here is my point: I finally get to enjoy a story again instead of just "rushing through" lamenting the MC to be super "dense" as it is often with today's "web novels" "translations" and other stuff in the GameLit genre. I think it's getting really repetitive really fast what isn't necessarily a bad thing. What is a bad though is that more often than not it isn't well thought through or the "game rules" get bent to make it more interesting. And don't get me all like but in case of "translations" its a different country *mememe* they have other writing styles ... I don't care.


So after annoying a good bunch of ppl with a personal statement that has nothing to do with this review let's get going ...


The story is beautifully written with many little details and a nice fitting slow pace. The characters are really fleshed out you'll be easily able to get into it to start hating characters, enjoying the joys of them and get annoyed at the author being a tease in some points. xD

Point is you get into it to a point you really feel with the characters and that alone makes the story better than many many others.


I love the characters even if (or rather because) sometimes I just want to grab and shake them to get there act straight. This just means they are done so damn well I can get into it that way :)


Guess that it from me .. Or is it!? Yea it is.


Thank you Luciferia for Dic... Deck of Souls!

Sleeping Otter

The story is professional written and is from an overall view pretty intriguing. The author manages quickly to make us feel with the protagonist. This is normally something good, but in this case makes the disturbing things that the protagonist sees and feels way to close and uncomfortable for me. I don't know why almost all of the novels in which rape, forced prostitution and other situations where the protagonist helplessly has watch or experience similar occurrences, has been written by female authors. I personally think it is more disturbing for male readers. Depending on the group the author wants to target with her work this may need adjustment to not get the reader overly emotionally involved in such bad feelings.

Winged Thing

Amusing but not amazing.

Amusing but not amazing. The novel seemed much more intresting as a VRMMO concept with a unique take on the genre but after the introduction of a set of warring gods and a forced position as a Hero... It goes downhill fast, I must give praise for presentation and world building but in my opinion the plot needs work.


Really really promising!

I'm joining the other early review and declare this a favorite! I'm coming from a five-chapter high, so I might be a bit too euphoric about what is basically a preview to a book, but even a preview can tell you a lot: 

The grammar and style is perfect, almost no typos, no repetitions, no nothing. The quality is that of a published book. 

It's hard to say much about the story itself yet. It's definitely not a rushed beginning, but at the same time, it's not boring at all, since so much is happening. We see some bad-ass action from the main character and get a first glimpse of the world of Jeriskyr - in an actual, honest to god demo. 

We also get to know the main character, which seems to be a very capable, strong-willed, but not too pig-headed young-ish woman. There's not much known about her yet apart from the fact that she is the leader of a very successful gaming guild and lives in a very high-class apartment building, so apparently she has some money. While there is no real depth to her yet, I'm sure it will come in time. Same with the secondary characters, there is nothing much to say yet, but at this stage that's natural. Five chapters is not a lot to go on after all. And I really appreciate how the author tells us a lot without info-dumping, so I wouldn't change a thing.

To sum it up, I already love Deck of Souls and can't wait for more updates!

Akaku Oni

Amazing, but content missing

Love the story only reason I'm commenting is the half of book one is missing from the page. I've read it before so I don't mind skipping it but new readers will be extremely confused. Book one stops at chapter 5.


Grammar/Concept of world is good, has some major world and character building flaws.

Example: hardcore game having 99% of people unable to kill someone due to realism. Soldiers are able to kill people because they are trained to "dehumanize" their targets, hence getting over their moral dilemma, asking readers to believe that only 1 in a hundred people could kill someone they know for a fact isn't real... is just shy of absurd.

Other than that, this story appears to be a first person view of a MC with a posse of characters whose sole purpose seems to be to glorify them (first few chapters), a very dullread.

Honestly after 10 chapters I gave up, it's not a bad story... just.. meh.