The Last Science

by Etzoli

Original HIATUS Contemporary Drama Fantasy Sci-fi Female Lead Low Fantasy Magic Male Lead Multiple Lead Characters Secret Identity Supernatural Urban Fantasy
Warning This fiction contains:
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[This story is on a temporary hiatus due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. I work in healthcare and unfortunately no longer have the freetime to continue posting on a regular basis. As soon as our workload decreases, I will return. Thanks for reading! đź’™]

No one ever knows the whole story. 


Nestled deep in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, something is emerging. Kept in absolute secrecy, it seeps into a fading town, quietly shared from person to person. For Alden Bensen, a directionless high school graduate, this discovery could mean an escape from his empty existence. To Rachel DuValle, perpetually underestimated and dismissed by the world, magic represents a chance to become something much greater than herself.

In the face of an unsuspecting world, their decisions shape the growth of a budding society discovering untold power. This potent force offers anyone the power to change humanity forever—or send it cascading into swift and total annihilation.


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The Last Science is an ongoing science-fiction / low-fantasy web novel series. New chapters will be posted on Fridays—plus bonus chapters on Mondays—for as long as it takes to tell the whole story. Each chapter is pretty long (average ~8000 words), so find somewhere comfy to read.

Content Warning (by request): This series delves into some topics and situations which may be upsetting for some readers. In American rating parlance, the narrative would be rated PG-13 (except for language), but some have noted the story can get pretty dark on occasion. Please use your best judgment, and don't be afraid to take breaks and come back later. I'll still be here!

This story will also be published weekly at my website ( There will be no differences in content, but slight differences in formatting. Feel free to read at whichever site or app you prefer. If you're enjoying the story, consider dropping me a vote over on Top Web Fiction, or come say hi on Discord. Thanks!


Need more to read? Check out my other story, Epilogue — a post-fantasy psychodrama. Now complete!

This story is a participant in the Write til the End pledge. It will be completed, no matter the cost.

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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
Book I — Awakening (Table of Contents) ago
Book I — Awakening — Cast of Characters ago
Book II — Convergence — Cast of Characters ago
Chapter 1 — The Last Train to Rallsburg ago
Chapter 2 — Rachel DuValle ago
Chapter 3 — Making Connections ago
Chapter 4 — The Council of the Awakened ago
Chapter 5 — Apathy ago
Chapter 6 — An Impossible Marketplace ago
Chapter 7 — Misdirection ago
Chapter 8 — Tidings of Fire ago
Chapter 9 — First Lessons ago
Chapter 10 — The First Summit of the End of the World ago
Interlude I.I — A Year in the Life of Hailey Winscombe ago
Interlude I.II ago
Interlude I.III ago
Interlude I.IV ago
Interlude I.V ago
Interlude I.VI ago
Interlude I.VII ago
Interlude I.VIII ago
Chapter 11 — Foreigners ago
Chapter 12 — Deputies, Detectives and Deities ago
Chapter 13 — Fugitives ago
Chapter 14 — What It Means ago
Chapter 15 — The Heart of a Leader ago
Chapter 16 — Angels and Devils ago
Chapter 17 — A Gentleman and a Doctor ago
Interlude II — Selling One's Soul ago
Chapter 18 — Breaking the Rules ago
Chapter 19 — Wolves at the Gates ago
Interlude III — Family ago
Chapter 20 — Consequences ago
Chapter 21 — Waking Up ago
Chapter 22 — The Importance of Flying ago
Chapter 23 — Regrouping ago
Chapter 24 — The Second Summit of the End of the World ago
Chapter 25 — The Greatest Magic Ever Assembled ago
Chapter 26 — Monsters ago
Chapter 27 — To Kill a God ago
Chapter 28 — Ashes ago
Transitions ago
Book II — Convergence (Table of Contents) ago
B2: Prologue — Dust ago
B2: Chapter 1 — The First Day of School ago
B2: Chapter 2 — The Goddess of Kent ago
B2: Chapter 3 — Chasing Ghosts ago
B2: Chapter 4 — Comes the Hero ago
B2: Chapter 5 — Rules of the Game ago
Interlude IV — Secrets ago
B2: Chapter 6 — Over the Border and Through the Woods ago
B2: Chapter 7 — Identity ago
B2: Chapter 8 — Making a Difference ago
B2: Chapter 9 — Flying Blind ago
B2: Chapter 10 — Allies of Coincidence ago
B2: Chapter 11 — The Emerald City (Part I) ago
B2: Chapter 12 — The Emerald City (Part II) ago
B2: Chapter 13 — The Emerald City (Part III) ago
Interlude V — The Sister ago
B2: Chapter 14 — Finding Family ago
B2: Chapter 15 — Making Friends and Influencing People ago
B2: Chapter 16 — Rebirth ago
B2: Chapter 17 — Career Path ago
B2: Chapter 18 — Old Friends, Forgotten Friends ago
Interlude VI — Fame and Fortune ago
Transitions II ago
B2: Chapter 19 — End of the World, Redux ago
B2: Chapter 20 — Retreat ago
B2: Chapter 21 — A Return to Form ago
B2: Chapter 22 — In Her Image ago
B2: Chapter 23 — Like Father, Like Daughter ago
B2: Chapter 24 — Two Interviews ago
B2: Chapter 25 — Confidential Public Relations ago
B2: Chapter 26 — Picking a Side ago
Interlude VII — Call of Destiny ago
B2: Chapter 27 — A Voice In Her Head ago
B2: Chapter 28 — Staying in the Spotlight ago
B2: Chapter 29 — The Battle of Lakewood ago
Interlude VIII — A Day in the Life of Jessica Silverdale ago
B2: Chapter 30 — Four Days Later ago
Interlude IX — Magnanimity of the Modern Man ago
B2: Chapter 31 — Across the Pond ago
B2: Chapter 32 — Paranoia ago
B2: Chapter 33 — Self-Made ago
B2: Chapter 34 — Rook Takes Knight ago
B2: Chapter 35 — The Court of Public Opinion ago
Transitions III ago
Interlude X — Necessary Evils ago
B2: Chapter 36 — Confessions ago
B2: Chapter 37 — The Ripple Effect ago
Interlude XI — The Seven Thirty-Six Train to Seattle ago
B2: Chapter 38 — The Very Long Night of Hailey Aurora Elizabeth Winscombe ago
B2: Chapter 39 — The Day They Learned Her Name ago
B2: Chapter 40 — Guilt ago
B2: Chapter 41 — Ghosts of the Past ago
B2: Chapter 42 — Ghosts of the Present ago
B2: Chapter 43 — Ghosts of the Future ago
B2: Chapter 44 — Ghosts of Rallsburg ago
B2: Chapter 45 — Suolaa Maaperään ago
B2: Chapter 46 — Loyalty ago
B2: Chapter 47 — Family (Part II) ago
Interlude XII — Seven Decembers ago
B2: Chapter 48 — Convictions ago
B2: Chapter 49 — The Third Summit of the End of the World ago
B2: Chapter 50 — The Breaking Point ago
B2: Chapter 51 — Best Laid Plans ago
B2: Chapter 52 — A Place of Her Own ago
B2: Chapter 53 — The New World ago
Transitions IV ago
Book III — Dissension (Table of Contents) ago
B3: Prologue — A New Story ago
B3: Chapter 1 — Of Melody and Magic ago
B3: Chapter 2 — Responsibility ago
B3: Chapter 3 — Setting the Stage ago
B3: Chapter 4 — The Pledge ago
B3: Chapter 5 — A Quiet and Lonely Castle ago
Interlude XIII — Until the End of Eternity ago

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What a debut. I came here from the author's site because I need everyone to be reading this. And this is only book 1? More, right now! The writing is pitch-perfect and the plot is only getting more ambitious. I haven't ever seen this idea tackled like this. I need more. Keep going, Etzoli, and we will follow!

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This story has taken magic and put it in a new context. It is hard to do this and do it well. On that note the magic in this story seems like it has a more personal touch that doesn't happen to often in fantasy. The author does a great job of using the small college town environment to their advantage, making it so everyone knows mostly what's going around. I look forward to new chapters and see wherever this story goes.

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Great writing, great story, great characters

Reviewed at: B2: Chapter 1 — The First Day of School

I am mostly on RR for the LitRPG and isekai stories, but this one grabbed me by the arm and pulled me in.  I love it.  A lot of the background of the characters is told in flashbacks, or historical sequences, I guess, and it works so smoothly and naturally, it just adds wonderful layers of depth to the entire setting.

This one is really worth your while.  I hope the author enjoys writing this, because I'm hoping to keep reading it for years to come.

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This is one of the hidden gems on RR. 

Alden is just another character, don't get overly attached to him, it's more correct to refer to him more as a victim than a main character.

The story revolves around a cast of characters and you learn to like and/or hate them.

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There is no magic without the magician and the magician in this story is the reader. 

This depicts something that I love too, which is the interactions, the psychological aspects, and the multiple variables that show you how magic in this story is possible. You might seem that everything is enclosed inside a magic council or a grey-faction that blocks your eyes. However, all you need for magic is yourself and the last science. 

Real magic is not about gaining power over others: it is about gaining power over yourself. There is no magic when one no longer believes. So you have to be the magician and believe it is possible. It is a tool and one of the most difficult sciences that we could ever touch. If science represents knowledge, magic represents the endless possibilities of combining that knowledge to form dreams. 

Welcome to a book that will make you quiver in magic. Because once you open it, it'll surround you. 

Beware: Slow start, needs a certain level of comprehension when reading. If you aren't able to deduce of feel the pieces joining together you will find it boring at some point. But fear not, the author will solve any problems you might have so don't forget to ask if anything. 

This is a true masterpiece for a highly-fledged scholar. A must-have book in your library. Some might even be awaiting to reread it and catch up. But they'll never forget the meanings behind the ink. 


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Another Review (Change in perspectives)

 The story so far is beautiful, one of my pet peeves when it comes to reading is the switch in perspectives of characters. It may sound easy but its harder than it seems, trust me. You need to make sure you don't write about too much about one character at a time and must maintain a perfect balance, its a hard juggle. But also, you can't simply switch the perspective to another character just for the sake of changing the perspective, you need to have a reason, make it interesting, relay important information, in short, make it relevant to whats going on. I believe that this novel right now just nailed those two points, and to me the change of perspectives is apealing and satisfying. Now I've typed about changing perspectives a lot, but that's not all that makes this a worthwhile read, not in the least. The character development is greatly done so far, the plot is kept entertaining to read and it hooks good, like really good. The story itself makes sense (to me at least), its not a random assortment of battles like a manhua, or random boring events all the time like slice of life novels, its a perfect balance between most if not all the aspects of a great read. I would definitely recommend this to my fellow readers. I believe that if you read the first chapter, you will be hooked. At the very least you interest may be peaked.

Read it.





Yes I know that that is literally what slice of life is about ;-;

Yes I know that not all manhuas are constant battles without plot ;-;

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Couldn't put it down once I started it. Very interesting and unique take on magic. It felt more like a real novel than a webnovel which is a great thing in my opinion. 

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So much going on and everything is interesting

I'm really glad I waited this long to judge this story. If I had reviewed it the first time I read it, I would have thought this was just a mess without any real purpose. Then the first act ended and everything blew up in the best way. I'm crazy excited to see where this goes next.


Also Natalie best character. I'm so glad she's one of the main perspectives now. etzoli you are a genius.

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I rather like the Idea but the story is really slow, and the fact that we are spending so much time on the second POV is really tiring.
While the second POV is nice for worldbuilding and all it really is more of a shore for me to read.

And while one can say that the story is paced, as it is there doesn't seem to be much to look forward too, the magic itself seems just so underwhelming.
The MCs potential for great thing seems very far away as well, where I would expect no real magic from him for months or even years for the really impressive things. Which either means the magic itself is not that important and it is more about social drama (which I don't find that interesting) or there needs to be a major ex Machina moment where he suddenly gains a lot of power.

Right now I'm at chapter 10 and I'm really struggling to keep going.

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Well, I don’t have enough time to read many, many webserials and novels there are to compare with an absolute scale in hand—but if you like details, if you like savoring characters’ motivations and their unique voices, the complexity of the world, the diverse writing, and careful examination of ideas new and old, this story should leave you pretty excited.

And the editing is extraordinary. Thank you Etzy, for saving readers’ eyes.