Vacant Throne

by TowerCurator

Original ONGOING Action Adventure Fantasy Female Lead Magic Supernatural

Alyssa Meadows, a worker at a local home improvement store, returns home one evening to her home invaded by burglars. A bad night gets worse when, after accidentally killing one, an angel appears before her and tells her she is destined to die. Alyssa takes exception to that and saves herself, only to find out that angels don’t like destiny being messed with. She finds herself shunted off to an alternate world filled with magic and monsters to preserve Earth’s future.

Chapters here will be posted slowly as it requires a bit of fiddling to get the formatting correct. They are also posted twice a week, Mondays and Thursdays, on https://tcthrone.wordpress.com/ along with a handful of extras.

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Chapter Name Release Date
000.001 Prologue - Tenebrael ago
001.001 Near Death Experiences - Alyssa Meadows ago
001.002 Near Death Experiences - Tenebrael Appears ago
001.003 Near Death Experiences - Off the Books ago
001.004 Near Death Experiences - Balancing the Scales ago
002.001 A Whole New World - Stranger in a Strange Land ago
002.002 A Whole New World - Exploration ago
002.003 A Whole New World - A City..? ago
002.004 A Whole New World - Inn Keeping ago
003.001 The Festival - Work Work ago
003.002 The Festival - Supplies ago
003.003 The Festival - Magic ago
003.004 The Festival - Closing Ceremony ago
003.005 The Festival - Breakdown ago
004.001 Leaving Teneville - Home Sweet Home ago
004.002 Leaving Teneville - Another Angel ago
004.003 Leaving Teneville - Back to Teneville ago
004.004 Leaving Teneville - Lessons from the Future ago
004.005 Leaving Teneville - The Mountain Pass ago
004.006 Leaving Teneville - Harping On ago
005.001 Lyria, The Grand City - The City ago
005.002 Lyria, The Grand City - Poor Porridge ago
005.003 Lyria, The Grand City - The Observatorium ago
005.004 Lyria, The Grand City - Waters Street Gang ago
006.001 Interlude - Tess ago
007.001 Real Monsters - Waters Street Gang II ago
007.002 Real Monsters - Lovely Ladies ago
007.003 Real Monsters - Meet and Greet ago
007.004 Real Monsters - Escape from Lyria ago
008.001 City Under Siege - City Defense ago
008.002 City Under Siege - Knights Solaris ago
008.003 City Under Siege - Dangerous Streets ago
008.004 City Under Siege - Intelligent ago
008.005 City Under Siege - Brechen Overlook ago
008.006 City Under Siege - The Burning Shadow ago
008.007 City Under Siege - The Black Prince ago
009.001 Interlude - Iosefael ago
010.001 Brewing Trouble - Potion Delivery Service ago
010.002 Brewing Trouble - Failed Recruitment ago
010.003 Brewing Trouble - Fractal Mirror ago
010.004 Brewing Trouble - Mental Fracture ago
010.005 Brewing Trouble - Madame Webb's Fine Threads ago
011.001 Freedom of Choice - Intimidation Techniques ago
011.002 Freedom of Choice - Gathering Storm ago
011.003 Freedom of Choice - Helpless to Help ago
011.004 Freedom of Choice - Contract ago
011.005 Freedom of Choice - Empty Mirror ago
011.006 Freedom of Choice - Infinite Regress ago
011.007 Freedom of Choice - Rigor Mortis ago
012.001 Interlude - Kasita ago
013.001 A Little R&R - Fear and Self-Loathing ago
013.002 A Little R&R - Assassin's Greed ago
013.003 A Little R&R - A Friend with Needs ago
013.004 A Little R&R - Praying for a Cure ago
013.005 A Little R&R - Sisters ago
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Kartho
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Slice of Transported to Another World Life

This Review is written after having read the 52 chapters available on the Authors Site.

Tower Curator (Commitment):

 Style:

I'm going to keep this somewhat concise; while the formatting and readability could use some work on Royal Road, TowerCurator does have a consistent first person point of view narrative with various key characters having their own chapters. These chapters appear to occur when an event of importance occurs out of view or access to the protagonist Alyssa Meadows, and help to flesh out some of the (as of now) supporting cast. The prose is written with little to no errors in style, with consistant tense, conventions, and literary technique being used to show rather than tell the story of Vacant Throne. I personally have found the use of style, and the consistancy of style above the standard of Royal Road, with no real faults to mention.

Story:

As I mentioned in the title Vacant Throne so far appears to be a unique take on the 'Transported to a new world' trope so often found on Royal Road. The story so far is centered around Alyssa Meadows, as the reader takes a backseat and watches as she explores the world and its unique circumstance. There are various teasings, certainly initially that the serial might blow up in scale, something TowerCurator has successfully done in the past, and so far the serial has maintined its initial momentum and is picking up speed in a way that doesn't feel contrived. I would not go so far as to say that the serial is epic in scale, and that it can't be put down, but so far Vacant Throne has consistantly kept my attention through its multiple arcs.

Grammer:

There is not much to say on the side of grammer for Vacant Throne, and the abscence is a point in its favor. The serial has consistant use of and respect for the various grammatical standards and rules, and at no point have I had immersion broken because of it. This is a serial which flows smoothly, making use of a variety of sentance structures and techniques. I have no more to say, the grammer is, at least from the layman's perspective, on the level of many published novels.

Character:

In some ways Vacant Throne has a jarring mix of well rounded and flat characters. Likely due to the 'showtime' that some characters have such as Tenebrael and Irulon, there are some characters which currently feel one dimensional, given that we have only seen one side of them. Alyssa on the other hand feels almost hyper-realistic, having raw reactions that reveal who she is and what the pillars of her personality are. I don't want to analyse every character, but suffice to say that there is a varied cast with room for character growth, and I look forward to the way TowerCurator will achieve this.

Disclaimer:

At the time of writing I feel that the serial hasn't even touched the surface of what TowerCurator has planned. Alot of this confidence comes from the prior serial I mentioned, and because of the way TowerCurator has in the past taken the time to create fully formed characters and fleshed out worlds over the course of many chapters. I would suggest that if TowerCurator does want to publish their serial to Royal Road that they look at adjusting their format to increase readability for PC and phone users.

Cestarian
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Great, well written story

This story has received surprisingly little attention on this site, it's really good, not plagued by the usual writing style/grammar issues most stories on this site have, not a single writing mistake has jumped out at me throughout the entire 50 chapters I have read. Even the interludes were actually well handled. No complaints there at all.

It's a pretty nice take on the isekai genre; one where the protagonist doesn't just get all things good and convenient thrown at her because 'god' (does get some things though, but no special abilities or anything, not really; also this is not a litrpg, there is magic though). It's a more mature approach to the genre with less wishy washy wish fulfillment bullshit in it (in fact I haven't seen anything of the sort in here, even 50 chapters in our protagonist is still mostly trying to scrape by without getting killed, or worse)

At the same time, I don't feel there's anything particularly specially good about the story, it's mostly a lot of little good things coming together to make a good whole, there's nothing that I find particularly amazing or exciting here by itself.

The characters are rather basic, the protagonist is basically a normie, there have been no sexual themes related to the protagonist (as of yet), e.g. no smut or romance, and it does not seem to be heading down that path either. I would say that this is a very good protagonist, she is relatable, moreso than the typical anime protagonists that will drop everything to help the first damsel in distress they encounter, or avoid any kind of sex like death itself despite being quite obviously sexually furstrated. No it's basically just a completely normal modern girl, thrown through a series of unfortunate events where she is forced to make a lot of difficult decisions (and she will actually make those decisions too, there's no "killing is evil" trope here, because when she's in a "them or me" situation, she will usually make the appropriate call, the same way any normal human would do.)

I do have a few issues with worldbuilding and side characters however, but it's more about issues of things that aren't there rather than something being poorly done. For example, she's in a dark world where slavery is rampant and racism towards non-humans (typically referred to as monsters...) is orders of magnitude worse than the racism nazis had towards the jews. And this is used as an excuse for your average person in this world to be a complete piece of shit as a person. But the thing is, realistically speaking there would always be people taking the other side. It should be especially apparent if you look at modern society where nobody can agree on anything anymore. Or if you just look at history, in nazi germany not every german hated jews. On the one hand, I like it how even the 'nice' people that the protagonist meets are most likely going to hate non-humans religiously (in the literal sense...) which creates an interesting dynamic where almost nobody is likeable in the entire world; but it's quite realistic as well, I mean 'good christians' would spank their children and crucify witches too back in the day (the fucking monsters...). It's a social norm, and I like how the author is willing to explore such topics, but on the other hand it feels a bit too one sided.

While the characters aren't just black and white, good or bad, I wouldn't exactly call them three dimensional either, it's more like a lot of them follow less conventional templates than I'm used to, but templates still, if only a bit more complex than usual. And then there are of course plenty of the regular template characters, mostly (entirely) on the 'bad guy' side of said templates.

So yeah, characters and politics/factions (or lack thereof) are definitely a bit of a weakness of this story, but it's not because they are bad, they're good compared to what we've grown used to around here. No it's because a lot of things are missing, that if present, would make for a more compelling story.

Laeosari
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An Emotionally Mature Survival Fantasy

I've currently read 61 chapters on the Authors Site.

I really got pulled into this one, our MC is tossed off to a new world (without use of a truck). It avoids most the tropes that often come along with this start and adds a unique tone and focus to an increasingly saturated genre. The story is a lot less indulgent than many tend to be and focuses more on character interactions and survival so far, the top ten story it is closest with in tone would be The Wandering Inn.

Character Power/Growth
Alyssa quickly starts off with/gets enough power, knowledge and connections to make an impact but even with some unique advantages she is quite far from overpowered. I enjoy how much room for growth was left and how well it has been handled so far.

Cast
Other characters are actually important and have agency! Chapters from other perspectives have been exceedingly rare so far but they aren't often needed given how well they are developed from our MC's pov. Interactions don't always go how you would expect and reasonable disagreements are common.

World
There is no reincarnation or growing up period, no new family. Alyssa is and continues to be a fish out of water in a lot of ways. The world is strange even if it doesn't deviate too far from typical fantasy settings. Differing perspectives and values continue to be a theme. That said, I have greatly enjoyed the setting so far, even the relatively tiny portion of the world Alyssa has explored.

Grammar and Style
This is not this TowerCurator's first story and it shows, the writing is immersive and errors quite rare. The story tends to be on the mature side in how it handles conflict, things can get violent and the descriptions are vivid without getting gratuitous.