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In the war-torn land of Cyraveil, four heroes strove to overthrow an empire. By cold steel and elemental sorcery, they brought peace to a warring land on the brink of destruction. As the flames died, the realm needed strong leadership, and who better than the champions who had saved the kingdom? But when the people sought out their saviors... they vanished.

Matt, Blake, Jen, and Carl: the four mysterious companions, who together had deposed an insane ruler and saved countless lives, were gone—spirited back in a whirlwind of magic to a sleepy suburb in Mellbridge, Oregon, never to return. The friends found themselves home in the real world, exactly as they'd been the night they were taken, as if no time had passed... except only three came back.

  

 


 

Hi there! This was my entry for National Novel Writing Month, because why only write one series at a time? The more the merrier! (meanwhile, my keyboard bursts into flames...)

I'm also the writer of The Last Science, an ongoing low-fantasy/speculative sci-fi series. If you're familiar with that, you know what to expect here: lots of character-focused drama and dialogue, not a whole lot of traditional action. However, I'm writing a bit differently than usual here, and in a very different structure, so there should be some surprises for returning readers. I hope you enjoy it!

 [Discord] — for those of you who want to hang out and chat.

 

Cover art (fullsize): Path of Revelation, by taenaron (Tobias Roetsch), modified by Etzoli. Normally I like to do my own cover art from scratch, but I was in a rush for the contest. Might be replaced down the line if I get time.

[participant in the NaNoWriMo Royal Road challenge]

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MystraMan
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Just incredible work. This was a NaNo novel? Incredible. I wish I could write something of this caliber. You are a true artist, and don't ever stop writing or let anyone tell you otherwise. I wish there were more, but I understand why you had to stop here. Thank you so much for writing it.

Thecarius
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Why isn't this longer, Etzoli?

I'm going to echo one of the other reviews: this novel has me emotionally devastated. I read the first 10 chapters all in one sitting, and spent the next ~15 days checking for new chapters literally every five minutes.

Etzoli really pulled a new trick out of his hat with this one. Stylistically, his writing has come a long way since he began TLS - Epilogue shows this off in spades. There's still the occasional typo here and there, but they don't affect immersion in the slightest.

This story is unusual: for RRL because it has very high writing quality and character development, and in general because it begins after the story proper has ended; the characters are transported back to Earth after living an isekai story during the exposition, and little is revealed about the other world proper. Even so, Epilogue easily pulls you in and leaves you wanting more of the other world - it comes with its own cultures, languages, and idioms that play a prominent part in character-building.

The characters... I don't know where to start. Without revealing much of their development, Etzoli leaves you wondering. The entire time. He leads you along with tantalizing looks out of their mind's eye, and then snatches their perspective away from you just in time for them to make critical decisions and actions and leave you wondering at their deeper perspective. It's tantalizing, tormenting, and an oh-so-beautiful style of writing. Matt, especially, is an extremely 3D character, and by the end of the novel you'll be just as invested as I was.

thatgirlinthetrees
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hate you, now I cant enjoy isekai stories anymore. This is too good, and the depth in such a short story is amazing. I want so much more, why won't you give it to me D:

100% recommend, 10/5, best story on RR. 

Alex M
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 Great writing. Interesting and different story. Well worth the read. 

This is a well thought-out and complete novel, with a satisfying close. Consisting of three strong viewpoint characters, and a tense plot, it kept me on my toes throughout.

Sorde
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This has to be one of the best stories I've read to date, better than full length, published, critically acclaimed novels. I don't really know how to describe it, but if you feel like getting emotional, read this. You won't regret it.

Aletheia Seeker
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Sets the standard for the 5 star review

This story was utterly amazing, an evocation of raw emotions and complex evolving characters. Amazing story flow, no highs and lows on the story, a buildup to a human, flawed ending.

Kvothe
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This novel is absolutely wonderful. The story is absolutely stunning, realistic and engaging throughout the whole length of the novel. It's an extremely character driven novel, with hints of the characters' past shown and told to us in in a masterful way. It was a great Epilogue. 

I loved it. 

theyank
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I'm glad I picked this up

Warning: Review contains spoilers

Great style. POVs, while written in first person, were each distinctive, though they started to blend together towards the end. No major issues, though.

Story: Great story, pretty good for the most part. Some areas could have been forshadowed better, such as the domestic, but it was really quite good without any overused tropes. I did mention a plot hole in one of the comments, but its nothing too major.

Grammar: A few typos here and there, nothing a proof read wouldn't fix.

Characters: This is where the piece really shines. Each character has their own motivation, their flaws and strengths, their backstories. The backstories were given in bits and pieces and could have been coherent, but nothing that really broke immersion. In the end, there were no protagonists or antagonists, just real life people trying to readjust to the real world.

I don't normally read webnovels, least of all on RRL. But this is really a novel, not a webnovel, and I think its good enough to be seen on the bookshelves. You can count me in for any of your future works, Etzoli

Fasdaff
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A Hard-Hitting Twist on Dark Fantasy

Epilogue is a story with a unique and thought-provoking premise that should catch the attention of anyone with an interest in dark fantasy and similar stories. More importantly, Epilogue carries through with brisk and engaging style which maintains a steady pace of suspense that keeps you turning pages until it's over. It does a fantastic job of exploring its premise by showing its three characters struggle with the same circumstances in very different ways, and the very distinct points of view of each character help to keep the story varied and fresh from chapter to chapter.

Epilogue feels like a much shorter story than its length suggests; it is definitely not a lengthy drama with a drawn-out plot. The story moves very efficiently from plot point to point and wraps up while still retaining all of the momentum it built up over its chapters. For that reason you shouldn't be fooled by the drama/fantasy tags into expecting an epic fantasy story with long plot arcs and gradual character development. It's decidedly concise packs a serious punch and every page is worth the read.

KoboldPatrol
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Not an easy story to read but intense emotions

RRL is full of stories telling us about people from earth becoming heroes in a fantasy world. Rarely do those people return and never do we hear about how that turns out for them. 'Epilogue' starts where those stories have ended and shows how difficult it is to fit back into your ordinary life after having lived stressful but glorious adventures for the last years. Especially if you didn't want to return.

Style: The story is told in third-person style from an internal view, each chapter rotates between the three protagonists and there are short parts following the police and their missing person case about the fourth dimension-traveller. This shows us the events from multiple points of view, leading to additional nuances in the storytelling.

Story: The whole plot takes place back in our world. What happened in the other world is barely told, just a bit here and there. Bit by bit the reader learns what the characters had to do to survive and none of them is without scars. The things we learn are very deep with complex entanglements and brutal revelations.

Grammar: Good, very few errors.

Characters: The story concentrates on the inner turmoil and the difficulties the protagonists have fitting in after all they have won and lost. Each of them tries to cope in a different way which leads to different problems and they hurt from all those internal contradictions. Those and their relationship to each other are far from simple and this is described in an excellent way. Very rarely is a story this focused on the characters' development.

If you are looking for an easy read to pass the time, you should look elsewhere. This story hits you hard and makes you yearn for closure from these serious experiences.