The Planar Archivist

by Dissonance

Original HIATUS Action Adventure Fantasy Romance High Fantasy Magic Male Lead Multiple Lead Characters Slice of Life Strategy Supernatural

The humans of Astalon have always wondered what lay beyond their home. At night, the skies give all that observe a reason to ask that question. In midst of the stars, beyond the moon and the edge of the world, what is there to see? What wonders await? 

In the place after the world, in the great Beyond, what could possibly be lurking? With the answer came Convergence; the merging of worlds.

Astalon. Caereith. Ibbeathis. Kalsdyn. Ilbithar. Blackrend. Cassima. Ooum. The Everfrost.

Nine names. Nine realms.

Brought together in a single, great collision, nine of the uncountable number of realms in Beyond are destined to converge and eventually become one. In this mess, one boy immediately finds his life thrown into disarray with the entry of a mysterious plane-crosser. A girlan Amarid from Caereith that has accidentally found herself crossing into Astalon, and straight into a collision course with Theodore Auric's life.

Now armed with his quill, a notebook, and an unlikely friendship, Theo raises fate a single question.

What could possibly go wrong?

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Fire209
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A really good Prologue

So far, from the prologue I've read, it is filled with detail and interesting characteristics. I'd be very interested in exploring this world that Dissonance's created further.

Nitrous_Hail
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Exceeds standards and then some

**Written as of chapter 7** 

If you've read anything else from Dissonance you will know that there is no real half-assing done here.

The world, the characters, the magic, hell even the fantastical races of the book have variance and uniqueness to them. 

The writing really has the ability to make the characters become real right there on your screen. Reading what these characters are doing and how things are thought through is very natural and fluid. Emotions are conveyed in a realistic manner causing much more of a connection to build when reading about these characters.

The world(s?) seem to be chock full of enrapturing magical settings working aptly with the rest of the story.   

I can't wait to see this book take off for all it has set itself up to be!

human 000
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In all the novels I read most the time they make every human agreedy warmonger creatures and people from other worlds as crazy people who want to conquer the human world. Now I am not saying that there is no evil or darkness  in this world it just that it shows the good side of everything and give us hints that there is a drakness and evil people every were just like our world. our Mc is curios very curious b

Liar1223
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Just love the way they write from this story to the next one. Keep up the good work. :)

N0d0ns
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This review is as of book 1 ch. 4. 

I have thus far really enjoyed the story. Theodore is a pretty unique character and author has personified him fairly well up to this point. Other characters that have been revealed thus far also make a lot of sense, and no interaction seems particularly forced. It seems to be going in a good direction.

The only thing I am worried about is how he is going to meld all of these realms together. It seems like some of the realms have really advanced tech(or maybe magic?) In comparison to some of the other worlds. As we have seen in the prologue, some worlds have energy rifles and aircraft while other worlds just have simple technology like bows and swords. We will see how the author meshes that contrasting power that differing worlds have due to the difference in technology and whether it makes sense. I personally have a hard time imagining the energy blaster people not taking over all of the realms since they already seem over powered in comparison to other realms. Anyways, we will see.

francio
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Another good work by Dissonance

I discovered Dissonance with his "Necromancer & CO". It is one of my favourite works on this site and I must say it really saddened me to learn you decided to end it. 
To the topic at hand: Planar Archivist is without a doubt another good example of competent writing on Royal Road. A compelling Story, believable and enjoyable characters that seem to be growing at the appropriate pace. There are small grammar errors that do not in any way subtract from the immersion in the story and I'm sure they'll disappear with a bit of proofreading. 
What else can i say? Keep up the good work! I'm looking forward the next chapters!

StenDuring
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This review is valid as of chapter fifteen.

 

The story starts with a prologue that made me think of the RPG (the old school version with dice, pen and paper) Rifts, and for more reasons than the word 'rift'. The start of the story proper initially strengthened this feeling since it's set in the aftermath of a multiverse converging.

 

However, at least as far as the story has progressed this far, the similarities are very few.

 

For all practical purposes we have a coming of age story set in fantasyland, with the backdrop of several fantasylands calling on our attention throughout the story.

 

There are two main characters, both kids going from twelve to thirteen, and as is proper for the setting one of them comes from another world.

 

The setting as such is small. Extremely so. Even though the backdrop is huge we follow the events in a village, or more often in the outskirts of that village. It's all very pre-industrial, but given a number of anachronisms, in as much as you can speak of anachronisms in a fantastic world, it's hard to see if we're in a pseudo medieval setting or in the late eighteenth century. For a short while we get to see the capital of the not so very important kingdom where the village is located, but that scene is told from the view point of a different character.

 

Chapters are long and very well written. The story is mostly told from a third person omniscient point of view in the past tense, but even so we still see events unfolding from the eyes of one character at a time. With two main characters we're bounced between them, and given the TP omni there's extremely little head hopping going on.

 

The fifteen chapters take us along events unfolding over less than a month, and there is a distinct slice of life vibe to the story even though dramatic events most definitely occur. The first story arc ends just where this review ends, and I really mean it ends there...

 

Arguably characters are more important than plot here, and I'm bound to state that this goes for the world as well.

 

Now for the stars.

 

Style: Four and a half stars. Given how important the characters are I'm a little surprised the author (mostly) went with third person omniscient. It creates a certain detatchment. Chapter one needs some disinfectant to kill off the word 'was' from a number of places.

 

Story: Four and a half stars. I'm yanking half a star from an otherwise superb slice of life:ish fantasy adventure due to the bomb dropped around chapter twelve. While it's definitely needed to further the story progression I would have preferred some foreshadowing earlier.

 

Grammar: Five stars. Flawless. Five stars wherever this would have been reviewed.

 

Character: Five stars. Superb depiction of all characters, be they main characters, supporting cast or side characters.

 

Lastly, this is an overall five star story that should be read by anyone who doesn't require explosions on every page.

Scooteerr
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This is such a beautiful story.  One of my personal favorites so far and a great ending to Vol 1, Chapter 15. I can't wait for more. Great story telling and a very balanced plot. 

Great Job author!

AyatoRahXephon
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If it was for sale I'd buy

this is one of the few books on rr that I would buy without a second thought if on Amazon.