The Glyph Queen

by Flibbles

Original ONGOING Adventure Fantasy Sci-fi Female Lead Multiple Lead Characters Supernatural
Warning This fiction contains:
  • Profanity
  • Traumatising content

When Winnie was thirteen, her settlement taught her how to fire a rifle. Her school practiced drills in case raiders came, and the town grew crops in their greenhouse-adapted homes, which were the only places warm enough during the worldwide nuclear winter.

The Lakiran empire invades—a corporate-born nation overseen by their corporate-born queen, Victoria Paladino. They ride silent planes whose repulsion field veered bullets away.

Three years of occupation later, an exemplar visits—a member of Victoria’s oversight committee rumored to read minds. He tells Winnie that she may have a unique mental power, or a flair. At the empire’s capital, the queen herself tutors Winnie to help her reach the full potential of whatever power she may have.

Meanwhile, in post-war Nigeria, a streetwise teenager named Naema sees a different side of the empire. Between corruption and oppression, everyone lives in squaller. People fight over assembled food pastes. She too is told she has a unique flair, not by the empire, but by a fugitive woman who is the last vestige of an ancient witch coven, and she knows a dark secret about what the exemplars do to people like Winnie and Naema.

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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
0. Light ago
1. Rifle ago
2. Triage ago
3. Contraband Food ago
4. A Bright, Red Dress ago
5. A Bulky Tablet ago
6. Contraband People ago
7. Forgetful ago
8. The Tour ago
9. Power Play ago
10. Crayons ago
11. Luck ago
12. The Girl ago
13. Harris's Hawk ago
14. An exception ago
15a. Sketching ago
15b. Drawing ago
16. Scribbling ago
17. Candies ago
18. Blindfold ago
19. Testing ago
20. Winniebear ago
21a. Small Talk ago
21b. Jabbering ago
22. A Bleached Flag ago
23a. Insecurities ago
23b. Doubts ago
24. Designer General ago
25. Spotters ago
26. Huddle ago
27a. Tequila Worm ago
27b. Nitrate Smells ago
28a. Security Features ago
28b. Fire Escape ago
29a. Standard Procedure ago
29b. Processing ago
30a. Revolver ago
30b. Do You See? ago
31. The Baseball Bat ago
32. Person of Interest ago
33. A Silicon Wafer ago
34. Time for a Change ago
35a. Shuttles and Hoppers ago
35b. Tension ago
36a. Cameras ago
36b. Classified ago
37a. Landing Pads ago
37b. Strategies ago
38a. Sealed ago
38b. The Gargoyle ago
39a. Changing Plans ago
39b. Screeching Metal ago
40a. Malfunction ago
40b. Unstoppered ago
41. Time to be Kings ago
42. In the Dark ago
43a. All Wrong ago
43b. Pawns ago
44a. Fault Detected ago
44b. His Move ago
45. Her Move ago
46a. Sems and Clems ago
46b. Fusers ago
47. An Unspeakable Plan ago
48a. Scaffolding ago
48b. Risk ago
49a. Glow ago
49b. Melting Candles ago
50. Noise ago
51a. Strange Orders ago
51b. A Strange Coffin ago
52. An Examination Room ago
53. An Airport Lounge ago
54. Sedatives ago
55a. The Great Remains ago
55b. Connecting... ago
55c. Pick up ago
56a. Collard Greens ago
56b. Forensics ago
56c. Bloody Tiles ago
57. Plantains ago
58. Port Hole Windows ago
59a. Ceremony ago
59b. Crumbling ago
60. Tell-all ago
61. Impressionism ago
62. Results ago
63. Video Games ago
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Jazehiah
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You need to read this. It's good.

Where do I start?

The Glyph Queen is a sci-fi novel that primarily takes place a few years after a nuclear war. In the time since, one of the old tech companies began taking over the world. The story is told from three perspectives. The first is a girl whose life only improves after the empire takes over. The second is from someone whose life only got worse. The last is a flashback to before the bombs fell, and explains how the Glyph Queen and her empire rose to power.

Style

At first, the multiple perspectives is a little jarring. Each character's story takes place at a different point in time. The date stamps at the start indicate who the reader is following. It doesn't take long to get used to, and each character's perspective helps to explore a different side of the world. The author also has a tendency to lampshade apparent inconsistencies. A good portion of the flashbacks is actually dedicated to this.

Grammar

I don't think I've seen any glaring typos, or gramatical errors. That's pretty impressive. I'm usually the guy who leaves comments about spelling mistakes and awkward phrasing.

Story

The setting is not one seen very often. Six years after the bombs, and most of the world is still struggling to survive a nuclear winter. The people in power, are the people who supply the food. What now? It's hard to pin a single genre. There's slice of life, but there are also some mysteries to be unraveled as characters slowly wise up. Recent chapters (I'm on ~22) have started a school arc and a super power (called flairs) discovery arc. Most of the story is dedicated to seeking the limitations of powers. That said, this is not a superhero  story.

Characters

So far, all the characters all feel like real people. Even some of the ones we meet once and never see again have distinct voices and identities. Some of them seem a little aimless and lacking motivation, but they're in the minority. Since it's the apocalypse, the main goal for many is simply "to survive." How they choose to go about that is the real question.

Overall

I have to recommend this novel. Characters that make you love (or hate) them, good dialog, and a unique setting, with a compelling plot. What more do you have to ask for? Right. Good grammar. This story has that too. I don't like to give five stars, but I'll make an exception.

How is this the first full review?