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Bastet did not curse at the heavens for his fate, but that is only because he knew that there was no one left up there to be damned. His father had told him many times of the voice from heavens that addressed all of humanity when it declared so. Nobody doubted whom it came from; the voice possessed such an absolute grandness that in comparison to it, everything else shrank to insignificance. Nobody doubted what it said; it was inconceivable that it could lie, for even if it did lie, it seemed natural to everyone that the world would keep rearranging itself until what it said became the truth. The voice proclaimed that it was leaving our world, and that the one who was most worthy would become the new Maker. It declared that such an honor would befall the greatest artist among us. Bastet used to think that it was tragically fitting, for only an artist would tirelessly keep causing him so much grief, finding beauty in it – although now he would not dare to make such a joke.

With the maker gone and no authority to uphold them, the laws of the world crumbled, and the land was swarmed with chaotic horrors, strange mysteries and magic. The absence of a juror only served to make the depraved more depraved, so it was inevitable that the new age would begin with more bloodshed than the previous one. War bred more war while the fields remained unharvested, and after many years, there were fewer mouths to feed, but also less food to do so. 

This is the story of a man who sold his soul for a chance to undo the tragedy that befell him. Having lost his free will, Bastet must serve the ones who kliled his family. He must help them obtain the divine throne, and with it, the magic that would resurrect his loved ones. 

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Tender
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I don't say this lightly. This is a very well written novel. If you are looking for something to blow your socks off, and aren't afraid that everything else might become bland by comparison, give it a read.

OrionXV
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From where should I begin?

While I hate to give a perfect score to books, Couplet has compelled me to do so. The story literally flows - I love the style, the tone of mystery and how subtly the story is unfolding. 

When I started reading Couplet, I went from 'Okay this interesting' in the first chapter to 'This is great' in the second and finally to 'WHAT IS THIS SORCERY!? I AM LOVING IT'. I could not put it down and before I knew it I was on the latest chapter begging for more. 

If you are reading this then stop reading the reviews, flip open the first chapter and start reading the book because you will love it, and that's a given.

PS: It is my first review so cut me some slack


MrKant
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STORY:
The "Maker" abandoned the world, leaving only a message that the one who proves himself to be the greatest artist will take his empty throne. This is the basic premise of Couplet and the likely source of all conflict. The story begins with an imprisoned man who had to sell his soul for a chance to save his family. Through a spell and rules that are without a doubt inspired by Isaac Asimov, he is forced into absolute obedience and recruited for war. The world of Couplet is very mysterious. We know barely anything about it. Even the characters themselves can only speculate as to why the wars are even fought. However, we are quickly learning alongside the protagonist.


I honestly thought that Couplet would trip up trying to tackle such grand subjects like "the greatest work of art". I thought it would be some wankery about paintings, poems, or whatever, but god no. I'm a professor of philosophy, so I am qualified to make this judgment: Couplet is well researched. It incorporates key ideas from history of philosophy and aesthetics, and it does so in a very tasteful manner. No quoting, citing, or segments that don't belong. It just takes their essence and puts them in in a way that everything has its place. I see Kant, Hegel, Derrida, Nietzsche, and we’re just six chapters in. The most impressive thing of all is how none of these appear difficult or convoluted at all. The author has a really good understanding of what she’s doing. Seriously, good job.

STYLE:
It’s very vivid, you’re thrown in with all five of your senses. This makes the story very refreshing and easy to read. The sentences are beautiful and have class.

CHARACTERS:
You won’t find any two-dimensional characters here. In just six chapters we get to know the cast more than we do in some novels through their whole run.

Overall, I believe this is a 5/5. Can’t believe I found it on 4chan of all places.

Valdi
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Oh boy, where do I even begin with this. Calling it original doesn't even start to scratch the surface. You won't find the themes that Couplet covers anywhere else. Imagine having aesthetics taught to you through a Plato-like mythos. Easily disgestible, but the more you think of it, the more you see just how brilliant it is.

The story is only now beginning to take shape, but I can see that it's going to be great. The world is decaying and strange, the magic system is completely unique and is true to the main theme of the work: the absence of maker. The style has so much finesse that you can't convince me this is a work of an amateur writer.

All in all, I can't wait to see more.

Lemon Stealer
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If normal web-novels were cans of soft drink, Couplet would be a glass of fine wine. (Don't quote me on this one, I lack the funds to indulge myself in such luxuries.)

STYLE & GRAMMAR:

One word, my friend. Ineffable. A 5/5 without a doubt in my mind. I personally far prefer a first-person POV, but the themes and the feeling work so damn well in third-person. Calling the vocabulary merely vivid would be an insult to the abilities of the author, and the way everything is delivered follows suit. 

It's written by someone who knows how to write, and admittedly, I don't think it quite works as a web serial, because it just keeps on making me want to read more.

STORY:

It all began with a disaster and a promise for a chance to right the wrongs, yet fate played the man a devilish hand. Though we don't know much yet (as of chapter 5), the plot is slowly but surely unfolding, and it does so very naturally. I'm leaving this as a 5/5 because I'm having high hopes.

CHARACTER:

You won't find any living tropes with copy-paste personalities here. Just a broken wretch of a man that tries his damnest to survive. The characters are subtle, but if you pay attention, you'll realize that they have their own depth, which is very befitting of the themes Couplet plays around with. 5/5

All around excellence. I don't know what else to say.

Donnie Half Loaf
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Listen, I will come back to this review later once more chapters give me a better idea of the whole thing. Very well written like chicken tendie said. The thing reads like butter, and I find myself done with it before I realize I'm naked on my chair, cheeto dust fricken' everywhere.

Basket seems like a great MC with lots of things going on with him.  I am eager to see what happens next, and you will be too if you start reading Couplet.

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Holy fuck the writing level is insane for a fiction on RR. Just for that fact alone I would reccomend others to read this. Goodness I wish I had this level of skill. 

Now pair this with intresting hook, characters, and a mysterious plot then you have a freaking amazing novel on your hands.

I know its a bit early only at 5 chapters, but they are worth every word. Read this!

Hope to see more. 

Skirt Mushroom
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A tasteful execution of gruesome concepts

If you lay down the fundamental themes of Couplet; conflict, war and struggle, loss, grief, and pain, what you have in your hands is naught but a hunk of grimdark depression. But as diamonds take shape from carbon, the author has managed to refine that raw, unadulterated edge into something more.

Not much can be said that hasn't already been said. Couplet wholeheartedly deserves every single positive review it has gotten so far, however, it was still written by a human, and as such, doesn't come without its flaws...

There is a criminal lack of tiny couples. I feel cheated.

 

Shinpo
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The GOAT isekaigen novel

Not an isekai, but this is the best homebrew to come out of isekaigen. It's excellent. Good luck on your way to the top.

 

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Katsunai Tse-kyun
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How in the name of the 7 heavens does this chapter has less followers and views than mine we both started like month ago.

I feel like my novel is vastly incoherent compared to this. The lines are too strong. 

Now let me go lament over my low-quality work. It's certainly driving me to write better.

Also if you're bad at english. Get ready to be crushed.

Ps:- I had to google a few words.