The Solstice War

by Madiha

Original ONGOING Action Drama Fantasy Historical Female Lead Low Fantasy Multiple Lead Characters Strategy Strong Lead War and Military
Warning This fiction contains:
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Confront the war within, to survive the war without.

Twenty-three years after the fall of the Ayvartan Empire and the rise of the Socialist Dominances of Solstice, the great southern continent once more found itself at war. From far overseas, the Nocht Federation, the Kingdom of Lubon and the Empire of Hanwa declared war on the burgeoning Ayvartan nation, hoping to stifle its revolutionary ideals and restore what they see as its legitimate government. They prepared to do whatever it took to tear down the red flag flying over the ancient fortress city of Solstice.

To secure the gains of their revolution, the Ayvartans struggle to reorganize themselves for a total war that will drag the entire world into its bloodshed and madness. Unprepared, and overwhelmed, the communists must deal with the war within their own nation and their own hearts and minds, if they are to survive the war for the course of history itself.

No one would ever forget the 18th of the Aster’s Gloom of the year 2030.


Additional information: The Solstice War is an anime-inspired queer fantasy war fiction about imperialism and struggle, both for land, for our bodies and our minds. It is a story about liberatory violence, and taking history in directions that your descendants may look back on with horror, in order to survive. It is set in a world that harkens to the aesthetics and culture of the 1930s and 40s, both European culture but also the culture of under-represented nations of the war like India, Africa and the middle east.

It's not a story that strives for perfect factual accuracy, but rather a mix of larger-than-life exploits, down-to-earth feelings, and the naked brutality of war and the things it does to people's actions and minds (and a dash of gonzo comedy). Characters are not perfectly rational and will make mistakes and be blinded by prejudices and ideology. Equipment and events do not square 1-to-1 with the history of WW2, and the fights are not rigorously realistic. Rather, think of it as a sort of industrial magical realism or low fantasy, with a dash of anime tropes and aesthetics.

Currently there is no map of the world of Aer, but one will be forthcoming in the future.

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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
Operation Monsoon (0.1) ago
Operation Monsoon (0.2) ago
Operation Monsoon (0.3) ago
Change of Scenery (1) ago
A Place Amid Ashes (2.1) ago
A Place Amid Ashes (2.2) ago
A Beacon On The Horizon (3.1) ago
A Beacon On The Horizon (3.2) ago
A Beacon On The Horizon (3.3) ago
The Battle of Knyskna (4.1) ago
The Battle of Knyskna (4.2) ago
The Battle of Knyskna II (5.1) ago
The Battle of Knyskna II (5.2) ago
The World Ablaze (6.1) ago
The World Ablaze (6.2) ago
The World Ablaze (6.3) ago
The Councils Divided (7.1) ago
The Councils Divided (7.2) ago
The Councils Divided (7.3) ago
The Councils Divided (7.4) ago
Stoking Hell's Fire (8.1) ago
Stoking Hell's Fire (8.2) ago
Stoking Hell's Fire (8.3) ago
The Gates of Hell (9.1) ago
The Gates of Hell (9.2) ago
The Gates of Hell (9.3) ago
The Maw Of Hell (10.1) ago
The Maw Of Hell (10.2) ago
The Maw of Hell (10.3) ago
The Legions of Hell (11.1) ago
The Legions of Hell (11.2) ago
The Battle of Matumaini (12.1) ago
The Battle of Matumaini (12.2) ago
The Battle of Matumaini II (13.1) ago
The Battle of Matumaini II (13.2) ago
The Battle of Matumaini II (13.3) ago
The Battle of Matumaini II (13.4) ago
The View From The Cathedral (14.1) ago
The View From The Cathedral (14.2) ago
Under A Seething Sky (15.1) ago
Under A Seething Sky (15.2) ago
Under A Seething Sky (15.3) ago
Under A Seething Sky (15.4) ago
The Kalu Tank War (16.1) ago
The Kalu Tank War (16.2) ago
Stormlit Memories (17.1) ago
Stormlit Memories (17.2) ago
Stormlit Memories (17.3) ago
A Pulse In The Ruins (18.1) ago
A Pulse In The Ruins (18.2) ago
A Pulse In The Ruins (18.3) ago
Zugzwang (19.1) ago
Zugzwang (19.2) ago
Zugzwang (19.3) ago
Bad Bishop (20.1) ago
Bad Bishop (20.2) ago
Bad Bishop (20.3) ago
Absolute Pin (21.1) ago
Absolute Pin (21.2) ago
Absolute Pin (21.3) ago
Absolute Pin (21.4) ago
Hell Awakens (22.1) ago
Hell Awakens (22.2) ago
Hell Awakens (22.3) ago
Lehner's Greed (23.1) ago
Lehner's Greed (23.2) ago
Kansal's Ambition (24.1) ago
Kansal's Ambition (24.2) ago
Kansal's Ambition (24.3) ago
Kansal's Ambition (24.4) ago
Side-Story 1: The Gloom's Bad News ago
Side-Story 2: The End Of A Chivalrous Era ago
Side-Story 3: The Breakout ago
The Smoke Blocked The Sinking Sun (25.1) ago
The Smoke Blocked The Sinking Sun (25.2) ago
The Smoke Blocked The Sinking Sun (25.3) ago
The Smoke Blocked The Sinking Sun (25.4) ago
The Queen Crowned In Tukino (26.1) ago
The Queen Crowned In Tukino (26.2) ago
The Queen Crowned In Tukino (26.3) ago
The Drake Given Fangs In Benghu (27.1) ago
The Drake Given Fangs In Benghu (27.2) ago
The Drake Given Fangs In Benghu (27.3) ago
The Drake Given Fangs In Benghu (27.4) ago
The Sun That Shone Through Smoke (28.1) ago
The Sun That Shone Through Smoke (28.2) ago
The Benghu Tank War (29.1) ago
The Benghu Tank War (29.2) ago
The Benghu Tank War (29.3) ago
The Benghu Tank War II (30.1) ago
The Benghu Tank War II (30.2) ago
The Benghu Tank War II (30.3) ago
The Benghu Tank War III (31.1) ago
The Benghu Tank War III (31.2) ago
The Benghu Tank War III (31.3) ago
The Benghu Tank War IV (32.1) ago
The Benghu Tank War IV (32.2) ago
The Benghu Tank War IV (32.3) ago
Pebbles In The Path (33.1) ago
Pebbles In The Path (33.2) ago
Pebbles In The Path (33.3) ago
DICKER MAX (34.1) ago
DICKER MAX (34.2) ago
DICKER MAX (34.3) ago
The One Who Will Die (35.1) ago
The One Who Will Die (35.2) ago
The One Who Will Die (35.3) ago
Gloom On The Shining Port (36.1) ago
Gloom On The Shining Port (36.2) ago
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javert
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So glad to see this cross posted to RR!

I've read a major chunk of this story on the author's personal website, and I'm thrilled to see it being cross posted here. This will give me a kick in the pants to get caught up haha.

If you are a fan at all of military SFF or WWII history, are a leftist of almost any stripe, or just love reading stories with massive and well developed casts of characters, you absolutely should read The Solstice War. It's fantastic and is absolutely worth your time.

Wolfie
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I was blocked for reporting errors found in a novel. So if you find a typo, or grammatical error, think twice if your effort is worth it. While I find editing while reading a common courtesy, for the first time ever (that is for over a year now) I was blocked for that (mind that you should just report, not push your ideas on the author, that would be rude). Now about novel itself:

Overall sumup: While taking into consideration the level of realism in the story, it should probably described as a very well made USSR propaganda novel. Everyone around main characters (that is, with a decent screen time) may be only compared to the heroes of FPS games on the easiest setting. While maybe lacking a bit (only a bit though) firepower compared to most of them, they certainly live up to the title with their survivability. Plot armour around them thick enough to bend laws of physics and roll 20s on every second, maybe third throw.

Grammar: Very well, almost perfect when taking into consideration RR standards. Might be slightly better if the author wasn't blocking people for reporting errors.

Characters : While I obviously haven't read it whole as I write it (with this outstanding release rate it's next to impossible) There is not much really you can say bad about them. They are obviously (since it's propaganda novel) on the 'better' side, but each of them have their problems and motives.

Setting/Story: So imagine USSR minus bad/faulty equipment, lacking provisions, ammo shortages, human wave tactics, hunger, poverty... attacked by capitalist equivalent of 3rd Reich with faulty equipment that tends to cease working as intended anywhere near mc group and overwhelming valiantly defending USSR with sheer numbers (not that visible though) and exploiting their political problems... and that would be it. Plot holes from time to time happens, but not too often.

So as long as you do not mind great and strongly armoured capitalist tanks suddenly exploding when hit by a frag grenade, or any other harmless (for a tank) weaponry, and 110% soviet accuracy while using very inaccurate guns (almost every piece of equipment has its historical equivalent), the novel will be very enjoyable.

LordofVoids
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Great to see this on RR

I wish I could give this story a higher review, but I really can't because of all the tangents it goes off on that slow the progression of the story to a halt constantly. I get it, characters need to be developed, and much of war is waiting for the next battle to begin. However, when the characters are introduced, whatever mission they have to do or even some of their interactions seems like filler. Overall, they don't really seem to contribute much to the story. Sure, they give an alternate view on the events in the story, but jumping around between 5 different people for a couple in-story days just confuses me on what's going on and why they matter.

Curiously it seems that there are a disproportionate amount of the higher ranking officers in the military that are female. Don't get me wrong, I am not saying that it should not be the case, but without any explanation (the author gives an explanation for why there are minimal females in the enemy democratic military), I can't see why there are barely any military high ranking males when a lot of the government officials seem to be male. Was the now-overthrown empire a matriarchical society where women dominated the military? This is divide in genders is clear early on in the democratic country but the socialist country is extremely sparse with the details on how the military is run (yes by two women but anybody lower than them seem to be absent). Literally Madiha seems like the next highest ranking officer after she is promoted. Then, there are the relationships. Why, why must there be so much drama? They are at WAR! Madiha and Co. should not have the time to chat for more than 5 minutes. They have incompetent officers and therefore are pretty much running all sections of their divisions by themselves. There shouldn't be enough time between planning, eating, sleeping, more planning, orders, coordinating supplies, spreading the troops, etc.

Otherwise, the story is a blast. It is fast paced when action actually stops by to say hi. Some of the characters are interesting, but I find many just annoying. There are a lot of emotional outbursts, thankfully not always in the middle of battle.