The Acts of Androkles
by Ryan English
Elevator pitch: '300' meets 'Lone Wolf and Cub'. A retired veteran has to keep some orphans from being eaten by horrible monsters.
This fiction contains the professionally-published novel Obstacles as well as the ongoing sequels.
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Androkles, son of Paramonos, spent twenty-five years in the world’s greatest army trying to earn enough money to buy back his good name. He’s battle-scarred, weary, and heartbroken after decades of watching dear friends die, but he survived. He’s ready to retire and be welcomed as a hero, finally able to see the reward he sacrificed so much to achieve.
There’s only one problem: his wife just fled civilization with all his hard-won savings. Now he must pursue her north, through desperate bandits, ravening beasts, and worse. But after he rescues a pair of orphans from starvation, he is faced with his most difficult challenge yet: a question that goes to the very heart of honor. The consequences might be deeper than he realizes, and it’s not just his life on the line…
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it's very well written with barely any grammar mistakes, so far I'm enjoying the story and am excited to see where it goes from here
fawking fantastic, I love it this story is on its way to become one of the best on royalroad. This story is so well thought out that I litterally have no true criticisms, the characters feel human and real and the mysteries draw me in like good mysteries should. The Acts of Androkles is one of my personal favorits on this site which is why I feel so sad about having cought up.
I didn't read the story yet
just wanted to appreciate the fact that this guy is releasing the entire story for free despite also having it up on amazon
some authors will come to RR and post a teaser for their story to try and generate interest
others will write the entire thing on RR and then take down half of it after they release the story on amazon
I'm not saying plebs like me are entitled to free literature or anything but it really do suck when you're halfway through something and it suddenly gets ripped off the site
anyway I'll edit this review once I've caught up with the updates
And it really is. Andronkles tale is one that I just couldn't put down.
Style: Written like the Greek epics of old, but still fresh and easy to understand
Story: Full of action and character development, Andronkles feels like a real person without the pacing suffering for it
Grammar: The sentence structure is a little choppy in the begining but that quickly disappears into smooth and seamless storytelling.
Give The Acts Of Andronkles a try if your tired of the same thing over and over on this site
Once in a while, you get an author with a profesionally published novel posting for free in RoyalRoad to promote their work, and I don't mind it at all.
This story is probably one of the best I've read in a long time and I'm not sure that anything could be done to make it better. It's made me laugh and cry multiple times and it just doesn't get better than this.
I have to say I’ve really been enjoying this. Compelling main character, great writing and plot.
Which has all been slightly marred by the chapters 8.1 and 8.2 which seem to mainly consist of the author punching the main characters in the dick. Sure they can’t constantly win everything forever but this shift is unpleasant to say the least.
Orignally the situation felt a bit forced, but the author did a great job on redoing the chapter in question so it read better and made sense.
That said I personally think it goes too heavy handed on the suffering, but that falls to my own personal tastes. I’m guessing it’s leading to some sort of comeuppance later on, but... eh.
A very good story. A little early to tell where it is going, but so far, so good.
If this were a book, I'd buy it in a heart beat. Well written an edited, great character arcs, and an amazing fantasy setting.
Professionally written, great characters, great story. Binged all the way to Book 3, chapter 6 now, and bummed that I have to wait for more. Really loved it!
The setting is Greek-ish, but most of the story (so far) has taken place in the land of the northern barbarians (northern European ish?).
To me the setting feels original, with familiar elements. I like it.
It seems as if not that many have discovered this gem, yet, which I hope changes. It deserves an audience