Mind of the Minotaur: Tower Seed

by KingMidas

Original ONGOING Fantasy GameLit Non-Human lead
Warning This fiction contains:
  • Gore

Munch was supposed to be the warm-up boss.

He’s the smallest and weakest of seven brother Minotaurs, the legendary Minotaurs of Seven Groves. He is willing to do anything to help his family, even die.

When he makes a careless mistake, and the Knights Courageous ultimately capture his brothers, Munch struggles to come to terms with himself.

With twin curses that prevent him from leveling up his magical or physical abilities, Munch is virtually useless in battle.

Even so, he resolves to do everything within his power to bring his brothers back.

In Munch’s epic quest, he discovers a hidden strength within himself. Something not seen since ancient times. Something not even the Knights Courageous could have anticipated.

Note: This is a pre-drafted novel of which I am working through the second write-through. I intend to publish every Tuesday and Friday, November 2019 through April 2020.

Update: Beginning in January, I will be splitting my chapters up into shorter subchapters. The overall schedule will not change. I will continue to post two full chapters each week. Each chapter will end on a Tuesday or a Friday. 

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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
Chapter 1: Fire Wyrm ago
Chapter 2: Steadfast ago
Chapter 3: Deadtree ago
Chapter 4: Attack ago
Chapter 5: Assassin ago
Chapter 6: Estate Sale ago
Chapter 7: Greta ago
Chapter 8: Tower Command ago
Chapter 9: Lore ago
Chapter 10: Lifegiver ago
Chapter 11: Commander ago
Chapter 12: Fuchsia ago
Chapter 13: Journal ago
Chapter 14: Frozen Estate ago
Chapter 15: Bank Debt ago
Chapter 16: Bare Bones ago
Chapter 17: Maranettle ago
Chapter 18: Mordux ago
Chapter 19: Second Chance - Part 1 ago
Chapter 19: Second Chance - Part 2 ago
Chapter 19: Second Chance - Part 3 ago
Chapter 20: Mind - Part 1 ago
Chapter 20: Mind - Part 2 ago
Chapter 20: Mind - Part 3 ago
Chapter 21: Unraveling - Part 1 ago
Chapter 21: Unraveling - Part 2 ago
Chapter 21: Unraveling - Part 3 ago
Chapter 22: Music - Part 1 ago
Chapter 22: Music - Part 2 ago
Chapter 22: Music - Part 3 ago
Chapter 23: Blood - Part 1 ago
Chapter 23: Blood - Part 2 ago
Chapter 23: Blood - Part 3 ago
Chapter 24: Gold - Part 1 ago
Chapter 24: Gold - Part 2 ago
Chapter 24: Gold - Part 3 ago
Chapter 25: Planning - Part 1 ago
Chapter 25: Planning - Part 2 ago
Chapter 25: Planning - Part 3 ago
Chapter 26: Magical Contracts - Part 1 ago
Chapter 26: Magical Contracts - Part 2 ago
Chapter 26: Magical Contracts - Part 3 ago
Chapter 27: Infighting - Part 1 ago
Chapter 27: Infighting - Part 2 ago
Chapter 27: Infighting - Part 3 ago
Chapter 28: Dark Magic - Part 1 ago
Chapter 28: Dark Magic - Part 2 ago
Chapter 28: Dark Magic - Part 3 ago
Chapter 29: Business - Part 1 ago
Chapter 29: Business - Part 2 ago
Chapter 29: Business - Part 3 ago
Chapter 30: Math - Part 1 ago
Chapter 30: Math - Part 2 ago
Chapter 30: Math - Part 3 ago
Chapter 31: Tower Guardian - Part 1 ago
Chapter 31: Tower Guardian - Part 2 ago
Chapter 31: Tower Guardian - Part 3 ago
Chapter 32: Brute Force - Part 1 ago
Chapter 32: Brute Force - Part 2 ago
Chapter 32: Brute Force - Part 3 ago
Chapter 32: Brute Force - Part 4 ago

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Mind of the Minotaur: Tower seed is an absolutely wonderful story, in just 15 chapters the author has managed to build an incredibly vivid and fascinating world, set up the main characters motivations supremely smothly and has without a doubt blown my expectations out of the water.

Style:

I have no complaints about the style except for the fact it is fairly vanilla and non-unique, I have a feeling it will become more unique in the future though, if the rest of the authors skill is anything to go by.

It isn't a de-merit by any stretch of the imagination, but when compared to the authors talent in other areas it does tend to stick out a bit.

Story:

The story follows young Munch, a minotaur under a dual curse contracted to fight in a maze (read dungeon) as his daily 9 - 5. However Munch's peaceful life of dying constantly for money is torn asunder however as his coworkers (who are also his brothers) are kidnapped to fight in an arena for sport. Munch then takes it upon himself to amass the funds and experience nescessary to save them, but bewarned plot twists and obstacles lay ahead and Munch must struggle hard to achieve his dreams.

 

I am pleasantly surprised by every aspect of the story, its unique perspective (which is adhered to so religiously and convincingly I almost forgot the author was human), brilliant plotline and phenominally pacing had my rapt attention all the way through.

 

Grammar:

Grammar is no issue, neither is spelling as far as i can tell. The author must either have a good grammar/spelling editor or be investing a lot of time into their work. Either is good and the end result is the same eitherway.

 

Character:

Each character is a person with their own ambitions, flaws, knowledge and personality. This may seem standard but it is actually incredibly difficult to do. It is very reminiscent of the wandering Inn's level of character complexity, but without any interludes by other characters yet (as of chapter 15). Something which must be quite hard to do, although the relatively small "cast" size may have something to do with it, nevertheless the author has tremendously impressed me and they have my sincere congratulations because of it.

As I also mentioned earlier the author sticks to Munches perspective vehemently. This is done very well with Munches thought patterns and information harbouring no outsider knowledge, this allows the reader and Munch to draw very different conclusions from the same pieces of evidence. This also allows Munch to take on a life and complexity above the average fictional character. The perspective authenticity rings true with the other characters like  the grove sprite's knowledge and opinions of the "makers".

 

In conclusion Mind of the Minotaur: Tower seed is an absolutely fantastic novel which I think will go down in RR history as one of the greats.

To improve the author can do very little other than developing the style of their work and keeping up the standard in further chapters.

I look forward to seeing more of KingMidas's work in the future, and with any luck i hope you will too.

tkalius
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Essentially a story about an NPC in a tower defense game. Very well written, clever, and enjoyable. 

Honestly my only gripe is the pacing is on the slower end.