Inheritors of Eschaton

by TMarkos

Original ONGOING Action Adventure Fantasy Grimdark High Fantasy Magic Multiple Lead Characters Portal Fantasy / Isekai Post Apocalyptic
Warning This fiction contains:
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The tear in reality led to a new world, one that promised fortune, prestige and a deeper understanding of the universe.

Those that entered found only death.  

Four survivors are stranded in a strange and hostile world, at the mercy of forces they cannot understand.  Their only path forward is to travel among the ashes of a broken and dying land searching for a way to survive, to endure - and to make their way back home.

Cover art by Harry Rowland.

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argusthecat
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I'm a million percent on board with this. We're looking at something that echos with hints of Stargate, or Gate, but is wholly unique in its own way. One chapter in and the characters are already comfortable and familiar, while still feeling like there's more to explore. It's fantastic. 

I could read this author's work until the end of time and not get bored, and as a follow up to Grand Design, I am enthralled to see where this goes. 

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Off to a great start!

Reviewed at: Part 5 - Fathers

I'll admit I'm biased due to Grand Design being so good, but I was immediately interested in this and so far it's everything I'd hoped for. We're only 5 chapters in as of this post (well, 6 counting Patreon) so it's still early days, but so far we've got tantalizing hints of clearly-well-thought-out worldbuilding, shown not just in classic isekai Fun With Languages™ and the perspective of strangers in a strange land, but beautifully put-together footnotes for each chapter - seriously, go pop over to the bottom of Chapter 1 right now and have a look.

 

 

Style: The story is written mostly in the present, with occasional flashbacks to the recent past - the shift is always obvious and (as of this writing) the flashbacks as a whole seem to be presented in chronological order, and are showing us the set-up without an info barf. Perspective flips between characters who generally speak English and characters who generally speak Other* without undue repetition, which is a nice touch.

*I'm not going to go back and look up the name of their language, sue me.

 

Story: The world that we've seen so far is intriguing, and from the looks of it, it won't lean too heavily into a one-sided curbstomp (e.g. GATE: JSDF) or SimCity But It's A Book (pick your own example) - but you don't have to take my word for it, go read it already.

 

Grammar: I might be considered a bit generous with grammar just because of how many stories are out there that are barely intelligble, particularly to begin with, but the grammar here is basically flawless - reads like an actual novel. Half a star off for saying "jealousy" when they meant "envy", but that's just my particular hill that I'm going to die on.

 

Characters: This section gets the lowest marks of my generally high score, just because we're so early on there's still a lot of character development left to happen before we get to know them. That said, it's immediately obvious that these characters have internally-consistent needs, fears, and other motivations without. for example, any use of the Military Hardass™ cookie cutter. I look forward to seeing them interact as they learn each others' languages.

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This is one of the few books on this site I've read so far that measure up to professional and critical muster. The writing is crisp, engaging, and confident. The world is detailed and vibrant. The characters are strong. Finally, I just love the footnotes at the end of each chapter. I'll be honest, I'm kind of in it for the footnotes at this point because they're like a little present at the end. 

Definitely will keep reading!