At its core, magic is just the ability to change the laws of nature.
Mason Grant's life was going just as he'd always planned. Then a knock at the door changed everything. Normally, he would have considered Professor Anklin's tale of a civilization destroyed because it had learned how to manipulate the laws of nature crazy. Of course, that was before he saw his couch resting on the ceiling.
Travelling to Myscreth with the Professor, Mason discovers a world of contradictions. On a ruined world, the Myscrethian people live much like the early American settlers, yet thanks to the ability to manipulate the laws of science there’s unlimited electrical power and powered flight.
As Mason begins learning to control abilities he never dreamed possible, he discovers that not all is not as it seems. Even as the Myscrethian people try to rebuild their world, there are those who seek to once again unleash the power which led to its destruction. And this time it's not only Myscreth's fate that hangs in the balance, but Earth's as well.
Author's Note: This novel is now complete.
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This is a good story, and well told. Myscreth is a strange place where the scientific laws don't quite apply in the same way as on Earth, but the descriptions and worldbuilding are strong enough that it's easy to follow what's happening. Anything that does seem peculiar to the reader is also experienced by the main character, Mason, which is smart because that way we learn things as Mason learns. Definitely interested to continue reading and see how things turn out!
I'd like to start off by saying that Myscretch was the first full novel that I read on RoyalRoad, and boy I couldn't have asked for a better introduction to the site.
The way the author translated common magical abilities and powers into the manipulation of scientific laws is both fascinating and fresh, and by the end of the story the reader gets a pretty clear idea about both the constructive and the destructive capabilities of these powers. The writing style and the grammar is also quite good, though there are typos here and there.
Unfortunately the novel suffers a bit from a few underdeveloped side characters, and generally the Myscrethians feel and look a tad bit too human. Story-wise it makes sense that they do, but I think the differences between the two people could have been explored more.
Overall though I had a great time with Myscreth, and I strongly recommend the book for any science fiction fans out there!
Well written parallel world story
Only the right people can help to make things better.
I prefer not to do advanced reviews as I enjoy the surprises so like to not reveal much at all.
Some of the support characters are a little cardboard cutout for my tastes and do not feel of the world.
This may be by design for something that occurs later in the story so my review may change if I remember as it is fairly new.
This may be a bit early considering I’ve only read the first chapter, but this is how science fiction should be done! The author doesn’t try to impress anyone with flowery prose, he’s just telling a story based on an idea. The idea is interesting, the protagonist is likeable, the struggle plays on our sympathy without being overly dramatic, and the mystery of the story is like an invitation to see what will happen next RATHER THAN a confusing mess of disjointed and opaque concepts (which is kind of the weakness of most amateur sci-fi).
If you’re a writer who wants to impress others with your great writing skills, first I would suggest, DON’T, and second, I suggest taking a page from this man’s book (metaphorically speaking).
While reading thorugh this, it was obvious to me that there were so many parts which had been edited, rewritten, and altered in more ways than I could count. It's great, greater than so many would be able to realise. Even if I haven't read that much of the story, I will still recommend it.