A Psychic's Scarlet Dream

by Psychic ScarletDream

Original ONGOING Fantasy Mystery Psychological Tragedy Grimdark Magic Male Lead Strong Lead Supernatural
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[participant in the Royal Road Writathorn challenge]

Those who can do things scientifically impossible are called supernaturals. Among those who know about them, there maybe those who fear them, those who respect them or even those who want to kill them. That however doesn’t matter to the supernatural named Kais as he has and wants no connection with anything that might be related to the world of supernaturals. However, the day he meets a particular brown-haired youth, that would change and he who has tried to run away from the truth for many years will be forced to confront it.

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Abhay Singh
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I had put this on hold for a while and I so regret it now.

After reading chapter 12, wow! Just wow! I can't think of anything else to say that that. This is just amazing!

The story is very, very interesting but also well-fleshed out. The characters all have hidden layers to them. The pacing is slow for a reason and once you try to look at it without premade conceptions, you realise the beauty of speech bubbles too. 

Basically, each and every thing that anyone can call a flaw in this book actually serves a purpose and that is why this is straight up brilliant. Keep writing, author! Don't let any haters get to you!

Tana Nari
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A solid story, in desperate need of a rewrite.

Reviewed at: Chapter 15: Dissipating Fear

The story proper is, as the title says, about psychics using their powers to navigate a world full of monsters. It's more or less modern supernatural, with a handful of quirks. Nothing about this author's take really stands out from the pack one way or the other.

The grammar's good, no notable flaws. Nothing worth mentioning one way or another- functional, but not beautiful- which is a fine thing when it comes to the basics.

The characters are solid. Sure, the MC is a bit of an arrogant prick at times (like far too many poorly-written 'heroes' with superpowers), but he doesn't just get away with it and loses (or at least doesn't win) fights because he thought he outclassed a foe and left his guard down. The story doesn't bend over backwards to make his life easier.

More: he learns from his mistakes. And as easy as that sounds to write, it's a bar a lot of writers with years of experience never clear.

As to the secondary characters- thus far, there's only two of note. One of whom is a terrible person who I am convinced will be the BBEG of the story (not that we're anywhere near the end, yet) and the other is... well, shrouded in mystery. Tidbits trickle in over time, and it's rather well-done.

The story is also interesting, with a fun bit of 'down the rabbit hole' mysteries intermixed with characters who have their own motives. I can't call it a particularly clever or original setting and plot, but it's still an excellent setup for a complex and interesting plot. 

However, it has pacing problems. Many, many, pacing problems... with lots of pauses for dialogue that goes nowhere and, well, that brings us to the biggest problem of the story. 

The writing style is what cripples the story. It's bad, terrible even. Sentences are truncated in the strangest of ways, and sometimes the author doesn't even bother to turn script into sentences. Many of the dialogue exchanges are formatted as follows:

Charname: "Dialogue."

OtherName: "Dialogue."

Put in actual names, of course. Then repeat that for ten to fifteen lines at a time. Still, at least he let us know which characters are speaking; I've encountered many writers who don't bother with that, even. And the purple prose is kept to a bare minimum, for which I thank the author, but... there's such a thing as going too far in the other direction, and this story is a fine example of not having enough description.

In addition, the character exchanges are unnatural and wooden. I've seen more emotion and wit between two chatbots set up to speak to each other.

But if you can tolerate the less than clean and elegant writing style, the story might be worth the read for you. With solid grammar, well-designed characters, and a story that's going interesting places (albeit while taking its sweet time)... it's still somewhat above average in spite of its one, massive, flaw.

Millie Cadenber
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As of writing this review, I have not caught up with the series. I am already writing it though after seeing how underrated it is. I just want to yell at those idiots with nothing to read but isekai bullshit to read this and experience real quality for once in their life.

This is how you write supernatural.

This is how you write mystery.

This is how you write characters.

This is how you write a story.

Oh god! There is just so much to say I want to spoil literally everything in this review just to explain how amazing this series is. I just love it!