by Kerma B
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Greg never really wanted to become a werewolf hunter. He just wanted to prove to his father that he could do the job his family was famous for, maybe earn some money while he’s at it.
He certainly never wanted to become a werewolf, or run away from home, or fight the inquisition.
Unfortunately, as his brothers would say, fate has a shitty sense of humour.
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"I feel like this story perfectly represents how you can't judge a book by its cover (or, in this case, concept). Edgy badboy werewolf teen romance? Yeet that concept out the window and get ready for an action-packed fantasy with an incredibly built world and logical, realistic characters."
"This is a great story, probably better than any werewolf novel I've read. It's certainly not a typical werewolf story (but don't let that stop you from reading it, the werewolves are still amazing.)"
"A werewolf story where people aren't constantly meeting gruesome ends that still maintains a gritty atmosphere. Realistic worldbuilding and character design make this a must read!"
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I feel like this story perfectly represents how you can't judge a book by its cover (or, in this case, concept). Edgy badboy werewolf teen romance? Yeet that concept out the window and get ready for an action-packed fantasy with an incredibly built world and logical, realistic characters.
The prose sets every scene perfectly, and right from the start we get the wonderful lense that is Greg for our view of the world. And boy, does his view of the world work. Even to the smallest details, like pistols vs crossbows in the context of werewolf hunting, this world just works.
That isn't even touching upon the characters who, despite me only reading three chapters, manage to feel unique and deceptively deep. Even the horse gets a backstory, and from there a slew of other things flow into place. Really, Kerma B just has a talent for exposition of all sorts.
As always, grammar is my shortest section. I didn't notice any errors, so it's a 5/5.
Overall, please do not go into this story expecting a wattpad-esque werewolf romance, because it couldn't be further from that. If you're looking for a well-built world with believable characters and deep lore, maybe give this a try!
Character development is terrific. The author prioritizes depth and subtlety here. The focus is on a family of werewolf hunters, in particular, the bond between brothers and how that is tested when one of them turns into werewolf.
The main characters feel real to me, rather than flat characters serving the plot. There is a Machiavellian, villainous character who keeps me guessing -- I can't help but think he's going to be a real problem as the story progresses. That's a good thing.
The plot, too, hooked me from the beginning. It touches upon politics, war, racism (regarding werewolves vs. humans), environmental destruction (the Rot) -- with a werewolf twist. The author doesn't rush things, just lets events unfold at their own pace. At the same time, the story is unpredictable. The underlying tension is always present, like a tightly-wound coil that can explode anytime.
In short, quality writing -- I certainly look forward to reading more!
By the end of the 2nd chapter, the story really gets its teeth into you. Chapters do get shorter around the chapter 20 mark.
The world is richly detailed and set up very well for the readers. The world building is awesome and well thought through, making you live the predicaments all the more. Greg, his family are well established and feel very open and believable as a family unit. The twists will get you good and really make for a great story.
Grammar and style are really well done with just a few very minor elements here or there with grammar that should not be a detractor for anyone.
Characters are believable and with the world building you feel their inner turmoil about the circumstances and their interaction with the world. The character dialogues, especially between family felt real and believable.
A really good book so far and I cannot wait to read more!
A werewolf story where people aren't constantly meeting gruesome ends that still maintains a gritty atmosphere. Realistic worldbuilding and character design make this a must read!
This story is about as gritty as you'd expect from a werewolf story, but without all the extraneous grimdark moods and gore. Sure, there's violence and there's darker themes, but none of the characters seem to be on track for a gruesome end. It's a nice change of pace for the "inhuman person" type of story.
There is obvious effort going into planning this story. It ties together multiple p.o.v.'s into one captivating main storyline better than most other books I've read.
Clear and concise. Complex word choice when it makes sense. I've had to Google more than a few definitions when nobles are talking. It only feels pretentious on the characters' part though, never the author's.
Most characters are exactly as you'd imagine people who've been tricked, backstabbed, and quite possibly bamboozled by a corrupt church to be. Many are just trying to survive in a world where nature kills, and are putting in the hard work to make a developing country better.
Every character with their own p.o.v. has their flaws and as such may not always act logically, but they can all set aside their differences and grow as people when their lives are in danger.
With their own backstories shining through in their actions, side characters are also three dimensional. They make memorable characters who help influence the story and set the mood.
Also, a well-written black protagonist is pretty damn awesome in a white-dominated website like this.
Gritty, but not grimdark, mood, solid storytelling, and realistic character design make this a must read. Check it out!
This is an excellent story about individuals subject to powers much greater than their own; religion, culture, magic and politics all play crucial roles in The Morgulon, and each facet is well-thought out and integral to the storyline and character development.
The world in which this story takes place is brilliant and easily the most immersive and nuanced which I've come across on this site. Each culture and place feel 'real' and connected to the wider world, both geographically and culturally, and no character feels out of place for the setting as its presented.
The story flows smoothly and always makes sense, and though the pace can fluctuate strangely at times, it never stops being enjoyable.
This is a great story, probably better than any werewolf novel I've read. It's certainly not a typical werewolf story (but don't let that stop you from reading it, the werewolves are still amazing.)
The style is good. I didn't notice any mistakes, and it flowed really well. It's written in third person POV, with several perspectives, which all add to the story.
The grammar is good, as well. I did notice a few typos, but not many.
The story itself is amazing. First of all, the worldbuilding is great. It resembled the eighteenth or nineteenth century, but with magic, which is integrated well. New facts about magic, the society and werewolves are revealed over the course of the story, which adds a lot of depth.
Personally, I really like how werewolves work in this setting. Especially the way everyone is affected by the change differently, even though they're all affected by new moon and full moon. But there's more to their magic, and I get the feeling the story so far has only scratched the surface.
But the plot is great, as well. There are a few twists and turns, although the overall direction seems clear. Personal struggles are interwoven nicely with political intrigue and action. The story follows great change in both the characters' lives and the society at large, and it's handled very well.
Where this story really shines is its characters. All of them, even the minor ones, feel believable and realistic according to their circumstances. Greg, the MC, and the other major characters are vibrant, realistic, with flaws but likeable enough you find yourself emphasizing with them. There's one character who seems set to fill an antagonistic role, but gets good development and is by now probably my favorite. The ways werewolves differ from humans, and each other, is done very well. And extra bonus points for the diverse cast.
Overall, it's a great read, especially if you like fantasy with a historical flavor and complex characters.
My two favorite generas are Scifi and Fantasy and there tends to be an ever present problem in both these generas that they introduce fanntasical techhnology or magic and society is either unchanged or unrecognizable. While I could ramble on and on about this the review is about Morgulon. While it might seem boreing to call this book logically consistent or say that it has great characters because people are people, they grow and make mistakes, I think this is one of the greatest praises you can give. I enjoyed every minute of learning about the world aruond them thinking around the plots and scheemes and watching the main character overcome challenges. In a world where most fantasy on this site uses liteRPG as a cruch (it is not inherently bad but is often used lazily) this novel stands above not just for it characters and world building but for the increadable and memerable web it weaves.
All in all, a great story that I highly recommend. Overall: 5/5.
This is a work that should be taken seriously. It's written like a novel, with long paragraphs and descriptive prose. Well-edited, it's an enjoyable read. I only spotted a couple of small grammatical errors over what I read.
The tone is serious, it's like a period piece that takes place in an alternate reality. The world is well thought out, and that people act as they belong in that world. There's a lot of history thrown at you for flavour, making the world feel real. The world-building is truly fantastic.
The story took a chapter or two to grip me, but once the MC left the city he grew up in I was fully engaged. That's not to say the first two chapters are boring, they have a wonderfully written action scene that manages to create an intense ambience.
The main character is likable and acts logically. The minor characters that you are introduced to when he is joining the mining town have distinct well-written personalities. And even in the first 7 chapters, Greg (the MC) has shown some character development as he learns about the people outside of his upper-class bubble.
A really good story. It's like the setting of Skyrim and the story of West of Loathing had a child who happened to be a werewolf.
Then NOBODY EXPECTED THE SPANISH INQUISITION.
I was hesitant when I first found this novel. I'm so happy I gave it a try.
Many times in the past I'd read a story with a werewolf in it and it ended up an angst filled mess. Not so with The Morgulon. The werewolves are closer to folklore, without the story turning into a crazed horror.
The characters are engaging and will draw you into a story filled with a vibrant mix of political intrigue, societal pressures and a historically flavoured fantasy.
This piece definitely deserves more love. I hope that others will put their experiences of bad werewolf fiction behind them and see this work of art with fresh eyes, because it really is worth it.