The Morgulon

by Kerma B

Original ONGOING Adventure Drama Fantasy Historical High Fantasy Magic Male Lead Multiple Lead Characters Non-Human lead Ruling Class Steampunk Supernatural

"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!"

- RR reviews

It's easy to get killed while hunting werewolves, and that isn’t even the worst that can happen. Huntsmen don't talk about it, but that doesn't change the fact that every full moon some men set out to kill the monsters, and instead come back monsters themselves.

Greg, who wants nothing more than to prove that he's got what it takes to hunt with his father and brothers, finds this out the hard way. What does a young man do, when he suddenly becomes the very monster his family hunts?

What does his family do?

And: is this really such a bad thing?

By the way, this story has gay and lesbian characters. If that's not your thing, please don't hate on it, just move on.

The first chapter is also on DeviantArt, more may follow.

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The Morgulon - Not Your Typical Werewolf Tale

Reviewed at: Chapter 24

A werewolf story wouldn't be my first choice, but the first chapter caught me. It turns out there's so much more to it that I'm really glad I went for it.

The writer spins this historically flavored tale in surprising directions. And the characters themselves are alive, engaging, and artfully woven into the tapestry. The tension starts early and, Greg, the MC's, predicament ... well, I don't want to spoil anything - there are twists. I will say that a lot of effort has gone into evoking a believable atmosphere - one I found myself wrapped right up in.

Grammar and style are solid with only minor and, perhaps, arguable, issues that certainly don't take anything away from the experience. The descriptiveness, consistency, and the story altogether, keep it flowing - and kept me anxious to see what happens next.

And we're only at chapter twenty-four - I'm definitely looking forward to more!

 

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THE MORGULON - INTENSE STORY THAT SINKS ITS TEETH INTO YOU

Reviewed at: Chapter 32

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!

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A novel through and through

Reviewed at: Chapter 7

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.

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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!

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What An Incredible Story

Reviewed at: Chapter 14

Style - Impeccably written. Everything is wonderfully descripitive, and the 3rd person narration helps me get into the character's minds. The whole lore and society of werewolf hunters, the atmosphere of this world, is just incredible. 

Grammar - A few minor, incredibly minor, bumps here and there. Nothing major. 

Story - I don't want to give anything away here, but it's damn good. A really incredible first 13 chapters that left me hooked. 

Characters - Greg is easily my favorite character thus far, but everyone else is not far behind. Everyone thinks logically, I never found myself faceplaming at dumb decisionsmade by characters to keep the story going. They think, they feel alive. 

Overall, I would highly recommend this to not just fantasy fans, but to fans of good writing. Really well done, author. I'm looking foward to see where else this goes. 

Smartfolk
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THE MORGULON - WHERE PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE AND WEREWOLFS ARE TOO.

Reviewed at: Chapter 26

 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. 

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Werewolf Action With Great Characters

Reviewed at: Chapter 26

In Short:

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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Style:

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.

 

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.

 

Grammar:

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.

 

Characters:

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.

 

Conclusion:

Gritty, but not grimdark, mood, solid storytelling, and realistic character design make this a must read. Check it out!

Tejoka
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Creative ideas, great execution

Reviewed at: Chapter 40

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.

Pocket Full of Snow
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Kerma has woven an incredibly intriguing tale that you'd be amiss to discount based on it being a werewolf fiction. The characters, main and side alike, are all fully-fleshed and feel like living, breathing people. The dialogue is on point and as far from stilted as you can get. The worldbuilding is excellent and draws you in quickly yet subtly. No poorly written infodumps to be seen here. This world Kerma's created has history and it shows. Between the werewolf mechanics, the interaction of magic in this world, and the Rot...the entire system has clearly been well thought out and cleverly designed.

Nothing is overpowered; everything is carefully balanced as things truly would be in nature. The political intrigue isn't boring and doesn't encourage skimming. Grammatically, the author has a great handle on the English language. There are a few typos here and there, but an editing pass would easily eliminate that small issue. It's not frequent enough to disturb the reader, and typically just a slightly misspelled word or using 'message' instead of 'massage.' Easily fixed and not worth detracting a star.

As for the story itself - where do I even begin? The plot is cohesive and believable, the characters perform actions that make sense given their respective circumstances and setting, and you never once wonder if the author has a planned direction for the story. You're cleverly guided from plot event to plot event, organically, without feeling like you're being led on. Deus ex machina never rears its ugly head. All-in-all, I give this story a flawless 5/5 stars. Once its completed, The Morgulon will surely join the list of RR greats. Thank you for the lovely story, Ms. Kerma.

CJenx
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Politics, war...and werewolves!

Reviewed at: Chapter 49

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!