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Once, the sun shone brightly on Azlant. Until came the Whitemoon, to steal mankind's light and condemn it to eternal darkness. 

Valdemar Verney is a sorcerer with a dream: to find a new world for his people to settle, one where the sky isn't a ceiling made of stone. But in the underground empire of Azlant, dissent is never tolerated. Brought before one of the undead Dark Lords, Valdemar is offered a choice he cannot refuse. Meanwhile, the swordswoman Marianne Reynard is given a mission: to investigate a dead cult with a few mysteries left to unravel.

Both are looking for the truth, though they might regret finding it; for many cultists, monsters, and cosmic horrors stand in their way. They'll just have to kill them all.

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Good night, dear review observers. Today we are stepping into Voidherald's mind, into a grimdark world of subterranean adventure and mystery.

Do not be alarmed by the apparent earliness of this review - I've done the cover for this book and so Void has blessed me with an excess of future ahead chapters and concept writing many white moons ago that I've been diving into to illustrate this masterpiece with the best of my abilities.

Stylistically, the worldbuilding of this book is DEEP - Voidherald is known for literary Royal Road treasures such as Vainqueur the Dragon, Kairos: A Greek Myth LitRPG and The Perfect Run... but this novel is closest in atmosphere to Void's Never Die Twice, almost feeling like a sequel to that series in its foreboding atmosphere, monsters, zombies and subterranean cities.

The grammar is as always top notch, no complaints to be had.

Unlike Void's other books, which feature plentiful showers of comedy and jokes, this book has a far more serious, grimdark tone with a sprinkle of horror. It has a lot of interesting, unique and original lore built up, a world that feels real just waiting to be explored by the readers.

Void masterfully plays between two different main characters points of view, revealing a majestic, complex story in all of its splendor, intertwining events, people and monsters in an ever-escalating symphony of doom, doom, doom in the deep akin to the sound of coming goblin army from the Khazad-dûm, Moria scene in Tolkien's book.

This novel takes the exploration of immortality and morality that it comes with to its fullest potential. I won't spoil anything, but you are guaranteed to be enthralled by the people and creatures and dark gods of this fascianating universe.

So, delve into this masterpiece and enjoy the depths of Void's imagination!

DoomAlsoDoom
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I'm reviewing this upon the first RR chapter post, but I've read up to chapter 13 (around 42k-ish words)

I love the worldbuilding. I love the style and tone. Every story Void has written so far have been unique in various ways, but this story is like a whole new world (pun intended).

It's kind of a cross between Lovecraftian monsters and the typical types of Lich/Vampire/Necromancer fantasy/urban fantasy stories, but set deep beneath the surface of a world in which they live in a kind of magical dark early renaissance period.

It's very dark, but not dark in the edgey way that everyone complains about. Everything makes sense in the context and lore that is gradually built up.

There are two written character POVs. I was a little skeptical at first because I generally avoid multiple POV stories on RR, but the character he chose as the alternate POV has been very interseting so far, and the story arc she's following has kept the pace up.

The main character has a ton of drama built into his backstory which drives the first bunch of chapters and created some instant conflict and struggle, which I adore. He's very focused on his goals and will take any route he can to achieve them. 

Both the main charactesr are great, and the side characters are also incredible. The world is filled with those who have gained immortality through various means and their psyche and the psychological results of their immortality and power have started to be explored. There are no "weak" characters here. Everyone is struggling to be great in their own endeavors.

I'm not going to go into grammar. It's flawless, as usual.

I can't wait for more people to get in on this story. I was sad when Perfect Run ended, but I'm so glad that this was the story picked for his next fic. It's already great, and I can only see it getting better as the story progresses.

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I had to come and see myself, what the hype was about
now i’ve found a dark fantasy I can’t do without
it’s full of monsters, magic, and compelling characters
it has hooks to pull in a broad range of new readers!

The style is dark and quite fantastical, intense and fun
and it moves at a pace that should feel nice for anyone
it’s an easy read and it will leave you wanting more
it’s gritty but the characters know what they’re fighting for

The story is unveiling now, around the fourth chapter
it's set around a seemingly friendly necromancer
the history around the characters is intriguing 
my curiosity has already started piquing!

The way the dialogue unlocks the world around so fast
it feels like there’s already so much lore that has amassed 
when this really gets moving, I’ll be right here to see
this will set the bar for upcoming dark fantasy

The grammar is just perfect, but then what would you except 
the author is a pro who has earned a lot of respect
there’s no issues at all there, so just enjoy the ride
it’s a style the author rocks, it’s true and bonafide 

The characters are great, they feeling fleshed out and full of thought
we’re sympathetic to what their big decisions have wrought
they interact in ways that feel organic, fun, and real
without interrupting pace, we find out how they feel

Overall, i’m so excited to get into this
this is a dark fantasy no one will want to miss
clearly it is destined for a quick trip to the moon
it’ll be a big it by tomorrow afternoon

Tribuo Grimm
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An excellent start to a disturbing story; Void Herald has once again brought us to another world, with a different kind of normal. This one asks us how far are we willing to go, and what do we take for granted? Underhand is dark, cruel, and disturbing, and I'm looking forward to exploring it more.

Savitr
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Another start to a great novel once again by VoidHerald. To start with, the description is very intriguing, especially the mention of a conflict already brewing. Makes me really interested to read more. So far, the setting is also quite interesting to me as well, I find it something that is done before but also has its own spin to it in your work.

444.EXE
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It's from Void Herald, it's dark, it's good.

Reviewed at: 1: Beneath the Earth

If you've read the author's other works, you know he does a fantastic job and that this is definitely going to be another amazing story that will make the top 10 (probably higher). If you haven't read it, then you're an uneducated reader, no offense.

As for this story, it is apparently about a necromancer and a swordswoman trying to figure out a way to find a "place". The setting of the story is literally the underworld, where necromancy is legal (but only by license) and many other types of magic usually relegated only to the villains of traditional fantasy fictions are approached in an innovative and intriguing way.

So go read it now!

Aria bloodborn
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Fun with Extradimensional Horrors

Reviewed at: 10: Friends of the Light

The novel so far hasn't had any glaring spelling or grammer issues, and doesnt feel stilted like many do.

The premise of it is very interesting, and the author has set up a very unique and interesting story and setting, very much unlike others. I look forward to future chapters.

Aehs
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I think it goes without mentioning the quality of the writing, considering Void Herald has been topping the charts with their fictions for a while now. However I am blown away by the originality and depth of the world of Underland. I love a good eldritch horror and this place is filled with them. Its such a breath of fresh air from all of the other generic fantasy worlds that flood RR, and its one of the only fictions that has had me at the edge of my seat with anticipation and dread at some of the more intese story moments. So if you're looking for something different by a good author here it is, hope you like it

DrBuller
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come gather around children! Let ol grandpa tell you a tale of adventure, spirit, and absolute surrealism of a character not quite made for madness yet still showing signs of development. You might only be able to hear the start, yet the promises made should leave you quivering in ya boots.

Style:

To say it in a way that wont get this review deleted, the author once again portrays a world of a more mystical variety. Not getting into details of what exactly this is yet, since that's for the story part, I will say that it is done well. Like other experiences had with the creator, they show an ability to show off the world in quite vivid detail without going borderline info-dump on us. Less might show less in most cases but here it somehow shows more. 5/5 for making it possible for me to make that statement and mean it.

Grammar:

Grammar is easy enough. I see no real errors. Running the first chapter through Grammarly showed errors that were dumb so those don't get since they're more of the stylistic choice than anything. Another 5/5 for that.

Story:

Here we are, changing the tones to a more... serious kind, I suppose. With this still being the first chapter, I am still unsure of where this might lead into. It seems interesting, to say it without much else. A few leads have already been put up, with at least half of them not being my personal imagination running wild. The entirety plot has not been spoiled for me just yet so I think I'll update this part later on. For now, it's already worth 5/5

Characther:

Valdemar. What a striking name. Haven't honestly heard it in fiction for a long time, yet the name already fits the personality much yet. Not that we've seen much of it yet but that doesn't stop the gears from running wild. We'll have a mighty MC soon enough. I swear upon it. 5/5

Since we all know math, I'll just say the average is 5/5

 

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OVERALL:

It's another great story from Void Herald and this time it's dark and grundy. The magical civilization has retreated from the surface and immortal Dark Lord's rule. No one has seen the sun in generations, no one except for the plucky transmitigators. To bad they usually die or go insane so the main character is the grandson of one fully intent to open a portal to earth.

 

STORY:

It's gut wrenching. On one hand you want them to succeed, to finally feel the sun on their skins. And on every other hand you want nothing to do with the Grimdark Magic and civilization they employ.

CHARACTERS:

It's Void Herald. He can some how make evil ancient liches without a shred of morals somebody you can understand and enjoy. Even if you'd prefer to do so from a different reality. Moreover there are many many different races in the Under lands and it's exciting to see how their different cultures evolve different motives and methodologies.

 

STYLE & GRAMMAR

Niether need much explanation. Void Herald has impeccable standards in both and it's awesome to see the stories grow.

 

All and all it's an awesome addition to the collection and I look forward to seeing it finished.