Reviewer's Guild Reviews and Recommendations

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Today's Review:  Dark Space 

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Personal List of Reviewer's Guild Challenge Entries Next Week:

The list:
32. System Only Gives Me Useless Gifts
38. RE: SYSTEM // SUMMONER
39. Phoenix Academy
40. Nisteria Chronicles
41. The Archaic Elements - Experimental
42. Lord Protector - Experimental
43. The Island Tastes Like Chicken - Experimental
45.  Mary Susan Oceanrunner and the Brutus Saint's Academy - Experimental 
46. Light The Twilight - Experimental 
48. Butterfly Song - Experimental
49. The Fall
50. Darkling
51. Aeonica
52. Apocalypse: Homestead Class
53. 8 The Infinite 
54. The Inheritor Of The Ancient Arcanist
55. Devata Realm
57. Psetha
58. Tasìa Del Alma-Gris
59. Swine and Saber Hunting Company
60. Dishonor
62. Pieces of Me Too
63. I Was Green 
64. Infernal Academia
65. I hate being wed in fantasy world
66. Starfall: Serial Reincarnation
67. Mythgate: The Siege Mage
68. Skyrates
69. The Trials of the Lion
70. The Destiny of Fyss
71. Out of This World
72. Blood's Curse - Experimental
73. Beaubintian Ardor
74. Voracity
75. The Preemptive Crossroad

Previous Short Recommendations:
1. The Merchant Prince - The most important thing to understand about this title is that it is very distinct from what you can normally expect from a site like this. It doesn't attempt to take you into some jaw-dropping, constantly dopamine releasing fantastical world. In fact it is a far cry from that, it actually pulls you into a very familiar, hard reality. The characters are very well thought out and realistic, the details of the world is vivid, sometimes even nostalgic. You will find it rewarding if you manage to read up to at least the 3rd chapter.
2. The Future That Never Was - Very very professional writing style. What do we have here? A cat and a badass bounty hunter girl. Funny, fast-paced and action packed. Very atmospheric Cowboy Bebopish feel, except for the weird but interesting addition of a cat. A polar opposite of The Merchant Prince. As a science fiction, it manages to keep the world feeling 'possible' but not 'too' possible, striking a good balance between being too unbelievable and too hard to read. 
3. Altura's Defiance -  A very very oversaturated genre, although being reborn as a villainess might not be that oversaturated as the whole Transmigration genre is - I am sure that is exactly what you are thinking  - I thought that too. The author actually combines many elements (Kingdom Building, Xianxia, RPG etc) - and it doesn't get turned into a complete mess. That is saying something by itself. It remains true to what it claims so blatantly in its title and might end up as your next fix, if you are a big fan of this genre.
4. The Wind Walker -  The short one liner synopsis tries to catch attention by presenting to our psyche one significant event - children forced to work the mines. Now it all depends on the eyes of the beholder - is that one sentence enough to persuade you into reading a story? 
5. The Echo Realms - Gemma, a very ordinary girl with very ordinary desires (kind of like of us) suddenly faces a great dilemma as her world becomes twisted in nature. This is a story that should have its own genre, a simple girl gets thrown into an unexpected and dangerous situation, now how will she cope? How will the situation change and twist her?
6. Blind Judgement - This is a story about a blind man, a premise that is completely new and original to me personally. How did he become blind? Lets just say that you are in for a very dark intro. The story oozes off gloom and despair in the first two chapters, so those who prefer light stories, you are warned. A completely new and unique setting that I have found to be the most interesting up until now among the stories I have reviewed. 
7. Eclipse - Finally, a straight up fantasy novel.  The premise itself is not very unique in the sense that we have a world ending crisis, and our protagonist is trying his best to do something about it, at least minimize the damage done. We see his determination in the first two chapters to do whatever is necessary against all odds. Nothing new and groundbreaking here. But what is new under the sun? Nothing, if you ask me. 
8. Valkyria Heart - An interesting setting to say the least. The author has thrown in Vikings/Valkyries into a world mixed with magic and tech. The MC Ragna stands out with her hot-headed fiery attitude, albeit she might be a bit too vulgar for some. Be prepared to be stunned by things like InstaNorse (you read that right), Vikings with mental health issues seeking psychiatric help and many other interesting concepts that I don't think anyone else has tried to write about till now, at least not to my knowledge. 
9. Blood's Curse - Finally, a story with high school drama mixed together with magic, and supernatural creatures. We have a protagonist with past traumas plus a sassy mysterious girl as a side character. Many contemporary (especially American) novels have a very similar premise, but the story is still interesting enough and holds well on its own, with hints of mystery throughout the first few chapters that makes you want to know more about the characters and the world. 
10. The Cursebreaker - A gripping synopsis that made me instantly want to read the story. The overall formal writing style might not be everyone's cup of tea but those who like it might be able to enjoy this thoroughly - if it did not have a glaring fault. 
11. Deified - A very fascinating idea is presented here, something I haven't personally read about until now - a novel written from the perspective of the fictional world's 'gods'. Although, some might argue that various religious texts do just that. Overall, this feels like an idea with potential to become popular. It has refreshing(not always) comedy, very distinct relatable main characters (you read that right) and a unique concept that you might want to follow just to see where it leads to. 
12. Sub-Dragon Soldier -  A very unassuming title with a pretty generic name and a not so interesting synopsis(it has been edited since then, and is now very enthralling) - at least in my personal opinion. Then why give it five stars, you ask? Simple, I was just completely wrong about its content. Quite a cognitive dissonance this one. 
13. Descent - An interesting story about two twin brother and sister on the run. Although the story does well to keep itself interesting through its writing and future potential, it currently feels like it lacks enough content and story development at this point. 
14. Unending War -  This is the type of story I would like to call anime-esque. Not a masterpiece of literary work, but it was funny and interesting in its own way. This type of over the top story telling and 'blank' protagonists can only be found in anime. Some will like it, some will find it preposterous. 
15. Legend of the Spellthief - This is the first title I have read way over 5000 words for an initial review. The premise itself is nothing new, just another isekai LitRPG. Absolutely nothing is done uniquely either. It is just written very very well. The author combines the usual elements of isekai and LitRPG in a simple yet masterful way that makes this title an enjoyable time sink.
16. The Harmless Sweetie is Far From Harmless -  Overall, a great beginning. I loved how the writer invested time in building the world slowly throughout the first two chapters. The best part was that the worldbuilding occurs alongside story progression instead of heavy expositions that serve no other purpose except giving information about the world. 
17. Whispers From the Dark - A collection of interesting short stories. The first one was a well written horror story without any new or groundbreaking concepts, but the writer surely knows how to keep the readers interested by building up the atmosphere. 
18. Project Gaia - A distinct sci-fi story that has a refreshing writing style. I am eager to find out how a 'star harvester' has gone missing. The author does a good job at slowly making up the fictional world with many interesting concepts added in. 
19. Chronicles of a Blessed Adventurer - An absolutely mesmerizing beginning. I think that there is a very strong and special story here, even though the writing style is a bit simplistic.
21. Ducal Juhasz -  Masterfully written world and characters - which I am currently assuming is inspired directly or indirectly by Lovecraftian/Eldritch concepts. 
22. Silver, Sand, and Silken Wings -  The story is about a young girl exploring the world outside and trying to find answers to some personal mysteries. The twist is that this young girl is a dragon in a fantasy world. Various psychological and philosophical concepts that are often delved into in literature are explored here from a different perspective.
23. The Descent of a Star -  This is a rather serious and more traditionally written Xianxia novel. Anyone who is a fan of Danmei genre and is familiar with how various plot devices usually work in Xianxia novels is probably going to enjoy this very much. 
24. Dust Company -  This is a usual fantasy with rpg mechanics. There are many areas in need of improvement and revision. The writing style is not developed enough and grammatical errors are plenty. The story seems simple but I found it to be interesting. The effort given by the author is commendable, considering this is his first work. 
25. Day of Doom - So badly written that I had to give five.

Reviewed:
1. The Merchant Prince 
2. The Future That Never Was 
3. Altura's Defiance 
4. The Wind Walker
5. The Echo Realms 
6. Blind Judgement
7. Eclipse 
8. Valkyria Heart
9. Blood's Curse
10. The Cursebreaker
11. Deified
12. Sub-Dragon Soldier
13. Descent
14. Unending War 
15. Legend of the Spellthief
16. The Harmless Sweetie is Far From Harmless 
17. Whispers From the Dark
18. Project Gaia
19. Chronicles of a Blessed Adventurer
21. Ducal Juhasz
22. Silver, Sand, and Silken Wings
23. The Descent of a Star
24. Dust Company
25. Day of Doom
26. Hymms of the First Wind 
27. Pieces of Me 
28. Thick as Thieves - Experimental  
29. The Psysword Chronicles 
30. The Guardian
31. Protagonist: The Whims of Gods 
33. The Adventures of Blue Eagle
35. Spacefall
34. The Stormcrow Cycle - Experimental
36. Heretical Oaths - Experimental 
37. Frostbound - Experimental
44. An Explorer's Guide - Experimental  
47. Stonebreaker
56. The Antique Shop of the Devil - Advanced (Reviewer's Guild Entry)
61. The Desert Sun
76. All Hollow - Advanced (Reviewer's Guild Entry)
77. Sect Leader - Advanced (Reviewer's Guild Entry)
78.  Dark Space  - Advanced (Reviewer's Guild Entry)

Re: Free reviews.

#11

The Wrote: Hello! If you would be so kind then please review my books!

A review on Altura's Defiance would be best since I am trying for RS, but whatever is best for you!

Interesting TITLE. Following.

Gyoded Wrote: Congrats!  I would be forever grateful if you gave my story a look... link is in my sig

You had me a the synopsis. Will review within a week.

Re: Free reviews.

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I'm writing a couple stories, if either of them strikes your fancy you'd be welcome to review whichever, but I also understand these threads can get crazy so if you don't have time or interest feel free to skip me. :)

Re:System//Summoner is about a guy who's trying to save earth from a demon invasion with the help of the new leveling system and fighting through dungeons that have appeared all over. It's slower and longer and has a lot of fighting.

Eclipse is a short story about a fantasy world being destroyed and the desperate last attempts of one elf to save at least some of their people from the coming destruction. It's shorter and faster, completed, and has a lot of talking.

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Consistent_Milk4660 Wrote: Very short synopsis

You know, that in itself is good feedback. I hadn't thought about the short synopsis since I launched the book. I thought putting the one liner there was the idea. I think I'll expand upon it a little bit. Thank you and thanks again for reviewing!