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Of Souls and Rogues

Literal partners in fantasy crime

The synopsis is a perfect description of this book: Von and Lloyd, partners in life and crime, bringing great fun to whoever reads about them!

TLDR: 5/5 enjoyment, with great characters, great worldbuilding, and a (so far) simple yet fun storyline. It is growing to be one of my favourite stories.

 

Style: POVs, and so far, good POVs. The main voice switches between Von and Lloyd, and it is so interesting to see the development from both their perspectives. Then we occasionally get some side character voices, which I am also enjoying a lot because they tie well into the story (but I guess it could get confusing if overused).

Grammar: High quality grammar. Some typos, some stuff, the usual, but doesn't break immersion. There is no funny business with possessives and contractions, which I'm extremely happy about.

Story: The story is what it promises to be: fun adventures of Von and Lloyd, with a sprinkle of nice side characters. There is so far no long-term goals for them, but we do have some short and mid-term goals that give direction to the story. It is a simple story, but it is done well, and I think it's awesome.

The worldbuilding is also really good. No major infodumps, just a slow trickle of new places, new races, new powers; of a typical yet unique fantasy-like world. 

Characters: This is such a strong point for this story that five stars falls short. Each character is distinct and fun to read about, and I think this will only improve as we get more story, more development, more good characters.


Parallel Timeline: Time Loop Rebel

It's never tomorrow in the Cult of Time Loopers

The main character, Gaus, gets roped into a sort of illegal-ish pyramid scheme time loop cult where one day repeats itself over and over so people can grind their skills. Except Gaus is already looping while outside of the Loopers Academy, something unheard of. So for now he's figuring things out, taking advantage of the academy to learn skills without them finding out he can loop outside.

The story can be a bit confusing at the beginning, but reading more gives you more information so you can piece together how things work. It can feel a bit awkward at times because the main character knows more than we do (at least for now), which is different from most LitRPGs, since he's spent time learning and investigating stuff before the story starts. But he doesn't know everything so it's a fun balance between learning with the character and learning about him.

The grammar is really good. It's not perfect, as some sentences can read a bit weird, but even these are readable (and I'm rather picky with grammar).

There's not a lot of chapters so far, so that's mostly it. I'm looking forward to reading more!