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Smashwords book reviews by Endgames

  • Kel's Story on Sep. 25, 2013

    Kel's Story sets the stage well in a unique world. It does a good job of providing some background on the geography, political structure, and magical abilities in the Refuge World, while moving the story along following the main character. It's a good mix of action and explanation that keeps it interesting. Overall, a decent preliminary prologue chapter. I'm wondering a bit at the fickle nature of Kel's fellow knights, and whether that's normal. I know that some of it is explained in the third story, but even with that taken into account, they seemed a bit whimsical.
  • Down The Cut on Sep. 25, 2013

    Really enjoyable continuation of Kel's Story. I really liked the intelligence that both major characters (and some minor ones) exhibit, even in the middle of pitched battle. I can see some echos of the Brutal Harry persona in Kel, but he is certainly his own person. This chapter was very enjoyable.
  • In The Dark on Sep. 26, 2013

    A bit of an angsty chapter, but I can see it being necessary for the story progression. The introspection was understandable, if a bit illogical, and it answered some of the questions brought up in the earlier chapters.
  • City on the Plains on Sep. 26, 2013

    This one really raised a lot more questions than it answered. We only get a hint of how it is the Storm Belt that divides the northern lands from the southern, and leaves us wondering just what causes their vast differences. It was an interesting idea to see, and implemented well. You seemed to show a logical interaction between Kel and his "rescuers", and avoided any convenient (read: cheap) plot devices to ease the interaction. The language barrier and culture shock seems realistic and makes for an interesting read.
  • City in the Mountains on Oct. 06, 2013

    A decent transition chapter. It's moving a little slow, but it seems to provide some good basis for upcoming chapters.
  • Dead Eye: Pennies for the Ferryman on Nov. 13, 2013

    Awesome story. There were moments when I actually had to stop reading so I could clap and cheer. The story really drew me in. There was fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, beasts, monsters, chases, escapes, sex, and paranormal oddities. Some of the plot twists were getting a little predictable near the end, but it probably didn't help that I read the description of the sequel first. By and large, though, I loved this book. I'm hoping to see the sequel on Smashwords soon.
  • Digital Divide on March 16, 2014

    I have been a long-time reader of the webcomic, and was fairly surprised by the size of the world that has been established for it. Everything ties together. Real-world events and histories are used to mesh into a cohesive story that leaves me questioning whether it could become reality at some point. Then I read this story. There's just so much more world-exploration that can be done in a written story than can reasonably be shown in a comic. Digital Divide expands on the comic and brings it even more to life by pulling out more people's perspectives and putting them in real-world perspective. I took a while to get around to reading the story, but now I am sad that I took so long. There were a couple of scenes or events that were a bit predictable from a plot perspective, but that's fairly inevitable when reading a mystery, especially when the villain has a penchant for the dramatic. Overall, this was an awesome story, and I'm looking forward to the sequels.
  • Cadets, Part One on April 02, 2015

    I really enjoyed this introduction to new characters. It was a significantly better method than the typical "hero meets a new person and get a synopsis of their life" that a lot of stories do. Even though we have a gist of what Kel's life was like up to this point, it still might have been fun to see little snippets of what he was up to at the same time (chronologically).
  • Cadets, Part Two on April 02, 2015

    This was a good continuation of the introduction to new people. It definitely had a good level of detail to it, and I really felt like I had a handle for the people's general characteristics by the end of this part. I think that I slightly preferred the "broken up by year" format, as it let me remember better who each character was since I was being reminded every few paragraphs. On the other hand, that could be because I translated it into audio and listened to it over several hours. Maybe that wouldn't be an issue to someone reading text. I'm looking forward to what happens now!
  • Maker Space on April 02, 2015

    Man, I thought that I had reviewed this a long time ago. I really liked this story. It's always really interesting to see how Rachel's unique perspective on the world changes how she interacts with people, and how she acts in various situations. The level of detail in the writing is superb - it really puts the reader in the situation. I really love the AGAHF webcomic, but I can't help but find myself waiting and hoping for the next story to come out soon.