Deck of Souls

by Luciferia

Original ONGOING Action Drama Fantasy Romance Anti-Hero Lead Female Lead Grimdark LitRPG Magic Male Lead Martial Arts Multiple Lead Characters Non-Human lead Strategy Strong Lead
Warning This fiction contains:
  • Gore
  • Profanity
  • Sexual Content
  • Traumatising content

Release Schedule: Tuesdays & Fridays.

Note: No harem.


Gods, demons, and heroes. Typical MMO fare—or so I thought.

When my guild dragged me into Jeriskyr Online, I expected I’d be playing the latest VR game. Nothing could have been further from the truth. You see, the gods like to trade people. Chosen by the gods of Jeriskyr and betrayed by my own, I found out that this virtual world is all too real.

Now, I must choose between my own people and a cocky incubus.

It should be an easy decision, yet I find my loyalties torn between the tyrannical and backwards Issradian Empire, or the oppressed demon kingdom, Nabyr-zahn. To embrace injustice or betray my own race.

Or maybe I’ll just burn it all down.

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Alexis Keane
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Soooo, this review might seem a bit premature, since it's been [checks watch] 30 minutes since this has been uploaded. But I don't care... it's just that good... (I've also read some of the chapters yet to be released, so shush...)

Style

The style is enjoyable and tightly controlled. There a not a lot of wasted words and all in all it contributes toward a well-wrought story that flows nicely and keeps you engaged no matter the situation. The MC's perspective is interwoven nicely with this and helps to add a nice balance of verve and humor to help engage and sustain the narrative.

Story

The story is good with plenty of good setup, foreshadowing, and twists. It can be a little slow at times, but regardless it is extremely entertaining and the world it is set in is absolutely exquisite. That being said, this will not appeal to everyone. Dick [coughs]... I mean, Deck of Souls is predominantly a character driven romance plot set in a fantasy world, somewhat like Throne of Glass, or A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas. If you liked those however, you'll find yourself spellbound by this.

Grammar

Grammar is good, except that author misspelled first word of title, should be an i instead of an e...

Character

This is the main draw of this novel, and may I just say that it is glorious. The characters are engaging, dynamic, and, most importantly, hilarious. Each character is varied and has a life of their own leading to an extremely entertaining and colorful cast that really brings the story to life. Some characters are a little extreme, as to be unrealistic, but meh [shrugs] I'll take it, it's part of what makes the story so entertaining. Character relationships are similarly well done and you'll find yourself screaming at your screen "Just f*** already."... alas, that seems unlikely to happen as the author is evil and seems to take a perverse pleasure in... [devolves into angry grumbling]

 

tl;dr if you're a fan of romance heavy fantasy novels (Throne of Glass, ACOTAR, etc.) then this is a great read. Dick of Souls is great.

mystic_musique
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Really really promising!

I'm joining the other early review and declare this a favorite! I'm coming from a five-chapter high, so I might be a bit too euphoric about what is basically a preview to a book, but even a preview can tell you a lot: 

The grammar and style is perfect, almost no typos, no repetitions, no nothing. The quality is that of a published book. 

It's hard to say much about the story itself yet. It's definitely not a rushed beginning, but at the same time, it's not boring at all, since so much is happening. We see some bad-ass action from the main character and get a first glimpse of the world of Jeriskyr - in an actual, honest to god demo. 

We also get to know the main character, which seems to be a very capable, strong-willed, but not too pig-headed young-ish woman. There's not much known about her yet apart from the fact that she is the leader of a very successful gaming guild and lives in a very high-class apartment building, so apparently she has some money. While there is no real depth to her yet, I'm sure it will come in time. Same with the secondary characters, there is nothing much to say yet, but at this stage that's natural. Five chapters is not a lot to go on after all. And I really appreciate how the author tells us a lot without info-dumping, so I wouldn't change a thing.

To sum it up, I already love Deck of Souls and can't wait for more updates!