RemingtonSloan

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Fun! :)

Spy novels aren't my thing, honestly, so I can't say too much. But, it felt very much like it had the the right tropes. With some polishing, I could imagine it on a bookstore shelf. I'd focus on tightening the tension in the action scenes and do some standard editing: cut, revise, and run it through Grammarly. Good luck!

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Super interesting!

I like what's going on, and you have a pretty clear style. You have some natural talent.

Here are some suggestions:

Try to use less words. Sometimes you say some things in round about ways. Just go back through what you've written and look for places where you can simplify the language.

Continue to describe the characters. There was a lot of info on the first page, and I honestly couldn't take it all in. I don't remember which character is which or what they look like. I have no idea what your narrator looks like... Except maybe he has one eye and sharp teeth.

If you aren't already, use Grammarly to check your grammar. The last chapter needed a little more attention, and Grammarly will save you a ton of time, especially if you already have a good grasp of grammar.

This doesn't feel sci-fi yet. If the only sci-fi elements are going to be the extra dimensions, I'd call this fantasy. As far as I can tell, sci-fi readers are really looking for hard sci-fi nowadays, but this fits right in with fantasy so far. This will help you find readers who will be satisfied with your book after picking it up.

You're doing a great job. I really liked this hence why I actually read it... 😒 As opposed to pretending to do so. Keep the chapters short. Keep the story moving. Keep the reader informed. You really have a good foundation for the craft. Great job!

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Potentially a good magnet piece.

I know it's just a primer, but it was hard to read.

That said, the story was a fine little fantasy story. After reading this, I don't think the setting is so complex as to need a primer, but it could work well as a magnet piece.

Again, the biggest problem was the grammar and structure of the text. If that can be polished, the story will be way more enjoyable.

I might check out the rest. Let me know if you polish this and I'll update my review.

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A fun and easy read. Great early draft.

The story starts moving immediately. Elements are introduced and explained naturally. I never fault lost. I never felt like there was too much information at once.

I'm interested seeing how conflicts play out between Crims, the magic-users/mutants of the story.

The magic system is simple. I'm a fan of that. It's not about the writer trying to be clever. I never felt like Max was trying to impress us, a trap that a lot of writers fall into. The system serves the story and the setting.

I don't personally like the first person present tense, but it works really well for the story. The purpose of it is to create more tension, and I think it works, especially with Nikola's anxious nature.

As it's an early draft, there are a lot of grammar problems, but it's never so bad as to be illegible. Running the chapters through Grammarly would help a lot.

I'm looking forward to updates. This review is written as of having read the first twenty-two pages.

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