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Overall, Ethereal Princess was a great read. It seemed to strike a pleasant balance between eloquent detail and a mockery of how ridiculous and pretentious fantasy lore can be. The story uses immediate and deep character development, grotesque battle scenes, a playful dose of humor, and subtle vulgarity to captivate its audience.
Imagination was consistently provoked as the plot developed through colorful dialogue, which allowed for the apparent personality of the characters to surface almost immediately. While this reader was left wishing it had more substance in the back story of the warring kingdoms, the writer did an excellent job allowing the story to stay within itself in spite of typical expectations from fantasy fiction. The story does not bow to the desire for exponential layers of detail to provide a false sense of realism, rather it maintains its identity as a screenplay. As the adventure came to an end, this reader truly appreciated the sense of irony in the title.
I really enjoyed reading this excerpt. The writer wasted no time in getting this reader's attention. I appreciated the colorful and playful language and apparent depth of each of the characters, especially Irulen. I really enjoyed the mystery aspect, coupled with vibes from fantasy lore. Almost like "Merlin the Detective". This reader will definitely be looking forward to what comes next.Read the story now
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