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The Forbidden Princess
The Forbidden Princess
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In a world of magic, there are those that embrace it and those that vilify it. Cateline Bennett, a princess from the Kingdom of Axulran who has concealed her magic her entire life, is thrust into the world her lineage has spent centuries slandering. Forced to adapt to a new reality far from the royal palace, she must learn how to cooperate with peasants, how to survive a world full of magic, and how to fight in order to live.

As she traverses the Kingdom of Traburg, her newfound friends dig up a darker secret resting beneath their feet that threatens the world as they knew it. Together, they must discover a way to counter these threats; lest they, and all they know, will crumble to ruin.

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ActionAdventureDramaFantasySchool LifeSupernaturalTragedy
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Adventurers Fantasy World Female Protagonist Male Protagonist Multiple POV Multiple Protagonists
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  1. 23. SnowAug 5, 2020
  2. 22. False ImageryAug 5, 2020
  3. 21. ResurrectionAug 4, 2020
  4. 20. BattlefieldAug 4, 2020
  5. 19. FreedAug 1, 2020
  6. 18. AcrimonyAug 1, 2020
  7. 17. Mug WormsAug 1, 2020
  8. 16. HallucinogenAug 1, 2020
  9. 15. PhoenixAug 1, 2020
  10. 14. CowardiceJul 31, 2020
  11. 13. An Issue of PhysiciansJul 31, 2020
  12. 12. The TavernJul 30, 2020
  13. 11. AwakeningJul 30, 2020
  14. 10. DividedJul 30, 2020
  15. 9. Midnight StrollJul 30, 2020
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      New VowronPrime
      Status: c9
      Jul 30, 2020

      Prestigious magical academy? CheckPretentious-yet-somehow-loveable princess? CheckWell-thought-out magic that harkens back to traditional fantasy? You bet. Mystery, intrigue, and suspense? It's got all of that in droves. This story struck an emotional chord with me, mainly on account of the sheer sense of depth that supports the characters and the world. As with all well-executed stories, this depth isn't accomplished via exposition dumps and narration, but rather through something more subtle, something that's hard to name, yet helps make the world seem real, the characters believable, the dialogue natural. So let's jump right into it to see what makes this story tick.

      Style

      Undoubtedly one of this fiction's strongest aspects. The rich and at times almost-poetic narration really adds to the quality of the world the author is creating. From the cold, snowy mountain regions of protagonist Cateline's homeland of Axulran, to showing us the details of her mysterious magic that seems to be in equal parts boon and curse, the style bolsters every aspect of this story, and is some of the strongest I've seen on the site.

      Characters

      Here again, we see masterful execution. The protagonist princess Cateline is anything but perfect, yet her pretentious mannerisms are entirely believable given her royal background, and every now and then we see glimpses into her character hinting that she is somethign more. I am excited at the character development we'll undoubtedly see with her, but I really like her already!The side characters, specifically Aiora and Leolina, are similarly well-done, with the former building up to be a close friend-and-mentor (though with her own mysteries and issues), and the latter being a true enigma thus far. What are her motivations? Is she a friend or a villain? Or both? We've yet to fully understand her, and I can't wait to unravel more of her background!

      Grammar

      Perfect. Sentence construction is well-done, the words flow from one paragraph to another, and the author clearly has an excellent command of the English language.

      Story

      The story thus far has been engaging, with our Princess gradually discovering her unique - and oftentimes frightening - powers in an environment filled with agenda and intrigue. That said, it still feels like early days yet. We learn more and more about the mysteries surrounding Lighthelm with each chapter, but we've yet to get to the real meat of the story. It does seem to be building up to something great though, so I've no doubt that we're in for quite the ride!

      In summary, if you're looking for a rich and compelling western-style fantasy with a darker, more mature twist than normal, I think you've just found your story. The characters, grammar, and style alone make this more than worth your time, and when you add the story on top, you end up with something really special.

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      New NathanTKenny
      Status: acrimony
      Jul 29, 2020

      Cateline is a character that possesses many tropes found within humanity; but at the same time, she is unique. 

      The role of women in the Elizabethan Era had resulted in a negative wave of social belief throughout the ages. Cateline, a morally grey sorceress, takes the reader on a journey that ties this theme to its tailgate and travels through a mystical portal of magic, envy, and perhaps dragons and acrimony. 

      It had all begun in Denzethea, where two kingdoms collided under social justice and power. Cateline's character is well-developed and visceral in this setting. She is a master of ice (and other spells apparently) and likes the colour blue. This is a protagonist that shines brightly in the echos of hierarchy, and she divulges a plan to reach her full potential (and you know, stop bad stuff). 

      The writing is almost perfect, with little errors scattered about. Grammar doesn't matter anyway.

      The story reminds me of Eamon (Edward) de Valera's rise to power in 1932, where he promised an end to Anglo-Irish Treaty of December 1921. Cateline's journey through magic is direct and hair-raising, keeping the reader on their toes. 

      The style is the exact same as everything ever written ever, and that's okay, because style doesn't exist. It's prose, and nice. But I think the author uses grandiloquent words at times where smaller ones would suffice. But nobody cares about that. 

      Mr Gaffney once said that he's a living legend, and that couldn't be more true in hammering down the plot of this story. Cateline is a legend you tell by embers under moonlight. She is the shadow you see at night, the spiral in the sky (or black hole), and Gecko's favourite character. 

      The estranged right opposition in the story allows for a fantastic subplot and is one of the many reasons it's a page-turner (or mouse-scroller). Very well-written. 

      The story is pepepapulonticulous in design, structure, and execution. I highly recommend this to Fantasy readers and Science Fiction writers.

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