I’m enjoying the longer stories. It’s kind of like a pendulum. I spend lots of times reading really short stuff, then rediscover what I like about longer stories. Then after a while of longer stuff I come back to the stuff I enjoy in the shorter stuff. Round and round it goes. Of course the shorter stuff helps me cut away the read later list a lot more effectively.
- Sweet Celestia by Rust
- From Sky to Earth by RaijingtheClockworkPony
- Upheaval: Breaking Point by Visiden Visidane
Another lost review re-written. This was pretty good. A nice semi-mythic telling of the fall of the Crystal Empire. An interesting look at how Celestia and Luna might have been like much earlier in their lives. I do like how Celestia started the story in self-isolation. It seems a very plausible reaction she would have to her immortality after a few millennia of trying to interact with mortals.
This needs an editor really bad. Typos and wrong words are regular in the early parts of the story. The writing itself apart from that isn’t all that great either. Lots of telling, not much showing. Plus almost non of the dialogue sounds like how actual people speak. Most of what the characters say are just cliche statements. The story isn’t a trainwreck or anything. It would take a few minor tweaks to get it fixed up into something fairly presentable. On the other hand I didn’t finish it because of how shallow it was.
This was an impressive story. I’d put it right up there with The Immortal Game. Same genre and everything. It has creative worldbuilding and does a good job of adding violence into the MLP world without changing anything we see in the show. It goes a little far in making Equestria a idyllic peaceful place in my opinion, but that wasn’t a deal-breaker for me with all the other good stuff it gives us. A lot of my final verdict will come at the end of the series. The second story just finished yesterday (as of writing this anyway) so I will be reading that quite soon. Lucky timing on my part. I kind of doubt that will be the conclusion though. It’s got a epic fantasy trilogy feel to it. If the second story is as good as the first I think this deserves a spot as a classic, one of the better works of the fandom for sure. As I started with, this is very similar to Immortal Game. So if you didn’t like that you probably won’t like this.
The story is not without its flaws. It tends to be a bit tell-y in places. The pacing drags along here and there. Most of the characters, even the mane six, and what I like to call 2.5 dimensional. Not two-dimensional cardboard cutouts, but they don’t quite make fully realized characters either. They are just a bit cliche and simplistic in places, but don’t manage to be strong enough presences to pull off being archetypes either. Still, if you like epic fantasy you should check this out.