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A classic rise to power story with a meta magic system bases off Story Roles It hooked me. It s not a bad swords sorcery book But I expectedthan that.What is supposed to set it apart from a million other fantasy adventures is the concept of Roles Being a Lone Swordsman or an Heiress is not just a cliche here It has tremendous power The force of narrative compels people and makes miracles possible.That sounds great I was so excited for the clever twists this setup allows And maybe this series goes there and it s awesome But after reading the first book and part of the se It s not a bad swords sorcery book But I expectedthan that.What is supposed to set it apart from a million other fantasy adventures is the concept of Roles Being a Lone Swordsman or an Heiress is not just a cliche here It has tremendous power The force of narrative compels people and makes miracles possible.That sounds great I was so excited for the clever twists this setup allows And maybe this series goes there and it s awesome But after reading the first book and part of the second I can tell you that if it does go there, it s taking a slow and scenic route I felt like the whole first book was just filler Sure, you want to introduce characters, build up relationships, etc And it s not boring Exciting things happen throughout But I came here to read about cool uses and abuses of Names There was too little of that for me.I read it right after reading Sufficiently Advanced Magic and its sequel So that was my baseline I loved it It has waycool twists on cliches And I even liked the Young Adult stuff better there A Practical Guide to Evil could be enjoyable as a fun adventure, but that is marred by what I thought was a dose of unnecessarily gruesome violence People shit on web based novels on the time this is another prime example of how that is NOT true Sure, there are some grammatical errors and typos, but the quality of writing is BEYOND much of what I ve read in books and onThe characters are well developed, form connections, and are genuinely funny The fantasy world that ErraticErrata has built is detailed, with backstory given casually by the characters learning, not through just simply prose statements I m excited to continue wi People shit on web based novels on the time this is another prime example of how that is NOT true Sure, there are some grammatical errors and typos, but the quality of writing is BEYOND much of what I ve read in books and onThe characters are well developed, form connections, and are genuinely funny The fantasy world that ErraticErrata has built is detailed, with backstory given casually by the characters learning, not through just simply prose statements I m excited to continue with the series If you want a Fantasy story about the kind of person who would take a look at the army of Mordor and then inquire about the signing bonus for joining up, this is your book I ve often enjoyed Fantasy stories like this one that focus on a villain s perspective They tend to be light and fun even when they re dealing with apocalyptic events, and this story delivers exactly that The protagonist, Catherine Foundling, isn t entirely evil and neither is the Evil faction in general However, they ar If you want a Fantasy story about the kind of person who would take a look at the army of Mordor and then inquire about the signing bonus for joining up, this is your book I ve often enjoyed Fantasy stories like this one that focus on a villain s perspective They tend to be light and fun even when they re dealing with apocalyptic events, and this story delivers exactly that The protagonist, Catherine Foundling, isn t entirely evil and neither is the Evil faction in general However, they are fundamentally selfish, and that seems like the crux of what distinguishes Good from Evil in this setting Catherine herself soon settles on a problem solving strategy that boils down to escalating every conflict to the highest possible stakes while creating as much chaos as possible, and then applying dirty tricks to win She barrels her way through every crisis, often by the skin of her teeth, and usually comes out stronger and ready to jump blindly into an even worse situation.This is the fifth web serial I ve read, and it features a lot of the typical strengths and weaknesses of the medium On the positive side The characters are expansive and detailed, with lots of development and growth The plot moves along at a fast pace, occasionally slowing down to focus in on a climatic moment The author is clearly responding to feedback, so the faults of the early chapters are addressed later on On the negative side No editor has ever touched the work, so there are wayspelling errors, grammatical errors, and small inconsistencies than any published book Individual chapters can be overly wordy and include digressive rabbit trails that I would expect an editor to cut down The work is ongoing, and as with any unfinished work there s no guarantee that it will be completed A Practical Guide to Evil 1 started out pretty weak, but ended strong I love the idea of a world where narrative theory drives events, and I think the way characters like the Black Knight are super well done It s a very compelling premise.The writing style feels very amateur ish, which of course it is, but it really took away from the good things about this novel for me Catherine, especially at the beginning, doesn t feel like a fleshed out character She feels very one dimensional.The final A Practical Guide to Evil 1 started out pretty weak, but ended strong I love the idea of a world where narrative theory drives events, and I think the way characters like the Black Knight are super well done It s a very compelling premise.The writing style feels very amateur ish, which of course it is, but it really took away from the good things about this novel for me Catherine, especially at the beginning, doesn t feel like a fleshed out character She feels very one dimensional.The final battle that constitutes maybe the last fourth or so of the book is amazing I really enjoyed that sequence, and the author s prose really shined though.I ve been told that the stakes really grow in following books, and that a lot happens after book 1, which is by far the shortest book in the series I haven t decided yet if I am going to continue, but I have a lot of reasons to do so we ll see 4.5 5 Really good entry for a series Loved the Name system and the world building The book as a whole is pretty fast paced while still being easy to keep up with everything going on The second half of this book really shined and was probably one of the most enjoyable things I have read in a while The thing that hooked me with this book is how fleshed out a lot of the characters personalities were but how they interacted with each other and the world I found some of my favorite moments were 4.5 5 Really good entry for a series Loved the Name system and the world building The book as a whole is pretty fast paced while still being easy to keep up with everything going on The second half of this book really shined and was probably one of the most enjoyable things I have read in a while The thing that hooked me with this book is how fleshed out a lot of the characters personalities were but how they interacted with each other and the world I found some of my favorite moments were just when characters were fucking around with each other or talking mad shit The humor in this book is outstanding and I was caught off guard many times during this book The only flaws with this novel I can really point out are a few spelling and grammar mistakes but they didn t take me out of the story at any point or ruin my enjoyment Also, considering this is a one man operation I don t think it s bad at all I very much look forward to making my way into book 2 and seeing what else Catherine has in store for everyone after the goat incident Decent fantasy story where the characters do not suffer from Genre Blindness, quite the opposite A better than average use of magically capitalized Words. *Free Kindle ⇵ So You Want to Be a Villain? ⇱ Catherine Foundling has a planShe ll join the Legions of Terror that occupy her homeland and work her way up the ladder until she can effect the kind of changes the former Kingdom of Callow so badly needs Yet after a night gone from bad to worse she is offered a once in a lifetime opportunity by the right hand of the Empress, the infamous Black Knight to become his apprentice and learn the business of villainy from one of the most dangerous men in Creation It s probably a trap, but when has that ever stopped her For the sake of the land of her birth, she is than willing to get her hands dirty They say the first step on the path to the Tower is the hardestConsidering the amount of people already trying to kill her, they might have a point A Practical Guide to Evil is a YA fantasy novel about a young girl named Catherine Foundling making her way through the world though, in a departure from the norm, not on the side of the heroes Is there such a thing as doing bad things for good reasons, or is she just rationalizing her desire for control Good and Evil are tricky concepts, and the power you get the blurrier the lines between them become One of my first forrays into web serial and actually the first non fiction book I ve picked up in months it made me realise how much I ve missed them Loved the way that this book subverts fantasy tropes and follows the Evil empire Also the beginnings of some promising worldbuilding seems that the empire is basedon African kingdoms, while the states it occupies have the generic European middle ages vibe Also loved that the region is medieval era, yet it s hinted that elsewhere has adv One of my first forrays into web serial and actually the first non fiction book I ve picked up in months it made me realise how much I ve missed them Loved the way that this book subverts fantasy tropes and follows the Evil empire Also the beginnings of some promising worldbuilding seems that the empire is basedon African kingdoms, while the states it occupies have the generic European middle ages vibe Also loved that the region is medieval era, yet it s hinted that elsewhere has advanced into a steampunk era and actively suppresses such progress in the empire Made the world feel a whole lot bigger Most of all, loved the banter It was hilarious Among the funniest books I ve read God I love this series I started re reading it when it went on hiatus after Book IV wrapped up it s back now though yayyyy , and it holds up just as well the second time through Catherine Foundling is a fully legit BAMF, and a world where being Dangerously Genre Savvy is an essential tool for survival but that isn t played for laughs is interesting as heck That said, when the humor is present it s pretty damn funny Dread Emperor Traitorous is best girl I recommend this series to everybod God I love this series I started re reading it when it went on hiatus after Book IV wrapped up it s back now though yayyyy , and it holds up just as well the second time through Catherine Foundling is a fully legit BAMF, and a world where being Dangerously Genre Savvy is an essential tool for survival but that isn t played for laughs is interesting as heck That said, when the humor is present it s pretty damn funny Dread Emperor Traitorous is best girl I recommend this series to everybody I can get to hold still long enough, and if you ve made it to here then congratulations, that includes you