Unsouled (Cradle #1) ★✬☆☆☆

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Title: Unsouled
Series: Cradle #1
Author: Will Wight
Rating: 1.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 243
Words: 89K

This novel starts with a dedication “To Devin, who reads as many web novels as I do”. That right there is a big fat warning sign that I should have given more weight to. If you don’t know, web novels tend to be written by chinese authors, chapter at a time centered around the most tropey of tropes that you can possibly think of. It would be like if 1000 authors suddenly started writing like David Eddings about castles and princes and princesses and wizards and stuff. It’s not necessarily bad, but it is by no means good quality stuff.

The writing is just fine but I want nothing to do with web novel inspired trash. Call me a snob, but that’s what it is. And I don’t want to support it in any way. If a place like Royal Road is your jam, then this novel and this series might be right up your alley. But for heavens sake, please don’t tell me. I don’t want to know that I helped anyone in this regards :-/


27 thoughts on “Unsouled (Cradle #1) ★✬☆☆☆

      1. Exactly. If you’re into consuming large quantities of genre fiction (fantasy, romance) that tends to follow a formula then AI is going to be able to do the trick just fine. Which is going to put a lot of hack authors out of work. I used to think that wouldn’t happen but the more I’m reading about the technology I think it’s going to be sooner rather than later.

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        1. I’d be ok if it put all the stupid, self-absorbed, “I’m a writer!” kind of writers out of business. But just like what I see at grocery stores, mechanical and software driven technology is completely changing our world. This is stuff I read about in SF in the 90’s for goodness sake!


    1. I almost didn’t write anything for a review just so I wouldn’t have to even talk about web-novels, because I feel like I’m spreading the plague.
      But that is the other side of being honest in book reviews I guess :-/

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  1. I gotta admit, I loved David Eddings back in the day.

    But, as my brother once said,
    “Oh, Gandalf! Better is one day in your courts than a thousand in the tents of Belgareth.”

    But I am a little confused by the web novels. It sounds like you are saying they are a bunch of Chinese authors using cheesy Western European fantasy tropes? Or do they use ancient Chinese fantasy tropes too?

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    1. I liked Eddings back in the day too. But he doesn’t age as well as I have 😉

      Ok, so chinese authors use chinese tropes. The Eddings example was just to give an idea of what it would look like if authors in our sphere did it. So here, the complete underdog overcomes great obstacles, with a prophecy foretelling he could possibly save the world. But using all chinese style of terminology and cues.

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        1. For one book. Then your mature side would revolt (I hope). But who knows, maybe you’d eat this whole series up with a spoon and love every second. If so, I just don’t want to know though.

          I got the first 3 free on amazon. Might still be that way.


    1. Someone I follow was raving about this series and had reviewed the 9th book. He also advertised that there was a promo on Amazon for the first 3 books for free.
      So I feel like I was led astray 😉

      And yep, save yourself while you can….

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