Lady in Red: Book 3 (The Rise of the Empire) by Harddaysknight

Author's Description:
The continuing adventures of a young couple who, along with close friends and family, are destined to change the world.
Size: 719 KB ( ~ 136,344 words)
In Progress
Genre: Action/Adventure
Sex Contents: Minimal Sex
Tags: Ma/Fa, Consensual, Heterosexual, Fiction

Review by Jim S   [other reviews by Jim S]

Reviewed: 2018-01-07 - (Review Updated: 2018-01-09)

I don't normally review a story still in progress but I'm making an exception here as, from the looks of it, this one will be going on for a long time . This is the third in a series of stories, the first of which had the protagonists in high school. Now the main female character, Gwen, is President of the United States while her husband, Steve, is reminiscent of Thor from the Avengers but without the Hammer. Even though that's his last name.

This is a good bit of escapism that you don't ever want to make the mistake of taking too seriously if you want to enjoy it. Otherwise, you might end up saying “WTF???” Surrender any belief in reality at the door. Consider it a fantasy without the fairies, goblins and wizards. The women are all incredibly beautiful; the men are all incredibly brave (even Gwen's accountant father) in fighting evil. The dialogue is over-the-top, repetitive in its praise of the beauty of the heroines and the bravery of the heroes (although not nearly as extreme as in the first two installments).

Even with all that, it remains a rollicking good tale. The only negative is that reading the first two installments is almost required in order to make sense of this installment. Not so onerous a task if you're into this type of story as they're also both decent.

For those of you out there who can remember, “Faster than a speeding bullet; more powerful than a locomotive; able to leap tall buildings in a single bound” (the opening of the Superman television show in the 50s) will really appreciate this story, as this appears to be where the author is taking the male protagonist. Or, given the characteristics of the entire entourage surrounding the main characters, maybe a Greek, Roman or Nordic mythology. He even named the housing complex where they all live “Asgard” which is the home of the Nordic gods.

It is well written and the plot, for a fantasy, is even somewhat believable. The characters are likable, the villains, both physical and political, are appropriately evil, and good is always triumphing. It's a great bit of escapism.

Technically its good. Only a few misspellings and I can't remember any of those other pesky technical errors like homonym/homophone errors rearing their ugly heads. It must have a serious following given its current rating of 9.10 (a rating putting it in the top 50 or so stories at SOL) but don't take that rating seriously as it is about 1.25-1.50 too high. I'd rate it a high 7 or maybe 8 which is still very respectable. And I'd recommend it as a read even with the rather long waits between chapters.

Plot: 8 | Technical Quality: 9 | Appeal to Reviewer: 7