'The Viscount's Son is perfect for a quick, interesting read. The novelette is a fictional blog that tells the story of book conservator, Emma, and her online project - to transcribe an ancient and mysterious text. The trouble is, Emma's colleague, Jack, believes the medieval 'diary' is a fake. Emma decides to translate the text and leave it up to her readers to decide - so what will you think? Follow Emma's journey to discern the mysteries of the medieval memoir.
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From Smashwords - Review by Kirshy McAinch (5 stars)
If this is a first effort then I can't wait for the next instalment from Aderyn. I found this novelette incredibly enchanting and yet easy to read at the same time. The format of the blog style narrative was very clever and transitioned seamlessly. I was particularly impressed with the knowledge of the Latin language and English history and with a slight blush of my cheeks, admit that I found the sensual aspects of this story, quite captivating! Can't wait for the sequel Aderyn.
From WebFiction Guide - Review by Verydian
I am the type of reader who enjoys most things fantasy, but what drew me to this story, was not only its familial fantasy genre, but also the obvious historical atmosphere as well. "Historical fantasy" is not something I see very much of on the web, whether from my inattention, or its lack of popularity, you be the judge, but I was quite excited to begin reading . . . .
The author of the piece Aderyn Wood has only just begun to post the ‘fictional blog’, with only four chapters to date, but I still found it intriguing enough to swallow me into her world.
The story itself starts off with the narrator introducing herself as Emma, a book conservator at an unnamed famous museum in an unnamed famous city, hmm . . . ..Through chance she acquires an old diary thought to be from the 16th century, but apparently deemed fake by her colleague Jack for some particular reasons. The diary itself is in Latin, so in each of the chapters—which is Emma posting on an online blog—Emma tells the reader a brief telling of her own personal life usually relating to the book, and then an entry.
What makes it so interesting and enjoyable to read is the fact that although the important bits are really the diary entries, you also begin to enjoy Emma as well, as Aderyn writes enough detail about Emma’s encounters that she develops her own quirky little personality (oh the AC unit!). For me, it arouses the desire to see what’s also going to happen with Emma, not just the Viscount’s son.
Aderyn’s wording is clean and descriptive which I like, because she gets to the point, but uses enough detail that you can clearly visualize what it is the character’s are talking about as well as their setting. It’s also obvious, in my opinion that either Aderyn knows a lot about museum book conserving or she did enough research on the subject to make sure you believe that Emma might actually be of that occupation. The translations of the entries are nicely worded to seem like it might be from the 16th century as well with more classical descriptions.
I felt that at a few points, I was hoping for the story to pick up a bit as far as the diary went, but I also think that it is a work to ease into since the chapters are short, and there’s only four of them. The entries could still maybe be longer and/or contain more content, but that might be my own personal taste. So far, I can begin to see hints of the supernatural, but whether it full on becomes more fantasy, I will have to wait and see.
Overall, I feel this webfic is great, and I’m looking forward to reading more from it. At this point in the game, I say it’s too early to tell where exactly the story is going, whether Emma plays a bigger role aside from translator, and if the author plans on writing longer entries in the diary, but the story is still intriguing and gives you something to think about if you enjoy history