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Dasha Sogoloff
Author
The Nuclear Witch
Nadia is a witch repressing her magick, living in 1980’s Chicago as a surgeon. When the Chernobyl reactor explodes as a result of human arrogance and magickal interference, she teams up with her former lover and other witches to stop the spread of the disaster—which was coordinated by her sadistic great-great grandfather.
Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10
Originality: 9 out of 10
Prose: 7 out of 10
Character/Execution: 7 out of 10
Overall: 7.75 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot/Idea: The ambitious plot melds a variety of fantasy elements with historical events—including dark magic, Greek mythology, and the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The work is a solid one that will draw readers in, but it ultimately overreaches, leading to a confusing, albeit intriguing, storyline.

Prose: The author wields humor as a way to balance out the heavier plot points—a strategy that lands well most of the time—but the worldbuilding can sometimes feel forced and disrupts the plot’s flow.

Originality: The novel falls back on fantasy tropes, but the creativity—witches, dark forces of nature, and nuclear disasters all rolled into one—makes this an exciting read.

Character/Execution: Character development is uneven, though Nadia’s inner conflict is brilliantly depicted in her efforts to save others as penance for her mistakes.

Date Submitted: May 08, 2023

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