Shrouded Seascape

Shrouded Seascape

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Foxtail Quill
Deep below the earth's surface, a mystifying subterranean seascape lurks, an archipelago bathed in inky blackness where suspense and horror hold court. Here lie strange islands and even stranger monsters, far beyond the realms of human imagination. In this domain, mankind is far from dominant; instead, madness and death rule supreme.
Pleading for mercy from the unknown creatures of the deep only leads to a slow, tortured existence. The trapped survivors gradually distort, losing what made them human, both physically and mentally, to the gloom as they remain trapped in this eternal obscurity. Their only hope? A perilous expedition into uncharted sea territories.
Fueled by determination, Charles embark on this daunting voyage aboard his steamship, aiming to reclaim humanity's past glory. Together with his crew, they sought a way out of this hidden sea world, a path back to the sunlit world above, where humans once stood tall.
I read a few comments from Chinese readers that compared this novel with Lord of Mysteries because of similar elements: Lovecraftian, western fantasy, first industrial revolution, and steampunk. However, I have yet to finish reading Lord of Mysteries to do any actual comparison, but I do think those who have enjoyed that novel would enjoy this as well. Also, the author of LotM, Cuttlefish That Loves Diving, also did a shout-out for this novel, so I guess he approves of it too?
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Original work copyright ©Foxtail Quill/Chinese Literature

Chinese Originals Status: Completed @ 1153 chapters

Release rate: 14 chapters a week

Launch Date: 14th September 2023

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7 months ago
See no evil, hear no evil, think no evil.

That is the tenet of all those that brave the shrouded seascape.

23 chapters at the time of the review. To borrow the translators notes on the first chapter, this novel is a mixture of Lovecraftian, western fantasy, industrial revolutions and steampunk elements. Those that enjoyed these aspects in Lord of Mysteries will probably enjoy this novel as well, apparently the author of LOM gave this novel a shoutout (translator, I would recommend putting your thoughts at the end of the first chapter below the synopsis of the novel).

The world building is intriguing and the mc is a smart, cautious and decisive captain which in my opinion is the best kind of personality for this type of novel. The mysteries that have been touched upon are really interesting and I'm excited to see where this story is going.

The translation quality is great as well.

7 months ago
Review as of ch 50.

This is a kind of story that is more on the serious side. This story follows Charles, the main character on his journey to go back to his home, the surface. Hints by hints and mysteries by mysteries were unfolded along the journey of the Mc. The worldbuilding makes it extremely easy for one to get immersed in the story. There is no info dump and just enough details are given to the reader, whether it is about a person, location, or even those so-called monsters. As of now, there is no ' Young Master', 'COURTING DEATH!!!', and 'face slapping' troupes, which are quite common in Chinese novels. Just mysteries, adventure, and action, no show-off and no playing around.

The main character, Charles is someone who is decisive, serious, and most importantly not a pushover. He always assesses his problem and tries to find the best solution each time. He also does not allow emotions and hesitation to cloud his judgment.

As for the side characters, the story sometimes shows what they are up to when they are not around the main character. The side characters have their own personality and their actions are within their persona. Other than that the interactions between characters do not feel out of place and 1-dimentional.

Overall, I highly recommend this novel; it offers an engaging plot and well-developed characters that make it a worthwhile read.

8 months ago
Interesting read so far.

3 chapters at the time of the review. Reminds me of video games like Sunless Seas. The lore and build is great combined with the Captain's log type approach. There are some points I can see which may break immersion, but time will tell. There are points which seem forced, like a means to tie the MC back to some plot point or theme for relatability. I think those are unwarranted since it's great for the mystery so far. I just hope it remains intriguing since it's a breath of fresh and unique, and doesn't turn into any other novel that falls back on cliches or troupes that exist in fiction already.

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