Review Policy

Request Status: We are currently closed for review requests.

This is a place for all the storytellers, known around the Wyrm as The Worldmaker Fleet. If you’d like to get your book reviewed by us, read the following policy and reach out to us via the email/form at the end!


Preferences and Genres

Arina's avatar. Illustrated photo of a brunette with hair tied in a bun. In the background, a sci-fi looking halo.

Arina’s interests spread across a variety of genres but she tends more towards sci-fi, fantasy, and all their subgenres. Her most appreciated genres are usually blenders like crime fantasy, tech-noir, and steampunk. She has a huge soft spot for aliens, AI, galactic empires, space operas, grimdark, cyberpunk, biopunk, mythology, ancient cultures, and court politics.

Universally, she loves unique premises, gray morality, imaginative tech, monsters (of any kind), out-of-the-box worldbuilding and magic systems, and sociocultural-heavy worlds.

Arina in books: The Boy Who Walked Too Far by Dom Watson; The Forever Sea by Joshua Phillip Johnson; The Earthsea Cycle by Ursula K Le Guin; Son of the Storm by Suyi Davies Okungbowa; A Maze of Death by Philip K. Dick; The Saxon Stories by Bernward Cornwell.

Paul's photo. Paul's this quirky, fun, clever guy wearing glasses and sporting an envy-worthy beard. Can't top it.

Paul is a man of few words but the owner of many, many books. While he is predominately a reader of sci-fi and fantasy, he has a passion for all things ancient and medieval, so historical fiction/non-fiction litter his chaotic shelves like potsherds at a dig site. He has a preference for modern fantasy and classic sci-fi, though as long as the worlds are deep and the characters complex, he’ll read just about anything.

Books that are unusual, imaginative, tonally dark, and populated with flawed characters will almost certainly attract his gaze, as will anything sporting the lurid neon of cyberpunk.

Paul in books: The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien; The Drenai Series by David Gemmell; The Earthsea Cycle by Ursula K. Le Guin; The Stars my Destination by Alfred Bester; Stormblood by Jeremy Szal; Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh; Sandman by Neil Gaiman.


Genres We Don’t Review For

Arina doesn’t take review requests for:

  • Erotica
  • Poetry/Verse
  • Romance
  • Military-focused stories
  • Self-help
  • Religious non-fiction
  • Memoir
  • American Civil War themes

Paul doesn’t take review requests for:

  • Erotica
  • Poetry/Verse
  • Romance
  • Crime
  • Self-help
  • Religious non-fiction
  • Memoir

FAQ

What formats do you read in?

We prefer mobi format, with physical copies being highly appreciated (but given the hardships they may cause with shipping, etc, not a preference). Files will remain for our personal use and won’t ever be shared with third parties.


Do you accept Amazon gifts or physical copies?

We’d be honored to! If you’d like to send either of us a physical copy or a digital gift directly from Amazon, keep in mind Paul is UK-based and Arina is Portugal-based (though she can accept gifts to the UK too, timeline for review might lengthen if it’s a physical copy).


How soon can you read my book?

We don’t have a set timeline for when we are able to finish books, but we’ll do our best to keep communication flowing so as to let you know where we stand. Please understand life sometimes gets unexpectedly too much so we might take longer than initially projected.


Where do you post your reviews?

Our reviews will be up on Goodreads, Barnes &; Noble, Twitter, Instagram, The Storygraph, Readerly. Arina can’t leave Amazon reviews atm (due to their spending policy). Any other website you’d like our review to be, free to let us know!


What if you don’t like my book?

Both of us are avid readers, but more than that, we are avid admirers of the author craft (Paul himself is a writer). We deeply respect that books are a shard of an author’s soul, and as such treat every of our reads with the same objective respect. In the eventuality we don’t enjoy your story, we will make sure to respectfully and clearly enunciate our reasons why. Our honest opinion doesn’t detract from your story’s worth; not every book resonates with every reader. We truly appreciate you reaching out to us and admire your work, no matter the outcome. Here’s an example of a review for a book that didn’t quite resonate with Arina.


Is the “possible trigger warnings” section of the review form obligatory?

That input is neither obligatory nor decisive in our decision to review your book. Merely a courtesy. If you’d like some help with how to best fill it in, here are a couple themes we’d appreciate being warned beforehand: Pedophilia, Abuse, Animal cruelty/Violence, Terminal illness, Chronic illness, Mental Illness, Degenerative Illness, Self-harm, Rape.



Next Steps

That’s it, thank you for reading! If you’re sure the Wyrm is the right home for you, shoot us an email at:

wyrmsworlds[at]gmail[dot]com

or reach us via the following form:

If you don’t hear back from us in about a week, please feel free to shoot us another email and reiterate your request. It’s very likely your message ended up in the spam folder. We look forward to exploring your worlds!