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Final Fantasy XIII Episode Zero Promise Novel Review

Final Fantasy XIII Episode Zero Promise Novel Review

-Written by: Jakob M

In the futuristic society of Cocoon, all the needs of the people are taken care of by the godlike fal’Cie. The only threat to their comfortable lives is the world of Pulse below, ruled by its own fal’Cie with their own intentions. And should trouble ever arise, the fal’Cie sometimes choose humans to do their bidding – and life will never be the same for these people marked by fate.

Before the unlikely heroes of FINAL FANTASY XIII banded together, each had their own story to tell. This series of short stories chronicles the last few days before their encounter with a fal’Cie, providing a deeper look at the characters of the hit game!

The short stories in this novel serve as a prequel to the events of Final Fantasy XIII. I’ve played through the game (and all of its sequels) myself, so I knew what I was getting into. Some parts of these stories are seen in the game as flashbacks, but even the familiar scenarios are described with a high level of detail. I particularly enjoyed the little details surrounding Fang and Vanille’s issues with the food of Cocoon. I found that I had forgotten about certain characters or events, and it was great to read about them in more detail. There are seven stories included and the perspective jumps around quite a bit, which can be confusing. Fortunately, there is a section at the beginning filled with pictures of the locations and characters in the world to help you keep track of what’s what.

This is definitely intended as a supplement to the story of the games as opposed to something to be read separately. The short stories lead up to the events at the start of the game, so you’ll be left hanging if you read this by itself. If you enjoyed the game, or any of its sequels, I’d highly recommend this novel. I’d also recommend it if you were interested in playing the games or getting some background before diving in.


Final Fantasy XIII Episode Zero Promise Novel

Before the unlikely heroes of Final Fantasy XIII banded together, each one had their own story to tell. This series of novellas chronicles the last few days before the Pulse l'Cie changed their lives, providing a deeper look at the characters of the hit game!

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