The death of an old dwarf, the reincarnation of an old soul into a dungeon. He was expecting a peacefull, lonely death, and now he is a dungeon. Well, it could be worse, after all, dwarves are at home underground. Now he has to re-discover how to survive in this new life. He and his creations must carve out their place in the world with their own hands.
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I recommend the first volume and my four stars go for that, as of chapter 9 the second volume has left much to be desired and i would only give it two and a half stars tops.
The author focuses way too much on the outside of the dungeon and the plot seems to be fueled simply by things happening to the dungeon, which isn't very compelling.
I have a bunch of other nitpicks, but honestly, if the author just stopped giving so much attention to the f*cking king and stopped halting the dungeon and dungeon creature development because of some arbitrary number, the story would become truly outstanding.
The story itself was quite wonderous, filled with vibrant characters that had actual personalities. It was an easy read, and one I looked forward to finishing. Unfortunately for readers, this book has been taken down in favor of a contract. While a joyous event, that the author was able to obtain such a deal, hopefully furthering his livelihood, it feels as if those on Royal Road have been swept under the rug. The story has now only become an advertisement on here, which is quite saddening. However, I respect the author's decision and harbor nothing but hope for his work's success.
An enjoyable dungeon builder which seems to incorporate Xianxia concepts like 'cultivation'.
If you are looking for something not super long that does not yet have an ending give it a read.
In terms of issues, the story starts with alot of skill dumping, the MC starts out with like 10 different skills which I imagine could have be merged and simplified. This reduces quite singifncatly after the first few chapters.
Secondly, the story is overly generous with random fortune to the point its predictable. If a major characther is going through some kind of leveling you better believe by random fortune they are going to get a 'super-rare' variant.
Finally, I feel the story struggles with characther relations. This may be due to what I feel is an over use of adoration and awe for the MC. Is a fine method to highlight the epicness of your MC and its great for self fulfilment fantasy. However, a lot of the characthers in my opinion feel stunted from its overuse. For instance, the MC's children interactions are consistently revelling in how epic their father is, seeking his approval, and self doubt about their strength.
As a final point, the story is on permanent hiatus with chapters coming out very irregularly. At this point it feels like there is still alot to go. If that is the case then I dont imagine we will see the book finished for quite some time assuming Minning Dragon keeps their current pace.
What begins as a wonderous and unique dungeon tale loses it's charm. The tragic release non schedule aside, the web of plots become more typical over time, the characters lose their charm as they blend into stereotypes and the dungeon it self gets harder to visualize as the story branch away from it. That is my biggest gripe with the story; the dungeon isn't the focus nearly as much in later chapters. While it was fun to read adventure's reaction to floors. Eventually the increasingly convoluted floors never see challengers while the overworld Politics steal word count. And judging by the author notes about the direction the story is headed, this will not improve. Why write a dungeon story if it ends up a side character to your game of thrones facsimile. The dungeon being the throne, a mugguffin more than central focus.
Current: (VOl 2 Chap 9).
Good read still going to read it.
The beginning chapters was confusing; easier to follow along now.
You can totally skip the first few chapters and still understand what going on.
I like how MC want a aesthetic dungeon, for example the pillars on the second floor or the theater.
I personally need a map of the dungeon to follow along the adventure(ME HAVE POOR IMAGINATION).
The parts where the MC is trying to creating the perfect thing; kinda of boring.(I skip those parts.)
Spent way to much time describing the perfect dungeon toliet.
So far the story is like this
Dungeon creates something amazing never done before---> everyone say wow impossible; you are amazing ----> fight /train --->????----> Profile----> Rinse and Repeat.
I really like the dungeon story, but usually they get repetitive without an actual arc for the story.
I don't know what the author has plan for the novel as a whole, but the theme of a dwarf and all about the asthetics is a good point, a unique perk for this Dungeon novel.
I follow with so much curiosity.
Thank you for the hours of entertainment...
"Dungeon Heart" is perhaps my favourite dungeon core story.
A former legendary dwarven blacksmith (now turned dungeon core) is the main character of this story.
With an artisan's pride in his art his dungeon is one of a kind. With relatable characters and a lovely dungeon/explorer interaction "Dungeon Heart" tells a compelling tale.
The author has real talent for describing atmosphere. Able to capture the feeling of the dungeon's art as well as the interactions the story draws you in.
The story's cast sticks and becomes stronger as you get more attatched to them.
A must read book for any enthusiast of the Dungeon core enthusiast!
This dungeon story has been an interesting twist on how the MC became a Dungeon Crystal. It has the MC loving art and beautiful things, but not being too obsessed with it.
P.S. The way you have the MC be in the same world as he had reincarnated as a Dungeon Crystal. Is like the story The Bound Dungeon.
Review Volume one:
This story is an amazing read, imo falling just the tiniest bit short of a fully developed book.
While following typical litrpg routines the setting isn't too much of a clichee, the worldbuilding is steadily progressing and the characters have clearly planned out personalities. Their interactions flow naturally, I just wish there would be more of it since until the end of volume one the protagonist stays true to the tight-lipped nature associated with dwarves. This leaves us with fewer exposions which the author seems to make up with showcasing character traits in more obvious manners, running dangerously close to falling into archetypes sometimes. We get a lot of him crafting and building his dungeon instead which all reads itself very smoothly and entertaining but gets a bit hampered by the occasionally recurring choice of words. While I actually like reading glorified info dumps like this I fear this could lose allure in the future, thus I hope for the author to maybe use a different POV once in a while to share the wonders and mysteries our dear Smit fills his abode with, the cast being plenty big enough for this. Actually the constant POV changes are a huge benefit, keeping the story refreshing and giving the reader a different angle on the situation and expanding the background.
Grammar and vocabulary are fine for the most part with the occasional error not being so extreme as to interrupt the immersion or keep the reader from understanding the situation. The style is elaborate bordering poetic, befitting of the theme. Sometimes it is staying a bit too observant and detached where it could be vivid and vibrant with emotions but then again it is just a minor shortcoming not a real flaw. (If it's a deliberate choice of the author I apologise)
Overall, an enjoyable and leisurely read.
Update Vol. 2 Chapter 15 :
Coming back from it's hiatus the overall quality of the last three chapters has, sadly, taken a nosedive. The prose has become rather flat for most of it, grammatical mistakes have become more common and character progression slowed to a crawl or is halted in favor of navel-gazing or silly antics. It remains to be seen if it's just a slump or lasting change in tonality.
Honestly this was the first dungeon core story I ever read and it set the bar pretty high for those that follow it. I liked the overall story and the building up of the dungeon itself. The writing was good, the grammar was good and the overall story was good. I recommend reading it if you can find the full story.