Shovels In Spades

by Lone

Original ONGOING Action Fantasy Romance Tragedy Anti-Hero Lead Dungeon LitRPG Low Fantasy Magic Male Lead Non-Human lead Post Apocalyptic Ruling Class Secret Identity Strong Lead Supernatural
Warning This fiction contains:
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  • Traumatising content

We all have dreams of becoming powerful, becoming the cool mage that rules the world, living as the dashing rogue who can steal a kingdom's entire royal treasury undetected, or perhaps, the valiant knight whose prowess on the battlefield is unmatched by all. 

However, when the apocalypse strikes, you can only use what you have at your disposal, be that guns, baseball bats, your fists, or maybe, just maybe, a shovel.

One young man who goes by the name of Darenzo has just had his world altered into one that is now the focal point of some sort of experiment.

Just at the end of his shift at the skip site, a worldwide announcement was made, that not only changed Darenzo's life, but also the lives of all of the Earth's inhabitants.

Can Darenzo survive and thrive in this changed world? Or will his growing madness best him? The answers to these questions can only be revealed with time.

[Goal of 2 chapters per week, the only exceptions being announced breaks or emergencies]


(The new cover art is a courtesy of the very kind and talented ssddx and was designed using the fanart cover of cthulupillar as the base.)


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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
Book 1 Prologue: Change and Shovel ago
Book 1 Chapter 1: Building and Fusion ago
Book 1 Chapter 2: Traps and Rage ago
Book 1 Chapter 3: Merits and Sleep ago
Book 1 Chapter 4: Base and Clothes ago
Book 1 Chapter 5: Status and Jewel ago
Book 1 Chapter 6: Rimmy and Robbing ago
Book 1 Chapter 7: Seal and Platinum ago
Book 1 Chapter 8: Temptress and Confusion ago
Book 1 Chapter 9: Faith and Offer ago
Book 1 Chapter 10: Poison and Charisma ago
Book 1 Chapter 11: Question and Return ago
Book 1 Chapter 12: Stupid and Restored ago
Book 1 Chapter 13: God and Crippled ago
Book 1 Chapter 14: Smash and Suspicion ago
Book 1 Chapter 15: Princess and Anacusis ago
Book 1 Chapter 16: Respect and Perks ago
Book 1 Chapter 17: Citizen and Buffer ago
Book 1 Chapter 18: Court and Motivation ago
Book 1 Chapter 19: Wall and Earthquake ago
Book 1 Chapter 20: Cabin and Lighthouse ago
Book 1 Chapter 21: Suggestions and Requirements ago
Book 1 Chapter 22: Upgrade and Charity ago
Book 1 Chapter 23: Exhaustion and Note ago
Book 1 Chapter 24: Box and Safe ago
Book 1 Chapter 25: Syringe and Return ago
Book 1 Chapter 26: Baseball and Event ago
Book 1 Chapter 27: Respect and Transfusion ago
Book 1 Chapter 28: Crocs and Rash ago
Book 1 Chapter 29: Ring and Mithril ago
Book 1 Chapter 30: Leader and Food ago
Book 1 Chapter 31: Conical and Enfield ago
Book 1 Chapter 32: Hamson and Return ago
Book 1 Chapter 33: Matt and Dorian ago
Book 1 Chapter 34: Consumption and Life ago
Book 1 Chapter 35: Rimmy and I ago
Book 1 Chapter 36: Choice and Changes ago
Book 1 Chapter 37: Jesters and Fort ago
Book 1 Chapter 38: Fiona and Villain ago
Book 1 Chapter 39: Fun and Crafting ago
Book 1 Chapter 40: Failure and Levels ago
Book 1 Chapter 41: Pride and Split ago
Book 1 Chapter 42: Cube and Table ago
Book 1 Chapter 43: Tome and Stress ago
Book 1 Chapter 44: Graveyard and Cecil ago
Book 1 Chapter 45: Pala and Gods ago
Book 1 Chapter 46: Candle and Reality ago
Book 1 Chapter 47: Jorden and Harvesting ago
Book 1 Chapter 48: Trench and Volunteers ago
Book 1 Chapter 49: Crusher and Plan ago
Book 1 Chapter 50: Og and Denied ago
Book 1 Chapter 51: Gravity and Tide ago
Book 1 Chapter 52: Illusion and Damage ago
Book 1 Chapter 53: Confidence and Cyanide ago
Book 1 Chapter 54: Fear and Danger ago
Book 1 Chapter 55: Wound and Vine ago
Book 1 Chapter 56: Towel and Smile ago
Book 1 Chapter 57: Mave and Dream ago
Book 1 Chapter 58: Crushed and Conclusion ago
Book 1 Chapter 59: Absolute and Return ago
Book 1 Chapter 60: Punishment and Thanks ago
Book 1 Chapter 61: Mini and Endearing ago
Book 1 Chapter 62: Questions and Luck ago
Book 1 Chapter 63: Design and Past ago
Book 1 Chapter 64: Rankings and Changes ago
Book 1 Chapter 65: Loyalty and Speech ago
Book 1 Chapter 66: Laws and Request ago
Book 1 Chapter 67: Agreements and Butterfly ago
Book 1 Chapter 68: Size and Walls ago
Book 1 Chapter 69: Upgrades and Guesses ago
Book 1 Chapter 70: Mayor and Miller ago
Book 1 Chapter 71: Girly and Knife ago
Book 1 Chapter 72: Departure and Condo ago
Book 1 Chapter 73: Survivors and Soldiers ago
Book 1 Chapter 74: Acquisition and Rearming ago
Book 1 Chapter 75: Kabatay and Demands ago
Book 1 Chapter 76: Shark and Snipers ago
Book 1 Chapter 77: Sentence and M939 ago
Book 1 Chapter 78: Shock and Thoughts ago
Book 1 Chapter 79: Ahab and Threat ago
Book 1 Chapter 80: Relationship and Exchange ago
Book 1 Chapter 81: Barrier and Gab ago
Book 1 Chapter 82: Gloves and Roger ago
Book 1 Chapter 83: Mansion and Rose ago
Book 1 Chapter 84: Warning and Information ago
Book 1 Chapter 85: Emotion and Hindsight ago
Book 1 Chapter 86: Stats and Resistances ago
Book 1 Chapter 87: Training and Database ago
Book 1 Chapter 88: Trust and Hug ago
Book 1 Chapter 89: Guilt and Pipes ago
Book 1 Chapter 90: Meeting and Four ago
Book 1 Chapter 91: Line and Lasers ago
Book 1 Chapter 92: Ease and Phases ago
Book 1 Chapter 93: Plan and Deadlift ago
Book 1 Chapter 94: Defeat and Slice ago
Book 1 Chapter 95: Tears and Hope ago
Book 1 Chapter 96: Struggle and Madison ago
Book 1 Epilogue: Puzzle and Dream ago
BOOK 1'S CHARACTER TABLE SHEET ago
BOOK 1'S BASE AND NON-CHARACTER RELATED TABLE SHEET ago
Book 2 Prologue: Aila and Punishment ago
Book 2 Chapter 1: Beater and Titan ago
Book 2 Chapter 2: Gestures and Broken ago
Book 2 Chapter 3: Watermelon and Whiskey ago
Book 2 Chapter 4: Cute and Tower ago
Book 2 Chapter 5: Lightning and Need ago
Book 2 Chapter 6: Rebuilding and Status ago
Book 2 Chapter 7: Barracks and Smithy ago
Book 2 Chapter 8: Quests and Announcements ago
Book 2 Chapter 9: Useless and Bullies ago
Book 2 Chapter 10: Dungeon and Medals ago
Book 2 Chapter 11: Pursuer and Replacement ago
Book 2 Chapter 12: Books and Bonus ago
Book 2 Chapter 13: Teens and Cages ago
Book 2 Chapter 14: Bravery and Captives ago
Book 2 Chapter 15: Rocky and Vincent ago
Book 2 Chapter 16: Storybooks and Deranged ago
Book 2 Chapter 17: Citizens and Peace ago
CHARACTER TABLE SHEET as of Book 2 Chapter 17 ago
BASE/NON-CHARACTER RELATED TABLE SHEET as of Book 2 Chapter 17 ago
Book 2 Chapter 18: Passion and Underwhelmed ago
Book 2 Chapter 19: Reika and Hamson ago
Book 2 Chapter 20: Rankings and Moustache ago
Book 2 Chapter 21: Stats and Arrest ago
Book 2 Chapter 22: Changes and Chicken ago
Book 2 Chapter 23: Titan and Chips ago
Book 2 Chapter 24: Foot and Bank ago
Book 2 Chapter 25: Changes and Entertainer ago
Book 2 Chapter 26: Food and Concoction ago
Book 2 Chapter 27: Humvee and Smoke ago
Book 2 Chapter 28: Benjamin and Trench ago
Book 2 Chapter 29: Crater and Edward ago
Book 2 Chapter 30: Scouts and Bunker ago
Book 2 Chapter 31: M1 Abrams and Bonus ago
Book 2 Chapter 32: Rebirth and Hand-cannon ago
Book 2 Chapter 33: Snapping and Deal ago
Book 2 Chapter 34: Departure and Return ago
Book 2 Chapter 35: Sister and Parents ago
Book 2 Chapter 36: Barbarossa and Resolve ago
Book 2 Chapter 37: Brother and Anger ago
Book 2 Chapter 38: Evolution and Status ago
Book 2 Chapter 39: Chains and Rage ago
Book 2 Chapter 40: Bonfire and Friendship ago
Book 2 Chapter 41: Citizens and Growth ago
Book 2 Chapter 42: Vibrations and Feeling ago
Book 2 Chapter 43: One Monster and Bound ago
Book 2 Chapter 44: Hollow Victory and Great Loss ago
Book 2 Chapter 45: Newfound Grief and Warranted Guilt ago
Book 2 Chapter 46: Funeral and Phoenix Heart ago
Book 2 Chapter 47: Aila and Text ago
Book 2 Chapter 48: Pondside Talk and Lizardman Attack ago
Book 2 Chapter 49: Slap and Absorption ago
Book 2 Chapter 50: Terms and Distraction ago
Book 2 Chapter 51: Fusion and Voice ago
Book 2 Chapter 52: New Citizens and Bob ago
Book 2 Chapter 53: God Facts and Heat ago
Book 2 Chapter 54: City Lord and Rimmy's Core ago
Book 2 Chapter 55: Morte and Shen Mu ago
Book 2 Chapter 56: Magical Skills and Laughing Skull ago
Book 2 Chapter 57: Lovers Duel and Shovel Arts ago
Book 2 Chapter 58: Ellie Richie and The Watching Gods ago
Book 2 Chapter 59: Mountainous Eruption and Greater Telekinesis ago
Book 2 Chapter 60: Cleaning Up and Second Wave ago
Book 2 Chapter 61: Battle Plan and Death Magic ago
Book 2 Chapter 62: Multicoloured Skull and Diving Titan ago
Book 2 Chapter 63: Reinstated Advisor and Disgruntled Mu ago
Book 2 Chapter 64: Future Project and Useless City ago
Book 2 Chapter 65: Base Upgrades and Keep ago
Book 2 Chapter 66: System's Displeasure and Mu's Arrival ago
Book 2 Chapter 67: Negotiations and It's Not Over Yet ago
Book 2 Chapter 68: Rimmy's Fighting Resolve and Unbridled Rage ago
Book 2 Chapter 69: Morte's Will and Racial Adjustments ago
Book 2 Chapter 70: Teasing Maddy and Expedition to Middletown ago
Book 2 Chapter 71: Lich Stats and Daz's Beginning ago
Book 2 Chapter 72: Teleportation Relay and Ellie's Request ago
Book 2 Chapter 73: Advice and Golden Tickets ago
Book 2 Chapter 74: System's Attention and Esper Abilities ago
Book 2 Chapter 75: Daz's Abilities and Ho Ran ago
Book 2 Chapter 76: Big Bo and Golf Game ago
Book 2 Chapter 77: Charts and Daz's Counteroffer ago
Book 2 Chapter 78: Merit Points and Uriel ago
Book 2 Chapter 79: Fiona's Nerves and The Keep's Rooms ago
Book 2 Chapter 80: The Scottish Full-English and The Lottery Winner ago
Madison Artwork + Poll For Next Artwork ago
Book 2 Chapter 81: System's Description Blockade and Bob's Growth ago
Book 2 Chapter 82: Bob's Words and Mu's Crimes ago
Book 2 Chapter 83: Daz's Crimes and A Clone's Worries ago
Book 2 Epilogue: A Thank You and First-time Lust ago
Book 3 Prologue: Venice and Plans ago
Book 3 Chapter 1: Grave Butchering and Completed Records ago
Book 3 Chapter 2: Rimmy's Fans and Sally ago
Book 3 Chapter 3: Steven's Approaches and Poor Timing ago
Book 3 Chapter 4: Private School and Racial Change ago
Book 3 Chapter 5: Holy Cross and Gambit's Signet ago
Book 3 Chapter 6: Alien Laptop and Dice Set ago
Book 3 Chapter 7: Translation Skill and Fighting Ring ago
Book 3 Chapter 8: Champion of Quarterstaves and Test of Strength ago
Book 3 Chapter 9: Mu's Cardboard and Madison's New Worries ago
Book 3 Chapter 10: Data Tracker and The General Auction's Start ago
Book 3 Chapter 11: Pheldorapod and A VR Capsule ago
Book 3 Chapter 12: Achievements and Cold Reunion ago
Book 3 Chapter 13: Red Lightning and Davido's Joy ago
Book 3 Chapter 14: Skill Cap and Successful Cracking ago
Book 3 Chapter 15: Class Upgrade Token and Larry Billard ago
Book 3 Chapter 16: Nearing Level Three and Merit Ranking ago
Book 3 Chapter 17: Slot Machine Shakedown and Split-consciousness ago
Book 3 Chapter 18: Winning Streak and Strange Family ago
Book 3 Chapter 19: A Request For Crusher and Hsiao-Han ago
Book 3 Chapter 20: War and Total Evolvers ago
Book 3 Chapter 21: Ruler Auction and Final Item ago
Book 3 Chapter 22: Pheldorapod's Considerations and 25-Million ago
Book 3 Chapter 23: Class Change and Existing Skill Upgrades ago
Book 3 Chapter 24: Crystal and Rimmy Gets Some Upgrades ago
Book 3 Chapter 25: Upgraded Classes and Friends Fighting ago
Book 3 Chapter 26: Contracting Gems and Third King ago
Book 3 Chapter 27: Rimmy's Growing Fanbase and Flying Trial ago
Book 3 Chapter 28: Flying Results and Sword Mastery Challenge ago
Book 3 Chapter 29: New Promise and Weakness Trial ago
Book 3 Chapter 30: Krishan Ladakh and Updated Ranking ago
Book 3 Chapter 31: Worldeater and Maddy's Success ago
Book 3 Chapter 32: Mr Barrier and Secret Override ago
Book 3 Chapter 33: Pala's Determination and Hamson The Spade ago
Book 3 Chapter 34: Merit Star and Baggage ago
Book 3 Chapter 35: Tokens Galore and Merit Point Averages ago
Book 3 Chapter 36: Unfortunate Andre and The Second Lot ago
Book 3 Chapter 37: Crusher's Success and Xiao Meimei ago
Book 3 Chapter 38: Grand Proclamation and Headache ago
Daz Art + Rose Art ago
Book 3 Chapter 39: Champion of Cooking and Excruciating Pain ago
Book 3 Chapter 40: Battle Axe and Rose's Warning ago
Book 3 Chapter 41: A Father's Twisted Pride and The Auction's Conclusion ago
Book 3 Chapter 42: Shift Locking and Naming ago
Book 3 Chapter 43: Passives and Pouting Madison ago
Book 3 Chapter 44: William's Loyalty and Third Set of Walls ago
Book 3 Chapter 45: Welcome Speech and B-ranked Base ago
Book 3 Chapter 46: Different Universes and City Choosing ago
Book 3 Chapter 47: Fort Sky and GriD CrosS ago
Fort Sky Art + Crusher Art ago
Book 3 Chapter 48: Crusher's Threat and Rose's Visit to The Station ago
Book 3 Chapter 49: Visit to Turtle Island and Talks of Tea ago
Book 3 Chapter 50: Pool and Madison's Status ago
Book 3 Chapter 51: Alteration and Fiona's Struggle ago
Book 3 Chapter 52: Praying and Status Tweaking ago
Book 3 Chapter 53: New Quest and Choice Selections ago
Book 3 Chapter 54: Bei Fan and Secret Observers ago
Early Davido Hamilio Art + Minor Announcement ago
Book 3 Chapter 55: Scavengers and Jeremy ago
Book 3 Chapter 56: Mirroring and Soul Independence ago
Book 3 Chapter 57: Sovereigns and Candy ago
Book 3 Chapter 58: Daz's Solution and Useless Gloves ago
Book 3 Chapter 59: Amanda & Alek and Airship Engineer ago
Book 3 Chapter 60: Promises and The Loser Fool ago
Book 3 Chapter 61: Daz's Offer and Evil Ruffians ago
Book 3 Chapter 62: Resurrection and Spirit Formation ago
Book 3 Chapter 63: Soul Corrosion and First Official Complaint ago
Book 3 Chapter 64: Idris' Upset and Madison's Hug ago
Book 3 Chapter 65: Rose's Plans and Big Bo's Second Contract Offer ago
Book 3 Chapter 66: Talks of Loans and Bank Upgrades ago
Book 3 Chapter 67: Fighting Clones and Personalities ago
Book 3 Chapter 68: Cycle Three Starts and Goals ago
Hsiao-Han Artwork + Announcement Reminder ago
Book 3 Chapter 69: Crusher's Loyalty and Greg's Decision ago
Book 3 Chapter 70: SSS-ranked Item Token Usage and Tough Choice ago
Book 3 Chapter 71: Racing Ridomochi and Estranged Espers ago
Book 3 Chapter 72: Wheelchairs and Dormitory ago
Book 3 Chapter 73: Taxation Plans and Greg's First Orders ago
Book 3 Chapter 74: Waterford's New Buildings and Argument ago
Book 3 Chapter 75: Avulaway's Desperation and Mythical Cities ago
Book 3 Chapter 76: Alphorians and Explosive Surprise ago
Book 3 Chapter 77: Delve Into The Deep and Madison's Worries ago
Book 3 Chapter 78: Message From Rose and Illuminating Helmet ago
Book 3 Chapter 79: Tackling The Illusion and The Sword In The Sea ago
Book 3 Chapter 80: Genocidal Request and Hatred ago
Book 3 Chapter 81: Mofolo's Fate and The Sorry State of Atlantis ago
Book 3 Chapter 82: Fishy Smell and Return to Waterford ago
4th Character Popularity Poll ago
Book 3 Chapter 83: Unexpected Reunion and Accidents Happen ago
Book 3 Chapter 84: Accidents Definitely Happen and Early Negotiations Over Dinner ago
Book 3 Chapter 85: Questioning Lyle and Itchy Face ago
Book 3 Chapter 86: A Week of Progress and Visit to Tokyo ago
Book 3 Chapter 87: Meeting an Emperor and Duel of Threats ago
Book 3 Chapter 88: Councillor Rimmy and Aila's Change ago
Book 3 Chapter 89: Shovel Arts Ranks Up and Plans Are Moved Into Motion ago
Book 3 Chapter 90: Sleepy Maddy and Meeting Las Vegas' Mayor ago
Book 3 Chapter 91: Brother of Luck and Sandy's Intuition ago
Book 3 Chapter 92: At The Roll of a Dice and Who Among You? ago
Book 3 Chapter 93: Rose's Worry and Aston's Unheard Pleas ago
Book 3 Chapter 94: Firefighters and Lunatics ago
Book 3 Chapter 95: Ordering The Clones and Nuclear Threat ago
Book 3 Chapter 96: A Meeting of War Leaders and Terrorists ago
Book 3 Chapter 97: Lieutenant Anders' Honesty and A Last-ditch Effort ago
Book 3 Chapter 98: War Rewards and Mu's Disliking of Jim ago
Book 3 Chapter 99: California's Majority Citizen Ruler and Change of Future Plans ago
Book 3 Epilogue: Criminal Punishment and A Kingdom's True Founding ago
Book 4 Prologue: True Faith and Symbolic Departure ago
Book 4 Chapter 1: Prison Life and Onward to Gold ago
Book 4 Chapter 2: 20 Trials and Expedition Camp ago
Book 4 Chapter 3: Pala's Faith and The First Trial ago
Book 4 Chapter 4: Observers and Eyes ago
Book 4 Chapter 5: Trial Completion and Ak & Tek's Offer ago
Book 4 Chapter 6: First Permanence and Stars ago
Book 4 Chapter 7: Quest Completion and El Dorado's Temples ago
Book 4 Chapter 8: Alexandrite's Abilities and Singing Contest Winner ago
Book 4 Chapter 9: Mother and Kingdom-wide Progress ago
Book 4 Chapter 10: Scout Reports and The Ethics of Respect ago
Book 4 Chapter 11: Friendly Citizens and Crumbling New York ago
Book 4 Chapter 12: Crusher's Goal and Embers ago
Book 4 Chapter 13: Brother and Birthday Presents ago
Book 4 Chapter 14: Impending Awakening and Revisited Memory ago
Book 4 Chapter 15: Failure and Promised Reward ago
Book 4 Chapter 16: Oily Smell and A New Guild ago
Book 4 Chapter 17: Master Merit's Ambition and Quiz ago
Book 4 Chapter 18: Exam Results and Talks of Surnames ago

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Style: Basic, lego-like

Story: Systemoriginality +2

Grammar: Rare

Character: Difficult to relate to some characters, the conversations and exchanges are jarring, and the MC is a lucky and psychotic dumbass which gives the story a unique and parodie-like flow!

Finairo
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Decent story, but terrible characters

Decent story and creative world but the characters are unrealistic. The main character has episodes of extreme psychosis, or breaks from reality, without clear reasoning. The only reason we are given for him being crazy is that he’s going through a lot. The characters don’t have a clear personality and will often do things that go against all the actions they had made previously.

Lysate
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CrimUmbra
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This is one of my favourites!

The novel is very good, with some humor, that granted, is not for everyone; although it is for me. It has a great story and is very fun to follow. If you are looking for a apocalypse story with an op mc

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, read this.

docsumac
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Movie Theatre Popcorn Reading

This is one of those stories that confuses me on a personal level, because I don't know if I can coherently explain why I like it. I can come up a reason to NOT like it, yet I've read the whole damn thing from Start to Book 3 Chapter 21 over the course of a few days. 

So let's get the bad bit out of the way. 

The characters are universally Weird, and I've capitalized that W with intent. I'm going to try to provide a sanitized, non-spoilery example here out of respect for potential readers. If the author feels this is giving too much away, I'll happily edit at his request.

My take: The MC is a semi-reformed sociopath, with a disabled super-genius little sister, and a jailbait girlfriend with a speech impediment. All of them have mysterious powers and horribly traumatic backgrounds BEFORE the usual distribution of classes and skills and magic doodads turns everyone into sword and sorcery alphas. The other characters up and down the line have me wondering if the "now you're a game world" event killed every person with a modicum of sanity on day zero. For the life of me, I can't think of a single character that doesn't come across as being nuttier than squirrel poo. 

So that's the bad.

AND YET. The author has something. It's a very similar feeling to Legend of Randidly Ghosthound, a summer blockbuster movie style of reading where you just check your common sense at the door and have some damn fun for once. Then next thing you know the bloody movie makes a trillion dollars worldwide.

So I leave my usual cynicism outside the theatre. I reach in for another handful of that salty, fake butter popcorn and just enjoy the ride. I read the latest chapter within a couple hours of it posting. And YES, I give this lunacy five stars. 

Max Scherer
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I recommend reading the story if you like the premise. Yeah the first book has flaws and the MCs does pretty dumb stuff and his interactions with other people is in my opinioen pretty shitty. But the Rest is rather good. The System is an intersting take for the classic RPG system in such novels and has a minor flaws in the beginning, but is overall pretty good. So if you like the system dont quit in book 1 and read further. Book 2 is really well written and one of the best characters in this story only shows up at the end of book 1 and this person is worth it(I admitt that i am a bit biased, because i really really like this character...).

SleepyWriter
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Issues with MC and characters

I would first like to start with that I think this story has good potential and I'm really impressed and respect fact that the author has written almost 1k pages. That takes a lot of dedication, time, and effort. The System is kinda interesting and fun, even if we don't get to see most of it. The premise that only people who holds a weapon isn't turned into a monster is odd, but it's new and I kinda like it even if it's a weird logic. Gives plenty of potential for weird classes that I find really amusing, rather than everyone using the same old warrior swordsman mage builds, the system gives classes a lot of diversity since you can buy skills.

Keep that in mind as I rant about some things that bothers me, but I still think this is a fun read.

 

Anyways, I've read a few hundred pages now, and am currently on chapter 76 of book 1 at the time of this review. I like the story, I love Litrpgs, but I can't get over the MC and the other characters. They basically have one personality traits that keeps being slammed into our faces every other line with them in it. Ger mentions his daughter and is used as a reason for everything he does, as if he can't formulate his own opinion and thoughts without them. The heroin Addict is loyal to an obessive amount to Daz for no reason and also shows no backlash or withdrawal. The characters are so inhuman in their reaction it's actually really off putting. Daz suffers from this the most actually. Chapter One states he doesn't care about anyone besides his sister and parents, but suddenly he becomes Yandere for his summon. He also has very sudden and intense personality changes from murderous rage to then false caring and kindness, and yet nobody is questioning this cartoon-like bipolarism. And they also fall for his charismatic act even though his action and previous words prior to it would be suspicous as heck.

For example "I'm not going to personally kill the gang leader because I want to get the other survivors to trust me and join my fort" 

*Proceeds to use his demonic shovel to literally eat the dude alive, orders his golem to kill five people, and gives no more fucks about the other people running away*

It also mentions his calculative mind a lot but he seems to waste his points and poorly plans things out.

He is rapidly adding people to his fort even though it massively increases how hard the attacks are. He literally only has 4 combatants, and he almost died to the previous wave. He and them haven't really improved their combat abilities, and yet he goes to get more people. He hasn't tried to sort everyone out and is kinda going with the flow. I don't get how he is "Neutral" in alignment either, nor why he hasn't searched or attempted to call his sister or parents now that he has some power and is clearly full of free time since he doesn't require sleep anymore.

raven_datura
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I never miss an update... never

I started reading this incredable story a year ago. it only took me two or three day to catch up to the newest chapter. on that day I wept, because I knew that I would now have to wait for the next update... luckily this author is amazing because he updates very frequently. I love authors like that. so ever since then I check my bookmarks every day, and I never fail to read the next chapter. Im so exited about this book. Where is it going? What will happen next? I love how sertain secrets are reveild over time... and how much the characters change and develop. 

Setting: 

LITrpg, set in a modern world suddenly taken over by the "system". most of humnity being killed by monsters on the first day. humanity is being tested and those who survive and pass are given power. its that kind of setting. 

Characters:

I LOVE the characters in this novel. I love how they arent perfect, I love how they grow and develop. I love how they can change. all my favoret stories have well fleshed out characters, characters that are dynamic and have chemistry. These storys to me are the best of the best. This story has that, and I feel like the author will only improve with time.  

This book is my favorite ongoing novel on this site. I probably cant praise it enough. I love the Setting, the characters, the plot, the everything about it. and best of all, it keeps geting better and better. I truly cant get enough of this book. Im so greatfull that it exists, so I can read it. If it was available to buy on kindle or paperback... I would buy it for sure. 

There is one other thing I'd like to mention. thank you Lone, for your wonderfull story. you are an amazing person, and I want to convey my gratitude to you. You, more than any author I've seen before makes your presence known in the coments. I've hardly ever seen a coment on your novel go unknoticed. you reply and comunicated with your audience. It makes us feel heard; Its makes us feel important, and I will always be thankfull to you for that. Your novel makes me happy, I'll be sticking with this story untill the end. 

Jack Blank
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You've managed to pull together a antipathic protagonist into someone who's still pretty apithetic but he does a lot of thinking before most of his actions and even before he speaks, with a ragtag group of survivors which he monitors and controls under the banner of his own morals and ethics.

 

If done the wrong way, he's a dictator, but at present he stands an idol to those he leads. And that's nice, personally I love the story. I'm just saying that regardless of whether or not things continue to go Daz's way -most of which he struggled for let me mention here- I will be looking forward to see how this story presses onwards.

 

You've got an amazing story here with vibrant characters and a world full of vitality. Please, make sure you've got everything written out somewhere so it doesn't spiral out of control and you leave us with another hiatus.

Normack16
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If you like a heavily detailed System and some majorly crunchy stat blocks alongside an MC that has legitimate emotional growth...then this is the story for you.

The first section of this story should be read and assimilated as a new auther getting his feet under him and tackling a story type that has effectively limitless potential. Push through the painfully awkward MC inner dialogue and the seemingly bad Stat allotment because I GUARANTEE you that it makes a sharp turnaround by book 2. Past decisions come back in meaningful ways and paper thin side characters pack on some meat. 

All in all, I enjoyed it thoroughly past the 50% mark and started to become invested in Daz (MC) and his journey, would recommend reading this story.