A Hero Past the 25th: Paradise Lost
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Gather all and I will tell you a story! A story of how a champion was summoned into the doomed realm of Ortho. Of how instead of a champion, they got a woman old enough to be your mother. And what happened after that?
I will tell you how the champion traveled into the Felorn Woods with her friends, in search of her lost youth.
And how instead of youth, what she found was Hell itself.
You don't believe me? Then go on and see for yourself.
But don't come crying to me if it was too much!
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A sequel to this fiction as a thank you for all the encouraging comments and ratings.
There is also another sequel!
And more after that.
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More descriptive than is common on RRL, this reads much more like a 'proper' novel than most other works. I do have a bit of an issue with the occasional 'heavy-handedness' in telling something with a hugely dramatic voice, when I'm not always sure the content quite fits such dramatics.
But perhaps that's just me.
Perfect? Can't say I pay enough attention to be absolutely sure of that, but chances are there's very few mistakes if any. Great job.
Although there's also a lot of good stuff, here it's probably not the strength of the novel. It's a bit of a journey-esque/adventuring sequel to the first story, with an added mystery (or two) on top.
The heroine is fairly passive, until she's not. Although there are reasons for this, it seems a bit 'plot-convenient' once or twice. I also felt the conclusion, despite in some ways being quite awesome, was oddly rushed especially compared to the fairly leisurely beginning.
Ah, this is were the novel truly shines! It's isekai, and although the characters are often clearly identified by one stereotype or another (like the naive princess or the veteran military officer and so) they are all much more 'real' and with much more depth than the average character on RRL.
Likewise, their development, if it happens, makes sense, they all have their own goals, and while not necessarily likeable, they are all fairly interesting.
The somewhat jaded heroine makes a great protagonist. Much better than yet-another-random-useless-male-lead-suddenly-getting-OP-powers. That being said, she is (fairly) OP, but at least not invincible.
It's not perfect, but it's among the best novels I've read on this page. It's fun, doesn't waste time on anything unnecessary, and sees whatever idea it has through to its conclusion.
Thank you for this excellent story.
Hope you write a sequel!
The world is well thought out and believable. The characters are real. And the writing is good. What more can a reader ask for?
In fact I believe, we few readers of this story, have been treated to a hidden gem.
I gave the first book 5*, I wish I could give this one 6.
To not dive into spoilers I'd only say that while both "plot moves" were predictable, it was still a great read. I wish this story would get more recognition.
It's pretty safe to say that this sequel is even better than the original story.
Style: I still very much enjoy this writing style. It's very show, not tell, which makes it great in my book.
Story: The story is even better now that they are all moving the story along. There's also a lot more expansion on the lore, and it's pretty interesting lore.
Grammar: Almost perfect.
Character: The new characters are interesting and the old characters are growing as people. Their development feels very organic, which makes this an even better story.
A nice continaution to Book 1, the characters continued to develop in a realistic fashion, throughout a nice and enjoyable story with twists and turns.
Book 2 like Book 1 is quite unique whilst working within the confines of japanese isekai hero stories.
I would love to write more but am afraid to spoiler a well deserved 5/5 overall score.
And a clear recommendation from me.
A Hero Past the 25th became my favorite web novel series with this book, regardless of how long it continues into the future. (Hopefully longer than expected!)
Lost Paradise is a fantastic tale, whether reading it as a stand-alone story or as the second chapter of this blooming epic. A riveting trip through the woods, Izumi, Riswelze and Yuliana definitely experience one unforgettable trip in this book.
The style of writing and grammar are fantastic. The author knows what they're doing as they weave their story and it honestly doesn't get much better than this. This is professional writing at its finest, and that it's here on RR is amazing.
Of special note amongst the writing is the battle writing. There are moments of tension like any novel, but the big battles in this one deliver and leave you fully on the edge of your seat throughout the entirety of them. If you're looking for some pulse-pounding fights, this is the series for you.
The story is well thought out and it builds on things we learned in the first novel while introducing new hurdles to overcome. The characters continue to be built upon and their motivations and behaviors shift according to what's going around them as well.
All in all, a well-told tale!
In this part, the story was mostly revolving around the Princess more than the MC. The story also became a lot predictable as well. But I still liked the MCs fights and the epilogue. The last fight was very good in my opinion. It was good to see the limits of our mc. Hoping she will get stronger!