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Gwen Song awoke in a world that was not her own, in which everything she was familiar with had been replaced. Instead of airplanes and electricity, this 21st-century Earth is ruled by magic and dragons; humanity survives in a land of magical beasts and otherworldly beings, protected by shielded enclaves and magical constructs.
Follow Gwen across the world as she struggles to rebuild her life in this strange new reality. Behold a tale of adventure, friendship, and (of course), magic! Witness as she grows from a simple grade school student to a fully-fledged Mage, through university and beyond, discovering the secrets of a world made unreal by magic and mysticism.
Volume 1 Amazon (US) the book is in all markets as well.
Volume 2 Amazon (US) the book is in all markets as well.
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Satiate yourself while you wait with Metaworld-Meta-fics :
"Strictly Caliban" From the always catty @Wandysama
"Ariel le Cutie" also by @Wandysama
"An Islander's Meta-Journey" from young gun @Bartimeus
"The Mysteries of Fudan, and Other Rumors From the Metaworld" by @valderag
"Strategic Magic" by @kjoatmon
"The Strange Life of a Quarter-Elf From Sydney" by @Izetta_Fleur
"Rise of a Magi" by quacky @Rhein
"The Chronicle of a Null Mage" by Snow AKA @Warior1411
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Tried it because reviews were great, but wasn't all it was cracked up to be.
The writing style is pretty generic, nothing really stands out and I have trouble immersing myself into the story.
The worldbuilding is pretty great, best part of the story, but the story being told often feels like it's disconnected from the realities of the world it's set in, and like nothing bad will ever affect the MC because she'll always win somehow with some asspull.
The characters are generic, they tend to have one character trait that is played out endlessly and the MC is supposed to be an imperfect 30 year old but instead acts like a regular Mary Sue in a 16 year olds imagination.
All problems seem to exist for no time at all before they are steamrolled by the perfectness of the MC and her friends.
I feel like this story is one of many on this site that are rated strangely high for their quality of writing just because they have a female MC.
I gave up on chapter 8.
I’m not sure if I gave up too early but I had to force myself to read to here.
Mots in the synopsis so it’s not a spoiler to say that the MC wakes up in the new world. Something happens within the first 2-3 hours at school and she’s already in despair about her life. Like, you’ve only been there for a few hours. Wouldn’t you be confused about yourself, your family, the magic and so on. Hell, you should be confused about the weird memories you have. What’s making you go into instant depression.
From the second chapter it was a bit better. Here she actually had reasons for feeling sad/depressed. But then weird shit happens. She uses magic twice by accident and once intentionaly and then two months later (7-8 th chapter) she’s like “two months and I still can’t use a single spell”.
EVERYONE in the world awakens their talent instantly yet only she has to wait months for hers to happen.
and what was with the use of words in chapters one and two? Without reading the glossary, how are we meant to understand anima, sigils, conjuratuon and the other magics? At least explain things before or while using them. And several times things like magical platforms and magic messages are mentioned. What are those? What do they look like? How do they work?
i expected better for something in the top rated list. Maybe I’m giving up too early but I just can’t.
This is an above average Mary Sue story, or a WOKE xianxia one if you will.
The MC is supposed to be "a successful 38-something year old businesswoman with good people skills". The only flaw visible is that due to work and her inherent distrust she didn't have a family of her own.
The MC is actually an irrationally stupid and extremely awkward teen. She is sentimentally brittle and jumps from one hasty bad call to the next, while having pretensions about being "the successful 38-something year old businesswoman with good people skills".
There are no good male characters. Most are wannabe-rapists and brutes. Some are third rate support characters with no real personality, there to fill the background and nothing more. Very few are supposed to be the ones that love her and want to support her like the 2 geezer-mages(master and grandfather). ALL are complete morons with no redeeming qualities in the intellectual aspect.
There is the exception of her senior brother that is a paladin hunk, the embodiment of both strength and beauty. You might say "there you go" but it's worse if you think about it.
The writer/MC tells us all the time how great is her master (competent,powerful,intelligent,acute,hardworking etc) while at the same time she SHOWS how much of an imbecile they all are....with the exception of the hunk.
Like the rest of the xianxia genre, the story is plot-armor-heavy.
It was really jarring if you add the WOKE approach i mentioned before.
The MC really is something like star wars Rey
She starts OP and gets a pet that can make her even more OP.
There are no gram errors that i could see and the writing style is good.
Especially liked the normal teenage woman's perspective.The constant planning about appearances, dressing to the occasion etc, sounds like some of my real life family and acquaintances.
The author has talent. If only he/she would not pick the xianxia genre.
i can't keep reading tho. Sorry
This story most certainly has a good premise, and it definitely delivers some good moments. However, at some points, it really falls through.
So first of all the thing that really rubbed me the wrong way was the style. Damn, I can't count how many times I've read how the side-characters admired Gwen's legs or her amazing features. It REALLY does get tiring to read about her amazing legs. And this is not only limited to her, every single time we meet a new character in the series Wutosama needs to tell us exactly how attractive their features are. I swear practically everyone in this series is supposed to be a walking model.
Not only their appearance I also cannot imagine how much time I have spent reading what sort of CLOTHES they are wearing. I mean seriously why do we need to know what their attire looks like at any given moment right down to what their shoes look like.
Anyway, this is not the only problem I have with the style. Perhaps it is only me, but the amount of complicated and academic words in this story is just crazy. Perhaps the author is just really educated but this really frustrated me since I constantly had to look up words. (perhaps this is just because I am not a native English speaker).
Apart from these problems, and the fact that some of the characters lacked a bit of life, I did actually enjoy the story. The idea of a clever protagonist who actually uses her brain to get through the different situations was indeed quite nice
Anyway to summarize I would recommend this story to people who like a well-developed modern fantasy world and can ignore the aforementioned faults in the style. The story really does have a good premise, and I really did enjoy a lot of it.
it had a great premise, but it just went downhill immediately.
what's the point of her being a reincarnated person, it literally adds nothing to the story? she's a 30-year-old from another world in a teenager's body, but if the story didn't literally say that she is, then you wouldn't be able to tell that she's anything other than a regular teenager.
what initially drew me into the story is:
the premise of her not being a special gifted overpowered protagonist, but then it just gives her super powers anyway. and it's not even done in a clever way, it's just like "oops, sorry, crystall ball didnt work the first time, you op now!" poof goes the initial conflict
I know I only made it to chapter 13 before dropping it, but it's just really generic and nothing really happens, there's no conflict.
why is gwen friends with yue she's such a rude bitch, and gwen never uses her supposed 30-year-old maturity to tell her off?
It's an interesting concept in theory. I generally like it when our current world meets fantasy aspects. In this case, I just couldn't really get into it. The main character doesn't seem to be all that unique or engaging to read about, and it has the vibes of deus ex machina and overly dramatic events within the first few chapters.
Overall, not a bad read, but I wasn't too impressed either.
First, you may like this story. I started off binging this story and I thought it was good in large parts, but the whole "MC alone against pretty much everything in the world" was growing more and more exhausting to me. Usually you would intersperse some "growth arcs" or something, this story just constantly feels like everything on the edge of disaster. Instead of repeating what some other highly rated negative critiques pointed out (relatively shallow characters etc), I want to say that these may have contributed, but were not the deciding factor in me dropping this story.
What got me was how the MC drops from one nightmarish scenario of betrayal and gore into the next, I might have been able to enjoy the tension if it were not for the author giving us a PoV chapter of the villain in each arc of the story (in plain text, we know who the villain is). Many many chapters before the MC realizes that they're chilling with an abomination of endless evil. We have to endure the MC being clueless and being on the verge of being betrayed. Again.
In general I don't like PoV chapters that give us story-significant content of which the MCs are completely unaware. That may be justified in very rare occasions, especially when it just adds some perspective or is completely divorsed of the MCs for world building, or to introdue characters we will meet at some point. But here it's just a stress inducing spoiler, that doesn't add anything to the story other than anxiety. The MC knows these people, she just doesn't know that they're secretly super evil / possessed / brain washed / power hungry.
Feel free to give it a try, but be warned. If you think it will change, it won't. At least not for the 200+ first chapters.
Honestly, I'll try to keep this short, the characters and their lack of growth really killed the potential of this novel.
Once you get to around chapter 70 the most boring uninteresting arcs start and continue on until I dropped it around chapter 110.
The main character, Gwen is a 30+-year-old woman who is transported/reincarnated back in time to an alternate world where she is 16 again.
Throughout this whole story, she acts more like a 13-year-old and very rarely does she act like someone who is an adult that owned a successful business or a person with an average level of intelligence.
I think the worst part is the fact that her being an reincarnatior was unneeded and actually makes her characterization worse. If she was a regular 16-year old I wouldn't fault her as much.
You will see her make the same dumb choices each arc, always trusting everyone and pretending to learn from her idiotic actions and then repeat.
Her friend Yue, hot-headed dumbass that acts like an 8 year throwing a tantrum every chance she gets, never once thinking about her actions that screw everything up and almost no one calls her out on it.
Elvia her other friend, acts and is treated like a little kid to the point where it gets a little creepy.
The author is obsessed with constantly talking about how pure white the MCs skin is like this is a generic cultivation novel, which it starts to feel like after a while.
None of this changes from the start to the point I dropped.
the author tries to force comedy a lot but it often falls flat or just misses and you don't even realize that there was an attempt until you read the comments.
Around chapter 70 there is an additional 20 POV characters and it gets old fast, the plot becomes full of filler, the Mc is always getting kidnapped and is a damsel in distress too often.
The world is so unique and cool but everything else is just not written well which sucks.
I had to drop it after Chapter 111.
- the MC doesn't act or feel like a successful 30-year-old Businesswoman in a 16-year-old body. She acts more like 12.
- one-dimensional characters with character stupidity on top to advance the Story.
- the Stockholm syndrome China arc was the nail in the coffin.
what I would have liked: her going full destruction overlord on daring to kidnap her
what I would have been OK with: her manipulating her new "Family" and situation, playing nice, like the 30-year-old she claims to be, finally escaping her captors
what we got: a stupid character fawning over her new family who kidnapped her, imprisoned her and mindraped her
- the constant racism of the Author through cringy dialects and slang
I feel I expected more after reading reviews.
This is a good story to idly read while in quarantine, but overall a bust.
Characters are very one dimensional, you never get worried about protagonist because not only will they pull a solution out of their ass, they will suffer no permanent issues from it.
The plot twists are completely random. No hints in the slightest, feel like author was pulling scenarios of a hat.
The world is built pretty well. The politics and drama are all realistic.
Overall, read but don't expect to get hooked.