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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.
Volume 3 Amazon (US) the book is in all markets as well.
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Volume 1 - https://www.royalroad.com/amazon/B093B2362J
Volume 2 - https://www.royalroad.com/amazon/B088N8CF62
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
For theorycrafting, world building, Dede, and meta-brew Roleplaying!
Thank you Wandysama & Boneless Chicken et al for all the vote pics!
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Style Score: One of the more difficult guilty pleasure reads to elucidate my thoughts on——Metaworld Chronicles can best be described as a ninth-tier spell mandala that encompasses multiple schools of magic. Each interwoven genre element contributes to the dizzying array that makes up this story, with the raw Evocation power of progression fantasy, the Divination Gwennism foresights of a do-over, and the sweeping Transmutation of its parallel world setting.
Story Score: Criticisms have been leveraged against MWC aplenty, but in my view, dissatisfaction stems not from Metaworld itself but from the myriad camps of different readers, each with very different expectations. The militant faction of power fantasy purists are outraged when Gwen struggles through failure or moral quandry, while the high-brow gray faction find it distasteful when she performs too well. Some NoMs salivate at each morsel of worldbuilding introduced——eager to seek their teeth into more——while Fu-Er-dai spoilt for choice see the tidbits as the tedious chore of unnecessary info-dump.
Personally——I'm unable to find any fault worth deducting CCs for. Five stars, every category! Weighing in from my own authorial tower firmly in the middle path, I enjoy reading Metaworld Chronicles immensely, have binged through three times in the past several years, and I've purchased the paperbacks to help show my support.
Grammar Score: Wutosama possesses a high level of technical prose, with no obvious flaws apparent or discernable, even when I squint real hard. As a binge-reader rather than week-to-week serial follower, I'll assume whatever errors escape his editing eye are caught and corrected by readers long before I could ever encounter them.
Character Score: We typically follow our intrepid but not infallible protagonist Gwen Song, with a narrative often flavored by her unique perpective and panache. Who she is is defined by her mood and the given personal context she finds herself in from chapter to chapter. Flighty whims contrast focused drive, she can be psychologically self-aware and also naive and blindsided. Gwennabitch doesn't always make rational choices, and her emotional maturity at the onset is firmly in the classification of 'cool wine aunt,' which helps and hinders her in equal measure.
While some readers found constant reminder of her leggy gweilo stature or day-to-day fashion choices irksome, I found them endearing. Focus on presentation and appearance is key to her identity——point of pride, mental hangup, and touchstone to her formative family issues all in one. Despite many unique advantages both mundane and magical, Gwen is all around too much of a hot mess for me to ever describe her as a Mary Sue.
Like the geopolitical and familial intricasies Wutosama crafts, the surrounding cast is colorful, distinct, and memorable. Many of the characters central to Gwen's life are multifaceted and attributed their own tangible arcs——Elvia and Percy in particular. Rather than assume the less-featured ensemble is flat or less relevant, it's more accurate to say that we're simply not privvy to their inner workings. This world Conjured into being feels that real, enough so that one can imagine that it continues on unseen in every direction until we have the privilege of exploring more of it along with Gwen.
I have enjoyed most of parts of this novel and as it is my first find on RR I'm pretty happy I managed to find something readable right out the gate.
My problem with this novel comes down to pretty much one or 2 things
- Descriptions of what people are wearing, at first I though it was an ammusing inclusion but when multiple paragraphs are consistently devoted solely to describing someone's outfit, I was like (CLAP)WHERE(CLAP)IS(CLAP)THE(CLAP)STORY?(CLAP)
- YES WE GET IT, she has LONG WHITE LEGS and apparently people find that feature attractive. I don't know if I'm using the word appropriately but I thought it made sense but I guffawed (not in a good way) and eye rolled so hard when great pains are taken to ensure that physical feature is mentioned EVERY SINGLE TIME fashion is involved.
- regarding the MC, how unrealistic the MC is as a "30 something" grown woman in a teenage body. She is able to anticipate and counter any attempts at disrupting anything that would get in the way of her BIG ASPIRATIONS. She uses her OLD WORLD knowledge to advance her goals which included intense long winded lectures that involve said knowledge. So I almost believe her character and personality. But than we hit the back and forth internal dilemna of I can't kill them or they are intelligent beings to. Cut immediately towards end of arc after MC killed or wiped out entire city and this happens EVERY SINGLE TIME. Lets not even get into wearing mini dresses that show of the LONG WHITE LEGS to a batlle scene. I really struggled to pair an intelligent, knowledgable and mature 30 something year old woman with a character that has a virtually obsessive compulsion to wear highly impractical clothes into a dangerous situation. My ONLY conclusion is that the MC is in reality not Gwen Song but ELLE WOODS.
- Lastly as a queer person I barely tolerated the queer relationship baiting as the MC's habbit of leading other characters on really started to grate on my nerves anytime a possible love interest appeared. In a sentence the MC, No we can't be in a relationship but you can totally touch me inappropriately, kiss me, hug me and I wan't to touch you, hug you, smell you, kiss you. And this is dismissively explained away as the MC's tendency to be masochistic. I think it was at that point I started to serously wonder if this novel is worth following. But then again the Romance genre is not my cup of tea so I'm highly biased against romance novels which I thought this wasn't because I didn't see it in the catergories. So the Catergories NEED TO BE UPDATED
Written on ch 55.
This isn't a reincarnation story.
Because the MC who is supposed to be a 30 year business woman with a difficult past and strong character has all the wit, resolve, and social ability of a 16 year old girl.
Now, this isn't to say this is a bad story. It's fairly good for a pretty standard wuxia, which it is. Just because the MC is a woman and the world is more magic, less cultivation, doesn't make the plot armor any less thick nor the characters any more deep. Personailty is literally affected by elemental affinity, leaving about 12 or so character templates, NoM are general simpletons, and everyone thinks the MC is the best thing since sliced bread, not to mention she gets a power-up every fifth chapter. But, all-in-all, it's totally readable, downright binge-worthy, if it wasn't for the false promise that this was a reincarnation story, because it isn't. The MC is supposed to be a business-savvy mature woman so why is she as clueless as an already pretty stupid teenage girl? Why can't she handle awkward social situations with the 15+ years of emotional maturity she has over nearly everyone around her? Why is she so needlessly reckless in a world she barely understands? There are so many holes in her character backstory, you could pass a truck through them. She thinks and acts like a teenage girl constantly and only pretends to be mature by stealing famous lines from authors in her old world. Just because she dresses fancy and reminds the reader every chapter of how secretly old she is doesn't mean she acts like it. It's more like "Upgrading Specialist in Another World," where the soul that was supposed to travel to another world gets destroyed along the way and the actual MC just gets his power; the story would be more honest if it was written that way. But it wasn't, so now I have to read about a 30 year old woman whose never been in a relationship and can't handle horny teenagers, thinks she can beat evil Magus with her less than a year of training, and wanders around slums in stilletos.
The grammar is great, the style is above average, and the story is okay, but the characters, especially the MC, just leave too much to be desired for me to give it a good score.
Not that you need care.
Well written story, interesting magic system, really detailed and unique setting... My only gripe is how many semi erotic scenes there are. The main character is basically a Lolita who freezes up with panic attacks when talking to her mom or when men look at her lustful or when she's not wearing long pants and men can see her legs.
Lots of scenes of her choosing just the right outfit to wear to some event, often with a corresponding picture from the internet that the author used as inspiration... then going on and on about how many heads she turned or how many people can barely contain their lust for her.
For example there is an early scene where she rides the train and a man starts groping her and ask she can do is freeze in terror. At first I thought this was just a comment on the human condition, or an example of the stories setting, but no, the author just likes writing scenes like that, and you'll find another one every few chapters with some contrived excuse why.
(tried my best to avoid spoilers)
I was hooked to this novel for about 300 chapters, until I realised that I was just reading for the sake of reading, and not because the story was any good.
The first few chapters (maybe 30 or so?) were quite good for a beginning arc and had me hooked into the story. While the worldbuilding wasn't as initially on point as I thought it was, it wasn't bad by any means. Author is consistent in world building at least.
However, once you begin settling to read more than the first few chapters, you tend to see the same patterns and the same thing over and over again. The main character and her relationship to many of the side characters doesn't progress emotionally at all. Yes, they may progress plot wise, but emotionally, the characters still have the exact same reactions to each other as always, and they don't have much emotional depth. The character Elvia is the weirdest of all, where she is described as a very cute, angelic type person due to her angellic properties, and is literally treated like a baby in every other chapter. The characters all rush to protect her and treat her for every single thing. I guess that's cute and fits in with the emotional maturity of the teenagers that this story initially has. Fine. But then this emotional dynamic is kept throughout the story at times where it isn't needed, isn't significant, and barely relevant to the story; in the China arc, where the protagonist moves to another country, the character puts herself to sleep by saying the name "evee", multiple feats of magic are performed through just thinking of her and saying her name repeatedly, and even when the character tries to grow as a person, Elvia comes through and bashes all of that to smithereens, even if the character is nowhere close to interacting with the protagonist.Her other friend, Yue, is the exact same except that instead of Elvia's angelicsm or whatever you call it, it's just hotheadedness.
You know how I might joke to someone, something along the lines of "haha, I shall protect you and be your knight, milady" or something silly like that? The parts about Elvia is almost written like if that joke was serious, and for literally no reason from the beginning other than that she's really cute and innocent as a teenager. Yes, eventually the story grows on to justify this by saying that it is the protagonist's loved ones, and that the MC will go to any lengths to protect her or something, but for a lot of the story this theme was there and weirdly brought up when the characters are just teenagers who share a dorm.
Aside from the lack of emotional development with the protagonist's relationships, the protagonist's... magical? development is also very repetitive. Protagonist gets magical problem, but she hasn't shown off her terrifying eldritch monster yet, so all is good! Every few chapters she gets a new spell or some other thing of the sort, and every other chapter, there's some poor idiot who doesn't know of this thing and dies. There are almost no challenges, growth is virtually exponential and eventually everything starts becoming monotonous. Even if the type of problems are changing, the character handles them all the same. Essentially, a very extreme Mary Sue, and once in a while, when she actually does encounter a challenge to her personality where she might actually learn and improve, she shrugs it all off after she overcomes it and it feels like "why was that point even there".
The story's initial theme of a "reincarnation story" doesn't have much to do with the plotline after a while other than that the character is much more powerful than normal in general, and once in a while she steals a business idea or a poem from Earth to impress someone; even then it doesn't feel very fulfilling, but something that's just thrown at us to fulfill this reincarnation plotline every once in a while.
Stylistically, the story is written decently. However, when you look at the overarching story, you'll realise that there is often no payoff between chapters. It's very easy to get lost in this story, not because it is good, but because the author, Wutosama, is very good at keeping us intrigued while constantly baiting and switching. The chapters language (when it comes to the main character) is very unrealisitc. A lot of the time it feels that the main character is throwing in words that are uneccesary simply for the sake of showing off the author's language, rather than actually contributing anything. The author also constantly talks about clothes of the main character. Normally I wouldn't mind and I'd appreciate an extra detail like that. However in this story the author goes on about it to the point it becomes downright detrimental.
Also, the author is obsessed about the character's white legs to the point it becomes very creepy. It's there every other chapter.
There are many other criticisms I have, and not much strengths, so I won't go on. But while the way the story is written doesn't start off bad, the plot, characters and story elements are masochistic to read.
The grammar is the only part where I have no critique. i'd have said the grammar was a 5, as I did not find many typos and I know the author is at good at fixing typos and other small errors consistently.
Competently written, but full of unnecessary anime/manga cliches which lead to scenes feeling contrived. One example is that events always seem to happen in public so there can be a 'peanut gallery' to make comments or snide remarks that felt more like youtube comments than real people talking.
Look, I'm not one to judge but I have a feeew issues with certain parts; otherwise an enjoyable read.
One thing is I'm not sure why people give the grammar 5 stars, while it's nice it's more of a 4 - 4.5 in my opinion, a few spelling errors and maybe not the best word choice in some situations.
The character is well, a 17 year old who is noted to be underage, then constantly sexually harrassed. I think the reincarnation part is unnessecary, all I've seen so far are just.. quotes from people and sometimes a few economy ideas ? Gwen is very very wordy and.. a rather creepy friend? I don't know in which situation would you need to mumble your 'little sisters' name to sleep and just let your other 'sister-friend' yell and burn people down, people who are your friends or allies? Also wearing fancy clothing in slums?
The story isn't bad, it's quite immersive as long as you keep scrolling and don't ponder too much on details, first arc is quite enjoyable
SPOILERS AHEAD, SKIP TO THE NEXT PARA IF YOU DONT WANT ANY.
Please stop putting an underage character, mentioned to be 'nearly legal' agaisnt people who are obviously rapists, constantly mentioning said characters fair legs and painting EVERY SINGLE MALE with several issues, slight insanity, even the 'opa' is not spared from this (however Killroy is a slight exception, arguably).
"Oh but the MC kind of attracts these kind of folks"
That explanation if used would make things far far worse.
We get it, theyre all so pretty and beautiful and goddesses and amazing.
SPOILERS END HERE
Mary sue, plot armor reduced the story, however I still enjoyed this book, mainly the first arc, after that it went into a slight loop.
Give it a shot.
Stylistically this might actually be one of the stronger novels on RR, if only because it has an actual style. Unfortunately it's a style that I don't particularly enjoy. The author writes in a manner reminiscent of trashy romance novels, with artificial and exaggerated emotions. This is further augmented by constant narration on how the MC looks, as well as how she interacts with her friends.
The actual story itself is alright, in that it follows the generic plot that most stories here do, go to a new place kill a few things, get stronger, and repeat. The difference here I suppose is that the worldbuilding is actually pretty deep and complex, and so is interesting to read.
In terms of grammar, I've found little issues, and the ones I see are usually quickly fixed and so are of no real concern.
Last, and most certainly least the character. Specifically the main character. The primary issue I have with the main character is her inconsistent morals, and beliefs. Gwen as a character seemingly changes morality at a drop of a hat going from a mass murderer, to a naive teenage girl, to ruthless business woman, to moralistic abolitionist, with no real rhyme or reason. Beyond that Gwen isn't a very believable 30 year old, much less successful businesswoman.
Overall I've lasted until chapter 428, but I just can't stand the MC anymore. It's a decent story if you're looking for something long, but not necessarily great.
Author writes very well, has good imagination, world building is very good. Beginning used to be shaky but after the edits it is now fine. I have now read 255 chapters but had to drop it.
My main gripe is his need for the protagonist to solve everything (Marry Sue). I think it is due to the format, it is really hard to do edits and writing it chapter by chapter probably forces the author to concentrate on the "main plot", however it simply does not make SENSE for her to do everything. The amount of "admirers" who are in her thrall now is huge, people much stronger/more experienced than her amongst them.
I would suggest thinking hard how to make her only a minor player in parts of the plots. It would make it all more believable. And adding more cases where she fails. If not everything is on the line, it is easier to sneak this in. Because as this is now, it is getting ridiculous.
Overall I would recommend trying this, it was fun for me most of the time. Not a literary masterpiece, but a somewhat fresh take on the genre.
This story would've been much better if she was a teenager instead of a grown woman in a teenager's body. She already acts, talks and thinks like a teenager. She is actually a decent character when you think of her as the portrayal of a troubled teenager. Not so much when you try to think of her as a strong, grown woman. The reincarnation/soul-travel bit does nothing but detract from the story.