[Arc 0 - The Prologue]
Airen and Yuelei Casteya - Two twins separated in act of revenge not of their own doing. One is sent to the frozen north, where she is adopted by a frost phoenix and taught to survive in the harshest of conditions, eventually meeting with the forces that govern nature itself. The other is sent to the southern deserts and is saved by a band of slaves-turned-raiders who take him in as one of their own, where he eventually came into contact with a being that calls herself the History Eater.
The two sought power and the forces of the world would soon listen, but not without their own aspirations.
And perhaps if the two were to meet again, they would be so warped by their own hands and would not even recognize the other.
[Arc 1 - Disciple of the History Eater & Knighthood]
Under the guidance of Fieluri, the whimsical being from the Archive, Airen moves south to the Red Slate Republic to attend Stonewall Military Academy. There, he finds himself wrapped up in the History Eater's ploys, and at the same time, learns of the somber side of society in the slave-driven republic. Eventually, under Fieluri's instruction, he descends into the depths of dungeons where he eventually reunites with an old acquaintance.
Yuelei, who has grown used to living in the snowy mountains, moves north to the Holy Land of Ecclisa to attend the Royal Knight Academy. After Lin leaves, she slowly adapts to living with humans again, but not without ceaseless caution. The thinly-veiled peace is eventually broken, for the monsters that haunted the nights in the Whitefrost Mountains are returning once more. In response, the Holy Land of Ecclisa slowly prepare for war, but Yuelei is not just a mere bystander.
All paths eventually leads to conflict. When it arrives, one can choose to deter it away, or to revel in it.
[Arc 2 - WIP]
NOTE- Based on an internal discussion, please be advised the earlier chapters of this novel [Arc 0 and Arc I] is going through a major revision and rewrite to gap the 6 years experience since the first draft of this novel.
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Let me preface this by saying that I have been following this since it has been first uploaded on a different site, as well had having seen some of the unedited drafts.
Style- I don't think the author mentioned it here, but this originally started as an rpg game script. The Side A and Side B is well done in my opinion. I personally like to read all of one side then the other as I think that's how it is supposed to be read.
Story- Very, very ambitious. Can't say much without spoilers. Looking forward to volume 2.
Grammar- Some typos and grammar mistakes. I'm surprised that there wasn't more since each chapter is around 10k words.
Characters- The strongest point in this work. Each character is developed eventually with their own story, and some of those stories make the main characters feel as if they are only a small part of something greater.
In conclusion, those lucky enough to find this work will be in for a ride.
If I had any complaints, it is that the author doesnt have more time to devote to this work. This review is my little way of giving encouragement.
I have spent a total of 4 years reading from this website and this is the first novel to compel me to leave a review. Simply put i think this NOVEL DESERVES A REVIEW AND MORE RECOGNITION.
Style- This novel has a unique style. The novel centres around two main characters Airen and Yuelei. Chapter labeled A are about Airen ,chapters labeled B are about Yuelei and chapters labeled C are feature events which neither protaganists is present for. After each A chapter is a B chapter which allows you to easily compare Airen's growth to Yuelei's but this can break emrsion because of the sudden shift between stories, especially when you are anxious to know about one character only for the following chapter to be about a different one.The C chapters come randomly (they dont always follow B). The author does not go into much detail while describing the setting eg we dont know exactly how Airens military uniform looks or certain plces like the training fieild in the village.
Grammar- Overall solid with a few mistakes here and there nothing to complain about.
Characters- This is the strongest part of the story. We are introduced to the main characters at the age of 12 they are 14 as of Arc 1 chater 1 A, and they actually act there age which is very pleasant as alot of novells on this site seem to forget that children dont act like adults. Airen and Yuelei are very likeable yet different, they are their own people eg the author shows through action that Airen is a bit shy, caring and has a sense of humor. Yuelei is confident, outspokenand caring. The side characters really make this story.Most feel fleshed out and MOST of them feel like stand alone characters who have their own sense of agency completely independant of the MCs, especially in side A this side character's are interesting and feel like they can be a hero of their own story particularly Eullina, Fieluri and keri. In side B the side characters are slightly weaker with there in my opion only being one standout that feels like he is an independant character ,Lin the others feel like the revolve around Yuelei. The character interactions in the story are smooth, enjoyable and BELIEVABLE with characters harbouring their own secrets and having their own personality. (my fav characters are Airen, Yuelei, Eullina and fieluri know it has nothing to do with the review but whatever.)
Story- So far the story hasn't really gone any where ARC 1 has just begun but the story hold so much promise it has a strong foundation and potentioal to be really good. However the premise so far isn't the most original but the execution has been very good. Just waiting to see where it will go now.
So i think this novel has potentiail. Definitely worth the read.
This is by far, one of the best fantasy works i have read so far on Royal Road, and also the one that needs more popularity the most.
This story has one of the most well-built worlds i have read so far in Fantasy Webfiction. With every chapter adding more to the overall world and its massive history. Most of the world and its history is interconnected in some way, with more being hinted in some chapters.
The characters, how they interact with eachother, how they are related to eachother, all is written with much care and a high quality standard. Overall it has been very fun to read about the characters.
Overall this story has 2 main characters, who appear in their own Sides, named A and B, with all other viewpoints happening in the C Side chapters. Both of the main plotlines are already worthy to be a story on their own, and could be read as such, but its highly recommend to read all of the story, since the backstory from both sides does intertwine to those who notice.
Sadly even a story as excellent as this has flaws.
First the writing style, while overall being very good, there are some annoying sentences, and sometimes theres a sudden timeskip without even any incidator for it.
Secondly grammar, its mostly flawless, but there are small mistakes throughout the story.
Those two flaws through did not hinder my reading experience at all. Mostly due to how well the story is written.
Third flaw is release rate, and i would want more chapters, right now! (So please increase release rate, even if its by a tiny bit)
I would thank the author for being able to create this amazing story, and the editors for making it readable to us all. Please keep on with your work!
By all means, this story rightfully deserves to come in the spotlight, so more people can read this amazing story.
Honestly it’s criminally insane how little recommendation this hidden gem gets. The only reason I created an account is just to leave a review on this novel, and get it the publicity it deserves.
TL;DR: Read and appreciate both characters.
The two main characters’ stories are not meant to stand alone; they are written with each other in mind and should be read accordingly. In my opinion, the worse possible mistake you could do while reading is to ignore one side of the story. While Airen and Yuelei’s stories differ intensely, there’s an obscene amount of detail that goes to comparing and contrasting the two MC’s. I honestly don’t think that the Airen or Yuelei’s stories would be greatly enjoyable if read without the other.
now, for less serious scoring.
Overall: 10/10. One of few that I’ve kept open on a tab.
Style: I can’t count how many comparisons can be made between the two MC’s, which sounds strange, but is rather well done. Try to look at each character after a few chapters, and try to see how they differ from each other.
actually though the dude made consistent POV switching work. and well too.
Story: extremely ambitious. story is most likely going to last a very, very, long time. that being said there is a lot of foreshadowing that happens, though I miss some parts. Saying too much might ruin it.
Grammar: oh hey he got an editor. funny. Let’s hope she does something.
(Disclaimer: I am not the editor.)
Character: Plenty of characters that actually aren’t forgettable! Characters actually have their own story, and all contribute to the plot in a way that doesn’t make them placeholding bystanders!
Read this, you wont regret it.
also thank god this guy pledged to finish. He’s insane, but that’s good.
haha names haha spelling
My onlycomplaint is that this doesn't update enough. author give us more please.
It's unique in the way it tells two stories at once, and BOTH sides are very indepth. The problem is which is is also part of my complaint.
The author usually alternates between A,B,C. So you have to wait for TWO OTHER CHAPTERS before you go back to the story. If you tend to forget things you read because you just read so much like me, it feels like a break in the flow of the story.
On the bright side, each chapter is so long that it outshines those 300-400 word chapters I see on webnovels. i think the author said each chap was like 10k word or so.
tbh i rather he/she just split it into 500-1000 word chapters so he/she updates daily.
Just finished arc 1 and this blew me away enough to make an account to review.
This light novel is written from the perspectives of two main characters, with each 'side' being its own story. This interrupt between each chapter is annoying and I docked half a point on because its three months before you return to the perspective you want to read about. The first opening chapter isn't the most original, but everything after that was gold. You can see that the author has grown steadily based on his latest chapters, so he or she should really go back and redo the opening. The author also seems to throw in what is called 'side c' chapters that involves events outside the mc's view. These are nice and would be a nice break between the chapters , if the author didnt spend a month on each of them. This is a multi-facted story that one should read slowly to take in everything.
The strong points about this story is plentiful. Very colorful characters with their own goals, ambitious storylines and sub-stories that draw you in , a constantly growing world in a high fantasy setting, and long chapters that give you an actual story per chapter. I feel like the author is putting together a big mystery, yet there is no mystery tag at all.
The writing style and grammar is the greatest weakness. I am guessing the author is a non-native english speaker or has a tendency to say alot of things in one sentence. Keep it simple! This is not too bad since it can be fixed with an editor now that they've got one, but his new editor should go and edit his older chapters
Critique aside, this is my opinion. Having read alot of stories online, this is one that approaches with a new formula, and I like it. You will not find a single story here, but an entire web of character stories that might leave you overwhelmed. There are so many miniscule details that if you read a bit too fast, it will slip by you. I also hate the fact that the author likes to end in cliffhangers. You would read like, ten thousand word chapters and feel satisfied, only to get teased at and wait months for the next chapter!
I would not recommend this to someone that likes the genres of isekai, harem, reincarnation, cheat power, or prefers stories with a singular plotline.
For everyone else, I would recommend you to at least read the prologue. You will find yourself immersed after the first few chapters, and before you know it, you've end up bringing it.
Author needs to get this professionally edited, reviewed, throw on a cover picture and get this published as a light novel.
Despite my b*tchin, I would buy it.
when bored i randomly use advanced search and used anti hero tag with order by number of page decreasing in order.and guest what i find a gem,this is a find in a few year.what a masterpiece which i can put in rank top 10 novel which i read and i read a lot of novel from novel updates and royal road and etc2.what a hard work to find this novel and it totally worth it.hopes u guys in the futures that find and read this also enjoy this novel,totally worth your time.what an underdog novel and maybe sir Phyantasm should put yuilei illustration as cover here at royal road pretty sure a lot of people will be more interested to click xD.
this novel is really good, usually I don’t like the split stories like this but I thought u did a very good job. Maybe you could have someone from one life go to the other but not realize who they are. Also it doesn’t seem like Arrin learns any new techniques lately just the same over and over. But the fight scenes are done extremely well. I like this work a lot please continue to write! You should also sell on amazon I think it would do good.
I am loving the world of Eiloong. It's well thought out and immersive in the best ways. Even more impressive is keeping tabs on 2 very different story lines at the same time. Phyantasm is basically writing 2 books at once which is impressive and quite enjoyable. As far as characters go, I love the support cast, they get full marks. Our MCs feel a little flat though. I feel they don't convey emotions the same way as the others do. I may just have a bit of perspective overload however. We spend a lot of time in Yuelei's and Airen's perspectives so it is certainly plausible. I still look forward to this story's progression and hope it climbs in the rankings so other people can enjoy this fantastic world that Phyantasm has created for us. It deserves a spot closer to the top of the charts.
A longtime lurker on this site. In an era of predominating wuxia, lit-rpg, and isekai novels, this is a beacon of hope for something different. Even though a prior claims that this is/was an rpg game script, I will say that this is strong enough to stand on its own.
Author, please don't make it into a lit-rpg just to follow the current meta. You have something unique here, and it was that which compelled me to make a throwaway to leave a review.