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A new world with nearly unlimited possibilities. A status, classes, magic and monsters. Sounds good? Well, for Ilea it didn't come quite as expected as for some other protagonists, nor was there a king or god to welcome her.
The grand quest? Well, she might figure that out someday but for now, a new world with new food is prize enough. Her fists at the ready, she's prepared to punch and get punched, however long it takes and however many limbs she might have to regrow.
A story I've started writing now quite a while ago. Transported to another world, somewhat standard fantasy setting with my beginner attempts to make it dark but funny. There are Litrpg elements here but I do hope it's not too heavy and annoying. The fights should be interesting and aren't just numbers vs numbers. Contrary to the title the protagonist will be quite an offensive fighter.
Ilea Spears is your average sarcastic kick-boxing fast food worker and soon to be student. She will be transported to another world rather conventionally and will be confronted with survival in the wild.
Give it a shot and let me know what you think. My experience is incredibly lacking. If you find yourself hating it early on, do convey your anger in a detailed comment or review :) I want to get better but without any feedback it's simply quite difficult.
Quick heads up: Around chapter 120 there are a bunch of longer PoV changes that I discontinued again shortly after. The Arc around chapters 150-200 is darker than the rest and the themes shift quite a bit. Just know that it goes back to what you've come to know after that section.
Thank you for reading.
Quick update June 2019: Many complaints regarding the formatting, specifically spacing in conversations and of course the usage of the present tense in the first 36 chapters have been addressed. I'm of course learning by the day but compared to how it was before it should be an improvement at least.
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There is no crisis to be resolved, the mc is op but not to the point where she will have to step forward to save the world. This is more the easygoing, slice of life of a battle-junkie grinding out her skills and levels from the system.
I actually prefer stories that are just about batttle junkies (or other eccentrics like crafting-maniacs or mad-scientist), which this story seems to be. It's not a tense story about a hero with the weight of the world on thier shoulders, not about offending young masters and then exterminating their clan, nor about facing the entire world. It's not just a humourous slice of life without any action either, though I do find it funny.
This is the simple adventure of a slightly op battle-junkie type girl. The fighting scenes are great and entertaining. The slice of life is light, funny and refreshing. The system is grindy, straightforward and(for her)power progressive(fast).
Edit(chapter 36): Changed score after reading detailed reviews abit(especially oinos and ninetails). Though I have a different view on scoring, the minor errors are there, though not very impactful to the quality of the work and are becoming rarer. MC will hopefully pick up interesting long-term companions/side characters soon.
Edit: I think I'm kinda dumb to just realise she has a job that treats magic like qi. She literal has most the skills qi cultivators do. A healer monk type class.
April 2020: I have been reading this story for two years. Perhaps i should have updated this review in that time but other reviews are available. The author has written 450 amazing chapters in those two years (okay, two years and a couple of months). The author detailed use of style, grammar and characters have improved progressively in that time. Still, how to describe the protagonist journey over thar time to carry on from the earlier review and hopefully encourage more people to read, while not spoiling. Well...
Considering the people she met (creature, machine/golem and humanoid), the monsters she has fought (creature, machine/golem and humanoid) and the places she has grown attached too. I'm not sure I ever should have called it a simple adventure, though it is still light on drama. That is thanks to our easygoing protagonist (and ofcourse thre great author), not the lack of plotlines or her lack of motivation.
Read and rate other reviews if you aren't convinced to read from mine! Upvote reviews that make you want to read, I just love this story, I'm going to upvote reviws that i think are accurate now.
I started the adventure with this story 2 years ago, when the first chapter was released. It is the only one that was able to keep me by its side for so many chapters and such long time. Others either ended prematurely, or lost their appeal. I think this is the best proof of quality of this book, as well the best reason for reading it I can give.
Just read the first 5 or so chapters, if you liked it, then it is almost guaranteed that you will love the rest.
The best part of this book, I think, is its ability to build up an excitement no matter how much already was written. The MC achieved a truly ridiculous level of power, yet I found myself eagerly awaiting the next fight, next milestone. The world is vast, there is always another challenge, without ascending to another level of existence or unnecessary waffle. Just marvelous adventure.
The story is not only about fighting and gaining power. Many mysteries make the world much more exhilarating. There is much to learn, even about the system. Also, the MC is interacting with almost every part of the described world, so not much is left as only dry, background information, untouched worldbuilding block. This is rare and creates a feeling of freedom, simultaneously making the world feel more real.
I spent some time thinking about which category I was least content with to withdraw half a star so that my review doesn't come off as "I indiscrimately give 0 or five stars to everything I like" But I couldn't decide, so I just left it like that.
I first encountered this story when it was trending, read two chapters and was put off by the (then) mix of present and past time in the story. So I put it on my "Read later" list, because it had promise and sometimes the author comes back around and fixes such things. Well, the author did.
This is an amazing story and even better, it gets updated very on a very regular basis. The characters feel alive, you can understand everyones motivations, the MC is relatively OP, but earned it the hard way and the combat is intensely satisfying.
What I also really like, is how the author handles crises. The demon invasion was not an "End of the world" crisis, and could have theoretically been handled without the main characters' interference. The Golden Lily are a threat but at the moment are not actively targeting the MC. This leaves room for the main character to do what she enjoys (eating&fighting&exploring)
Well, everybody and their dog has written an overview of this fiction and I'm not the one person to be deterred by that, so here's one more to the avalanche.
I've been reading this opus periodically since the time it had about 200 pages (that's when I like to pick up fresh stuff) and it has gotten progressively better. I remember the time I started reading it and thought: "the grammar is weird and the POV even weirder", but it was still at least a little bit enjoyable so i grit my teeth and stuck with it.
Lo and behold, it has gotten a lot better and the authour even revwote the bad grammar and the weird POV in the earlier chapters. And since then it has became the nicely flowing slice of life LitRPG that you can take as a bechmark for others, that still has stuff to go for.
P.S.: I've since reread the whole (up to now around 220 chapters) story twice and still find it nice.
Azarinth Healer is a solid litRPG with satisfying and continuous power progression.
The premise of the story is a portal fantasy where the MC finds herself with a battle healer class, and then proceeds to train, fight, and grind to get stronger.
The story currently releases 6 decent-length chapters a week, which keeps the pacing up even when the MC is training/grinding/studying. The grammar is good, with few major errors. The characterization is straightforward and consistent, with Ilea being a pragmatic and mature adrenaline junkie whose goal is to challenge herself and get stronger.
A strong point of the story is how well the litRPG system has been designed and handled so far. It is an interesting 2-class/person system with well-defined capabilites and rules. Ilea's progression has been very satisfying and has felt earned.
The story refreshingly does not involved any save-the-world situations, and has mostly been allowed to evolve organically as the MC adventures. The worldbuilding has been quite well done as well.
Overall, I would strongly recommend this story.
(Review as of Chapter 247)
2021 Update: Grammar has improved.
AH is one of the better stories on RR: it has believable characters, decent worldbuilding, and a decent story. The main issues are grammar, style, and unimportant chapters. The grammar issues have mostly been fixed, though there are still errors from typing too fast, such as missing spaces and random letters being added to words. Proofreading would solve these issues easily. Ilea received most of her character development early on, and stagnated at around chapter 80. Other characters have grown well, especially
Ilea's party during her time in the Shadow's Hand. For example Trian changes from a stereotypical obnoxious noble to a reasonable person. He also reacts realistically to having his family slaughtered, unlike seemingly every other character in a similar situation on RR.
The style fluctuates as the author tries different techniques early on, and again at between chapters 120 and 200. Other reviews have asked how non-combat classes level up, it's the same as how Ilea first reached level 10, practice. Finally the main issue I have with AH: the pointless chapters. Some chapters, for whatever reason, have no real content. No character growth, no exploring, no meaningful combat, and so on. They have repeatedly stopped me from reading any further, dropping the story for months at a time until I forget them and can read on. I’d name them, if I could remember them.
I have a really hard time reviewing this novel.
Yes, I read a lot and even supported it on Patreon, but I have a hard giving it a very high rating.
Its good, its entertaining, but at some point the story lost me.
its pretty much the ultimate grind and hack and slay novel, with permanent killing monsters and levelling up...it doesn't pretend to be something more tho, so you can't really judge it too much for it.
It was really fun to read it at first, but more and more I found that reading this story turned into a grind not only for the mc, but also for me as a reader.
I just read it, because I get the updates, but I don't have this need for more chapters or any fun in imagining how the story might develop...because it just feels all the same.
You probably could copy and paste chapters and just change the lvl of the mc and names of her opponents and few people would notice.
Again, the story never rally pretended to be anything else, but I feel like at the beginning the whole thing had something that gave it purpose and tied all the fighting to a goal...becoming stronger to survive, becoming stronger to see the world, become stronger to protect her friends.
nowadays she just gets stronger and stronger, endless swarms of enemies (or just wild monsters) get mowed down because she is bored. Pretty much anything that does not involve fighting and levelling up gets delegated to side characters and is then resolved.
This whole review paints a bad picture of the story, it's not bad tho.
- It's written without many mistakes, the humour is decent and seeing the mc level up is in a way very satisfying and makes you curious what power ups her future levels might give...just don't believe that it will get anywhere and enjoy the process if that is your thing.
One of the better Fantasy adventure novels on this site, and it excels a lot in that aspect.
Its a favorite of mine for just many reasons, first and foremost that it is an enjoyable read overall.
The story, if it can be even called one, has been good so far, the thing is, the MC does not have a clear goal aside from adventuring and this does affect the overall plot a lot in both good and bad ways. Still a very good story overall.
I also do like how the world is built and introduced, even now like 200 chapters in, the world at large is still a huge mystery and were only getting bits of information each time, this type of worldbuilding may be not for everyone.
One problem i have noticed recently is that with the addition of intrigues and politics, the story took a different direction that aint on the same level as the earlier chapters and the dungeon, im sorta hoping that the story goes back to its original focus, althrough i do realize arcs like this are neccesary sometimes.
One of the great points of this novel is the action, and theres a lot of well written action in this story. Obiviously the MC being a battlejunkie helps the action scenes a lot in this case, she is also kinda crazy with her sort of training.
The grammar is decent, there are through quite many mistakes with it. Still readable without much issues, but would help a lot if the author spent some time on improving his grammar.
Honestly, just go read this, you most likely will enjoy reading about Ilea Spears and her adventures, and if not, im sorry.
Ahhhh, Azarinth Healer. One of the biggest series on RR. Also one of my favorite (and ex-favorite) series on here. This series is one I would definately recommend everyone try at the very least, but also a series that I've decided to finally drop.
This series used to be my go-to series on RR, the one I'd spend hours binging, then putting it down for a few months only to pick it back to binge it once more. Rhaegar uploads so consistently and so often that I sometimes wonder if he's secretly a robot programmed to write all day everyday (god knows I myself can barely write a few hundred words per day).
But at the same time, after reading almost 500 chapters of this amazing series, I've found myself bored and quite frankly annoyed whilst reading.
In this review, I'll first go over why I gave the rating I gave, and at the end I'll give a more general reason to my rating. Hopefully I won't get bombarded with dislikes because I didn't give this series all 5 stars lol.
Honestly, nothing unique or interesting. Pretty generic, but not bad by any standards. 4 stars because it's solid, but nothing extraordinary.
Story started off quite interesting. We have a fairly generic opening, with our MC Ilea getting isekai'd into a fantasy forest. She gets chased by wolves and drakes and stuff, find the hidden Azarinth temple, and gets her class. Pretty standard stuff. She then finds human town, stuff with elves happen, stuff with the Taleen happens, stuff with Shadow's Hand happens, pretty decent stuff and we get some inkling of some deeper plot with the Golden Lily and that one girl who was also from Earth.
My problem with the story starts with Ilea going to the North. Frankly, the whole shebang with the North could've been good if it weren't for the fact that it got dragged on for so long. I'm not 100% sure how many chapters it took, but I feel like the mini arc where she is clearing that Rose steel dungeon (or whatever it was called) where she meets Elfie dragged on for way too long, with most of the chapters being Ilea just beating up the knights over and over again. The whole North arc felt like a side-quest, honestly, and it was just as I was getting interested in the Golden Lily storyline.
We then spend like a good 100 or 200 chapters going from the North, back down south, then back to the North while barely progressed the Golden Lily storyline, and by the time when we finally get back to it, I've forgotten most of the stuff surrounding them. It honestly just felt like Rhaegar deciding to drag it out for the sake of dragging the story out.
One thing I'll say, though, is that the power ramp is dealt with decently. There is definately some power ramping going on lately, but they were able to keep it in line for the most part.
There's some other stuff that I found irksome, but I will do more in depth later in the review since it's honestly purely my personal opinion.
That said, 3 stars for the story.
Nothing special to say about this other than the fact that Rhaegar really need to reread what he wrote and fix the minor spelling mistakes before posting.
4 stars because it happens quite frequently.
Alright, characters. One of the main problems I had with this story lately. Ilea's honestly pretty...bland. Sure, she's got an attitude and is somewhat memorable, but honestly I don't think she has progressed much at all as a character. Her stats go up, but she's still the battlejunkie with an attitude, not much change or character growth in the 500ish chapters I've read. The biggest character "development" she's gone through was when she had a breakdown when she first killed a person, but then she went back to the usual Ilea right after.
The side characters are, in my opinion, much more interesting that Ilea herself, and more "growth" if I'm going to be honest. The problem I have with the "growth" is that it's usually just "Oh Ilea, you're not gonna do XYZ!" becoming "Ermagerd Ilea you're so OP n stuff, and you got good morals!". (Going to talk about the morals stuff later).
2.5 stars because the characters are still super bland even after ~500 chapters.
My personal opinions:
Time to talk about some of the kinks and quirks that really bugged me personally.
First, the biggest thing that put me off lately is all the "morals" and stuff Ilea is enforcing. It honestly just feels like Rhaegar wants to make it so that Ilea is a Good aligned character, but without actually putting too much effort into making her seem that way. Ilea just going around telling people "Torture isn't good" or "Slavery is bad" and all that stuff, which makes perfect sense for us readers who live in the 21st century, but which probably makes no sense to the people in Elos since, you know, they don't exactly have the moral compass of a person living in 21st century Earth. The characters then essentially bend over backwards to accomodate Ilea because "Ilea stronk", and this all just feels like a very cheap way to say "Ilea has good moral compass :)".
I found this especially grating during the seige of Riverwatch, where she goes off about how "slavery bad" then beats up the invaders and makes them promise to abolish slavery. I mean, yes slavery is bad, but like come on. Pretty sure everyone reading this story knows that slavery is in fact bad, we don't need Ilea to tell it to us over and over again. It was especially annoying when the leader of the invaders essentially told Ilea that the slaves weren't captured because of race or whatnot, and frankly had a decent quality of life for a slave. (Think Roman slavery, except a lot more accomodating). So it essentially ends up with Ilea forcing the invaders, which if I'm remembering correctly, was a guy with a title who ruled over a piece of land, getting told to "abolish all slavery and send them off with food n stuff or else", essentially crippling their their economy.
It's this kind of stuff that makes me dislike Ilea, she just don't see the bigger picture when she makes her decisions. Another decision of hers I really hated was when, in the North, Hallowfort was getting attacked by the Feynors and the Dark Ones managed to capture one of the attackers. They were going to torture the captive to get more information, but Ilea just killed the captive and told the Dark Ones "torture bad", without thinking about the fact that, you know, getting information that could win the whole dang war would lead to a lot less deaths?
Like seriously, Ilea seems like some sort of teenager who thinks everything in life is black or white, and that doing the "morally correct" thing (that agree with her own moral compass) is always the right thing to do, no matter the consequences.
Oh, yeah, there aren't consequences because apparently nothing bad ever happens when Ilea does something that's honestly dumb.
Finally, as some of the other reviews have pointed out, this story is honestly getting stale. It's just the same thing over and over again, and with the glacial pace the underlying plot is progressing at, the series has become sort of slice-of-lifey.
Alright, rant/review over. All in all, Azarinth Healer is a solid series and is definately one of the magnum opuses of RoyalRoad, though it is not without flaws.
This is basically the novel - equivalent of games like "Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor" or "Devil May Cry", basically the whole hack and slash genre. It's pretty engaging and honestly pretty entertaining with in depth characters and lots of battles. It's not my absolute favorite story, but it ranks up there pretty highly.