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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.
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.
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.
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)
At Chapter 243 as of now.
I have read many stories on here. Most of the time the characters act and react very emotional and oftentimes plain stupid. While there is an argument to be made that this is just their character, it's still bad writing in my opinion.
It's like in many popular anime in which the protagonist is extremely dumb but strongly driven and thus can overcome every foe. Their sudden flashes of inspiration seem to be deus ex machina. Their foresight pulled out of the author's ass.
All of that is not true for Azarinth Healer, while Ilea is not quite sane, her actions are comprehensible. There is no harem, there is no super-intelligent adversary, there is no big bad villain, it's just life. A life in a strange world, but life nonetheless and the characters act accordingly. I also like the author's take on romantic relationships, it seems mature and not like a teenagers fantasy. You don't always need to have a convoluted plot with twists at every turn to make a good story. True, there isn't much at stake but that's how it is in life outside of books. The story is more about plain adventuring, learning new things, seeing forgotten lands... which is interesting because the world-building is done nicely.
All in all, one of the best stories on RoyalRoad. In quality comparable to Metaworld Chronicles and Mother of learning. At least in my opinion.
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.
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.