Rise of the Lord

Rise of the Lord

by Thunder Surfer

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Gerald, born a Viscount's son, spent most of his life since he was six as an enemy Duke's 'ward', nothing short of a hostage. Until a shocking letter arrived requesting that he be sent back to inherit his father's territory and title.

Now he has to return and rule the ruin that is his family's lands. Bandits roam and enemies leer. Conspiracies brew and wars rage. Meanwhile, Gerald has to rise with his house from the ashes.


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Maps: Tellus Viscounty - Asura Continent


Additional tags: Kingdom Building - Strategy - War - Army Building - Minor Wuxia Elements.

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The much needed Kingdom building novel

So far the story is very interesting. The pacing of the story is excellent and the characters are interesting. Mc is smart and wise, never to take rash decisions(Uptil now). Since it is quite early, Characters personalities are yet to be moulded. But overall, I think it has a potential to become a great read.

P.S I like Kingdom building novels so I might be partial to them.


This would be a 4.5/5 if it wasnt a abandoned. The author may have actually died seeing how suddenly he left off, and has posted zero updates. One of the very few books in the Kingdom Building genre that dont just cheat with time travel or video game logic. Its pretty tragic that it will likely never see completion. Rest in peace.


Reminds me of Servant of the Empire by Raymond Feist and Janny Wurtz.  Same sort of house fallen on dark times, holding on by the whiles of a clever but inexperienced lord who was thrust into the ruling position due to the untimely death of his father and brother.

Definitely recomend the read.


Too few chapters to say if it'll be a good or bad novel, but for the moment it's great, and hopefully it'll continue this way. I don't want to say nothing in particular but I advice you to read and give a try, the plot it's very plain for the moment but well build, there are emotions with sense and not random just to move forward with the plot, very good charachters. Briefly this novel has a lot of potential, waiting for its boom.


Actual kingdom building

The story focuses on actual kingdom building. No magical interface that builds things for you, if you were stuck in the Middle Ages or sometime with bandits around your town and not enough gold in your treasury, how would you handle it? Due to the unique focus it's quite an interesting series so far. Potentially some mystical elements in the future.

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 Grammar is fine, I don't have any issues with the dialogue or story structure. It is a bit odd for the protagonist to be so educated at this point in time, but an easily fixable issue. The power dynamics between the houses and royalty seem odd to me and could perhaps be developed a bit further. 


Currently read up to chapter 15 and I can confirm that this novel shows great promise. If the current quality is upheld throughout the rest of the story it will soon become one of my favourite novels on Royalroadl. 

Keeo up the good work, hope this one gets finished because im really enjoying it :)


This story is a very well written one, I have been hopping to find a good kingdom building novel for some time and this one really satisfy me.

The story make sence with nothing forced, the MC is charismatic and feels like a real person.

The main motivation of the MC so far is to get enought strenght in his territory so he can safe his little sister from marring the pig son of the count. 

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Reviewed at: Chapter 87

Anyone know when the author will continue posting?

All hail The Machine God

Allright, let me explain, in ’most’ Kingdom building stories a big problem I allways notice is that The Kingdom in question has practically no  Culture, Tradition, allways a blankslate so the MC can build his kingdom without problems, this however I feel is different.

Exelent character writing, good story, okay grammar and good Style.


Best representation of lordly dealings

I really enjoy this novel for its depiction of nobles and how noble society works in their universe. The kingdom building is enjoyable and the twists and turns the story takes are exciting.

The only problem that I have with the story is the characters. Lots of times I feel like I just don't care about them all that much. Especially Harrid and Gerald's sister, and to an extent Gerald himself. Harrid just never felt interesting to me, to the point where I felt sort of annoyed when there started being parts from his perspective. I felt like I could skim through his bits without really missing much. I understand that they were trying to show the "warrior" aspect of the story, but it was just kind of boring. With Lena I was just kind of confused as to the placement of her segments in the story. Like, why are we suddenly seeing from her perspective? It felt sort of out of place. It would(in what is completely my opinion) be better if her POV was presented as one long chapter at the end of a major Gerald plot point. Moving on to Gerald himself. He still feels sort of like a blank copy and paste "Determined Noble" he doesn't have much character outside of his determination. I can never tell if he is supposed to be rash, wise, kind, or angry. His emotional stratosphere always seemed a bit nebulous.


Anyway, I still really enjoy this because of its plot and my love of noble schemes and plots.