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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A refreshing and unique story with the focus on makromanagement strategy. The story is well thought out, the characters may be a little underdeveloped, but they are all distinct and interesting. Grammar is far above the standard and does nothing to interrupt the flow. A masterpiece in the making. 5 stars for the good effort and motivation to keep producing such a high quality story :)


This is a superb story filled with tactful decisions and great action to boot. It keeps you on the edge of your seat, (but not too much that your back gets tired.) It's an adventure seeing how the characters think and how they will act next.

I definitely recommend this as a read. I had kept it my my "read later" list but on picking it up, I'm glad I didn't wait any longer.


I wasnt clear what I was getting into with a kingdom building story. It's not normally my cup of tea when it comes to reading. My early advice regarding this story is give it time. It is a slow build, but worth the wait if you put in the time as the author assembles all the pieces and maneuvers the characters.

The one flaw I felt in the story was that the characters felt a little flat and it felt like there was very little that distinguished one character from another from a personality perspective. I would like to see a stronger range of emotion from the characters and really make those emotions stand out a little more.

Otherwise it is a solid story that feels like it is just finding it's legs and building steam to what could be something great.


Rise of the Lord offers a quite... unique perspective and a bit detached narrative that plays well into the hearts of strategists.

However, the detached storytelling and various missing pieces, such as hanging plotlines or lack of proper character interaction and development, make this a somewhat drier read at times.

The main character doesn't experience, or show, growth. He is just shown being a great strategist, and wins coming so easily just makes me feel like the previous ruler was incapable and/or unwilling by comparison.

Furthermore, there is a distinct sign of dropping or suspending plotlines that don't focus on the now and on fighting, as well as any lack of veritable contact between nobility in an era in which such contact would be assumed to be a given.

I'm suspending disbelief that a new, young, virile, unmarried head of a noble house is not pestered with offers from other nobles one way or the other.

So far, the story is good, but adding more elements that go beyond bandit disposal would go a long way towards making it more believable.


I've read the first 27 chapters, the protagonist is still dealing with the bandit infestation of his territory at this point so the story hasn't progressed very far yet, but what I have seen so far is definitely impressive.

The grammar is good, the style is no-nonsense and to the point, very few wasted paragraphs (so you won't have to skim through half the text like some of the stories around here, I've gotten really good at skimming from reading webnovels lol, but in this one I've rarely had a reason to do so)

We follow the story of a young viscount who takes over an impoverished territory with bandit clans ruling more of his lands than not, and cousins vying for his seat as a viscount, plotting behind his back. He just gets plopped straight in the thick of political and real battles. Unlike many other kingdom building/management novels, the elements of the story, that is strategy, kingdom management and politics, and even action, are very nicely balanced so you won't get overloaded with any one aspect. You don't get chapters upon chapters of the same battle, you don't get chapters upon chapters of political debate or detailed reports on how the mc spends every coin in his treasury and earns it all back. You just get a nice balanced bit of everything comfortably spread out so that you won't get sick of any one thing before the next one takes over.

It's a really good story, with noticably good characters as well, definitely a worthwhile read for just about anyone.

There are some minor wuxia elements, with some special 'warriors' that are stronger than the average soldier and they have a grading system from 'warrior' to 'battle saint' or something, but so far it's pretty much just been people who are slightly stronger, sturdier, and faster and recover quicker than the average man, it's not over the top enough to bother anyone who is not into that (I'm not into that myself actually) and there has been no mention of magic, so it's a mostly realistic medieval fantasy. For reference the setting seems similar to Berserk before and during the band of the hawk parts of that story (aka before the demons became a thing) but the story itself of course is quite different.


There are not many good kingdom building novels out there and this one was coming along nicely. Not much glaring logic holes and cliche plot armors. I liked it, hope it continues.


A really worthwhile kingdom building story. Grammar is great apart from some extremely rare typos.

My only gripe is hurried character development and a slightly predictable plot. Also some more exposition on the Warrior system would be great.


Very solid kingdom builder with enough details, but without needless brooding.

Keep up the good work!


One of th best stories on Royal Road

Original and creative story. I’m hooked  . Thanks for the all the hard work! 


A good trending story!!??!!11


Synopsis: Gerald inherits a dysfunctional house with all its territories, yet the coffers are bleeding and the bandits rule with an iron fist. Now, he do whatever he can to return his house to glory.

I was originally going to do a simple review and give it a straight up 5 stars, because lets be real, its not hard to get 5 stars when all the trending stories are for horny power fantasy addicts.

This story has it all: A decent plot, nice rising/falling tension, character development, and in general good action.

Grammar is obviously something to nitpick about but the current state of affairs is acceptable. 


While I enjoy immensely the quality of this novel, I personally believe that the management aspects of the story may require a bit of work. 

Something to consider when revising is the sheer amount of refugees involved. You made it sound like it was a gigantic threat, and while I do accept that they may have been recruited into the bandit group, there's still a large possible group to consider that may be a plotpoint left unexplored.

You should figure out what direction you want the story to go in terms of how much the MC will interact with the people. At the start, the MC was going to tavern and talking with crossbow inventor, but nothing really came of that. If there's those gravel road improvements, some references to the mood of his subjects might add a little flair.

I am bad at remembering names, but most characters were quite good in my opinion. Obviously, Gasper is memorable and the Uncle has his quirks to separate him from others. The orphan duo were amusing to read about and the soldier dude Robard or something seems to have quite a strong presence since he is so averse to dishonourable stuff. I reckon however, the minister Anthony or something not as memorable as the spy send by the duke so maybe spice some of his personality up a bit.


I get that the story hasn't even probably begun to come to an end and I respect acknowlege that you probably already were thinking about these things before I even wrote of them. If you weren't though, then here's some ideas you can consider :D