Roric is the only son in a family of farmers. He dreams to leave his village and break free from its rules of life. When a tragic event shakes the roots of his life he is left alone, almost dead and forced to confront his childish powerlessness. With the help of a mercenary band and a kind priest, he will deal with the shadows of the past and find his true strength.
The Cassidia saga is a sword and sorcery styled adventure. It spans several books. Updated on Tuesday and Friday.
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This review applies up to chapter 15.
STYLE - The story moves along fairly briskly, and the prose reads smoothly. The only question mark for me is the use of dialogue tags in the way the author uses them, which I've never seen before.
GRAMMAR - The grammar and syntax are clean for the most part, marred by some occasional mistakes. It reads better than most stories on the site in this regard.
STORY - From what I can tell, this is low fantasy military fiction set in a medieval setting, and I thought it was really well realized, considering the politics of the different nations which are often referred to throughout the story. It gives me big Black Company vibes, except without the magic.
CHARACTERS - I enjoy many of the characters introduced, but I think for my taste the intentions and motivations are spelled out a little too clearly. I think the characters could be very engaging if the authors let their traits come across more naturally. In my view, there's no need to tell the reader whether a character is good or bad or in between--that will come across through the dialogue and the actions the character takes.
OVERALL - So far, the story seems to be shaping up into a sweeping adventure, reminiscent of many older fantasy stories, with a dark tone and a gritty realism when it comes to the depiction of war. If that sounds like something up your alley, check this one out.
I still don't know what style means for the review system here so i just put it at 5.
The occasional grammatical error, though much better than most series on this site. I look forward to future chapters.
Storywise it is moving forward at a pace that I quite like, not cutting any corners.
The characters so far seem to have depth, and I look forward to seeing the seeds planted with the different character motives sprout in the future.
Review as of chapter 14.
Book one was excellent, it was gritty without being edgy, the characters were well written, and the low magic setting really worked. Unfortunately book 2 undid all of this. It honestly felt like it had been written by a different author. My 3 star rating is the average of what I'd rate both books, book 1 being a four star novel, book 2 being a 2 star mess.
I've followed this story almost since the start and I've watched as it changed and grew. What started as a simple fantasy story became one of my all time favorites.
Style: not many on RR write like this. Thr author knows how to be elegant and emotions find their way into the reader easily
Story: patience is a virtue. Give it to this book and it will reward you. I've yet to meet a story on this site that gives me the same feelings, and explores fantasy in such an adult way. One of the most coherent worlds around here also
Grammar: almost on publish level. It's a joy to read
Characters: here's the shiny part. For what I've been able to know (I asked the author) all the characters have some sort of flaw, of weak point, that they'll need to come to terms with in order to progress. The fact that they look simple doesn't mean they are. In fact, I believe the main characters of this book to be between the best I've seen in any web fiction
Read this, seriously. You will thank me later.
I'm less than halfway done (Ch 6 only) but I am already going to give this five stars, my first and only five star review on this site, and I will explain why:
I have a methodical way of reviewing for the "overall score" and I typically look for these things:
1. Is there a description of the world? If I can have a picture of what things and surroundings look like, that's plus one for me.
2. Do the characters talk like how people actually speak vs how they think? Too often you get dialog that is the way people think rather than how normal people actually talk. Even worse, sometimes authors will just spill background knowledge into the dialog, making the exchanges very awkward. The author of this novel does not have this problem, so plus one for me.
3. Grammar? Self explanatory. Plus one.
4. Supernatural/magic system makes sense. Plus one.
5. Characterization - are the characters being developed in an understandable way? Plus one.
This novel clearly meets all of the criteria, and so has well earned its five stars.
A few comments, because I always have them:
1. There are some of your "typical fantasy tropes" that you've seen in other stories. Without spoiling too much of the story, you will see within the first few chapters what I'm talking about. As you can see I didn't allow this to change my overall score, because I think "we have seen this before" is not a good reason to lower the rating of a story. That's a more subjective metric. It doesn't make the story bad, but just some interactions predictable, at least in the beginning.
2. I would like a little more depth in the thoughts and feelings of Roric. I'm sure this will come later, but the main character seems a little bit simple. This could be on account of him being so young, and so I don't think it's a major detractor.
This is definitely a story worth reading and I will continue to do so. A five star and must read for anyone into the fantasy genre.
I decided to edit the rating and give the full stars for characters after reading up to Chapter 12. While the main character, being young, has some room to grow, you can see the other characters and their personalities quite well in the later chapters. I think it's worth five stars.
This review is written after reading up to chapter 17.
Firstly English is not my first language so please excuse my grammar.
Style - Descriptive, believable, and no jarring info dumps. My only complaint is the point of view indicator, frankly, you don't need it and it sometimes breaks the immersion while reading it.
Grammar - There are very rarely occasional mistakes but it did not interfere with the enjoyment of the story. In my humble opinion.
Story - Medieval setting, disaster struck the MC, thrown out from his little known world to the outside. Classic, but the way the author builds the world and interactions between characters fits like a glove in said setting, a bit slow for my taste and maybe it seems familiar for some people but interesting nevertheless.
Character - I think the MC needs to stand out more, the secondary characters feel like having the same amount of attention as the MC. With that being said, the chars are believable and some of the important ones were given great backstories like Lowan and the recruits so they kind of grow on me. The boy MC has the x-factor of heroes but it will take time to develop until becoming the wow-factor.
Overall - The stories shows the difficulty and struggle of a kid, as it depicts in the title, grim war circumstances seem to be the centerpiece here. All in all, recommended for those that savor reality with a touch of grimness stories.
I was legitimately very surprised by the emotions within the opening chapters of The Cassidia Saga. The first chapter itself is a quite long, quite detailed look at a young child whose village is destroyed before his eyes, and it does not shy away from giving readers a glimpse at the terror and horror going on. Afterwards, the story introduces some likeable characters, actually fleshing them out enough for you to care about their plights, and then finally throws you into an adventure.
Now, this review only covers the introductory chapters of the story, the first seven chapters which constitute about seventy pages, less than ten percent of the story so far. The Cassidia Saga is a LONG story, and I am sure that this review barely scratches the surface of the overall plot and characters, but in terms of what readers might expect from the story when they first get in, I can tell you all about that.
The first seventy or so pages, because of the quite long first chapter, don’t progress very much. The main character is still just a boy stricken by pain and almost nothing has happened in the story. But luckily, the characters are engaging and the prose is relatively well-written, so it’s all good enough to recommend on that basis alone. I like the main character, just a young boy but one who is eager to learn and grow.
Though... It’s definitely not anything new. By that I mean, the beats in the story up to now are all very well-trodden; a boy’s village is destroyed, he’s found by some mercenaries, and he begins training with those mercenaries. There’s dozens, maybe hundreds of fantasy web novels that start in exactly this same way. It’s all well-crafted, but it doesn’t deviate from the path at all.
The hope must be that the fact that the introduction has been handled well means that the rest of the story will deliver just as strongly. But that’s not a question my weekly review can answer. The introduction is solid but not original, and if readers are still interested in what the story might come, then I have a feeling that they’ll be pretty pleased with the rest of this (very long) story.
The authors good at making you give a damn about the characters, he or she is also good at turning the ones you find an annoyance into someone worth not getting annoyed by.
STARTS SLOW, GETS GOOD.
Most the other reviews at this time are early chapter reviews, but I've read to the end and I say jump in and if even after the story picks up from the start into more... stuff. trying not to outright spoil stuff, but yeah, if you read till the last chapter of this book/ first installment of his/her series and find it lacking or not of your tastes then I'm not sure its for you, but Roric is definitely the star of the show and don't worry he gets better and book 2 has just begun at the time of this review and I'm hungry for more.
Don't get me wrong, this is a well-thought out story and it's entertaining. But I believe it can be better.
Paragraph and dialogue are well done. No heavy exposition and it's very easy to understand what the author is saying.
An orphan who has suffered a form of PTSD is trying to find his place in the world. This is an interesting base for a story except that the mc is taking too long to develop. I'll explain more below.
Alright. This is obviously good. It's at a publishing level. And there are no wierd words, not that I could find. Although I might have missed some things because of the immersion.
This is the weakest point in this story. All the characters have distinctive features and that's good. But they have flaws. Hear me out.
1) His growth is too slow. I know this is not a fast pace story and I am not a fan of those but Roric took 17 chapters just to manifest his ability. He took 21 chapters just to know he is an elemental. I know the world has some restrictions about magic and all but it's still too slow. I waited for him to manifest his abilites every chapter and I couldn't get it until after 21 chapters. And that's not all, from what I could see in his training with Tolwin it would take him another several chapters more before he can manage it.
2) Roric is supposed to be the mc. The story is supposed to be about him but it's not. Don't get me wrong, every chapter has Roric in it. But what I mean is Roric is fighting someone else's wars. I know he's just a recruit but he is the main character. He should at least have his own focus. Say a personal project to destroy all the bandits in the Republic. I don't know how to put it exactly but it feels like I'm Lowan is the mc. The main focus of the chapters is Lowan and his family and adventures. This could have been fun is Lowan is smart but hell no! Lowan isn't smart.
1) He left his family because he couldn't stand his cruel father and sister.
2) After his father is dead instead of him to come home and claim his rightful place on the throne, he left it to his even more cruel and bloodthirsty sister - no, he gave it to her under some... unbelievably stupid pact. Can you imagine? Did he actually thinks she wouldn't plot behind his back?
3) When it finally became clear that his sister was trying to kill him and several other innocents, he chose to keep a secret and continue with some shady plan that ended up killing hundreds of his soldiers. I mean, he got the confirmation she was plotting something sinister several days before the final battle, why didn't he clipped her wings or just outright kill her. His indecision led to the death of many. But that wasn't all.
3) After everything he chose to keep her alive. I'm sure there's a plot there that will come and bite him in the ass.
4) The final most irritating thing about Lowan is he refused to take his position as the count after defeating his sister. I know it can interpreted as a selfless act but how much good can he do with that position?! A lot. Much much better than his current position as a leader of a mercenary group. I know you've the right to take the plot in any direction, and probably the plot takes Lowan away from home, but God's sake why must he hand over his position to a mercenary. The damn said mercenary was already planning to disobey him in the last chapter 38.
IMO. Roric should have been strong enough by now to deal with this Lowan guy. Let this guy go and become a count while Roric lead the mercenaries.
He was good but he is dead. The only thing I can remember about him was when he overheard the countess and came to report it to the commander. There were other people there besides the commander. Shouldn't he have told the commander what he heard in secret? I mean it was obvious the others didnt trust him. Which means he shouldn't trust them. They even ask the commander not to speak in front of him.
Check out the manga 'BERSERK'. Although, the mc is also serving in a mercenary group in the series, he is so defined and strong you could compare him with the leader of the mercenary. The thing is people are here to read about the mc. Any other thing is secondary. At least that's how I see it.
This is a good and enjoyable read. It's like Berserk but without the 'mature content'. Overlook Lowan and you'll have a nice ride.
- Overall: How could I said it? It had a good setting where his life change from a comfort zone to a zone where he not familiar with.
- Style: Great style so far, I like how the paragraph was placed, it makes the flow of reading enjoyable.
- Grammar: Near flawless, There just one or two every chapters but it negligible and not quite wrong either. The Author also had a great experience at using words that was perfect match for almost every situation.
- Story: It had a good setting, but a bit flat overall. Although it is good compared to many other stories here in RR.
- Character: The most satisfying aspect of this story for me. The author had a good skill at grasping reader's attention and emotion. How he describe the character makes it easily attach to the reader. He also good at making the character had unconcious move and motion of emotion that flow perfectly.