Demon City. Dragon Heart (A LitRPG Wuxia) series: Book 13

Demon City. Dragon Heart (A LitRPG Wuxia) series: Book 13

by Kirill Klevanski

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Not everyone managed to survive the bloody battle. The strong, the brave, the courageous, and the good all fell with honor. The war spared few and took away many of the best...
Hadjar Darkhan was one of the few who survived and is now ready to continue his journey. The battle is over, and the dead have been sent on their last journey. The unknown and the perils of the imminent war are still waiting for Hadjar. He can sense that his life is about to be filled with the clang of weapons and armor and the beating of war drums. He hates war! But he also longs for it... Is there anything worse than war and battle?
Maybe… The endless political maneuvering of the two Empires, which they are trying to draw Hadjar into, is definitely not what he needs right now, especially after losing his loyal companion and true friend in battle. A friend he realized he had only after his death…


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"Dragon Heart" is one of the top-rated Wuxia LitRPG novels in Russia.

The author has been writing the story for only two and a half years, however, it already has 1500 chapters spanning 18 books. The whole story is planned out and will have over 2000 chapters and 20 books.

The Russian version has been read over 30,000,000 times.

This story has made Mr. Klevanski the #1 author on the 4 biggest self-publishing sites in Russia.
From December of 2018 till now, "Dragon Heart" was being translated into English and published chapter by chapter on several American sites.

Within a month, the story became popular with foreign readers and caused quite a stir.
On Royal Road, it was holding the top spot in trending fictions and gathered more than 2000 followers.
On Creative Novels, it's being followed by over 1500 readers.
Webnovel received the book warmly and the readers are eagerly waiting for new chapters.
I hope you'll like the story, too.

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W1ndzs
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One of my Favorite Series

Reviewed at: Chapter 1044

[Reviewed at the beginning of book 12]

Sadly not much is on RR, however if you have Kindle Unlimited I highly recommend this book. However, before I start l want to clarify that past the first book or so there really are no LitRPG elements, so if that's the only reason you want to read it then stop there. I'll start with the only negative I can think of. In a few of the meetings with higher beings the book really makes it seem like it's next to impossible to comprehend what they're saying, which is not true at all. Oftentimes they are quite directly telling you something. However this really only appears once or twice every book, and it's just an annoyance. That a rare annoyance is one of the largest negatives in the series should say enough, but in case it doesn't I will describe some of the better aspects.

The author is excellent at characters and character interactions. Every single character, even ones that you meet once, have a lot of depth to them. The second best aspect for me is the world building. It functions exactly as it should with constant intrigue, conflict, and everything in between. Lastly I do want to comment on the foreshadowing as one of the top reviews here critiques that heavily. There is a lot of it, but it really only adds to the story because it is written well enough that even if you have a vague idea of the end of a story line you have no clue how it is going to get to that point. That's the joy of the story for me. How Hadjar gets to his goals and what he discovers along the way. Speaking of Hadjar another amazing aspect is that his power feels worked for. It isn’t like he possesses some sort of item or spirit that makes him OP. He genuinely works for every last scrap of power he gets.

If you have Kindle Unlimited, read this series. It is gold.

North Wind
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I like cultivation novels, but there are many Chinese ones with no in-depth characters that get everything handed to them, all with the exact same story in different words. Completely different here. The world is very well developed, and you understand what is going on in the world, not just what is relevant to the main character. The world isn't centered around Hadjar, and he has to respond to what is going on.

The story is amazing. Hadjar has to gain his power and work for it, and he isn't automatically the most powerful after two weeks in whatever region he is in, and he doesn't have every special variant of spirit that makes him OP. He fights for his power, and I really enjoy how he gains insights about himself. The cultivation system is super fleshed out. It isn't just gain energy, 5 minutes later you got a new level. Hadjar struggles for everything. One of my favorite parts about this story, is the connection between the books. There are different arcs, but there is no extra information just for a higher page count. The author inputs seemingly irrelevant information, but it connects to an important part of the series, 7 books and 2 arcs away. Its really well connected. It isn't like the author wrote a general idea of where the books will go, it is as if he had an epiphany, and just memorized his whole story and everything that will happen, and it only takes a while because he needs to write it down and translate it.

There is no language issues, and I have read books where the content is translated from the original language, and either the grammar is bad, or it looks like someone just put it through a translating app, and they don't get the gender right. Here, there is better grammar than actual books that came originally in English.

The characters are super fleshed out. You love every single one of them. They all are their own people, and aren't there just as "stepping stones" for the MC. There is no arrogant master that gets crushed, and then this recurrs. There are arrogant nobles, but they aren't an important part of the story, and are mentioned more as side-antagonists, and not the key to the story. The MC and his friends don't have plot armor. They have a very real chance of dying which happend when one of the best characters, Hadjar's best friend, died at the end of book 3.

This series is just completely incredible. If anyone actually read to this point, good job, and I think you should ignore the negative reviews before trying out this series. Most of them are complaining about what the story doesn't have. I don't think that what they want is bad, just that it would make a completely different story, and if they want that, they should right it themselves.

Thank you Kirill for this gem of a series.

ReaderOfAllBooks
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Best cultivation style book ever, with many twists and turns in plotline. I like the main charecter personaly but his story is still tragic enough to hook me in. The bookn itself is very well written and discriptions and dialogues are pleasing. Exiting, thrill seeking and adventurous in all its aspectes. I am waiting for the realse of its chapters eagerly.

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[Review as of Book 11]

Before I begin my review I would just like to thank Mr. Klevanski and his team of translators for providing us with such a wonderful series. I am truly grateful for all the hard work and effort they have put into this. This series has been, and always will be, one of my favorites.

I have stuck with this series since the release of the first book on Amazon, and boy am I glad that I did. Everything about these books has been phenomenal; from the plot arcs, to the character development, the action sequences, and even our nameless world and its rich history. This series just has it all, but the real driving force behind it is Hadjar himself. 

Hadjar is easily my second favorite character of any series ever, right behind Aram from Kelven's Riddle (which if you haven't read them on Amazon yet, I highly recommend you do). Not only does he continually develop as the main character, but he remains true to his core values and beliefs. That is what makes Hadjar so lovable, no matter the circumstances and trials he faces he will always remains true to himself. 

Hadjar is never handed anything either, all the power he gains is power he earned through blood, sweat, and pain. It is truly the perfect blend of fantasy, progression, and cultivation. None of the characters, main or side, are dim-witted, unnecessarily arrogant, or just plain stupid. They all have their own motives and it's nearly impossible to determine which characters are truly bad or good, if any of them can fit into such black and white categories.

My second favorite aspect of this series has to be the way in which the plot arcs connect together. For example, the author will reveal a tiny piece of information that is easily overlooked, but we will later discover just how important that piece of information was to the entire series, not just a specific arc or book. Everything in the nameless world connects perfectly like a puzzle and I just can't praise the author enough for his ability to seamlessly weave together plot arcs and information in a natural way.

In conclusion, Dragon Heart will forever one of my favorite series. It has everything you want, and everything you didn't know you wanted in a story. If you're on the fence about reading this series then please ignore all the negative reviews and just give the story a shot. You won't regret it...trust me.

Thank you once again Mr. Klevanski and the translation team, I truly love this series and I look forward to reading more in the future!

Robins
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Now all that remains is an advert

Reviewed at: Chapter 257

Still worth a read if you have Amazon Unlimited but nothing really now remains on RR :-(

Hexen79
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Devoured the prologue and first fifteen chapters. I feel like a drug addict! I need my next chapter fix man!

This is a great book so far. I have neve read a book of this genre before. I have read a lot of LitRPG, and I think I like this just as much.

I keep thinking I need to learn Russian so I can read my favorite books faster!

HP104
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Fun, Enjoyable, Enthralling.

Reviewed at: Chapter 428

At first it was just another series... but then I came to like the MC and his adventures. Now i can't get enough! After reading all the books on amazon kindle I just had to continue, so here i am.

 

My only compalint, a really weak one at that, is that chapters dont come out fast enough! then again I've yet to meet someone who can read as fast as me so it is an unreasonable dream to ask for chapters as fast as i can read them. 

 

Very good story, translated from russian but very well done. Very few grammer and/or spelling errors. The dialogue and character building is good.

 

LITRPG tag: the theme is there, but the natural flow of everything makes it seem less a game and more a natrual part of the world. much more story based than "game" based. Makes for better content in my opintion.

 

If you  are looking for a number crunching, skill gaining, quest completing mad man... this book doesn't have that. it does have a great story, great dialogue, great characters, and a very cool "magic" system.

Aethric
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Alright Folks, We've Hit Gold!

I haven't written a story review on RoyalRoad in years because as I'm sure you all know, writers here have a tendency to abandon stories for new ones as different worlds take their fancy, or disappear altogether, and writing a review tends to make me to attached to a story. It's not altogether a phenomenon unique to Royalroad either; it happens with even well-selling authors on Amazon (RIP Brent Roth). That being said, this time we hit the motherload! There are already ELEVEN books written in Russian. The motherload of motherloads.

In terms of story quality, it has the game elements and even some wuxia elements to it that we all know and love, with what seem like decently fleshed out characters thus far. I can't promise you the story will increase or even maintain quality as I can't read Russian to get some advanced information, but the idea that this one could somehow be dropped with so much already written seems superfluous, and at some point, even if the story quality ebs and flows, at least we're getting consistency here no matter what happens. Sometimes you just want to enjoy a longer lasting story, and that looks like what we have here. Follow/favorite this one, I've got a good feeling here.

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I think the storie is very good, the gramme is very good and the charakters are good to understand an reasonable.

I personal like the writing style very mutch, if a bit to slow or fast somethimes but that ist not very bad and I like the story to mutch as that it would matter.

The Story in it self is also a very good one, in the first books that his main goal is revenge and in the later books  he is  forced to do somethink, in the sea  of seand the expedition, than the demon war, then the new expedition to the tomb of the emperor and then the new war and he always needs to take part of it becaus he needs something in the new book new soord techniks because of his faundation is lacking.And in the new one there is a big time leap, what is somewhat good for the progression of the main character but also a bit sead because on misses a lot of things that seem to influenze the character of Hadjar greatly and one just sees flashbacks of it.

So main statement, it is a great and amazing story and definitly worth reading and bying!

Ginzo
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Mind you, this is a really well written story so far, and it is definitely written in a manner where it certainly catches the reader's attention thoroughly and forces them to keep reading despite the fact that they are well past their bedtime lol. 

 

The only problem I have with the story is the fact that, there is a bit too much foreshadowing of the future. In the sense that we are told what has happened like 10 years in the future, and then the story takes place in the flashback. Now this is neat the first couple of times you do it, but after it just turns a bit annoying as you already know where you are going as a reader and just wish to reach that point asap so that you can move forward with the rest of the story.

 

Another thing that annoyed me was the fact that the main character didn't change his name regardless of how common the name Hadjar is. But seriously, reading the story so far and how meticulous the author has been about his/her plot, I am almost certain that this was done on purpose, but it still doesn't make it any less annoying in any sense.

 

Lastly, I believe a separate chapter should be posted to list all the cultivation level/skills and jargon related to the story that pops up simply due to the fact that the stroy is being updated almost daily and a lot of readers might forget the jargon if they haven't been checking up on updates a lot. A chapter listing the different skill that allows us readers to view back at quickly would definitely help in that regards.

 

Also, the grammar is as close to perfect as you will get on the site, the characters have some depth to them, they are not the simple crap that you see in most cultivation novels on here wuxia or qidian. Good job, you should definitely take some good cred for yourself when it comes to characters, they were all very well fleshed out and allowed us as readers to connect to them. Personally, I would love for you to sort of explore that more as from what I have read so far, Characters might perhaps be your niche, maybe a slice of life short story in the future for you as an author?

 

Keep up the great work, and please don't take the slight criticism up there in any negative manner, this is a story that is meant to be written in an epic manner and red in one as well, and so far justice is being done, hence the high rating. Hope to see updates more frequently, cheers!