Dreams Come True

by Parky

Original HIATUS Adventure Fantasy Psychological Sci-fi Magic Male Lead Portal Fantasy / Isekai Reincarnation School Life Slice of Life Supernatural
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In a futuristic world of superheroes and supervillains, the ability to dream of another world doesn’t seem that applicable nor useful. But for Demund, who has recently sent off his best friend to the superhero training grounds—the Preliminary Islands—it was nothing but life-changing. For him, a rejuvenating vacation to a world of magic is now only a good night’s rest away. 

As Demund explores his new world, reality around him begins to change. How will he manage to balance their existences together?

 

0 - Prologue

1 - Summer Break

2 - Starting School

3 - Changes

4 - Growth

 

Author's Note: It's going to be a very long story.

Cover by Sydorow.

Notice: The future is many, but I am confined in a cage. The military has called for my service for a year and a half. But the story is far from over. I'll return! It's a promise. And when I do, I'll have prepared something big, a gift for my readers.

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Utekishi
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As off 3.8 - may contain minor spoilers.

While browsing Royalroad for some evening read, I came across this little gem. I was about to turn around, not really in the mood for another story where MC dominates his evil peers witch cheat abilities.

There was a promise of cats, and that was what convinced me to check it.

Story starts commonly an underdog Protagonist from a working class family try to fit in the society where your superpower makes you worth. Fresh out of junior high is when your power awakes, while others get cool powers like speed enchantments, ultra-realistic illusions our MC gets a power to dream a life. There is no immediate power creep, MC stays as weak as mortal - his body not affected by his power, only mind.

Like in all self inserting stories our Protagonist has a big plot armor, his carelessness goes unpunished because of a fortunate chain of events, not once, not twice, but a couple of times. His not mature enough actions can be explained by the naivety of a teen but he will get older and such excuses would not work anymore. If it’s keep happenig later in story Character Score will be adjusted (severy lowered).

Other characters are better defined than our protagonist. About MC we know absolute minimum, it’s sometimes hard to understand his reasoning. As already said, side characters are quite well thought, they are a bit templateish but have their own unique flavor. If you are expecting retarded dolls, that are here only to show how cool our MC is, you will get severy disappointed.

Story is best part of this series, world is consistent and ruled by rules, government for once has it shit together. There are no major plot holes that are jarring, or not foreshadowed plot twists.

The world is believable and that's what most important.

About the style, show not tell is realized quite well, grammar keeps the high level. Thought for me story is a bit to fast paced, there is no need to rush. Firstly build solid foundations then progress the story.

Using a change of perspective and unimportant characters to explain why Protagonist naivety haven’t brought problems, gets rid of possible plot holes but leaves a bad taste.

Use the perspective of side characters only when they are important enough and revelant when you want to tell their story not to path your main story. In self inserting stories is also acceptable to use unimportant characters like Villager A to show of our Protagonist after major power up.

Our MC gets madly in love with the red girl, how cool, how sweet, how beautiful she is, in the track suit, in school uniform, in the autonomus car. There is no need to repeat it chapter after chapter.

Writer creates the story for himself but the moment he shares it, we all - the readers live the story.

Keep this in mind.

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An Interesting story with a unique Premise

In the story, the MC's world is filled with magic and super-powers, where people are mainly judged based on what power you're born with. The MC, instead of being born with a overwhelming super-power, is instead born with the power to dream a long time in one sitting. While not exactly exciting on it's own, the dreamscape he's in is a a world filled with magical beasts, swordfighting, and you guessed it, magic. Obviously better then his slightly-above average life, right?

Due to this over time the story shows how he becomes less and less detached with the real world, in the end only a crush on a girl really keeping him connected with the real world as he stops playing games, talking with his family, and doing extracurricular activites. At the same time the Author makes us truelly care about this by making the characters feel real, with real personalities and feelings, and not filling the cast with Couragous-spiky_haired-kid#20145 or Quirky-pink_haired-schoolgirl#901543.

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This is emphasized in the story when he loses one of his legs in the real world, disconnecting him from it even more.

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Athough admittedly slow-paced, I feel it works with the story because it shows much better his slow descent into indifference to the real world than any fast-paced story could. In the end due to all this I believe this story at this moment deserves to stand with some of the best in Royal Road.

Nat Lim
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Not your typical isekai

Quite a pleasant surprise in store for those who read ahead. At first I was skeptical, as it begins like many other reincarnation stories out there, but the plot twists leave a good impression on me. Overall, not a bad story.

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Great story, but two tags are missing

The story started off strong, but the only villain in the story just happens to be a cute female the same age as the MC, she also doesn't do anything but threatening thoughts.

Not too many cliches exist in this story, but the author clearly takes after Japanese Light Novels, especially of the Isekai genre. There's no grand plot outside of the female villain who again; Exists to be a waifu.

This story is missing a Romance tag, likely because the author doesn't believe it fits into the criteria. But unless you're going to change everything drastically, this is definitely romance. The story also requires a Slice of Life tag, it focuses on interactions and the day-to-day life than the plot. It has a story, but it's slow enough to be Slice of Life.

A good story and it's interesting, with excellent writing which is rare to find. If you're looking for a Slice of Life with fantasy elements this story could be for you, the author does have an idea of what they want and it's an interesting story, but it moves slowly with my deal killer being predictable cliches. 

I marked the overall score as 4 stars for reasons described above. Breakdown below.

Style score is 4.5 as I don't need to know about breast feeding and what it tastes like, the rare sidestories seem to exist to remove mystery and the author has a few POV switches that don't add much.

Grammar score is 4.5 as I've only encountered a few rare typos and with the overuse of periods. Some of the sentences were also awkward and could have been rephased to better flow smoothly.

Story Score is 4 as there's as of 3.7; no actual plot. There's a story, but no plot. This is an Isekai story, there's no greater cause.

Character Score is 3.5 as the villain and her father are 2D characters, the fantasy mother is intended as a cute waifu that's a mummy to the MC. And yet, as a surprising counter most characters seem fleshed out with realistic interactions.

DrMonotone
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Slow but sooo satisfying.

Reviewed at: 4.30

Ok, author wasnt joking, this story is veryyy slow. It will not be constant action, there will be moments and chapters of pure conversation but the author does this in such a way as to never lose your attention unless you truly are reading for pure action. In which case I recommend you turn around now instead of critiscising a book on something it isn't nor was made to be. However, if you want a fulfilling read with a good plot and an amazing balance of two MC's in one, this is definitely for you.

All I can say without spoiling but it was certainly a good read.

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This story is the most unexpected but pleasant surprise I had on this site.! When I first open the novel 2 months ago I expected the typical isekai but I got so much more. 

The first thing that made me love this novel is that I actually care for the main character and the supporting cast.

The second one is that the author does not reveal everything 100 chapters in and there are dozen of mysteries worth exploring. 

Depho
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Amazing. Characters are flushed out and the execution of the story is great. Parky takes time to give the world a colorful vibe. I like it.

Lynxo
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One of the best on this site, and I have read over 60 here.

Keep up the good work!

There are a few grammatical errors, but nothing worth killing over. The style is easy to understand.

 

MC is currently rather annoying, but aren't we all a bit annoying? He is after all a high schooler

Naril
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Enjoyable Story! 

Very entertaining. I really love the mix up on the genre. 

Looking forward to the next update. Thank you for posing this Parky!

HoloSol
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Favorite Story on RoyalRoad aside from MoL

This is my favorite story on RoyalRoad aside from Mother of Learning. It’s just so much fun to read.

 

The story shifts perspectives as the main character lives two lives simultaneously (no time travel). One takes place in a fantasy world with magic, where he is born there as a baby and his original world is a modern one filled with superheroes. I won’t spoil to much in the review, but it’s an interesting spin on the reincarnation genre.