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?
Author's Note: It's going to be a very long story. While it may be (very) unrefined in the beginning, stick around and enjoy as the story grows.
Cover by Sydorow.
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TLDR; I would definitely recommend this story to almost everyone, as it was a lot of fun for me, it just deteriorates near the end.
I recently binged this story, and I loved it. I was planning on writing a review to show how awesome I thought the story was, but I decided to catch up to where the story is now. The recent chapters, changed everything. At the beginning, and for most of the story, this was incredible and I loved it. The author blended both lives, both real and fantasy, and kept us very engaged in both. I wasn't waiting for the regular life chapters to finish before we could go back to the fantasy ones.
The style: The style was brilliant. I really enjoyed both lives, and the way the author wrote the story was great, and I had a super fun time reading it.
The story: The story was awesome. I was personally very engaged and loved reading, and the story did advance, and even while it was a bit slow-paced, it didn't bother me.
The grammar: there were a few mistakes, nothing that really ruined my immersion though.
The characters: The side characters don't have too much depth other than Enariss, but Demund goes through much character development, and as he experiences time as Shaden, he grows up and matures.
Overall, I really enjoyed it, and would have given it 5/5 in everything except grammar. However, the recent chapters ruined the story for me. The last arc, or the last 20 or so chapters, were literally Shaden and a few others traveling around, and that whole time, nothing happened. The one event that was actually relatively important, was glossed over and not payed much attention to. In addition, Shaden used to be a little OP, but he wasn't a Mary Sue. The author returned after an 18 or so month hiatus, and said that the story before was pretty badly written and they didn't know how people actually were able to enjoy it or something. First of all, it was written very well, and there was a lot of people reading and enjoying, so that didn't really make sense, and second, I didn't know how the author would "improve", but I still kind of thought something would change. Instead, we had no Demund and a bunch of Shaden chapters, and Shaden literally turned into a Mary Sue.
He joined a vassal family to his that learned to tame beasts, and the most talented of them took at least a year or so to master it, and he gets it in two days or so and then the next day tames a wyvern.
Imho, the quality of the story is deteriorating, and while I still have this story favorited and followed, it is a bit tentave, and I am waiting for more chapters before I decide whether to quit or not. If the story continues to get worse, I will update my review to reflect what I think, and if it gets better, I will change the review to show my positive thoughts on the changes.
Originally somewhat interesting story about a teen who develops a power to be incarnated to another world on his dreams, where he is extremely powerful.
Generally pretty good, until the part with the Kishaks. After that people start mistreating him badly and he just takes it because... He deserves it I guess? Doesn't make much sense, and about as fun to read as listening to someone screech chalk on a blackboard.
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.
This is emphasized in the story when he loses one of his legs in the real world, disconnecting him from it even more.
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.
The writing is done very well, it flows nicely and I noticed few enough errors that I don't actually remember any.
I'm caught up as of chapter 3.16.
The premise is interesting, but ALL of the characters are shallow.
MC: diligent hard worker except for when it's convenient for the plot, in those cases he quickly gets bored and/or forgets about important things. That's literally all there is to him. Years in dream have passed, and the MC has done absolutely nothing to explore his power set, except for go to sleep at night at the normal time.
Love Interest: rich sadist with little to no empathy, but has a soft spot for the MC? That's it, nothing more to her, except for a mysterious past that the author is still hiding from us.
Friend number 1: best friend leaves on day one, people cry, it's sad, that's it. The MC actually forgot about him.
Friend 2: rich kid that works hard and has a super power that benifits him.
Friend 3: another rich kid that has a complex about not being as hard a worker as his friends.
That's it. That's the extent to the depth of the characters in this story outside of the dream.
If I lived in such a bland world (I do) and had a super power (I don't) that let me live in a far more interesting one whenever I sleep, I'm pretty sure I'd spend most of my time sleeping.
Honestly, I'd probably enjoy the story a lot more if the main character had died and been reborn, as it is, the story alternates between tedious (RL) and kind of interesting (dream); a fitting allegory for life, but not a very good story.
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.
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.
A great story with intresting plot, however, there are a few points that I find mildly annoying even independently, which put together make it highly unlikely to rate a fiction above 4 stars.
Firstly, when MC fully accepts a reality of his dreams, he hardly changes his behaviour, he continues to perform actions and make decisions, that I think are no loneger justifiable in light of this reveletion.
Secondly, I generaly dislike characters, that posses great power, but are afraid/reluctant to use it, even when threatened with direct harm to themselves or their loved ones.
Nevertheless, I thank author for his hard work and hope they see through their story.
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.
I have to say, this is an incredibly written story. You can really tell the author put some thought into the characters. Not to mention the fact that the english actually being readable already puts it above 90% of the stories on this site.
That's not to say that there isn't any negatives though. For one the gimmick is that the MC here is living two lives at the same time.... It's a pretty cool idea, but the execution wasn't too great here.
The dreamworld is perfect, the issue is with the real world. It's incredibly boring. The entire thing is about some kid who goes to school and is trying to ask out his crush... What happened to the super hero story? It was incredibly difficult to care about anyone or anything in the real world. The story is set up to make it seem like a huge mistake when the instructer rates his power as completely useless for anything practical, but that's actually the truth here. What's the point of making this setting and putting so much effort into it, when the story would've been the same if it was about a guy from our world living in a dream fantasy world.
The entire 'super hero academy' thing is not used at all. I found myself skimming through the real world sections. Sometimes I even felt like I was reading two different books at once, one incredibly boring and one looking incredibly interesting. It was jarring.
Maybe others will like that style, I personally didn't. But, even if like me that doesn't sound like something you'd enjoy, I still say give this story a read. The dreamworld alone can carry it.