by Void Herald
A thousand spells in your pocket, for a price.
So the email told Mathias, a creative teenager dreaming of freedom on a conquered Earth where magic is a resource to fight over, and a dragon despot rules the stars. The mysterious Magik website offers him the chance to purchase magical powers online, so long as he fulfills the requests of hidden benefactors. He accepts.
Now embroiled in a power game he barely understands, Mathias decides to do the only sensible thing: build a crack team of magicians, monsters, and would-be knights to take down their oppressive dictatorship. An easy Quest, right?
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I passed over this one a few times, but turns out it's actually about a person using magic. The game thing from the first chapter is quickly rendered irrelevant by plot introducing itself, and the true setting is revealed.
Bit of bait and switch I could have done without, but that's fine.
So far it's been a basic revenge story on 'system gives quests to do exactly what you're already doing' rails, but the metaplot about what is actually going on with all the magic is interesting, if as of yet not gotten to. (Ch 15)
Haven't gotten enraged by typos yet either, so that's a plus.
However, most of the introduced characters have been somewhat 2d; the ones that couldn't be described by an adjective in short order become noun-noun-nouns; ie cyborg knight priest. Hopefully they gain a bit more character development as the story progresses beyond 'this is how I gain this noun', as currently the ones I like best are minor characters.
Berserker Gargoyle Mercenary ftw.
Well written with excellent pacing and good characters/dialogue but... it breaks my suspension of disbelief. Considering the monumental difference in power levels, that the mc gets away with some of the things he does without getting stomped like an overripe grape, is frankly unbelievable. Its incredibly convenient that lie detection or mind reading spells don't seem to exist. Not to mention magical detection/tracking spells conviently not working or not being used at all, I could keep going. All the ignored or hand-waved plot holes add up to me being continually pulled out of the story.
The story of a noble advanced dragon empire that mixes technology and magic to stand against evil. These dragons seek to protect all races from Genocidel maniacs, A.I. revolutions, psychopathic criminals, and ever consuming elementals.
Whoops actually it's about the humans that don't like being ruled by another race and want freedom for Earth, even though the dragons are probably the most merciful of the powers of the galaxy.
Fun story, call me unpatriotic but I'm hoping the dragons win.
Loved it but sadly switched off when ===spoilers===
the brainwashing arch happened I know it was foreshadowed and all that but it just stopped being fun to read and I just could keep slogging through
First 50 chapters were 5 star so Much potential
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This is a story that plays in a post magic apocalypse setting. When magic returned to Earth it didn't come with a magic system, but an invasion from an interstellar draconic empire. Humanity didn't stand a chance and was conquered and annexed.
The story starts years after said apocalypse following the life of a teenage game developer who's got a worrying affinity with using illegal AI. This very tendency aroused the interest of an unknown sponsor, giving him access to magic and allowing him to do more than just petty sabotage against his alien overlords.
Overall this is a good story, I wouldn't call it realistic, but it demands far less suspension of disbelief than most other LITRPGs. There seems to have been significant effort in worldbuilding, making for interesting antagonists and protagonists. It also shows the ambiguity of a rebellion. Allying with people you'd otherwise rather not.
The MC is rather standard. Mother abducted by the aliens, so he's got reasons for a grudge, smarter than he's got any right to be, so he can pull off whatever he does. It's easy to empathise with him. Despite his teenage age, he's not an edgy anti-hero.
I'm honestly not sure what to think about the antogonists. The big bads seem to be walking clichées. The Evil Empire, the petty tyrant dragon, the Demon. On the other hand the lesser antagonists are far less so. The Imperial policeman trying to protect the locals from evils both demonic and subversive. I hope we'll see more of those. The nasty part of being a rebel is that good people are your worst enemies.
Overall I'd definitely recommend reading this. So far it's been a rather exciting read.
I really liked this story and it's premise. I lowered the rating because unfortunately the author drops the story halfway through Volume 3. He does provide an overview of how the story would have finished which is greatly appreciated but it left me wanting to actually read those arcs. The rationale on why he dropped it is understandable though. If you do end up liking this story, read some of his others. They are great too!
1. The author is awesome and has made some amazing works.
2. This work is incomplete and will never be complete. The author called it off at chapter 75 and instead explains the remainder of the plot in the conclusion.
3. As alluded above this story has some serious issues and some really unpopular twists during the later chapters.
All up I confidently say you will enjoy up to around chapter 50.
I like this story, the writting is engaging the characters are engaging, the world is expansive, the magic system is good and the plot is moving forwards. Magik has all the major elements that get me to like a story, but the reason I'm writting this review is a nit pick that has been bugging me that I wanted to get off my chest.
Basicaly, the main character becomes a blue mage (basically this is information gathering and mental manipulation magic) and instead of doing the reasonable thing like staying hidden and bringing down the evil empire with subtle methods, he instead learns offensive magic and wins all his battles with physical force. This only works due to plot armour keeping him alive against superior enemies in battles he should have never gotten into in the first place.
Other than that there are a couple minor problems like some of the non human team mates being uniteresting and the MC being too reckless, but overall I'm realy enjoying the story and I would highly recomend it.
This is one of the best LitRPG novel... But what i hate here is the MCs immaturity and he dont have any sense or urgengcy ! He keeps on talking about being strong to train and achieve strength BUT no ... our MC lacks brain to Exploit his ability .... he can combinde skill to create more powerfull and usefull one.... THE AUTHOR makes the MC forget this very sh!t for a reasong i donot know. Maybe to not be so OP? If its real life then i would combinde every skill if i can and create more skill or spell and its almost limitless !!! I can be OP at times of my preparation and undefeated when i desided to show up !!! I wanna create a Fanfic of this novel.' This have a lot of potential and ill try to make a good one with a reasonable power growth ...but still will be an OP through sheer training first and NoT this sh!ty pieace of MC who only relies on LUCK or PLOT ARMOR.
I like the spells twice as much as I like the characters, and believe me, I like the characters.
Now, I don't always like their actions, but the story being told makes it feel like it's got its own life. This is a story all on it's own and if you can't handle a bit of filtered reading and suspension of disbelief, this probably isn't for you, but I advice you to fuck around and give it a chance.
It's a damn good story.