Before They Came (Magical Apocalypse)
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Our way of life it ended faster than we ever thought possible. It didn't happen with a nuclear war, an asteroid, or a damn ice age. It ended because of another war, far away from us. The Ripples from that war changed the fabric of everything. If only we had known that it was just the beginning.
Btw, the beginning chapters are short, but get longer as the story goes on. Thank you for your time and your patience.
The MC struggles with himself.
He has human flaws including IGNORANCE.
The MC starts the story out drunk, which has a major impact on the story in the beginning and way beyond.
The story takes time to unfold, please be patient.
This story does not shy away from the darker elements of life.
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It's too early to say if the plot will grow from where it is, or if the story as a whole will develop beyond being a webnovel.
The premise is familiar, but the powers are interesting. Exploring a new magic and world are definitely the highlights of Before They Came thus far.
The main two shortcomings as of chapter 71 are the lack of supporting character and the MC's reaction to power.
The MC is more or less completely alone. Any second character introduced are quickly removed from the picture (the paladins and Rath being examples). Character interactions are one way this story could improve; changing from an interesting superpower theory-craft to a full story.
As for reaction to power, the MC has very quickly resorted to killing and enslaving to surmount his obstacles. He has so many creative and new tools and magics at his disposal, that his actions seem callous and thoughtless.
Overall this is still a short and fun story. Hopefully it continues to grow into a great one.
I enjoy the story and would recommend to others (Currently at chapter 9). My only issue is that he gets really strong really fast and that his knowledge seems to be from nothing but intuition but even that shouldn't allow him to do what he has done. But other than that I saw no grammar or spelling errors and while the chapters are short its fine and not a huge deal.
Reviewing this at chapter 60, here's my opinion:
It's interesting, unique, funny, and has some really awesome moments! As in multiple instances of "crowning moment of awesome"!
Develops onion-style, peels off layer by layer, with each reveal making the world increasingly fascinating. Includes quite a few tantalising glimpses which I'm so looking forward to the Author developing further!
The plot moves along at a good pace, with some variety to mix things up a bit. Makes for addictive reading, you'll gulp down chapters by the dozen before you know it.
Just a tiny gripe that sometimes, I feel like "whoa, everything's just going your way eh, MC?". But that might just be me, and I agree that it can be tough to avert the perception of convenient coincidences or, ahem, plot armour. And if one tries to explain everything, it would cripple the pacing.
MC is quite relatable, tons more believable than most others. He's very human, makes mistakes, but also learns from mistakes FAST. Also, has his moments of awesome!
The conversational style makes for very smooth and easy reading, goes down like... a cold beverage that's both light and tasty. Something you could drink all night.
No grammatical mistakes or typos that I could notice, nothing to jar the reading experience. Done very well, thumbs up!
... one maybe-spoilery detail below...
... I really like that the MC plays to his strengths. It's not so much that he's OP, because OP-ness is always relative. Kill an Orc with one blow, get crushed by Godzilla the next minute, for example. It's more that the MC gives the impression of OP-ness through a combination of D&D Wizard-level preparation (or striving for it, which I like), playing to his strengths, and manipulating the battle or battlefield like someone who's studied Sun Tzu. So amazing, so much enjoyment from reading it.
Oh, one last thing, read this story cos it was recommended by @aminex! :D
The main character is a magic user, so far a primary earth mage. The chapters may be short but they are pretty fulfilling reads anyway. A book that seems easy to keep up even with sporadic updates and short chapters. I had no real issues with the spelling/grammar. His fiancee had 0 chance to develope into a character i would give a damn about but i guess it helped in some ways. The MC is well rounded with no real strong points, except his magic/where he learned it, In the 7 chapters you begin to get a feel for his personality which is nice.
This was a bit hard to read at the beginning, when he was overpowered, but as i kept reading it got better. I hope you keep weiting this!
I really enjoy the story and the unique premise really makes the possibilities endless.
In a single world(universe) there is mana, chi cultivation, psionic abilities, advanced magi tech, enching and everything in between. The unique way abilities came to Earth also mean that abilities were only limited by people's imagination when 'chaos' was being dished out.
The character's development is really interesting, he is not one of those stubborn set in their ways characters but actually grows and adopts while trying not to loose himself. The characters growing around him are actually given personalities as well and seem like actual people at this point.
Its a great growth and empire building story, i can feel the Daniel Black influence in here as well, no naughty scenes yet though . hinting that i like those. Eager to see where the rest of the story goes, especially with other Earth humans now being reintroduced that have come from other worlds.
Endless world building possibilities.
This is a good story, it has variability, strong but not op mc, interesting magic systems and, at the last two chapters,
a turnarround about earthly mythology
This story has a good base that can be used for a potentialy ten thousand + story.
There's only one issue and it doesn´t really matter, because even though the chapters take a long while to come out, they're released consistently.
I really don't know why i took so long in making a review of this story.
great work. His inspiration of Daniel black is quite obvious as he mentions but he doesn't copy it. This story takes a average joe character with a bit of dnd history and grants his a wish for power in a world overturned by magic. The pace through out the story have been very well done and I never feel like I just want to skip a single line of the story. Although the MC is a bit scatter brained I feel it brings a lot to the character's development. I don't know how the author wants to portray the world out side of the selfish MC and on the single chapter he did I was like get back to the story. As is I am extremely happy with the happy go lucky nothing could every truely go wrong MC. Even when bad things happens I always thought the MC could fix it. It he wants to protray the world as more nitty gritty I would suggest to his some sad chapters from other characters perspectives or some evil conniving people stories. I think defiance of the fall does a great job presenting a hearse multiverse if that's what he wants. All in all I am In love with the series so far
Super fun read, the MC is both OP and flawed which is fun. sometimes it feels like the author didnt like where things were going and changes aspects of the story relatively abruptly (which they do a good job of writing in btw).
Definitely recommend giving it a read!
A very satisfying read. The world is built quite good.