Worth the Candle
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A teenager struggling after the death of his best friend finds himself in a fantasy world - one which seems to be an amalgamation of every Dungeons and Dragons campaign they ever played together. Now he's stuck trying to find the answers to why he's there and what this world is trying to say. The most terrifying answer might be that this world is an expression of the person he was back on Earth.
Note that this work follows a slightly different update schedule than most, posting several chapters at once every month or two in big batches, which helps me maintain quality and not burn out trying to push out words about as fast as I can.
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i came here following a random recommendation on Reddit, not really expecting much.
This story is so much better than what I expected. The story is enchantingly intricate and deep in a way that I don’t usually see in web novels/serials. And the grammar/punctuation/etc is all on point and such a pleasure to read compared to many other stories I’ve read on Royal Road.
Honestly probably the the best web serial I’ve ever read. And the first story I ever decided to support on Patreon.
Keep up the great work!
I’m not sure how to describe Worth The Candle without sounding like a gushing fanboy because that’s exactly what I am. I have read many published novels that weren’t near as good as this. It is engaging, intriguing, thought-provoking, and every other buzz word you can think of. If I had to pick, of all the web novels I follow, only one to keep reading, I would without hesitation pick Worth The Candle.
Read it, it’s really good.
Have you ever gotten annoyed with an MC when reading japanese light novels? Have you ever felt pissed because the MC was a spineless pussy?
Well look no further, this novel brings you what I call the "Ultimate Beta Male" as our protagonist. He is an emotional wreck, he is the embodiment of the social justice warrior archetype, he is weak and spineless. He has no sense of self-worth, no independence and the way he treats his "harem" companions cause me to cringe so hard that I want to kill myself.
Story itself is nothing to write home about. MC stuck in a (very badly written) D&D world, where MC doesn't try to innovate and doesn't try to use his knowledge to gain advantages. I found myself skipping D&D bits because it was just so boring and pointless even though I generally like D&D.
Overall, very shitty MC, horrible side characters, too much white knighting and social justice warrior shit, even in a bloody ruthless D&D world. Instead of having a rational and ruthless MC, we have a submissive little twat who is not calm and steady, but an emotional wreck with no redeeming traits.
The story has potential. however, I am just unable to relate to the characters, which makes the immersion difficult for me, what made me stop reading was the direccion the author was taking with the story.
i foresee a harem tag in it later on in the future, that kill it for me. as well as no getting any sense of wonder about the world that the mc is in.
Again, i still don't consider it a bad story, just not for me.
This is not a story about "fighting", and is NOT about "depression", it's about "Fighting Depression". If the author hadn't hinted at a happy ending early on, this story would NOT be worth the candle.
Unapologetically callous and beautiful.
You want to be the hero? Are you sure? Because outside of masturbatory fantasies, it's a shitty job. As in "I would rather bash my balls for a week".
No? Too much? Why don't you come and have a read. Let me hear what you think after...
I see no point in repeating praises after all others.
It has a depth, it's no a bland isekai where MC fights goblins, throws fireballs and collects a harem. It's rational, has exceptional world-building and believable characters.
But it's sort of dry, boring after a while.
From all other reviews I saw and the blurp I'd expect a fantasy setting with DnD like themes, but instead we have some dystopian post apocalyptic zombie survival abomination. That's fine for those that like such things I guess, but I can't imagine a less interesting setting, would be nice for some hint of it to be present in the description.
This novel has some very strong points. It has an array of interesting characters, monumental worldbuilding, meta-discourse and self-awareness. It is a shame that those same virtues are also the novel's greatest weakness because it feels so artificial.
I like every character the author has presented to us (even the MC, to some extent), and I believe he/she did a good job in their characterisation. The characters make the story very enjoyable. The MC ruins it all, as I've said, but I will develop that point later on as it will probably take the form of a full rant.
The worldbuilding is very thorough and pleasant, and I particularly like the descriptions of some places. It does lighten up the reading and foster a feeling of wonder in me when the author shows us the magic in the scenes. Up to a point. In the last chapters I've been skipping the description because it's simply too much. After nearly 200chapters of force-feeding details to the reader, it didn't feel quite as pleasant as in the beginning.
This novel is also very fond of meta. From meta-narrative, to talking about feelings and subjectivity and SJWness... I also liked it in the beginning, but it turned into an obsession (Amaryliss being the result of it).
Communicating feelings is perfectly normal, but the MC has been stuck with his for 200 chapters. He's such a simp that he would let his crush beat him up (three times), reject his feelings in a way I think is cruel, etc.. he doesn't learn. He's supposed to be a thinker, and even though he knows what's going on he does nothing. He believes he was raped, gets confused because it felt good, then gets mopey and try to find somebody to complain/cry. I'm disappointed, because he can't ougrow his patheticness. He's died several times, or often nearly did, he's been on his adventure for years now. He's supposedly fighting to save the world, blablabla... He should be more mature. If he were the same 17yo nerd as in the beginning, sure, but after 200chapters? (yes, I repeat it because it's important)
If Juniper was less of a scrub, I would probably be continuing reading this story. I don't find it interesting to read chapters full of commiserations when he's got the brain and the power to deal with his problems. It's a shame most MCs are like this nowadays. Lots of powers, lots of ethics, lots of 'smarts', but they lack the guts to be enjoyable. They're weakwilled and underwhelming everywhere but presumably in combat, where they must win or the story can't advance.