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Summary – Level 1:

Delve is an isekai litrpg that follows an average guy who just happened to wake up in a forest one day. He wasn’t summoned to defeat the demon lord or to save the world or anything like that, at least as far as he can tell. The only creature there to greet him was a regular old squirrel.

Soon enough, he meets other people, only to discover that he can’t speak the language, and that not everybody immediately trusts random pajama-wearing strangers they met in the middle of the wilderness. Things generally go downhill from there, at least until the blue boxes start appearing.

Delve is a story about finding your way in a new, strange, and dangerous world. It’s about avoiding death, figuring out what the heck is going on, and trying to make some friends along the way. It’s not about getting home, so much as finding a new one.

Did I mention that there will be math?

 


 Summary – Level 2:

 Okay, but what are you in for, really?

Well, this story is supposed to be realistic, or at least, as realistic as a fantasy litrpg can be. The main character doesn’t instantly become an all-powerful god and murder-hobo his way across the universe. Delve is, at its heart, a progression fantasy, but that progression is meant to feel earned. The numbers in this story actually mean something. Everything is calculated, and if you find a rounding error, I expect you to tell me about it. That said, if math isn’t your cup of tea, there is plenty more that the story has to offer. Characters are meant to feel real, and progression isn’t only about personal power; it’s also about allies, connections, and above all, knowledge. Figuring out how the system works is a significant theme.

 

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What, you want more details? Okay, fine, but this is going to get a bit spoiler-y. Are you sure?

 

Yes!

 

Really sure? I mean, this summary is practically half as long as the first chap–

 

Now!

 

Okay, okay!

The main character becomes a magic user, but he takes a route that is not very popular in adventurer culture, namely that of a support. There is a full magic system with various spells, skills, and abilities, but our MC decides that aura magic is the way to go, and that the only stat worth investing in is mana regeneration. Most people at the Adventurer’s Guild think that this makes him a bit of a dumbass, but he’s playing the long game. We’ll see how that works out for him, won’t we?

Because of his build, the MC levels up fast, at least compared to normal people. There are no cheats, though, and he is limited in other ways. There are some clear and pretty obvious downsides to his build. That’s what makes it fun, no?

Morals? Our MC has them. Again, we’ll see how that works out for him. Realism, remember? Would you be okay with killing someone and looting their body? I sure hope not.

POV? The focus is on the main character, but there will be occasional varying perspectives from people around him, or involved in the events related to the main plot. It isn’t going to jump all over the place.

Tech is standard medieval stasis. No smartphones, but the MC does have a technical background. Computers and their programming might be involved. There might even be a bit of uplifting down the road, who knows? Anyway, it isn’t the focus. He isn’t going to invent the gun in chapter 1 and change the face of warfare.

Is there romance? Not so much, or at least, not as a major theme. Friendships are more the name of the game. Building relationships and knowledge about the world, not a harem. Definitely not a harem.

There is exploration, though not as much of the geographical nature as you might expect. It is more about exploration of the system and the culture.

The pace is slow and detailed, sometimes verging on slice-of-life. The action is meant to be realistic and grounded in the numbers, and it is intended to have meaning beyond simply punching things until they stop moving.

The general tone of the story is grey, and some parts can get quite dark. People die. Sometimes, people with names, but not anywhere near GoT level. There is plenty of light, too, though, to balance the darkness. The world is dangerous, but overcoming that danger is why we’re all here, isn’t it?

Anyway, if you’ve made it this far through the summary, you clearly like words. I hope you enjoy the story!

 


Cover by Miha Brumec

Summary Updated: 2020-06-14

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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
001: Woodland ago
002: One on One ago
003: Pothole ago
004: Statistics ago
005: Alone ago
006: Skill ago
007: Slime ago
008: Clarity ago
009: Commerce ago
010: Broke ago
011: UX ago
012: Class ago
013: Party ago
014: Math ago
015: Mine ago
016: Cleanup ago
017: Return ago
018: Rescue ago
019: Succor ago
020: Outcast ago
021: Smith ago
022: Search ago
023: Paralysis ago
024: Answers ago
025: Clay ago
026: Gratitude ago
027: Hunted ago
028: Plan ago
029: Practice ago
030: School ago
031: Gear ago
032: Well ago
033: Reunion ago
034: Kin ago
035: Dream ago
036: Focus ago
037: Modded ago
038: Geography ago
039: Arrival ago
040: Lair ago
041: Maze ago
042: Guesswork ago
043: Fall ago
044: Beast ago
045: Signal ago
046: Light ago
047: Core ago
048: Crucible ago
049: Downtime ago
050: Baggage ago
051: Completionist ago
052: Specialization ago
053: Forward ago
054: Adventure ago
055: Armored ago
056: Noble ago
057: Restored ago
058: Charge ago
059: King ago
060: Snow ago
061: Spree ago
062: Complication ago
063: Assessment ago
064: Exposition ago
065: Ring ago
066: Encounter ago
067: Footrace ago
068: Departure ago
069: Hangover ago
070: Skating ago
071: Perspective ago
072: Preemption ago
073: Inflamed ago
074: Elevation ago
075: Adaptation ago
076: Meeting ago
077: Chill ago
078: Heatsink ago
079: Slumber ago
080: Trapped ago
081: Breakdown ago
082: Intent ago
083: Boon ago
084: Entry ago
085: Guide ago
086: Explosion ago
087: Pet ago
088: Casualties ago
089: Consequence ago
090: Buried ago
091: Essence ago
092: Fracture ago
093: Tomb ago
094: Illusion ago
095: Pressure ago
096: Sanctuary ago
097: Arrested ago
098: Stability ago
099: Calm ago
100: Storm ago
101: Fireside ago
102: Reaper ago
103: Illumination ago
104: Mind ago
105: Connection ago
106: Imprint ago
107: Interface ago

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Kaelein
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THIS is a very solid 5

Reviewed at: 59: King

Now I might have to go downgrade my other five star reviews.

Joke aside, this story took me by surprise and took the top spot for me on RR.

 

 

Story and Style:

A "basic" RR premise done right: the MC is one of us, transported to a System-based fantasy world, and has to make do. As of chapter 59, there is still no BBEG, no cataclysmic event, no prophecy, no deux ex machina warranting the MC's grandeur. And it's FINE. The MC gathers intel on the system and the world at large at a reasonable pace.

He might become OP one day and then gain a nemesis, or make a significant impact on the world... But so far his struggles are "realistic" and with only his pajama to begin with, very few things came "too easily". One of the few things appearing too easy to me (his awakening) has actually been reasonably explained by the plot.

I can understand some people's frustration with the extensive calculations for the system. I absolutely don't mind. It's great to build character reliability in my opinion: When I can't follow I can skim the paragraph up to the MC's conclusion and I know I can get back to it if need be. In the meantime it lends CREDENCE to the choices he makes, and we don't get the feeling that he chose some skill "because the author needed him to".

And it explains the system mechanics: Combo!

 

Grammar:

Too often on RR, am I being thrown off my reading saddle because of Grammar: Not with Delve. I cannot remember not being able to figure the meaning of something because of a missing word, or ranting because of a homophone mis-use (eg: bear/bare/bear, Grrrrr!!!!) 

Here, every sentence is clean (or cleaned by the time I get to read the chapter). And I thank you SenescentSoul for that.

 

Characters :

I've read that Rain is some type of "insert-self" protagonist... I'm not so sure: the characters are believable, and their back-story comes in due time, that works for him too... Like in reality, you wouldn't state your exhaustive life story to strangers, would you? nor do you reflect about your whole life so far on a regular basis? The characters are focused on what they need to focus at the moment, and that's ok.

The MC decides to go for an uncommon build, and his reasons for doing so at the time are believable enough. He then fumbles around struggling with language and customs... Much I imagine I would, so far so good, it is very entertaining. 

Like I said, the calculations make me like the MC as well: he feels he only has one shot at making his build work... I would blacken pages as well to make sure not to F things up.

 

Conclusion:

This story develops perfectly (in my opinion) so far, and always leaves me eager for more.

There is a "Slice of life" vibe... To me, it comes from the MC's immediate concerns. I expect this to change when his power level and therfore, the number of things he can concern himself with grow. I can wait... as long I get regular doses of this addictive web-novel.

 

Kikanolo
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Well-Written and Light-Hearted LitRPG

Reviewed at: 39: Arrival

Delve is a well-written portal fantasy story that does a good job with a realistic take on the genre.

The premise of the story is a standard portal fantasy into a fantasy world with a system. However, the MC does not understand the language, has no idea how to utilize the system, and has no cheats that help him understand or integrate into the world.

The system in the story is a fairly complex one with lots of options and features, and the readers learns about it with the MC. Through experimentation and calculations, the MC logically designs what he considers to be an optimal build for himself, and holds to it. So far, the MC's build has been a very interesting part of the story, since it has a lot of potential to be interesting and powerful, while also having clear strengths and weaknesses. The design of the system also gives the story a lot of options going forward, since there are many ways to level other than combat.

The story has been very fun to read so far, as the MC slowly tries to figure out the world and society he's been dropped into. The story refreshingly does not have any high stakes so far, and just involves the MC playing things by ear to get by.

The style has been fairly slice-of-life so far, with the MC generally working on a few goals in a specific chapter, and this allows up glimpses into aspects of life in this world we might not normally see.

There has not been that much worldbuilding yet, but the existing worldbuilding has been done well. Since we are only learning about the world as the MC learns about it, we have not seen that much, but as a result of the slice-of-life style, the existing worldbuilding has a decent amount of depth.

The MC's characterization is a good fit for the story attempting to be told, a rational, curious individual who is fun to follow. So far, I would say only two characters have been properly fleshed out and developed, but this doesn't mean that the others haven't been. Since the story is still in its early stages, some of the characters just haven't been given the chance to be fleshed out in detail, but they likely will be soon when it suits the plot and the opportunity is available.

The story is well-edited and quickly corrected if errors are found. Chapters are released twice a week currently, and are quite long, so the overall story pacing is pretty good.

I would strongly recommend this story.

 (As of Chapter 39)

 

wolfsmith
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My new favorite on RR.

Reviewed at: 36: Focus

I'm on Chapter 34 and it's just a great read so far.  My only problem is that I wish I hadn't discovered it until later because now I have to wait for updates!  Come on man, just win the lottery or something so you can devout your life to writing all day. Is that too much to ask?

Geneticfreak
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All of the characters are unique with distinct personalities and great interactions with the mc and each other. 

The world is fleshed out, with a history and it doesn’t feel like it’s being made up on the spot. 

The writing style is great and pulls you in from chapter one.

The MC is great, smart but naive, he’a not whiney, he tries to learn what he can about the world and thinks things through. 

This story manages to avoid most of the bad tropes and ride the line of others perfectly to create a unique and interesting story. 

Definitelt one of my favourite stories on this site, to the point where I’ve started supporting on Patreon which I only do for one other book

read this and you will not be disappointed!

Forgotten Lord
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Honestly the most realistic isekai fiction

Reviewed at: 4: Statistics

This fiction has realistic reactions(specially from the mc and not unreasonable like other from other fictions). It has outstanding grammar and although the story’s pace maybe slow, which might not be liked by others, it is still recommended and hopefully it does not go into hiatus like other fictions available. In addition the mc is, for me quite unnoticeable, meaning he dosent have any characteristic that is stands out meaning he is bland (don’t know any other word to phrase it) but that doesn’t make the fiction boring but rather the fiction is much more interesting and entertaining. Thus rated five stars and is happily waiting for future updates.

Readaholic
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A fun and interesting read.

Great Story

I hope the author keeps up this great litrpg story. I'm a huge fan of the skill and level mechanic the author uses and the way the author portrays language barrier in the novel. 

Aki-chi
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Worth to read and re-read

While a simple premise in comparison to the others around RR, it is well done in most ways, and while i myself am no profecional critic, the characthers fell real and deep, the story has a good pace, nothing is really directly handled to the main character, except the things that are, but those are well introduced as well, so not really something to complain about. Oh, almost forgot to say, but the grammar is really one of the best i've seen around and the author is quick with corrections.

apaulose
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I've read a lot of litrpg fics on this site and I've got to say this is one of the best starts I've ever seen. It's pretty early to be judging it but based on the writing quality and interesting characters so far I think it definately deserves 5 stars.

Bonemage
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I am so happy to have found this story, it is really excellent. First of all, the LitRPG aspects are on point. The stats are so of the most balanced I have seen, easy to understand, not overwhelming, and yet also allow a place for the MC to min-max. The plot-point of not knowing the language could be exhausting in another fiction, but here it is done well. 

Mark Long
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Omg a great great story out if nowhere

Wow a great story that sticks to transported into a brand new world. Language barrier and foreign culture. A must read seriously. Read this story now!!