Vainqueur Knightsbane is your average dragon: a giant, fire-breathing lizard who loves to take naps on his golden hoard, kidnap princesses for fun, and make the life of adventurers miserable. Vainqueur's only pleasure in life is to watch his treasure get bigger, one coin at a time.
So when a would-be thief turned unwilling minion tells him about "classes," "levels," and "quests," Vainqueur wonders if maybe, just maybe, he should consider a career change.
After all, why bother hunting monsters for free when you can get paid for it?
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Finished this and i have to say, this is one of the best written litrpg stories out there. Foremost its a comedy with great style and absurdity, but it can be serious when it needs to be, its perfectly balanced. The characters are the main star of this show, especially the two main protagonist progression, interaction between eachother and their character development is in my opinion one of the best part of this fiction. The world building is good and solid, althought the story doesnt focus too much on it.
I also love that the author didnt drag his story too much, like i have seen with many other stories, they go on for too long and lose their direction, not this one, the author does take his time from time but the story isnt too dragged out by the slowed paces in some parts.
This story is a litrpg fantasy story, but its pretty oubvious from the beginning that the litrpg part isnt taken too seriously, this story isnt about min/max stats or all that other jazz.
Overall a very fun and one of the best stories on this website. If you enjoy fantasy that doesnt take itself too seriously, get in nerd.
Just a very enjoyable ride. If you are reading this mostly for leveling up, i reccomend not to, because that isnt the main focus, its just a dragon and his minion going on shenanigans, with a plot line on the side, which in the later half becomes the main focus.
This is literally how I got here, LOVED the book and when I bought it on amazon, so I type it in on google to see if theres like a squel or something, and I was introduced to Royal Road. this was on a different account and happened back when this book had like 700 pages. Then I got into writing too. Justt an amazing story and I can't stress it to you enough.
Honestly, while there were some iffy bits here and there, they were very rare. No story is perfect, but this one came pretty close to perfection in its chosen field, which is comedy and some surprisingly deep characterization/fleshing out of characters. Read it, you won't regret doing so! It's honestly a story I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to any fans of comedic fantasy, or comedic stories and/or fantasy ones in general.
This story while not having that many original elements in his world does take all those tropes and makes something out of them, this can really be seen when it makes every single dragon stereotype into a funny and interesting characterization.
It might not be complex but it does answer all the opened questions and is not a forced narrative with the characters having to be passive for the majority of the story, the protagonists are for the great part moving the plot forward and actively starting events, not just being dragged around by them.
Overall this was a funny and enjoyable read and if i could i would give 6 stars to the story because even if not too complex it still flows very well and i have rarely seen novels with such a good ending, which in my opinon is a great factor, many stories can be ruined with a bad ending.
The characters where all likeable and even if some had more superficial characterizations the main characters and villains had their own clear identity with their own problems and prospective on things.
I voted the style not too high because nothing original was done with it and even if his the author choice where to focus the story i think it would have been more interesting to see others pov on Vainquerer actions or too see some events aftereffects, the kingdom reaction to him for example is said to be big yet there is not even one chapter about it from their pov or some interesting interaction caused by that.
Not once in my life have I read any piece of fiction which so naturally, thorougly, and broadly shows us the very ignorance and dysfunction with we are constantly and thoroughly surrounded with. The author shows us these most unfortunate facts of life in an only slightly exaggerated and always-comedic fashion. The author's talent with this is by a significant margin the best that I have encountered. It is a brilliant piece of work.
I believe that this good-hearted author has done well to identify and personally disregard most of this dysfunction in his personal life, and I salute him enthusiastically for this accomplishment at wisdom.
I have only made it to chapter 29 and I could be missing some important aspects, but I nevertheless must state that the only popular misconception that I fear that the author is guilty of is having fallen to accepting the propagandized definition of capitalism, which is in actuality CRONY capitalism. As such, I suspect that the author mistakenly uses this fiction to argue against capitalism, when in fact he ought to be arguing against mistaking crony capitalism for true capitalism.
Our popular understanings of "systems of economics" and "systems of governance" typically retard (IE it is truly misinformation) the development of legitimate understandings of what historically named types of governance and economics in actuality are.
Anyway, enjoy your dynamic fantasy RPG adventure through ignorance and dysfunction.
It is natural, non-preachy, wise, witty, fun, silly, and special.
I can't think of many stories I have read of this caliber, it was quite enjoyable, it took me four whole days to read, it ends at a very good point, while the story is still at the top of its arc. The grammar is perfect, the characters are memorable, the comedy is funny and wonderful. I laughed so hard at many times during my read.
P.S my being a dragon has no bearing on my review, I'm not biased. No really.
LitRPG is a genre ripe for the kind of slapstick humour that Vainqueur embodies (both as a webfiction and as a dragon) so it's surprising that there isn't more of it (there's lots of humour in LitRPG, but not so much wacky farce).
Anyway, this is a rare thing: a long-form LitRPG with an actual sense of plot arcs and story that builds to a tense and satisfying conclusion. It's unpretentious fiction that I suspect was as much fun for the author to write as it is for us to read it.
Void Herald's style is confident and professional but unfussy. It makes reading easy and unchallenging and it lends itself well to the humour of the piece. Great literature it ain't, but that's not what Void Herald is aiming for, I suspect.
Nothing wrong with it. Spelling, grammar, word-choice are all absolutely fine. Nothing radical or experimental.
Void Herald knows story. Not just Vainqueur, but their other works make it clear that this is an author who understands the pacing and the idea of weaving compelling narrative arcs together into an overall whole, greater than the sum of its parts. I can definitely learn a thing or two from reading this.
The characters aren't one-dimensional and they definitely have development arcs but, if the story falls down anywhere, it's that the characters are clearly characters participating in a humorous fantasy tale, without much in the way of emotional depth. Void Herald can clearly do emotional depth (and is doing it very well with Quicksave in The Perfect Run) and it could be argued that this story doesn't need it (and that the absence of it is, in some cases, part of the story's charm). All the same, this isn't a story that's going to teach you much about constructing a deep character.
This is an engaging, funny, lively piece of fantasy LitRPG lampoon that deserves its place in annals of RR legend. Great literature, it ain't. But it also isn't a waste of anyone's time to read it.
A already OP Dragon learns about skills.
Story is great, world building is good. All in all, I would say that I would recommend this story, if someone were to ask me for a pleasant story, not necessarily as the first story, maybe as the ninth.
In short, very pleasant story, entertains but doesn't draw in like with Mother of Learning or the Hobbit.
The reviews speak for themselves. Dragon gets the [class] system. Hilarity and dragon shenanigans follow. Writing is nice, story is nice, pacing is good, and the characters are well put together. The story has since concluded. Everything seemed to wrap up pretty well.
The only gripe I have is it was over so soon. If the author ever started a go-fund-me for a comic I would probably donate.