Ar'Kendrithyst

by Arcs

Original ONGOING Adventure Fantasy High Fantasy LitRPG Magic Portal Fantasy / Isekai Slice of Life
Warning This fiction contains:
  • Gore
  • Profanity

An aging father and his CIA-hopeful daughter crash land in a desert of crystal plants and magic blue boxes. City walls rise in the distance, but as the pair hike closer they see those walls are more like mountains, and the mega-metropolis behind them is long dead.

Luckily, the adventuring city of Spur is alive and green, well outside of Ar’Kendrithyst’s shadow.

Erick Flatt wants a nice life with new friends in a new home with his daughter, but Jane Flatt is so ready to be an adventurer.

Book 1 Completed. 

Book 2 Completed. 

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Caraweelo
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One of my favourites so far

Reviewed at: 054 - Jane

This is my first review on this site after reading tens of stories over a period of years! This story is that much of a gem!

 

TL;dr:

Amazing story. Deserves to be trending! Grammatically perfect. Characters and world building are impeccable, and it is evident that the author has writing experience since there is ACTUAL storytelling.

 

Longer version (I’ve tried to contain myself but here goes)

 

From skimming some of the critical reviews, both lovers and haters of this story agree on a few things, so let’s start there.

  • This author is a WRITER! Meaning- he actually knows grammar, sentence structure and the craft of writing including dialogue, world building, character descriptions and so on. I have come across some truly atrocious examples of writing on this site, even from some of the most popular “authors”.
  • The author is a storyteller. There is a clear progression, theme, character change/growth, conflict/emotion and development in the story.
  • The grammar needs another mention – it is a delight to not have to guess at what the author is trying to convey because the grammar is non-existent.

 

Also, I get that most of the criticism is about the MC’s personality. Obviously, he is not like most isekai MC’s but I really don’t see that as a problem. In fact, it’s one of the reasons I love this story so much. I have given up on more stories than I can count because the MC’s were basically psychopaths who were willing to kill not only (humanoid) monsters but bandits/rivals/soldiers etc. without the slightest hesitation or regret. Not in defence mind, but for experience/loot or just because. Not everyone is comfortable with killing, even monsters, and he IS an avowed pacifist, so it is in line with his character. (Personally, I can’t help but feel sorry for some of those experience-kills in those stories. I know that if I was ever transported to another world, outside of killing to save my life, I would definitely not be killing sentient beings regardless of experience or treasure)

 

He does come around though, when he realises what the alternative to killing monsters is – and in such a beautiful, realistic way. I loved how he realised that part of the social contract in this new community, required him to change. That instead of solving conflicts, he was in fact creating conflict.

 

There is much more to this story than text-boxes, levelling by killing, loot and experience. There is the mystery of why they were brought to this world (the black dragon/darkness), the silent war, The Script and the feeling he gets when he is meditating, the dead city and what actually goes on in there and so much more. I can’t wait to see where the author goes with it.

 

Also, for any of my fellow female readers – the author clearly has irl conversations and relationships with women. There are no airheaded, strip-at-first-sight-to-show-their-gratitude women/girls nor are there any shrewish, man-hating amazons that need to be subdued because yay-the-MAN. The female characters are varied, real and behave like (the horror) real women.

The only criticism I have, is that I wish there were more descriptions to give a sense of the world. The author does it a bit here and there, but not enough to invoke the feeling that I’m right there alongside the MC, and experiencing Veird with him.

 

All in all, I’m so glad I found this gem of a story. I can’t wait to see what happens next and if the author by any chance sees this review: If you have any other stories hidden away somewhere, I’m very much interested!

 

Cheers,

Gaaaaaaaanzo
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Finds a Niche in the Genre

Reviewed at: 024

 I probably spend more time than I should on this website browsing through Latest Updates, and I have to say I'm glad I stopped in to read through this story. I like the idea of unexpected consequences, yet none the less entirely reasonable consequences. I enjoy the world, the hints of a greater surrounding area, and the focus on Erick as he struggles to move on with his life and protect his daughter... despite her really not needing protecting. I get the feeling that this isn't something that Arcs sat down to write and just kinda makes up as they go along, it feels more like theres a general framework behind the scenes, and they hope to connect the dots for the reader at a later date. I look forward to watching the story evolve, and I hope to see others take an interest in it as well.

Nightdrift
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This novel has quickly become one of my favourites, and for good reason.

The grammer is good, different characters have decently defined voices and are interesting, the scale of the story is large but well pulled off so far. The world continues to be well built and fleshed out as the characters explore it.

If anything the author is visibly improving as he goes along, and the POV chapters are really well written instead of being distracting fillers like you find in many lower grade novels.

To summarize, if you like fantasy/Isekai/Game Systems then read this book, it does all three really well.

Moridain
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Not all isekai want to go to war

Reviewed at: 038

The tale is one of someone who isn't super into games, who doesn't like the idea of killing and fighting monsters. He doesn't want to be an adventurer and have glory. He just wants a safe home for himself and his daughter, friends and a community to belong to.
The world however is rarely kind enough to let people stay peaceful though...
The characterization is fantastic, the setting is unique, the system makes sense inside that setting. There are no perfect people (though some look pretty perfect), just people trying to get on with their lives inside of a world with monsters and divine level hatred.
Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys litrpg, Isekai and unique systems of magic.

meerschaum
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Delve meets Wandering Inn ?

Reviewed at: 042

Wow! Good fun. Some of the best characterization I've seen in RR. Except for a few homonym switches, I've caught no spelling errors.

Erick's build made me think of Delve, as did much of the early sewer stuff, but the resemblence didn't last long. The relationships between the characters feel real, but it's not the sprawling mass of complexity that Wandering Inn is - and manages to be light fun rather than ratcheting up the tragedy - at least so far.

Story comes into it's own when the protagonist starts applying Earth knowledge to magic successfully.

 

posto
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Just plain awesome

Reviewed at: 041

I feel compelled to write this review since quite a few of the prior ones don’t do it justice. 

I am currently up to date in chapters (42), and I can say that it is an excellent book, definitely worth reading. 

A few have said that the main character is flawed, which is true, and while the progression is SLOW, it is there. EVENTUALLY things pick up. At some points in the story I just wanted to go in and smack the mc around for being stupid, but it is picking up.

Still, the overall style, original plot, system Design, and world building, give it a 5. 

Just a warning, if you are not patient, the mc will frustrate you.

chakfor
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Really good slice of life!

Reviewed at: 043

Very well written. The pacing is just right, not too slow, not too fast. Grammar is, for the most part, spot on. There are a few instances where cheep is used instead of cheap, but they're few and far between.

The MC is a pacifist to start, and isn't adjusting well to his new circumstances. That's actually a breath of fresh air. He doesn't *want* to hurt things. Of all the MC's of all the gamelit I've read this is the only one I'd like to sit and have a beer with. He just a good guy.

Arkeus
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Characterisation-heavy litrpg

Reviewed at: 044

This is one of those characterisation heavy story with non-standard characterisation that is just enough out of the social and popular norms that it can clash heavily.

The main character is a very proud and contrary pacifist middle aged man who is thrown with his daughter in a post-apocalyptic litrpg setting and promptly decides that he prefers mysticism to litrpg and as such will purposefully clog his ears and pretends lalalaala can't hear whenever things are about the lirtpg aspects.

He is also a man who wants to believe the best of others and will try his very best to ignore any possibilities of not believing the best of others, in a setting where blood feud are very much a thing.

Most of all, though, he is a good man, and one who not only tries his best to help others, but who does it naturally without any hypocrisy.

Those things have believable consequences, and while he has had it a bit (read: way too) easy, that's a common crime of the site for things to be ridiculously easy, and he still has it harder than pretty much any but a handful of stories on this site.

WednesdaysJest
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Good story for those who are down with a passive MC

Reviewed at: 003

Let me start by start by saying this the technical aspects of this story are on point.  Dialogue flows well and there are no issues with the grammar.  As I say in the title, if you can enjoy a story with a passive MC, then you will enjoy this story.

I am, unfortunately, someone who finds passive characters immensely frustrating.  As such this story is not for me.  If you are also someone who gets frustrated at characters who are reactive, then this story will frustrate you.

Techman
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Well written and enjoyable

Reviewed at: 022

Standard "transported to another world" litrpg, but with a unique twist. The MC is a single dad in his late 40s who was transported with his 20-something daughter. She does the full adventurer bit while he just wants to chill in the city and get a job using some utility spells. It's definitely more slice of life, but you still get some adventure from his daughter. Plus they get thrust into a "quiet war" between races in their City.

 

Really good read. I recommend it.