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His name is Eight. Not really, but that’s what the System decided after a slip of the tongue. One moment, he was stepping out the office door on the way home, and the next waking up on a hillside below a town wall. Oh, and the gate guard drove him off, because he thought Eight was a monster.

Life’s tough when you’re trapped in an eight-year old body on another world.

The first book focuses on Eight's survival on a dangerous new world. If you're a fan of Gary Paulsen's Hatchet, you'll enjoy it. The story is one of discovery, bushcraft, and finding one's way. Note that, while this is very much LitRPG, progression is slow, and Eight spends much of the first book alone.

The second book recounts what happens when Eight and friends head east to the village of Voorhei. Expect a blend of fantasy adventure, ghost story, cozy mystery, and family drama.

Books one and two make a complete story, with the potential for a third book at some point.

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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
1. A Sky Like Robins' Eggs ago
2. Two Aphorisms...or is it Three? ago
3. Introducing Eight ago
4. Phones are for Watching Videos ago
5. Tools Can't Fix Heartbreak, but They Can Help You Survive ago
6. When Goals Go Sideways ago
7a. An Otter Way to Think About Status Screens ago
7b. An Otter Way to Think About Status Screens ago
7c. An Otter Way to Think About Status Screens ago
8. Here, the Worm Fishes You ago
9. Winner Winner Fish Dinner ago
10. Of Monsters, Terrible and Sweet ago
11. Dr. Otter ago
12a: Extermination & Loot ago
12b: Extermination & Loot ago
13a: A New Skill ago
13b: A New Skill ago
14. Rematch ago
15. A Grandfather's Lessons ago
16. A New Routine ago
17. Waves of Thunderstorm Qi ago
18. Fortifying the Spirit ago
19. Dark and Silver Light ago
20. Get the Buck Out of Here ago
21. Lend Me The Dagger, Otter-Sensei ago
22. Introducing System-Eight ago
23. The Paths Chosen and Ignored ago
24. Mostly Tool Tips (Seriously) ago
25. The Magic of Magic ago
26. Holding the Spear ago
27. Little Horrors I ago
28. Little Horrors II ago
29. Break Through ago
30. The Magic of Magic II ago
31. Relationships Are Everything ago
32. When Birds Scatter ago
33. Guerrilla Tactics ago
34. The Animal Inside ago
35. The Gift of Death I ago
36. The Gift of Death II ago
37. The Gift of Death III ago
38. The Gift of Death IV ago
39. The Gift of Death V ago
40a: Hope and Fear ago
40b: Hope and fear ago
41: Found in Translation ago
42: The Taste of Justice ago
43: Three Times is Intention ago
44: A Bloody Care Package for Bishkawi ago
45. Preparation for a Raid ago
46. Midnight Raid ago
47. Let's Eat ago
48. Family ago
49: Reflection: Billisha and Aluali ago
50: Reflection: Ikfael Glen ago
51. The Quest for Donuts ago
52. Voorhei ago
53. I Choose ago
54. Handled ago
55. Initiation I ago
56. Initiation II ago
57. A Little Pot Full of Questions ago
58. Qi Intent ago
59. Gift and Curse ago
60. The Hunter's Lodge Gossips ago
61. Gift and Opportunity ago
62. An Uncomfortable Talent ago
63. Ghosts and Consequences ago
64. Making Deals, Making Donuts ago
65. Growing Pains ago
66. Knowledge is Power ago
67. Returning ago
68. The Hunt Day ago
69. Don't Blynx ago
70. Truth and Visitations ago
71. A Weapon at the Ready ago
72. A Spy in the Glen ago
73. An Unexpected Gift ago
74. Grace and Memory ago
75. Eight Saves the World ago
76. Life and Everything in Between ago
77. Bull Hunt ago
78. City Games, Village Games ago
79. An Interrogation in Two Parts ago
80. A Day in the Life ago
81. Broken Dreams ago
82. The Truth, Guaranteed ago
83. Stories and Complications ago
84. An Arrow Flies True ago
85. Found and Lost ago
86. The Calm Before ago
87. Leap of Faith ago
88. Memory's Voices ago
89. Preparations for a Dangerous Hunt I ago
90. Preparations for a Dangerous Hunt II ago
91. Preparations for a Dangerous Hunt III ago
92. A Field of Spears ago
93. The King of the Forest I ago
94. The King of the Forest II ago
95. The King of the Forest III ago
96. Truth and Dare ago
97. A Completed Quest Means Rewards ago
98. A Complicated Family ago
99. Reflection: Innleioleia ago
100. Reflection: Imsiikila ago
Update: A New Novel ago

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Difficult to classify

Reviewed at: 65. Growing Pains

Difficult to pin down, and slow updates.

I really like the start of this story. Trying to survive in fantasy woods, in a child's body. Very Island of the Blue Dolphins or Lord of the Flies or My Side of the Mountain. Of course, back then it was updating almost every day.

It's a very different story now. That's not to say it's a BAD story, it's just different from how it was before. There are other people to deal with. There's the Parasites Lost-inhabitant in the main character's dantian. It's no longer about just survival.

The slower updates also mean months in the real world for just days in the story. It's fine if you're binging it later. It's a little rougher to be reading them as they come out.

If you like the earlier chapters, it's not an indication whether or not you'll like the later chapters, and vice-versa.

There have been grammar issues, but they quickly get corrected. Author is active in the comments.


Fresh take on the genre, good writing, great story

Reviewed at: 83. Stories and Complications

Over the last three days, I binged all available chapters.

Seriously, get your read on... this is a fresh and engaging take on isekai/reincarnation storytelling with a lot of good ideas for mystical power implementation, survival, and world building. In the 2nd book (past ch50) there is even a taste of criminal investigation with a bit of psychology delving into the reasons behind why a crime might be committed.

Character progression can be a little slow, but it makes sense in the overall story. He does seem to remember a lot of convenient 'experts' he encountered while making films which allow him to progress his skills, but I suppose that goes along with having lived quite a long life. By the 2nd book, he is relying more and more on local experiences to handle new situations, so that is good character progression in my opinion.

The grammar and spelling are top tier. The few mistakes I encountered were mostly when a letter was swapped around or accidentally typed in a name. Not a big deal because the names are so unique, it's easy to tell who the situation was referring to when a typo like that occurs.

This is a well written, enjoyable story about a man given a second chance in a dangerous, mysterious and mystical world. Give it a shot, you will not be disappointed.


Fantastical survival in a child's body

Reviewed at: 27. Little Horrors I

Woah, i have been simply impressed by this story, i did not expect it to be this good just by looking at it, mainly because the title, cover and synopis do not do this story justice at all, there is simply so much i want to cover here.

A sixty-four old man suddenly finds himself in a unknown situation, with no idea how he got there at all, and discovers that he is not in his own body anymore, but has the body of a eight year old child. After finding civilization and being rejected by it, he goes in the wilds, a dangerous place to live in, atleast he has the neccesary skills to survive, but having the body of a eight year old does not make it easy.

Seriously, Eight is simply such a greatly written character, beyond the confusing start where he has no idea what to do at all. Even if he may be in the body of a eight year old, he still got to sixty four years old on earth, and that experience does show a lot throughout this story, he acts and think like a person of age, even if the new world does surprise him at times.  There is only one other character, and they havent really had any real communication, however the otter is such a great addition to this story, she is a great help to Eight, and can be quite strong on her own but lets Eight grow on his own, guiding him from time to time, while also being a mysterious character due to her very nature.

The world the author has crafted for this story, shows a ton of promise. So far not much has been revealed so far, especially of civilization, essentially nothing in that aspect. The system used in this story is sort of a standard one but also distinct enough on its own, though more is clearly going to be revealed eventually. Another small thing is that this story has cultivation elements used for its leveling. So due to the nature of this story, the world could use a lot of development, but i can assume that will come with time, as more chapters are released.

The plot is not exactly clear beyond Eight surviving in the new world he is in, but i dont want anything else currently, the focus on survival so far, it made this story quite the unique read, him being not alone at all makes it even better, even if there is still the problem of communication kind of. I can accept that this story eventually will move beyond that, but what i have seen here so far, gives me hope that the author is going to handle that well. Though just a warning, as said there is not any real plot so far, and that can be a problem for some readers, so if you want a plot driven story, you sadly wont find that here.

Near flawless grammar, if not utterly flawless, there are almost no typo's to be found in this story expect in maybe the newest released chapter, showing just how far the author went in making sure it is fully readable and that grammar would pose no problem to readers.

The author has just such a great writing style, it fully fits for this story, making every aspect of it blend very well together. The pacing is simply great, the slow pace of it so far feels just right, the story flows so well and it is easy to understand what is going on, but at times it may be confusing, however that is intentional, especially the start. There is also quite good detailing in this story, with a lot being described when neccesary without it getting overwhelming, also everything feels realistic so far which is another plus here.

I do fully recommend this story, it is a great addition to a underrespresented niche genre on royalroad, please give it a try, you may actually come to love this story like i did.


It's well written but perhaps not for everyone

Reviewed at: 31. Relationships Are Everything

I do like it. It's well written from a technical standpoint and the characters are interesting. There are two things that unfortunately ruin it for me though and I don’t think I’ll continue reading.

One, the pacing is really slow. In the current chapter, chapter 31, there's still no plot development and the two characters—only two characters in the whole story—are stagnant in their development. It's in the same place as it was in the first chapter, trying to survive off the land of a new world without very much world building. It just feels like a survival fiction story akin to Gary Paulsen's Hatchet with a small sprinkling of fantasy elements. A slow pace isn't bad, and I would even say I prefer it, but it's so slow and so heavy on the almost "slice of life-ish" survival aspect that I don't feel like it's really delivering on it's initial premise.

The second point that I don't like is extremely subjective and may be a positive to some people. The thematic ideas that this work is drawing upon are very spiritual, i.e. inner strength. Those ideas don't really connect with me but they're well written and I would continue reading despite them if it wasn't for the fact that it extends into the magic system of the world. It goes into brujeria, which is Spanish Witchcraft, and chakra/qi.

I personally shy away from Chinese fantasy novels a lot because many of them have elements of the Wuxia genre which is similar to what this work seems to be shaping up to be. It's a very soft magic system. Yoga and martial arts fueled by the power of inner strength energy isn’t compelling to me and the spiritual ancestral magic is similar. They’re very flexible magic systems that don’t obey hard and fast rules, it’s convenient for the author but as a reader, and as someone that prefers hard magic systems, it feels unfulfilling and cheap to just hand wave away how the character got stronger with “inner strength” and the help of some spirits.


One nit in an otherwise fine story

Reviewed at: 50: Reflection: Ikfael Glen

I liked the first book a lot. The grammar and spelling are fine(I did not notice any issues). I found the System in the story to be interesting, though I do sometimes get confused as to how chi and mana work and what they mean in the world.  I look forward to reading more. Hopefully, I will get some answers. 

The only issue I have is that the main character is...off. He is supposed to be an old man reborn in an eight-year-old's body. His memories of his family and the like are fine and basically fit that mold. He often refers to the Isekai genre, Dungeons & Dragons, and other nerdy things. Specifically modern nerdy things. The main influences in his life were his grandparents and his wife and all his memories of them were outdoorsy. I am not saying that he can't be into these disparate things, but they do not fit into an easily wrapped package. D&D is easy enough to follow, as it hit big in the late seventies early eighties when he would have been in late highschool early college. It really is the anime references I find hard to believe. Anime didn't hit big in America until the late 1990s early 2000s. prior to that, all that America had on the popular level was Robotech, Akira, and ghost in the shell. You had to actively seek out bootleg copies of Japanese cartoons, and then you were never really sure what you were going to get. I was a teenager then and was hyper-focused on getting more anime and it was tricky to get more. I guess I just find it odd that a man entering his fifties would suddenly get into a narrow subgenre of anime. Maybe I am overthinking it.

I guess what I am trying to say is that the MC comes across like someone trying to sound like an old man, rather than someone who is actually an old man. All of his memories are of when he was young or kind of vague "adulty" sort of things. I think he would have worked better as a slightly younger soul in a boy's body. But do not let this one nitpick get in the way of a fine story. His age is actually not that vital to the story and it is the only part of the story that bigs me. 


Grammar is excellent, spelling is excellent, characters feel real and lively, and the setting is unusual.

There are mysteries to pull a reader in, as well as day to day, chapter to chapter there are exciting happenings.

The overall structure of the story is good so far, while the twists have been reasonable. It has a 'man against the elements' feel to it. I was worried when the Otter was added that she would devolve into a pure comic relief and ruin the story, or contrary would be so helpful and useful that the feel of progress from surviving his environment would fade.

Instead, the author managed to thread the needle correctly on those two extremes by having a world so very hostile that the idea of surviving without help seems unrealistic.




favorite excerpts.


Squirrel burgers

Ancestor doughnuts

Chewing stones

Apparently, I was hungry while reading.


Five comes after three.

Intrigue extrapolated from a relatively traditional dungeon.


Filler fill fill fill fill fill fill fill fill fill fill fill fill fill fill fill fill fill fill fill fill fill fill fill.


Good, but with some concerns

Reviewed at: 51. The Quest for Donuts

While I mostly like the story, I have mixed feelings about it. To reitierate, I actually do like the story, but I've got a growing list of concerns about it. Note, there are some minor spoilers in this review.

The initial premise was a good take on the genre and added some interesting elements. Putting an adult in a child's body at least explains away some of the sudden high appitude characters in these stories often have. However, as time goes on it gets old when the MC repeatedly just happens to already have the skills and prerequisit knowledge he needs for whatever challenge he faces. Preeisting familiarity with RPG systems is practically a given in this genre, so I ignored that. I could accept hunting and fishing. I raised my eyebrow when he was already a master of meditation with ample knowledge of Qi. I was getting tired of it when he happened to have filmed a documentary on primitive weapons and crafting. I had a hard time continuing when it was time to kill someone for the first time and queue the flashback because he just happens to have the right life experience with his witch grandma to handle the psycological ramifications just fine. The premise turns from the MC being an old man reincarnated into a child's body to having been an unoffical survival expert, monk, historian, and experienced gamer.

This also results in the MC having a seeming lack of any actual character flaws. He's overly wise and knowedgable, morally righteous, handles every situation fantastically, and has a solution for everything. I'm worried that this character has nowhere to actually develope as a person and the story will just be the perfect MC coming in and just easily fixing everything all the time.


Both the writing style and grammar are a cut above most of the stories on this site and make reading it bearable, though it this doesn't compensate the lack of a story and the rather boring characters.

Thing is, the story isn't a story. All we have, 90 chapters later, is a premise. The premise for the story is: an old man from earth dies, gets transported to a fantasy world in the body of an eight year old child and he survives. Even after the 'survival' part of the story, it's still just him surviving and going with the flow. The main character doesn't seem to have any kind of drive or reason besides survival. He's just going with the flow and he reacts to things happening to him. There is no larger overarching story, no plotline, nothing. I guess you could call it a slice-of-life story?

The characters aren't atrocious, but they're nothing special either. All of the supporting characters are rather flat and get little to no development. Seldomly there's a POV-change, but even then nothing new really gets added to the characters. They're just there and they have some defining characteristics, but there's no real life in them.

The main character is honestly badly done. He's supposedly an old man, but he doesn't really feel like it. He feels like he's being written as a wise old man by someone who's just starting adulthood and they gave him the body of an 8 year old. Why does nobody comment on how utterly weird this 8 year old child is? Like, really, I get that he might seem like a genius or something to them, but he's a weird, creepy kid. Anyways, the whole 'old man' schtick just seems to be some kind of excuse to give our character loads of 'life experience' and some fake wisdom. He's lacking, and it's kind of saddening. The author could've just made him a young adult dying and given him some room to grow, but the character is already fully 'grown'. There's nowhere to develop and making your character a 'wise old man' template is just writing yourself into a character development corner.

Anyways, all in all the story is okay if you want to kill some time, but it's not something worth waiting for due to the glacial pacing and relatively slow updates.


I have really enjoyed this unique story. It started as a wilderness survival tale before gradually adding a diverse set of characters and places and finally shifting to a larger worldview. I very thoroughly enjoyed this. It is one of the more memorable stories I have read in the last year or so. Just great.