Castle Kingside

by Gennon Asche

Original HIATUS Action Adventure Fantasy Mystery Grimdark High Fantasy Magic Male Lead Multiple Lead Characters Portal Fantasy / Isekai Reincarnation Ruling Class
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A puzzling encounter leaves Dimitry a beggar with a strange emblem on his wrist. Around him, the people suffer as ruthless organizations, opportunistic nobles, and an overly pious church vie for power in a land under constant siege by some unknown threat. He quickly learns the difficulty of life in this new world.

Even upon acclimating to a ruthless society and finding his footing in the unsavory lands, Dimitry discovers that havens don't remain safe for long. He will have to manipulate limited resources and integrate modern scientific understanding with obscure magics to ensure the survival of a crumbling city.

Can a displaced surgeon become the leader a struggling people need him to be?

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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
0 — Setting The Board ago
1 — Woodpusher ago
2 — Comorbidities ago
3 — Ravenfall ago
4 — Dabbling ago
5 — A Humble Heist ago
6 — Three Brothers Magic ago
7 — An Honest Day's Work ago
8 — Tenebrae ago
9 — A Job Complete I ago
10 — A Job Complete II ago
11 — Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap ago
12 — Peter Pan, Take Her Back ago
13 — Night of Repentance ago
14 — Ye Olde Biochemistry ago
15 — Doubled Pawns ago
16 — Knights in Shining Armor ago
17 — Isekai Anatomy 101 ago
18 — Fire Opals from Africa ago
19 — Rickety Infrastructure ago
20 — Clowns and Assassins ago
21 — Magic Toilet Paper Cartons ago
22 — A Not So Humble Heist ago
23 — The Pious, the Enslaved, and the Desperate ago
24 — Rich Noble Slave, Poor Noble Freewoman ago
25 — An Empty Bliss Beyond This World ago
26 — Mutated Turkey ago
27 — Dirt Cartography ago
28 — Stone Daddy Long-Legs ago
29 — Can I Kill You? ago
30 — Rude Reception ago
31 — The Emblem's Guidance ago
32 — Ominous Algae ago
33 — Rusty Assassin ago
34 — Corruption ago
The Strange Map Dimitry Saw ago
35 — Gift ago
36 — Bon Voyage ago
37 — Green Water, Green Sky ago
38 — Whale Watching Cruise ago
39 — Shackles Unbound ago
40 — High Vol Mileage ago
41 — Cold Desert ago
42 — Travel Arrangements ago
43 — Beginner Magic Lessons ago
44 — Baby Steps ago
45 — Practice Makes Perfect ago
46 — Secrets Revealed ago
47 — Ominous Greeting ago
48 — Arrival ago
49 — Audience With Royalty ago
50 — Once Upon a Time... ago
51 — Feisty Girl ago
52 — Renovations ago
53 — A Family of Magicians ago
54 — Ratcatchers ago
55 — Controlled Clinical Trials ago
56 — Employee Training ago
57 — Plagued Plague Doctor ago
58 — Unlicensed Medical Practitioner ago
59 — Enchantment Channeling ago
60 — Phase I Trials ago
61 — Wizard Surgeon ago
62 — Busy Hospital ago
63 — The Queen's Proposition ago
64 — Potential for Aggressive Expansion ago
65 — Business Negotiations and Promotions ago
66 — Foundations for Healthcare Infrastructure ago
67 — Court Doctor ago
68 — A Princess and a Mine ago
69 — Alien Constructs ago
70 — Meeting With Demons ago
71 — Negotiating With Demons ago
72 — Devil Amongst Demons ago
73 — Discovery ago
74 — Medieval Propaganda ago
75 — Heathens and Seraphim ago
76 — World's First Chemistry Lab ago
77 — Sourcing Explosives ago
78 — Spies Hunting Spies ago
79 — Explosives Inept Doctor ago
80 — Medieval Greenhouse ago
81 — Convincing A Sorceress ago
82 — False Church ago
83 — Flying Devils ago
84 — Improvised Explosive Device ago
85 — Hunting With Grenades ago
86 — Animal Testing in an Accelerated Field ago
87 — Voltech Hand Cannon ago
88 — Black Powder Blast Tattoo ago
89 — Prelude to a Lie ago
90 — Blasphemous Rifle ago
91 — Medieval Combat Medics ago
92 — Blunt Head Trauma ago
93 — Painting With Demons ago
94 — Carapaced Devil ago
95 — Anterior Shoulder Dislocation ago
A Rut In The Path ago

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One of the reasons why i don't like reincarnation genre is that, most of the time, authors fail to write believable Mcs, from the thought process to the way they interact with the world.

So far this novel has been really good, world building has been great, characters are well fleshed out and more importantly:

The Mc has been acting his age

One of the things i find annoying in most reincarnation novels, is that Mcs (adult ones) tend to behave like teenagers, meaning, total idiots. 

Here we have an Mc who's cautious and mature.

Some higher existences put him in the world he is in, for some sort of game. He unfortunately doesn't know the rules nor what is expected of him (nor do we).

My fear is that romance is going to ruin this novel (everything's been great to this point), maybe I'm just being paranoid.

And i almost forgot, Author please don't turn that faerie into some kind of girlfriend for the Mc, I hate when  Mcs fall in love with their nonhuman/ non-corporal she-friends and then their goal becomes to make a human body for them, please don't do it. 

WMW was the first of this genre i ever had to read and i loved it, ever since then i have been looking for more, for better, and this novel is giving what i have been looking for.

So I highly recommend it.

And sorry if what I wrote doesn't make any sense, for English not my native language.


Very interesting and with hard science concepts.

Reviewed at: 41 — Cold Desert

A good start and an interesting main character. As of now chapter 14 we get cool scenes when Dimitry experiences difficulties and obstacles he needs to overcome. We also have cool side characters and aa plot that envelops the context in an intriguing way. I can't wait to read more. 

Style: I like the prose and the style the author uses. Dialogues are cool, and the scenes seems not rushed. The only things I don't like are the indentations when reading on the phone though. 

Grammar: Didn't find any important error and wasn't looking for them. 

Characters: Well, we get cool characters and varying psychological growth on them. We get a fairy also that's precious to the mc. All in all, they feel more than 2D, which is good. 

Story: The plot seems to await more, since the chapters are still in an introduction of sorts while Dimitri learns more about the world and the jobs, etc. 

Conclusion: Read it. If you are bad with blood, beware of some sensitive stuff though, since the mc is akin to a surgeon it is possible to find pieces of mutilation, body parts, organs, etc in the story. 


Great book, highly recommend it.

Reviewed at: 82 — False Church

So the book finally reached a point (pages-wise) where I thought I should start reading it... and boy was I hooked. This is a great book and I have no idea why it "only" has 1.8k followers. It should be up there with the best, in my opinion. Great writing, an interesting world, loads of science, and characters that each have their own personality. 

Why is this not one of the most popular books (even if among the top-rated)? I have a couple of suspicions: 

Spoiler: Spoiler



From rags to riches with Chess™

Reviewed at: 85 — Hunting With Grenades

A very well written story with compelling elements. An innovative protagonist that carves out his place in a hostile environment, a detailed and deep world, a thought out magic system and an interesting underlying theme.

Definitely recommend.


Flawless Worldbuilding Meets Compelling Story

Reviewed at: 40 — High Vol Mileage

Review as of chapter 40

Style: Mr. Asche wields imagery with skill; it’s very easy to picture the scenes he portrays in this story. Furthermore, the settings are vivid and captivating. The worldly conditions are pretty grim and the writer goes to great lengths to avoid trivializing that fact. I’d peg this as professional-level writing; something rare for Royal Road.

Story: It’s good! The worldbuilding is second-to-none and the events of the story are memorable.

It’s a little too soon to judge the magic system entirely, but for now I can say that I’m quite satisfied with it. It depends on a strategic resource named ‘vol’ which is a consumable ‘metal’ used to power spells and stuff. This is a unique take on magic and should offer some enticing possibilities for the future of the story while also serving as a soft balancer.

Speaking of, the consumable nature and limited supply of vol means that the wealthy have a substantial leg up as far as magic is concerned. Some stories execute this poorly but Castle Kingside handles it well. It ties in fluidly with the somewhat grim setting.

Grammar: No complaints here; my typo radar has come back with negative results so far. This is a very readable story and highly polished to boot.

Characters: The primary characters are well developed and side characters are also interesting in their own right. (They have their own motives and aren’t any less intelligent than the main cast.)

One of the primary characters (the tiny one) is quite annoying, however, it’s clear that this is an intentional trait. While I can’t say I prefer this, it doesn’t hurt my rating of this story in the slightest because it’s purely a matter of personal preference. I wish to stay objective.

Another, whose relationship to main character I won’t reveal, has a very fascinating backstory which we’ve only begun to scratch the surface of in the story so far. I find humor in the idea that their healthy appreciation of mining processes would allow them to enjoy a Fun game of Dwarf Fortress. (Not that they are a dwarf, mind you.)

Finally, the main character, Dimitry. He’s a former surgeon from Earth who has found himself on a new world, in classic isekai fashion. What sets him apart from protagonists in similar stories is the supreme relevance of his past life on Earth. It’s realistic that his expertise and personality will carry over to have a massive impact on his character. I appreciate Mr. Asche’s mindfulness and attention to detail in this area of the story.

To be clear; his past life does not get in the way of the story at all, but it does have a significant influence on his actions, which is excellent.

That’s all for my review!

I’ve really loved this story and can’t wait for it to continue. I highly recommend you give it a try.


Review as of chapter 31

This story is a pretty traditionnal isekai story. A dude get transported to another world with magic. He even gets a power during the transition. However, it's a lot more grounded and realistic than most of its counterparts. For example, he starts homeless and left wondering how he'll be able to feed himself.

Now was it any good? Personnally I enjoyed my time reading it. The writing is definitely on point and have nothing bad to say about it. As for the story, the start was actually the best part imo. After he gets to the brothel, more flaws starts appearing. I'll now discuss those flaws in more details. I might seem nitpicky but pointing flaws is just easier. Keep in mind I enjoyed the story at large. Beware of SPOILERS.

First thing I want to mention is a flaw I noticed in multiple isekai stories already but it has to be said. It's the tendency to forget their previous life. Authors are excited by the magic world and tend to not pay much attention to it. It's actually a bigger problem in this case since the story is a bit darker. What comes to your mind first when you are lonely and in despair? For most people, it will be friends and family. However, they are not even mentionned a single time.

Now let's talk about the 2 other characters from the main cast starting with Precious. The way she is introduced is just so forced. Let's have a demonic creature that reads people emotions in the story. Sounds cool why not but can it be bit more thought out than having said creature going directly to mc without any reason. People might claim that it was because she was attracted to his despair but a whole lot of people have shitty life there. Btw most people would just kill her but she just goes and knocks on his windows. She hides all the time but here no problem. Don't get me wrong btw. I like this character but forcing things like that really takes you out of the story since it doesn't flow naturally anymore.

Next let's continue with Saphiria, the obvious romantic interest. Precious was forced but this is on another level. They are quite a few problems here imo. First problem is why does the mc wants to escape? He asked for a job. Delphine then hired him, fed him and gave him shelter. I don't remember her threatening him at any point. He is not the first butcher because people probably quit. So why does he want to escape? He is not a slave. Saphiria is. That means suddenly an espace must happen. I can't reasonnably think of any other reason. If he wanted to go elsewhere, just pay a merchant convoy to travel with them.

Second big problem, the escape itself. So mc wants to escape for whatever reason and he wants Saphiria to help him survive in the wild. First task reveal everything to the person with a magic slave collar... Come on, really? Whatever, he better gtfo out now because Delphine won't appreciate someone trying to steal her property. Does he just go on his way hoping for the best? Nope instead he outs himself as the disappearing man, assault a bishop and all around risk his life to free Saphiria who he has known for 2 days... Honestly this was rather disappointing. He felt closer to the 2 homeless guys at the start but it's not like he risked his life to save them. However, Saphiria is the romantic interest so we brute force through any common sense. He doesn't know her, has no relationship with her. In fact she is not even really herself due to the collar.

That's the reason why I prefered the start. It flowed naturally. It made sense. It seems to me the author already had the main cast in his head. He knows them and already has plans and ideas for them. Problem is I don't and mc neither. He brute forced them in the story and in Saphiria case he did it to a ridiculous degree. Good thing is since now they are present I guess it shouldn't be necessary anymore. It would be a worrying trend if this would continue.


I admit that I was skeptical at first, but the story pulled me in very quickly. It is in my mind a kind of story that you do not see every day.

Style: The writing style flows well - there are no jarring intervals or changes of perspective, and the descriptions are not infodumps. Worldbuilding is done tastefully and introduced slowly. 

Story: Gripping and sympathetic. There are, however some hiccoughs where story seems to move too quickly.

Spoiler: Spoiler

 Grammar: Good. The occassional apostrophe is missed, but otherwise it seems perfect.

Character: Some choices by characters are slightly questionable, and the emotional results of some actions do not seem to last. This breaks immersion slightly as they seem to have bad memories. Some characters do not seem to do anything behind the scenes, only coming into the story to fulfill a whim of the protagonist. Nonetheless, they are believable characters and able to be sympathised with.



Take it from me, you'll want to read this story. At a first perusal, what displays itself as another take on the old "soul sent to another world" premise quickly takes root and sets itself apart and above from others of its genre by the grace of what it does differently.

We soon discover that our main character, Dimitry, was an experienced surgeon in his past life, and just like watching the ripples formed by dropping a stone into a pond, we get to witness how the introduction of knowledge hundreds of years ahead of a pre-socratic middle ages society still heavily doctrined and influenced by their church, plus his simple desire to heal, interacts with the existing magical system to quickly snowball into a high stakes drama of war and political intrigue when new miracles are taken notice of and cannot be explained.

Forced to hedge his bets on a dying kingdom in an act of self preservation, we slowly witness Dimitry's rise as he faces challenges from both inside and out.

Beyond the premise, what really sells the story is both the realism with which the ramifications of the main character's actions are explored, and the type of person that the main character is himself. This is not the story where the main character has fun in the first five chapters discovering all of the cheats he can do with his powers and then goes out to summarily conquer kingdoms with his harem at his side. No. You're getting established powers that react violently when the status quo is finally disrupted, and when the one doing so is a character that joins both the core aspects of healer and provider with the kind of mental fortitude it takes to be a surgeon, you can't help but wait for the next chapter to arrive.

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Surprised this hasn't blown up yet

Reviewed at: 29 — Can I Kill You?

me personally, l love this story it doesn't rely on crazy power system, levels or any of that stuff but more so on the actual story telling. There is magic in this novel but it's not overpowered.If you've ever read the wandering inn you might like this. And if you're discouraged by the cover or title don't be because the characters are quite good and the mc to some may look dumb for his decisions but to me it makes sense as someone with his occupation needs those traits which results him in committing to the actions he does. Anyways a potential great story in the making better than a lot of the other stories on trending list in my opinion.


This is the kind of story I wish was written more often. It has a very mature voice and balances all the aspects of storytelling in a superb manner.

All the characters have their unique charm and mysterious backstories. The pacing is awesome and we never get bogged down by excessive introspection or exposition. The writing has a nice flow that doesn't break my immersion.

All in all, a very nice read. I recommend it.