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Lost in a world of magic and monsters, Hal fights to survive in a brutal land and escape execution from its rulers. He isn’t the first to arrive with Marked powers. Those Founders tamed parts of the world for their own, and refuse to welcome a new Founder.

Ingenuity and courage won't be enough to deal with all the goblins, bandits, undead, dragons, and everything else that hunts him and his friends.

He’ll need to risk his humanity by embracing the beast to wield monstrous magic. Once he levels up first that is, and turns from cowardly prisoner to brave adventurer.

Follow Hal and his party’s journey of dungeon crawling, settlement building, spell-slinging adventure as they carve out a bastion in the wilds. Freedom and safety is hard-won, and cannot be achieved alone. Only by forging bonds with fellow adventurers and monster allies does Hal and his would-be-kingdom have any hope of surviving the hazardous realm.

Things to expect: Weak to Strong MC, No Harems, Kingdom Building, Party Combat & Mechanics, Spellsword MC, Crafting, Multiple PoVs from Heroes & Villains.


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DrAlt
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Very dense plot armor on Main Character

Reviewed at: Chapter 32

It's one of those adventures with a bumbling MC who wants to do the Right Thing(TM) and didn't have much of a life back on Earth.  Author has very stylized versions of intelligent monsters.  The introduction of the keeper character was inspired.   Then it seems to brush that all aside.  What I don't like is that everyone suddenly follows the MC's lead.  No questioning, just questing.  Some of early writing was excellent then when I hit the later chapters, it was plot armor so thick it distracted me from the story.  Oh, I just met you and you told/sold me some stuff, let's not talk but join my party for a super-dangerous adventure and let's hope you won't betray me!  (Repeat)  

humblepeasant
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Honestly, I thought the title is "BREASTBONE"...

Reviewed at: Chapter 20

... the first time I read it. Pardon my dyslexia.

As for the story, not quite my taste. Is your typical isekai story you can find on this site, MC with 50 cm of stell and kevlar plot armor.

No blue box is plus for me, but too many info dump (especially on later chapter) really distract me from enjoying the story. Most of people enjoy reading a story, not some fictional gamey skill wiki page

l611
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This is an average everyday isekai story trying to tell again and again sometimes, through direct dialogues even, that it's not but believe me, it is. It portrays to be a grimdark story but the foolish actions of the mc always seem to reward him for it(except just 1 at the very beginning).
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 The system is stupid. It tries to behave like a game system until it decides not to. In short, it's inconsistent. 

Overall, I'd say give it a read if only you have nothing else to do.

Fredo
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If you hate hypercompentient MCs?  Well, this is the story for you.

Valint
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Too video game-y for my tastes

Reviewed at: Chapter 13

I found the setting interesting, and would have liked to see more of this world.  Unfortunately, the plot felt to me like watching someone play a rather railroad-ish video game, and I had enough after 13 chapters.

The story didn't so much organically flow as lurch from set piece to set piece, where the MC would wake up somewhere new, have to deal with a new situation and meet a relevant NPC, then get captured and/or knocked unconscious.  Rinse and repeat.

ShadeByTheSea
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Bad things happen, something maybe good happen, bad things again

Reviewed at: Chapter 13

Suffers from the consently having bad things happen to MC trope. If you like the constant down than medium than down again, than this is a story for you. It's happened 3 times in 12 chapters, which likely means the rest of the story is like that. Not sure yet but pretty sure it's grimdark too, likely with delve into tragety soon too.

myxir
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constant lecture

Reviewed at: Chapter 12

The novel that wants to lecture you every few chapters about race and women.

Apart from that average novel, worth reading if you are bored.

 

 

Atreivahavi
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Unlike the name, a cozy story

Reviewed at: Chapter 29

Not gonna lie I started this story because of it's menacing name and cover photo for finding some carnage but stayed for comfy

The events might seem unfortunate for mc quite a bit but after the rpg elements I think story becomes more chilling than thrilling. I have a lot of stories with full action in my hands so this story came like a cure for me. The story just doesn't tire the readers in my opinion. I'm getting my daily cozy chapter from this story. Keep it up good work!

francio
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An enjoyable new find!

Reviewed at: Chapter 29

Unexpectedly a story that doesn't really match with the vibes you usually get from its cover and title, at least on royal road. It's a slow going, compelling, litRPG work with an interesting setting and a relatively common magic system. The characters are believable. Not much else to say, I like it very much! Keep this up!

Gilgilad7
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Well Written Start, I'm Totally Invested.

Reviewed at: Chapter 07

7 Chapters posted at the time of this review.

I don't normally review series so early in their posting but found this story to be enjoyable for its start.  I will update this review later as more story is revealed.

Beastborne starts action packed, which is better than most litRPGs that tend to have slow starts.  As readers, at first we don't know why he is being chased and neither does the MC.  But the danger is real, and the MC does his best to figure things out.  The litRPG elements are slowly being revealed, and most of it is still a mystery.  I must say, this has left me wanting to keep reading to learn more.

He meets a couple other characters in these chapters, and the interactions and dialogue are quite well written.  A surprising amount of characterization is achieved in such a short time which is a positive sign for the future of the series.

I checked out the author's website, and he apparently already has a couple published books under his belt (I haven't read them), but it helps explain why the grammar is better than average.  There are some mistakes and typos though.

As for the litRPG mechanics, they have only been hinted at by this point so I can't speak for the game system yet.  I'm sure my review will be adjusted heavily once more of it is revealed.