A Dragon Idol's Reincarnation Tale
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[participant in the Royal Road Writathon challenge]
"Survival of the fittest is easier said than done...why couldn't I have been reborn a bit bigger, huh?"
If waking up in a new world wasn't bad enough, an idealistic teen starts her new life as a newborn dragon not by being embraced by a loving family, but having to escape two hungry kobolds wanting some grilled lizard for breakfast. Now, status screens obscure her vision in a hostile forest filled with vicious magical monsters, as two concerning Titles welcome her to her new life.
Equipped with fragmented memories from her past life and the game-like mechanics of her new reality, the young dragon must face trials and tribulation, undeterred by the reaper's scythe inches from her neck. Despite her challenges, she is determined to find civilization. For nothing will stop her from fulfilling her one true desire: to become an Idol.
Author Notes: I'll update the story every 2-3 day, if nothing major in my life happens.
The story is mostly inspired by Japanese Light Novels, specifically "I'm a spider, so what?".
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Base concept is decent. That said, it takes over 50 chapters to START moving out of the forest towards civilization, and that wouldn't be so bad if the forest Arc was interesting, but it's not, and it's rubbed in your face that the plot is on ice. You get constant hints about what's outside the forest, while never doing anything or going anywhere. THEN, we get some absolutely terrible side story with garbage characters who don't matter, and you won't miss anything by skipping all of that. We eventually get a plot twist getting out of the forest, of course because moving somewhere can't be simple, and with standardized travel padding,. HOW LONG UNTIL NAMEK? Anyways, the story finally starts moving, and the content stops. Don't bother with this novel until 300 chapters, unless you like reading cotton candy fluff novels with no plot progress and end content the second it starts moving somewhere. Recommendation to author: move faster or write faster, and drop the padding because it's poorly done with a few exceptions. The plot twist padding was somewhat acceptable. The main characters are overall carrying the novel.
As expected from a story with a Dragon as a main character, the adventure/action side of this LitRPG is not the main purpose.
The novel has a clear japanese vibe. Cooking take more room than necessary. Cheat abilities from the start for a quickly OverPowered MC.
the novel doesn't waste time on explaining the other possible abilities and only focus on the MC's one.
We don't know much about the world since the MC is stuck in a forest, but worldbuilding doesn't seems very promising so far.
The way the Mc interact with other creatures is not very reallistic. She want to become a idol but slaughter anything that is not human because... well, experience? she doesn't try to find other ways to achieve her goal and show little remorse when killing children. Worse, she admit it all and yet keep talking about becoming a idol that share joy with people.
When she get cornered by a strong ennemy, deus ex machina save the day.
This novel can be enjoyed, no doubt. If you like Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear, this novel has the same vibe but with more slaughter and less cuteness so far since the MC is stuck in a hostile forest inhabited with monsters.
Grammar is good enough except sometimes the MC talk in German, usually for swearing, which i found annoying since i don't know German.
i also dislike the casual way abilities are selected, there is no drive nor style in the MC abilities build, she seems to just pick whatever magic is cheap enought to be bought and whatever can strenghten it. She doesn't spend nearly enough time testing things. same for evolution, she don't really care and evolve as soon as she can without ever thinking twice or trying to see if by training a bit more other possibilities of evolution might become available.
Author made sure that the status page of the MC can be open and close with a button which is very nice since the status page is filled to the brim with abilities and skills and, unless you are masochistic, you will want to skip most of it.
Character development is fine but not rich, i'm more concerned with characters' mindset. The MC's obsession for becoming an idol and desciption of her past life make me doubt her mental age ever reached 10 years old.
the story seems aimed for young teenagers. As i am in my forties, i am not buying all the childish talk and idol dream. But, if you like the japanese light comedy's style, this might work for you.
past chapter 20 i had enought and started skipping a lot of useless gibberish. The novel simply is not for me.
I've read up to chapter 26 and at this point, I'm calling it quits. First, this story isn't bad but it rapidly gets too Japanese/boring for my tastes.
My biggest problem is the main character. In the beginning, where they struggle to survive and learn about the world, I was interested. It was cool to see the MC overcome challenges and learn to survive. Sadly, the intelligence and maturity of the MC rapidly decreases as the story progresses which I personally don't enjoy.
In summary, don't read this if you don't like:
- Young and naive children as main characters
- Anime or Japanese inspired writing and storytelling
- Kill-to-level boring combat LitRPGs
Overall, the story does exactly what it tries to.
It's a lighthearted story about a girl turned into a baby dragon, and her experiences as she traipses through the world with her quickly growing isekai troupe. She begins to experience the world while avoiding the gods and goddesses harping on her, continuing her dream of becoming an idol which was her goal in her past life.
The style and grammar leave nothing wanting, and I have only noticed a few small errors here and there. They were too small to really bring up, and I quickly skipped past them.
The story itself is pretty typical, very reminiscent of Kumo Ga Desu Ka, but that has a certain appeal to it in itself. It hasn't offered anything groundbreaking yet, but that is to be expected for a story like this. If you like Kumo, you will probably enjoy this.
The characters are pretty typical for the genre and tend to follow tropes that already exist, but that also fits the genre and what the author is trying to do. The author likes to take each character and put a bit of a spin on them, making them a bit more interesting and fleshed out.
If the genre is something you like, you will certainly enjoy this. Give it a read if you have the time.
Original review below as of chapter 23:
It started out pretty good, but I started losing interest when the parallel minds showed up. The constant switching and color changes were just too much.
Still, that doesn't make it bad. The writing flows well, and grammar mistakes are few and far between. The battles are well written and dynamic.
The author sent me a message saying they had removed my main criticism (the alternate minds) after much reader criticism, and asked if I would keep reading. I'm glad to say I kept reading, as chapter 23 really seems to be the turning point where the minds mostly disappear. With that gone, a lot of the MCs more irritating commentary disappeared, and its almost like a new book with all the good stuff from the original.
It's nice seeing the character grow, especially seeing her recognize and try to atone for her mistakes. Without the inner voices forcing the MC into a trope, her real personality can shine and I like it a lot better. Throw in some faithful companions and brief glimpses into some characters that will eventually be important, and I am more than glad I stuck it out.
The story started off great, around chapter 30ish my interest started to wane, however I persevered and oh boy am I glad that I did.
I've just finished reading chapter 100, I won't give any spoilers as it's too good to ruin like that but I definitely advise anyone who's interest has started to lapse to stick with it.
I personally judge the quality of an authors work by how emotional the story makes me. Like the title of my review says, I teared up a little.
The story was well thought out and flows well. But overtime the author breaks away from the main stream to explore different avenues. This can cause confusion to readers and while interesting should be cut down a little bit. Also while the story is good it could be improved upon with some more editing.
Short Review: There are several tonal shifts that take our expectations for a ride, sometimes better, sometimes more ehh. Personally I recommend this.
Long(er): This story starts off with a very solid survival premise before evolving into more of a Journey to the West style action romp as our MC and supporting cast aim for new objectives. This transition, as mentioned by other reviewers stand as one of the more jarring tonal shifts and might make you lose your interest if you feel disappointed by the shift. Personally however, I find this story to overall be very fun and enjoyable. Defintely worth a read!
Basically, as the title says its a light novel. If you like light novels or anime then this story is pretty great. It has good grammar, a coherent story so far (I'm in chapter 60) and there is a very driven effort by the author to build the world and several characters, with different perspectives.
A nice story.
The writing is clear, grammar is great, and the characters are very well written, with good interactions.
The plot is smooth, but a bit slow. But, it lays a very thick foundation for future plot progression, where the plot will hopefully be richer.
Final verdict: 9/10